Hello there! How are you doing? It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted. And since it’s the Valentine’s week, I’m gonna share with you guys my recent romance reads + my January 2021 wrap up with brief reviews. So, let’s do it!
Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern (🌟🌟🌟)
It was my first book of the year and I’m really glad that I kicked off 2021 with such an extraordinary story of love, friendship, and resilience. It follows two teenagers – a guy with cystic fibrosis and a girl with depression – who become friends and eventually fall in love. I loved the CF rep and the mental illness rep and also, their adorable friendship and eventually, their romance. However, I couldn’t connect a lot with the characters and they didn’t feel real to me somehow, which is why I’ve given it 3-stars. There’s mentions of suicide in this book and a character attempts suicide, so beware of that before diving into to. All in all, it was an incredible read and would’ve been even better if one of the main characters had felt a little more fleshed out to me.
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
The thing about this book is, I don’t know how to talk about it briefly. I want to gush about it in length but I’m not gonna write a full review of it here lol. I’m very exited writing about this because it’s a story of a girl who is a successful book blogger with a pseudonym. She moves to another state where she meets a guy who she already knows online as he’s also a part of the book blogging community and makes a comic. However, she doesn’t tell him who she is for some reasons and ends up being his girlfriend and it just leads to confusion and chaos. I ADORED this book. I’m a sucker for cutesy contemporaries and that’s exactly what it is, plus it also highlights book blogging and the author actually gets it right! I recommend it to every book blogger out there, lol! A huge trigger warning for death and grief, though.
DIMILY Series by Estelle Maskame (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
After finishing a cutesy romance, I realized I wanted to read more romance and ended up finishing the DIMILY series. Last year, I had read Did I Mention I Love You and Just Don’t Mention It. This January, I finished reading Did I Mention I Need You, Did I Mention I Miss You, and Did I Mention It’s 10 Years Later. Tbh, I had no idea I was gonna love it as much as I did. This series follows Tyler and Eden — step-siblings who have never met each other until one of them is called to spend their summer with their dad – falling in love. In the first book, Tyler is kind of an ass, and Eden isn’t a likable character either. I wasn’t their fan in the first book, so I didn’t think I would enjoy reading the next few books. However, Tyler’s attitude did a full 180 in the sequels and he came across as someone quite mature than in the first book, so I loved reading this series, I’m happy with the cute ending as well.
Find You In The Dark Series by A. Meredith Walters (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
I also reread the Find You In The Dark duology in the month of January. I had read this book back in 2018 when I didn’t have a blog, but I ended up reviewing it a year later
Goodreads and also my blog. This book follows two high-schoolers – Maggie, who falls in love with a guy named Clay, who’s diagnosed with BPD and bipolar disorder. Their relationship is toxic in the beginning but towards the end of the series, they find a way to make it healthy despite their struggles. I didn’t think I was gonna love this series as much as I did before because of my changed reading tastes, but I’m glad I did. I do not agree with my review of it that I wrote in 2018 though and my thoughts have changed. I also had a hard time reading it in Maggie’s POV because she was a very flawed character and sometimes came off as mean. Aside from that, it was an enjoyable read. A trigger warning for attempted suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, homophobia, child-abuse, neglectful parenting, and self-harm.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Saint Anything is my first Sarah Dessen book and I’m glad I read this one because it had some wonderful reviews on Goodreads. Although I wouldn’t consider it romance, but a huge chunk of it was romance. This story follows a girl whose brother is in prison, and she has to deal with her parents’ anxiety and lack of acknowledgment of her. This book focuses on her life and how she falls in love with someone even though her parents discourage it. I really, really loved this book and I think I’m going to reread it again in some time because I loved it so much. I loved the romance and the awesome friendships and in fact, I loved the adults in this book (except for a few). Over all, it was a beautiful book about struggles and love and friendships.
So, that’s all for today! I hope you guys have an amazing weekend. Do tell me if you have read these books in the comments below so that we can chat about them. Adios.