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Wrap up: August, September, October

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted on here. My life has been pretty busy so far, and sadly I neglected my blog a bit. I’m trying to fix that now, so here I am again with a wrap up post for the post three months!

August

In August I finished 9 books. I’m quite surprised at that amount of books as these last few months have kind of felt like one big reading slump. Apparently not so much!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Maybe Not is the prequel to Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. Although I enjoyed Maybe Someday a bit more, Maybe Not was also a very amusing book in which I got to know a lot of background information about most of the characters.

I am now very excited to finish Maybe Now, the sequel to Maybe Someday.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Perfect on Paper was the first Sophie Gonzales book I have ever read, and I must say: I was not disappointed at all. I thought it was such an amazing book that touches upon some very important topics. These topics were all handled very well by Gonzales.

I can’t wait to finally read Only Mostly Devestated and If This Gets Out.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well well well. If you really know me, you know that I’m a sucker for Matt Haig books. I love them. I love his writing style, his plots, etc. I also love his non fiction books. They have a soothing effect on me, which I can’t explain.

So I guess I don’t have to tell you how happy I felt when my signed copy from Blackwell’s arrived in July. I immediately started reading the book, but with Haig’s non fiction books, I tend to take my time. That’s why I only finished it in August.

I don’t know if there’s anything more to say than that I absolutely loved The Comfort Book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Existence of Amy is such an insightful read. I think it gives a very accurate view on anxiety, OCD and depression. At times, Amy’s hurt really broke my heart. Amy is a woman that has to go through so much mental hurt, and that doesn’t leave the reader unaffected. Amy keeps her mental hurt a secret to the people around her, and goes through them all alone. You can clearly see her fighting for help throughout the story, but her OCD, depression and anxiety keep her from seeking help. She had to battle her own thoughts everyday, every minute, every second.

The underlying message of this book is really important: a good support system is so so important. This story was touching and heartbreaking, and it left me thinking about life for a while after reading it.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Better Than The Movies is another book I added to my favorite books read in 2021. The feel good effect this book had on me was big, plus it covered some important topics such as grief, and it was all handled greatly by the author. This book touched me in so many ways, but also made me incredibly happy. I even designed a bookmark after reading it! (You can find it here if you’d like to take a look).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t think I have ever read a second chance romance, but I can say that I definitely enjoyed Don’t Let The Music Die. At the same time, the beginning of this book gave me enemies to lovers vibes, which I’m always in for. Don’t Let The Music Die deals with so many important topics.

I really loved Matt. He is such a fun character, but at the same time he’s dealing with his own insecurities, which were written down so beautifully by Boyle. I also think Avery’s anxiety is portrayed so well. It’s hard to write it down the right way, but I think Boyle did a great job. The “secret” Avery hid from Matt is one I guessed at around 50% of the book already, but I still doubted if I was right from time to time. It didn’t bother me that I had “guessed” it long before.

I really loved Don’t Let The Music Die, Boyle never seems to disappoint me.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely was the first fantasy-ish book I have ever read in my entire life, and I must say: I was surprised by how much I liked it. I thought it was brilliant. It had some plot twists I didn’t expect. For me, it was a fast-paced book, which I always like. I like to fly through books and I definitely did with this one.

I’m so excited to see if I like the second part – A Heart So Fierce and Broken – just as much.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Confetti is a fairly short poetry book. I started reading it on a Tuesday afternoon and finished it within an hour. I really loved the simplicity of the poems in this book. They are very poetic and carry a lot of emotion along with them. The graphics that were added from time to time really add to the poems and bring them to life a bit.

Some of my favorite poems were: “Wilderness”, “Who am I”, “What I need” and “Dear Mr Anxiety”. The poem I connected with most was “Dear Mr Anxiety”. I recognised myself in it, which I love when reading poetry.

I couldn’t personally connect with a lot of poems, which is why I give Confetti 3 stars. Nevertheless I did enjoy reading this book. It gave me a sort of peace.

Thank you to the author Zuzanna Szostak for the review copy. This did not affect my opinion in any way.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Apart from already loving the cover of this book, I also loved the book itself. I thought the first half of the book was a tiny bit slow-paced, but once I got fully into the book, I flew through it. I loved the little history between Jason and Olive. And not to forget, I love that Olive was a romance novel writer. I think that really added to the book.

Overall I just really loved the plot of this book.

September

In September I read a total of 10 books. I was really into the reading vibe this month!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things is such a good book. It is very empowering and inspirational, yet it also contains a lot of emotional poems. I think this could easily be one of my favorite Amanda Lovelace books so far.
The reason why I gave this book 4 stars is because it was a bit repetitive at times. Nevertheless it was a very empowering read.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a delightful read!
The story is about Olivia meeting a struggling actor in a coffee shop. Even though the book only focused on Olivia, I really liked that. We get to read how her day goes on every February 4th for a decade. It’s lovely to see her growth and also see the mistakes she makes.
I didn’t expect the plot twist at the end, which I love. I was so sucked into the story that I didn’t even see the twist coming. It surprised me in a good way and it rounded up the story amazingly.
My favorite character was Liam. He said a lot of wise quotes, which I loved him for.
This book made me smile and didn’t turn out to be the cliché story I thought it would be.

Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the e-arc.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I can’t help but love Rupi Kaur‘s poetry books. I loved Milk & Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers, and Home Body was no different. I think I even loved Home Body more than Kaur’s previous two books. So much emotions were included into the poems, and they really touched me.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ahhh, I loved this book too much. It made my heart swell and made me smile most of the time.
I loved the chemistry between Noah and Juliet. They are a real fun duo. I also really loved the dogs in this book, oop.
I couldn’t stop reading once I started this book and that says a lot for me. It made me laugh, it made me cry.

Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for the e-arc.

PS: after reading and reviewing this book I found out the whole book was based on an actor the author seems to be obsessed with? Not sure what to think about that.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a strong story. I flew through this book because I was so intrigued by it. It was mysterious in a way that it was intriguing. I think the story was build so well. And even though the book has an open ending, it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I started reading A Monster Calls, I was a bit ??? at first. It was all a bit mysterious and I wasn’t sure what the story was building up to. Eventually, it all became clearer and clearer by the page and I thought it was beautiful. It is such a different story from what I normally read, but it was different in such a good way!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I liked this poetry collection more the further I got into the book. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it, but I ended up doing just that. There were a lot of poems I recognized myself in, I love feeling that recognization in poetry books.
I think Angemeer did a great job in putting down her feelings and experiences into words.
I will definitely check out Angemeer’s other poetry books.

To Hate Adam Connor is the sequel to To Love Jason Thorn. I loved how the storyline of Olive and Jason (from book one) is intertwined with the storyline of Lucy and Adam. It adds to the story and makes you remember book one as well. I loved this Ella Maise book once again. I may have liked it a bit less than To Love Jason Thorn. Still, this story was way different than Olive and Jason’s story was, but I still flew through it because I liked it that much.

Can I say I love this cover again? Please.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really really loved One Night Only. It made me laugh a lot, which I adore in books!
I finished this book in 3 days, which was fairly quickly as I was in a reading slump at the time. The pacing and the writing were just my cup of tea. I also really liked the characters. They were so realistic and real. I felt a lot of empathy towards both Sarah and Declan.
I definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a cute and fluffy read!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ahhh, A Kiss for Carter was so different from the two previous books in this series (you can read my review for book 1 and book 2 on my blog). It was so different, yet I loved it just as much again. I can definitely say that A Kiss for Carter was a bit less steamy than the previous two books and that there was less tension between the characters. However, this was such a sweet and fluffy story. Both Carter and Judith have their own insecurities which are shown very clearly throughout the story, but together they try to work their way through it, which I found to be adorable.

At this point I’m not entirely sure if a Davina Stone book could ever disappoint me.

October

Somehow I only read 1 book in October. Shocking, but totally okay in my opinion.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This poetry book was okay to me. I read a lot of poetry books, and this one fell into the ‘okay’ category. It’s not that I thought it was bad, but I also didn’t think it was very great either.

Some of the poems I read in this book were very simplistic, which I’m not always a fan of. I’m more of a fan of poems with deep meanings behind them and a lot of emotions. That wasn’t the case for me with this book.

However, that’s just my opinion and you might absolutely love this poetry book!


Have you read any of the books I read? If yes, which one and did you like it?

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