I’m glad the last day of March is here! For me, this month felt much longer than 31 days and my brain felt like it was all over the place and my reading felt like that as well. This wasn’t my best reading month, many of the books I picked up that I really thought I was going to enjoy I didn’t.
The one positive for my reading this month was that I set a goal to only read books by women authors in honor of Women’s History Month and I’m glad I achieved it.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry*
Did I do a happy dance when I found out Berkley approved me for this title on NetGalley? Yes I did. I loved it, my favorite read of the month and it will definitely be one of my favorite reads of the year. I didn’t think Emily Henry could top my love for Beach Read, but this book did. Full review coming soon, this will be released on May 11.
Single and Forced to Mingle by Melissa Croce
I read this for one of my book clubs and if it wasn’t for that I definitely would have added this book the DNF list. It reminded me of the book He’s Just Not That Into You but while I really enjoyed that book when I read it years ago, this one after a while just felt tedious to get through. If you are younger than 25, this book is probably a better fit for you.
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
This book had been on my TBR for a while and I’m still not sure how I felt about it. Its a tough read because of what the characters go through and I do feel like I needed a little more closure in the end.
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler*
I grabbed this book when Wednesday Books offered it as Read Now on NetGalley and had that not happened, I probably would have never read it. YA is a genre I read here and there and at times I liked this book, but at other times I was like I need to be younger to appreciate it. It does have a really important message with the main character Lara, discovering her sexuality and I loved that there was Jewish representation in the book. This will be released on May 11.
The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson
I had such high hopes for this book based off of glowing reviews I had seen, but I was not really a fan. I do think it is a really important book to read on the topic of racism, but the main character Ruth made some very questionable decisions in the search for the son she had at 18 and was given up for adoption that sort of ruined the book for me.
Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho
This was an anticipated book for me, and while I did enjoy it and found myself laughing throughout it, I found the book to be too long. You can read my full review here.
The Party by Robyn Harding
This was another book club read and I really liked it. Robyn Harding has been an author on my TBR for a while so I’m glad I finally gave one of her books a try and will definitely read more by her. While I wouldn’t classify this book as a thriller, I thought it was a really good mystery book. For me, the pacing was really quick which I always love in books, and I liked that the chapters alternated between the perspectives of Hannah and her parents Kim and Jeff. And I loved the ending because it left me guessing what was the ultimate truth.
Shit, Actually by Lindy West
I listened to this on audio and Lindy West is a great narrator. I don’t watch a lot of movies so I probably have seen less than half of the films discussed, but I loved her perspective on them. Love, Actually is one of my favorite movies and I don’t know if I can ever watch it the same way again after West’s thoughts, which in hindsight are completely true about the movie. Highly recommend listening to this book.
A Summer to Remember by Erica Montgomery*
This was a strong debut book and I’ll definitely be interested in reading more by Erika Montgomery in the future. At times the story did feel a little slow and I wanted a little bit more devoted to the end that felt rushed. I also think this book definitely could have benefited from an epilogue, because after getting invested in the lives of the characters, I wanted to see where they all were the following summer. This will definitely be a great book to read on the beach when it is released on May 11.
The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak*
I’m a romance reader and this was the first time I’ve read a book by Brenda Novak thanks to Uplit Reads choosing me to be part of their campaign for the book. There is a lot going on in this book with the three storylines it follows of Autumn, Mary and Taylor. I found Mary’s secret and storyline to be the most interesting because going into the book I had no idea her storyline would go in the direction that it did and I liked the mystery that surrounded it. This will be released on April 6.
Everything After by Jill Santopolo
Jill Santopolo is an auto-read author for me and I loved this book. It broke my heart like her books always do when I read them and this one felt like her most honest and raw one yet. You can read my full review here.
Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy
This was the first book I took notes on and they consisted of WTF is going on? I really enjoyed this book and each time a new part started I was thrown for a loop with what was going on, which in my eyes makes this a great psychological thriller. I highly recommend this book and go in blindly, because the synopsis does not do this book justice.
* I was gifted a copy of the book either through NetGalley, the publisher, author, or a publicity services in exchange for an honest review.