Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2021

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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Nate by Tijan. Read February 18-21. 3 Stars.

I liked this, but I didn’t love it. Usually I hate the “Surprise! You’re a father!” trope, but there was kind of a twist on it here, so I didn’t mind it as much. I loved all the times we got to see Nate interacting with Logan and Mason. I was never fully on board the romance, though. It felt a little icky to me since Nate had previously been with Quincy’s sister.

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons #4) by Julia Quinn. Read 21-24. 4 Stars. 

I have really been enjoying this series so much more than I ever expected to and I think this book has become my new favorite so far. Collin has been one of my favorite characters in the last couple of books – he always has the best lines. His banter with Penelope (and so many others) definitely did not disappoint. Since I watched the show before I started the books, I already knew who Lady Whistledown was, so that reveal felt a little drawn out to me, but I didn’t mind it too much. I loved the relationship between Penelope and Collin and I had a lot of fun reading this one.

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Wrong For Me by Meagan Brandy. Read February 24-26. 2 Stars. 

After reading a couple Tijan books recently, I was kind of in the mood to continue with that type of crazy, angsty read and I came upon this while browsing KU. This book was ridiculous. Like every single crazy thing that happened was more ridiculous than the thing before it. I honestly don’t know why I kept reading it, but I did and that’s why it’s getting 2 stars instead of 1. It’s definitely not one I would ever recommend to anyone, though.

*****Back on the TBR*****

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Enjoy the View (Moose Springs, Alaska #3) by Sarah Morgenthaler. I’m a little concerned that this series might be a one hit wonder for me. I loved the first book in this series, but I couldn’t get into the second book despite trying it several times and I couldn’t get into this one either. I’m hoping it’s just my mood and I will try this again sometime. 

*****DNF*****

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An Unexpected Love Story by Ellie Hall. DNF @ 10%. I was browsing Kindle Unlimited and thought this could be cute, but two chapters in and it was way too sappy for me.

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If It’s Perfect by Summer Dowell. DNF @ 26%. I just wasn’t very impressed with this. I didn’t really like the characters or the writing. It was around the time the main character called someone a “scoundrel” that it really lost me.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry – 4 Stars

The Insiders by Tijan – 3 Stars

The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon – 4 Stars

WWW Wednesday: February 10, 2021

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What did you recently finish reading?

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. I enjoyed this, but not quite as much as I hoped to, considering Beach Read was one of my top reads of 2020.

What are you currently reading?

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Enjoy the View (Moose Springs, Alaska #3) by Sarah Morgenthaler and If It’s Perfect by Summer Dowell. Honestly, I’ll probably be a little surprised surprised if I end up finishing either of these books right now. I loved the first book in the Moose Springs, Alaska series, but I tried reading the second book several times and never made it past the first chapter and this one I’ve read the first chapter and don’t really feel too inspired to read any more. If It’s Perfect is ok so far, but I’m not super into it. I like the cute cover, though.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I just got A Simple Murder by Linda Castillo from the library. This is a collection of all the novellas from the Kate Burkholder series. Even though it’s one of my favorite series, I think I’ve only read one of the novellas, so I’m looking forward to these. And maybe reading one short story at a time will help with my book slump.

What are you reading?

WWW Wednesday: February 3, 2021

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What did you recently finish reading?

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To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne. I loved it!

What are you currently reading?

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. I’ve only just started, but this is adorable so far.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m not sure, but I might continue with reading through my ARCs and go with Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda.

What are you reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021.

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1. The Song Book of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon. Publishes March 16, 2021.

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2. Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson. Publishes March 23, 2021.

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3.  Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne. Publishes April 13, 2021.

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4. Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson. Publishes April 20, 2021.

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5. Sunkissed by Kasies West. Publishes May 4, 2021.

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6. Find You First by Linwood Barclay. Publishes May 4, 2021.

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7. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. Publishes May 11, 2021.

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8. The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren. Publishes May 18, 2021.

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9. The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary. Publishes June 1, 2021.

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10. Anne of Manhattan by Brina Starler. Publishes June 1, 2021.

What new releases are you looking forward to in the first half of 2021?

2020 End of Year Survey

This survey was originally developed by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner. I maybe got rid of over half the questions – the original is long!

**2020 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: 143*
*As of 12/29/20, it’s likely to go up by one or two before the end of the year

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Best Books You Read In 2020?

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Beach Read by Emily Henry and The Heir Affair (The Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I just have to give up on reading horror novels. I never appreciate them.

 Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

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The F List by Alessandra Torre. I went into this with no expectations and it became one of my favorite books of the year.

 Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?

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I loved The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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I don’t read much historical fiction anymore, but I loved Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

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Fallen Crest Forever by Tijan. I think this cover is just so cute and romantic.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

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Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer (originally released in 2015).

Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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No Way Out by Cara Hunter

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren. I know a lot of people didn’t love this, but I really enjoyed it!

Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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I thought A Path to Redeeming Love was a very good devotional and recommend it if you’re looking for one!

Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

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One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be A Priority in 2021?

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I bought a hard copy of this when it first came out and still haven’t read it.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021?

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. Beach Read was one of my favorites of 2020 so I have high expectations for Henry’s next book.