With a brand new year brings a brand new Goodreads reading goal! I have again set myself the challenge of reading 24 books this year, that’s two books a month! I didn’t quite manage it last year but I’m really hope I can smash it and read even more than that. If January is anything to go by I think I might make it, I read MORE than about 4 times as many books this month than I expected, so I am off to a smashing start.
1. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This is one that I had been seeing all over booktube and knew that I just had to read it. Death cast calls people first thing on the morning that will be there end day. The story is about Mateo and Rufus who are both called by Death-Cast on the same day telling them they are going to die. They are both looking to make a new friend on their End Day and that is where the last friend app comes in. Whilst they are a bit skeptical of each other at first, they develop a trust and beautiful friendship (and possibly something more – you’ll have to read to find out) which inspires them to live out their final wishes on their last day. I am always 1000% here for books with positive representation and this has it in spades. It features a closeted Puerto-Rican main character as well was a bisexual cuban main character. It also delves into topics of anxiety, single parenthood, illness and death being just a few. I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait to delve into Adam’s other works.
2. Made – Millie Mackintosh ⭐
This was honestly a read to just get it ticked off my list so I could get rid of the book. I really wanted to read this when I purchased it a few years ago but now I wasn’t too fussed. It would be a great book for younger teens but it isn’t anything you haven’t read before in 100 other beauty, style and makeup bibles. I would thoroughly recommend buying one written by an actual professional in one of those areas instead. Would be right up your street though if you are a big MIC or Millie fan.
3. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This has been on my TBR for the longest time and I really don’t know why it took me so long to read this. I absolutely loved this book and it will forever be dear to my heart! It is such a lovely well written and heartwarming read. The story centres around the love story between Tanner and Sebastian which is so beautifully done. Tanner has recently moved from the open minded Palo Alto to the town of Provo and has been told to keep his bisexuality under wraps by his very accepting parents in fear of repercussions from the very strict religious town. That is until he takes a honours literature class and meets the class mentor, Sebastian. Sebastian took the class the previous year and is offering his help to this years students. Tanner’s heart is completely captured by Sebastian, the only problem? He belongs to a strict Mormon family where it is not okay to be anything but straight.
4. The Flat Loss Plan by Joe Wicks ⭐⭐
This was an extremely easy read as it was mostly just recipes and workouts. There was only about 30 pages of actual proper pages of texts. There are some really good hints and tips on how to maintain a healthy diet and the best ways to aid your fat loss. I have also bookmarked quite a few of the recipes – they look so good.
5. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was definitely a more sinister read than I was expecting but it had me hooked from start to finish. The book follows Romy, who is the only serving crew member on a spaceship travelling towards EarthII. She thinks she is all alone in space until a new passenger ship, The Eternity enters her orbit with another solo passenger, J. It starts as a cutesy ‘long distance’ rom-com but soon turns to a tad of the creepy side as it turns out J isn’t exactly what he seems. I am not normally a fan of swapping narratives between multiple writing forms but I loved the way this book incorporated a mix of fan fiction, letters and the standard novel format. This is the first book I have read from James but I definitely plan to check out some more of her works.
6. Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I know I have said this will literally every book this month but this has been so high on my TBR and I am so glad that I finally got around to this own voices novel. The story follows Maya an Indian-American Muslim as she weaves her way through typical teenage life – deciding what she wants to do at university, kissing boys and friendships. Until one day a terrorist attack happens in Maya’s local area and she no longer becomes safe in the place she calls home. She comes face to face with the prejudices that her family face when the violence and threats hit closer to home. As scared and daunted as Maya is she knows her life cannot stop moving forward on its current trajectory because of what has happened so she makes a decision not everyone is happy with. I absolutely adored this book and think Maya was brilliantly written, the mix of soppy romance and real world gritty topics was at times a little disjointed and more heavy on the romance but this book definitely gives you something to think about and shares a message that will stay with you way after you have read the final page.
7. The Model Method by Hollie Grant ⭐⭐⭐
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I picked it up from the library but I was pleasantly surprised. Unlike many other health and fitness books I have read in this past this was a lot more factual and this actually really drew in my attention. There was lots of history behind how pilates came to be, information on each of the muscles and joints in your body as well as all the different food groups and what they are good for. The book is also a great mix of the theory and the doing – the recipes look so good and the fitness elements look achievable and easy to follow.
8. Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell ⭐⭐
A very quick read at only 130 odd pages, but these two super cute stories that I wish could have been fleshed out more. The first chronicles the tale of Mags and Noel and what happens to them every new years eve as they slowly fall in love a little bit more each time. The second chronicles the story of Elena, a Star Wars fangirl who decides to queue for the latest film, where she meets fellow fan Gabe.
THAT’S A LOT OF BOOKS RIGHT! I am so damn proud of how much I have accomplished this month, and with a growing collection of TBR books I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store
Until Next Time,
Laugh, Love and Shop