Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I was really not in the mood to write a traditional wrap-up this month so I wanted to take a page out of Sofia’s book as she does this with her wrap-ups so all credit goes to her. It’s a lot of fun and I feel like this has the potential to be a lot of fun than my normal wrap-ups.
Before I get started, I wanted to talk about how I read 22 books in January but I won’t be including any of my GraphicsAThon reads as I’ve already wrapped them up. With that being said, let’s get into the other 14 books I read this month and see where I’d rank them.
14. The Glass Hotel
Starting off with my least favorite book of the month, I’m going with The Glass Hotel which was one of the books Ellyn picked for our Love/Hate Challenge. I have to say that I think Ellyn hated this one because I did too. This story was completely confusing and it felt like it had no plot. Frankly it was super annoying and I’m confident in saying that Ellyn hated this one lmao. 2/5 stars
13. Rapper’s Delight (The Mogul #1)
Another book I really didn’t enjoy was Rapper’s Delight which follows a romance between two former lovers who reconnect as adults. While it seemed like a solid concept, this book suffered from a lack of editing, had too much drama and it felt like the author was trying to do too much. However, I do plan on writing this author’s other works so I’m not writing them off just yet. 2/5 stars
12. Muffin Compares to You (The Way To A Man’s Heart #2)
Getting into my middle-of-the-road reads, the first one has to be Muffin Compares To You which was a short insta-love story between a baker and the businessman who comes into her bakery. This series follows a pretty similar formula and this one was no expectation but I can’t complain. It was fluffy which was what I wanted but it wasn’t anything overly impressive. 3/5 stars
11. Love, Hate and Other Filters
The next average read for me was Love, Hate and Other Filters which is about a Muslim teen who has a pretty average life until a supposed terrorist shares her name and it’s basically how the world starts to treat her from that point on. Honestly, I felt like this book was split into two parts, the first part which was fun while the second part was incredibly heavy. That balance really threw me off but it wasn’t a bad read. 3/5 stars
10. Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
This was my other read from Ellyn for the Love/Hate Challenge. This one is a non-fiction essay collection by Amanda LeDuc which focuses on the presence of disabilities in fairy tales along with the lack of disabled characters who get happy endings. It’s such a unique read although I felt like it was a bit long at times. However, I do have to say that I feel like this would be Ellyn’s love book as the other was just annoying lmao so at least I think I have that right. 3/5 stars
9. My Dad’s Best Friend (A Touch of Taboo #3)
The next is one that was slightly above average and that’s My Dad’s Best Friend. This is the third book in A Touch of Taboo series by Katee Robert. If you couldn’t tell, this is a book where a girl hooks up with her dad’s best friend and honestly, it felt a little formulaic at this point. While it was a fun and sexy read, it wasn’t anything I haven’t read from her before. 3.5/5 stars
8. His Beauty
Moving onto my 4-star reads, my least favorite of the bunch was His Beauty by Jack Harbon which is his Beauty and the Beast retelling. It follows a girl who takes her father’s place as per the story but it takes a turn from there. It’s a much darker take on the story than the “Disney” version and in the end, the Beast stays a beast. It was a bit long for me, but I enjoyed my time, reading. 4/5 stars
7. The Ultimate Pi Day Party (Baldwin Village #1)
My next 4-star read was The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau. I read the prequel to this series in December and enjoyed it. This is a romance between a girl who owns a pie shop and the guy who hires her to cater his pi day party. It’s such a cute and fun romance although I do feel like the love interest was too worried about others rather than himself. He really put a lot of stock into his father who frankly was pretty terrible to him.
It was an incredibly cute read and made me even more excited to read the rest of the series. Honestly, I don’t really have much to complain about but it wasn’t a perfect read for me. 4/5 stars
My next 4-star read was another one by Jack Harbon and that’s Worship. This one is a second-chance friends-to-lovers story between two people who reunite at their high school reunion. Honestly, I felt like this one featured such a loving and adorable male character who pined so much for the heroine. It was so sweet but this novella was also SO steamy which I adored. Easily my favorite of all of Jack Harbon’s books I’ve read. 4/5 stars
The next 4-star on my list is ATE by Rilzy Adams. This one follows Tempest who hires a private chef to cook her and her best friend a meal. Her friend cancels and she ends up having a lot of fun with the private chef, Russell. This is just over 50 pages and basically sex from the start which I wasn’t mad about. Tbh I read this while I was sitting on my man’s lap the whole time if that show you how quick it was lmao. 4/5 stars
4. Snapped (Playbook #4)
Moving onto my 4.5 star reads, Snapped is the final book in the Playbook series and honestly, I was skeptical to read it. This book focuses on Elliott and Quinton’s romance in which Quinton is the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem and Elliott is his “PR manager.” Though the book focused on that, the book also focused on Elliott realizing that racism exists outside of her bubble and realizing her white father rasising her to be “color-blind” to races has harmed her a lot.
I can see why this book wasn’t loved by everyone, but I do think reading the author’s note really helped in understanding why Elliott acted the way she did. Honestly, I feel like this was the perfect end to this series (if it is the end!) and I’m so happy Alexa Martin decided to tell this story. 4.5/5 stars
This was actually the last book I read in January and this was honestly SO incredible. It was a short “sequel” to Go Deep as it follows the couple from that book getting married. I really enjoyed getting to see these characters again, loved see their wedding and I especially loved hearing their vows. As per Rilzy Adams’ usual style, this is super steamy too considering it’s only 37 pages. Easily a new favorite of hers. 5/5 stars
2. Make A Scene
I wrote a review of this one so if you want to know my thoughts, be sure to check that out. 🙂
1. A Worthy Opponent (Wicked Villains #3)
My favorite book I read in January was A Worthy Opponent which is the third book in the Wicked Villains series. I saved this book to read at my man’s house since I kne he was working one of the days when I was down there. This is Tink and Hook’s book which was incredibly delightful and I really enjoyed the tropes Katee Robert used with these two. I also LOVED how bratty Tink was and how much she “fought” Hook but you could tell the two had incredible chemstiry.
Once again, the only complaint I have was the major complaint I’ve had with all of these books. The conflict seems to come out of nowhere at the end and seems to detract from the rest of the story. Either way, I LOVED these two and their relationship. 5/5 stars
Those are the 14 non-graphic books I read in January. Personally, I feel like I had a great reading month and I read a lot of books I enjoyed. Even though I did have some 2 star reads, I do feel like I have a better handle on what I plan on reading in February. Also what do you guys think of this wrap-up style? Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.