My lord I can’t believe that it’s the start of a new year!!
After Christmas, I’ve had this new lease of life for both reading and my adorable we blog so this month might be a little overzealous but I’m in a good mood so I’m just going to go with it. I have been really bad for both not making TBR’s recently, as well as actually reading the TBR’s I do set. This year I plan to change that, hopefully I will manage everything this month.
I started this book back in July and am yet to finish it. I am only on Chapter 7 of The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, but the idea is really intriguing so far and the characters seem decent.
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast.
Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash.
Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly-imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson was the other book that I started last month and I am yet to have finished it. I hope to have it done the first week in January because it’s so gripping. A review should be up shortly in theory.
When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.
A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster . . .
The first book I want to read this month is The Pisces by Melissa Broder. I got it from Christmas after I had asked my Mum very nicely for it, since I had seen it in the Library and it was roped in by the gorgeous cover and the gripping blurb.
Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself. Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks. Whip-smart, neurotically funny, sexy, and above all, fearless, The Pisces is built on a premise both sirenic and incredibly real—what happens when you think love will save you but are afraid it might also kill you.
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen is the next Standalone I want to read. I’m not going to lie…I’m not completely enthralled by the idea of reading this, my best friend Anna lent it to me and I have been promising the read it for months now. I’m going to have to finally get around to it. I generally like Sarah Dessen’s works so hopefully I will enjoy this too.
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges. Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl. When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her. Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well. For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?
The next book I want to read this month is Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt. I hauled this a few months ago because it sounds amazing! Such an adorable romance and I am in the mood for wholesomeness recently.
Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret. Gorgeously fresh, funny and commercial YA romance from the author of Unconventional, and The Last Summer of Us.
Field Notes on Love by Jenifer E. Smith is the final book I plan on reading this month. Last year I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and I really enjoyed it, which has spurred me to read another one of Jenifer E. Smith’s books this month. Plus, a character is called Mae – it may not be spelt right by my understanding but hey it’s close enough!
Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions. Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons. When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?
I’ve only picked contemporary romances this month, it’s just a phase I’m going through. I also just realised by pure chance all the covers I picked to read this month are a gorgeous blue colour, so I guess its a thing for this month. As per usual, I will probably ignore this and pick up whatever book I feel like in that moment anyway 😂
I want to know what books you plan on reading this month or if you have read any of the ones I mentioned and think I should pick that up first?
See you soon ❤