2021 – first quarter standouts

Hi bookworms,

I think I’ve decided on a wrap-up format for this year. I’l be doing quarterly updates discussing the books that stood out. As I said in a previous post, I have been primarily reading contemporary romances and have been loving it. Looking through my nifty google doc, they have also been all by womxn authors with diverse backgrounds, which I am really happy about. I noticed last year that I have a hard time relating to romcom characters written by men.

Books read: 29

Books listened to: 1

Total pages read (includes “pages” from audiobooks): 10520

The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory

I started this series mid-December and finished book#5 (Party of Two) in early January – thus this series is in this round-up. I am super excited for book# 6 which gets released in July. These books are sort of stand-alones, so feel free to mix and match! I quite loved Party of Two because it made me feel all the feels.

The Friend Zone series by Abby Jimenez

This series is super quirky and enjoyable but tackles some heavier issues, like infertility and death. The characters are well written, complex, and feel real! Book# 3 was just released and I am 2 spots away from my library copy. Squeal!!!!!!

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

This novel was my introduction to Mhairi McFarlane and oh boy did I get hooked! The character development was excellent. The dialogue felt natural and the plot totally plausible. Plus, I love a good romcom involving established adults. I’ve since read three more of her novels but this one was my favorite so far.

The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn

Ok, truthfully, I didn’t think this one would be special. I picked it on a whim for my Amazon Prime First Reads and started reading it pretty much right away. Turns out, I was completely wrong. This novel had the perfect ratio of depth to fluff. It was romantic. It was raunchy. It was all around great!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

What’s not to love? (1) ridiculous plot – let’s send the MOH and best man in our honeymoon! (2) amazing setting – Hawaii! (3) and some of the wittiest dialogue I have read in a long time. This was my second Christina Lauren book and I wasn’t sure if I would love it since I felt pretty meh about The Honey-Don’t List. But, I am glad to report that this romcom was definitely a big hit. I am still swooning over the banter and quirky characters.

The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert

Y’all, I am still upset that there are no books left for me to read in this trilogy! Talia Hibbert is the queen of writing own-voices, totally endearing, super complex characters who strut through life like they own it despite their shortcomings and difficulties. She writes badass womxn but also wonderfully feminist men. I’ve read each of the previous books as soon as I got my grubby hands on them and I regret nothing! No surprise then that I devoured Act Your Age, Eve Brown the day it was released, in one sitting of course. Talia Hibbert, you better somehow squeeze more out of this series and write some stories for your adorable side characters! I need them in my life!

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

I almost didn’t read this because I have been a bit over YA in general, but specifically angsty YA romcoms. I am also a tad over the whole comicon trope. Well, I was schooled. This was actually quite a heavy story with so many lessons and a few very emotional ones. I think I would love to see this as a film or a graphic novel or both.

The Moose Springs, Alaska series by Sarah Morgenthaler

This series is sort of an honorable mention. None of the individual books received 5 stars from me, but as a whole, I adore them because of the Alaska setting, the curmudgeon town, and the adorable romances. Book #4 is still untitled but you can bet your last dollar I will be reading it as soon as I can.

I had a few more 5 star and several 4 star reads, so if you’re interest in my thoughts on those, find me on Goodreads here. I try to write at least a sentence or two for each book that I read. Tell me about your first quarter of 2021 in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “2021 – first quarter standouts”

  1. I added some of these to my TBR and some were already there. And some I have also read and loved (Brown Sisters!!!!). I bought the Wedding Date series last year and I really want to read them soon! Maybe for Dewey’s, ooohh!

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