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?

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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful for This Year

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a Thanksgiving Day freebie. In this dumpster fire of a year filled with book slumps, I decided to go with the top ten five books I’m thankful for this year.

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1. Beach Read by Emily Henry. This was completely different than what we all thought it would be, but it ended up working for me. This is one of my favorite books of the year.

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2. The Heir Affair (The Royal We #2) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. I have been waiting for a sequel to The Royal We for so long and it didn’t disappoint.

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3. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. After loving the Beartown books, I was a little afraid to read anything else by Fredrik Backman because my expectations were so high, but this book definitely stands out as one of the best of 2020.

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4. The F List by Alessandra Torre. This book kind of came out of nowhere for me and I was surprised by how much I loved it.

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5. The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1) by Sarah Morgenthaler. This one stands out to me because it was the only 4 star read in the midst of a bunch of 2 and 3 star books.

Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2020

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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The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1) by Sarah Morgenthaler. Read September 28 – October 4. 4 Stars. 

This book is the absolute cutest! The romance was adorable, Graham was adorable, his dog was adorable. While I thought the book could’ve maybe been a little bit shorter, I really enjoyed it.

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The Wedding Date Disaster by Avery Flynn. Read October 11-12. 3 Stars. 

This was just ok for me. It had a few funny moments, but a lot of things just made me roll my eyes. I do appreciate that it handled the whole Hate-to-Love trope much better than a lot of other books I’ve read recently.

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I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp. Read October 25-27. 4 Stars. 

I recently watched the I Still Believe movie and it has reignited my interest in Jeremy Camp and his music. Before picking this up, I was really struggling with reading anything, but this one broke through. I have to say that I’ve always had Jeremy Camp on a bit of pedestal – if you know his story you can probably understand why – and it was almost a little shocking to see just how not perfect he is. But that’s another great part of this story. It was very realistic and relatable to see that he has had his fair share of doubts and spiritual struggles and needs to continually recommit himself to living out his faith. I’m definitely glad I decided to pick this one up.

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

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The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci. I read a couple chapters and discovered I wasn’t in the mood for this. The main character was annoying me. I do plan to try it again someday, though.

*****DNF*****

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Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. DNF @ 44%. I just can’t with this. The whole “Annie loves rom-coms” schtick was just too much. I think it could’ve worked and been cute if she wasn’t quite so obsessed/unrealistic. She just came off as insufferable. And can I say how completely over I am of the “hate-to-love” trope being twisted into the female lead being completely petty and a little crazy in her reactions to a guy that has literally done nothing wrong to her? I know I’m in the minority with this, but this book just didn’t work for me at all.

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Spoiler Alert and  40-Love by Olivia Dade. DNF @ 11% and 19%. Both books become available from the library at once and I ended up only reading a few chapters of each. This author just isn’t for me.

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Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan. I stopped properly reading at the 39% mark, but did kind of skim through the end because even though I lost interest in the details, I still wanted to find out what happened. For what this book was, I think it did it well. This is more a case of me not being the right reader for the book (which is happening to me a lot lately). With the way the world is right now, I just can’t make myself read a book that is all about people misjudging each other and being generally awful to one another. Reading is my escape and we get enough of this hatefulness in real life.

WWW Wednesday: October 21, 2020

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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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Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent. This one wasn’t really for me. My review will post next week.

What are you currently reading?

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Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan. This started off really interesting, but I’m feeling kind of bored with it now. I’m hoping it will shift the focus back off the awful little kids soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m not sure, but maybe Mistletoe & Mr Right by Sarah Morgenthaler. I’m not really in the mood for this type of story, but I don’t really feel in the mood for anything. I have this from the library and I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I’m hoping this is another winner.

What are you reading?

WWW Wednesday: October 7, 2020

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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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The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler. This was the cutest book and I really enjoyed it.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m still in a mood where I’m having trouble concentrating on anything, so I decided it would be best to go with another cute book instead of Mystery/Thriller like I was going to. I’ve heard good things about Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey so I have high hopes for it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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The Ingredients of You and Me (Hopeless Romantics #3) by Nina Bocci.

What are you reading?

WWW Wednesday: September 30, 2020

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What did you recently finish reading?

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Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella. This was 3 stars for me. My review will post next month.

What are you currently reading?

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The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler. I’m only a couple chapters in, but I’m liking this so far. It’s kind of funny.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have several library books right now and Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker is the one looking the most interesting to me right now.

What are you reading?

WWW Wednesday: September 23, 2020

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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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Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell. My unpopular opinion review will be posting in a couple week. I love Lisa Jewell, but this book was not for me.

What are you currently reading?

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Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella. This is very classic Kinsella. I’m enjoying it – even laughing out loud at times – but I am also pretty frustrated with the main character most of the time.

 Loathe Thy Neighbor (Roommate Romps #1) by Teagan Hunter. Her books usually either work for me or don’t and this one is leaning more towards “don’t” for me.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. So many books I love have referenced Rebecca and it’s always been on my TBR. I saw there’s a movie coming next month, so I thought it would be a good time to finally read it. I’m only a couple chapters in, but the writing is way too flowery and descriptive for me so far.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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All of my library books seem to be coming in at one time so I may change my mind, but I think I’m going to try The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler next.

What are you reading?