Books I Plan to Reread This Year!

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with a lot of books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am.

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with some books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am. These are in no particular order!

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

I had lukewarm feelings about the first and third book of this series, and with the next book coming out soon-ish, I want to give these a reread. ACOMAF was an all-time favorite of mine, so I want to see if my opinion has changed on that.

THE BOOKS OF BAYERN

I’ve read The Goose Girl probably close to 10 times, but I’ve only read the other books in this series once, maybe twice. I finally bought them all when they came out with these gorgeous new editions! They are gonna be super quick reads.

SIX OF CROWS

I really loved this series when I was reading it, though I do remember being confused by Crooked Kingdom. I would like to savor these a little bit more this time around because I was definitely rushing the first time.

MISTBORN

As I am writing this, I just started reading The Eleventh Metal, a short story to go with this series, and it gave me a HUGE rush of nostalgia for these books! The atmosphere, the characters, the magic, I loved it all! I can’t decide if I want to reread the second era as well. I think I would enjoy them more the second time around because I know what to expect.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

I seriously adored this book the first time around! I want to feel that way again. This book is unlike anything else I’ve read before.

STRANGE THE DREAMER

Laini’s writing is absolutely stunning and I want to experience it again! Also, these books just speak to my soul, okay I need to reread them.

AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN BOOKS

I related to Starfish when I read it more than any other book I had read before. Both of her books are beautifully written and are so powerful. I can’t wait for her next book!

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

I read this series right when I started getting back into reading and I loved it! I know I got a little burnt out on them by the last book, so I may try and space them out a little more this time.

THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS

This book is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t normally love books of short stories, but the artwork combined with the creative and memorable stories makes this one of my favorites.

Do you have any goals to reread this year?

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Books with Satisfying Endings!

This might seem like a late post about how bad the Game of Thrones ending was, but nope (I jumped ship on that one years ago), I’ve just been pretty disappointed with book endings lately. There have been so many books that I’ve loved, then the ending just falls so flat, so it got me thinking about books that actually have satisfying endings!

This might seem like a late post about how bad the Game of Thrones ending was, but nope (I jumped ship on that one years ago), I’ve just been pretty disappointed with book endings lately. There have been so many books that I’ve loved, then the ending just falls so flat, so it got me thinking about books that actually have satisfying endings!

While writing this post, I realized that I have a specific type of ending I love: wrapped up, but still somewhat open-ended, so you can imagine what the characters are up to in the future. I don’t like it when endings are super neat and easy.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I just reviewed this book, but I loved it so much that I need to talk about it again! The ending to this book was really, really good. It has been one of the only satisfying romance endings that I have read recently. It doesn’t feel rushed and pretty much everything is wrapped up, but it is left open enough that you’re not absolutely sure what happens in the future. The ending to this book also left me feeling super hopeful!

The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson knows how to write a damn good ending, both for each book in a series, as well as for the series as a whole. His endings leave me absolutely breathless. Usually, the climax is so action-packed, but at the same time, everything makes sense within the world that he’s made. The Hero of Ages, the last book in the original Mistborn series, had a spectacular ending! I’m pretty sure I walked around in a daze for the rest of the day after I finished this book because I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.

The Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor

It has been a little while since I read these books, but I remember feeling so satisfied with the ending! It wraps up the conflict of the story, but it is open enough that, once again, you can imagine what happens to the characters next. The ending of this duology was great, but honestly, these entire books were SO good!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is the only book on the list that doesn’t end in an open-ended, anything could happen next kind of way. It has a pretty definitive ending, but it just felt really powerful and I left the book feeling very satisfied. This book gets recommended everywhere, but it is so worth it.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The ending of this book definitely gave me a classic “lay in bed and stare at the ceiling while thinking about the amazing book you just finished” moment. This is a big book, so there is a lot to wrap up, but it was done so well. Things that needed answers got answers that made sense considering the world.

LGBT+ Book Recommendations!

Happy Pride Month! This is a perfect time to share some of my favorite books that include characters in the LGBT+ community!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Synopsis: In this Snow White retelling, the relationship between Lynet and her stepmother Mina seems to be doomed from the start, unless both of them can change.
Why I Liked It: Aside from featuring a F/F romance, this book is a super unique retelling and the mother/daughter relationship is so interesting!

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Synopsis: Vlogger and baker extraordinaire Bitty joins his college hockey team, and just might be in love with his team captain, Jack.
Why I Liked It: Bitty is absolutely adorable, as is the romance, and the friendships between the hockey team members are so good and supportive!

Simon Vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Bekcy Albertalli

Synopsis: Simon has not come out as gay yet, so he emails another boy at his school, both under fake names.
Why I Liked It: The romance was really cute and I love the email trope!

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Synopsis: With tensions on both sides of the world brewing, Ead must secretly protect the Queen of Inys.
Why I Liked It: High epic fantasy with an amazing F/F relationship, other diverse characters, and a super interesting plot and world? Sign me up!!

The Seven Husbands of Eveyln Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis: Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo is finally opening up her years in the spotlight, as well as her seven husbands.
Why I Liked It: Eveyln Hugo seriously feels like a real person and I could not put this book down! I don’t want to say too much because I feel like it’s better to not know too much about this book going in, but it does feature multiple characters in the LGBT+ community.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Synopsis: Twins Hazel and Ben live on the edge of a forest inhabited by the fair folk, including a faerie boy asleep in a glass coffin.
Why I Liked It: This is such a good faerie book and it also features a M/M relationship!

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Synopsis: After the death of her sister, Rumi moves to Hawaii to live with her aunt.
Why I Liked It: This book deals so many things, including grief, so it can be pretty heavy, but the main character is also asexual!

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Synopsis: Each year, eight girls are chosen to be the concubines of the king, but this year, Lei is chosen as the ninth.
Why I Liked It: I really enjoyed the F/F relationship in this, as well as the fantasy setting!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Synopsis: First Son Alex and HRH Henry of Wales must pretend to be friends in order to stop an international issue, but along the way, they fall in love.
Why I Liked It: This book features multiple gay and bisexual characters, the romance was cute, and I really enjoyed the rest of the plot!

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Synopsis: While living in a very Morman town in Utah, bisexual Tanner falls for the boy who is helping out in his writing class.
Why I Liked It: This had an interesting setting and discussion of religion, and it was overall pretty cute.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis: After the events of Six of Crows, the characters are left to once again fight for their lives.
Why I Liked It: This book features a cute M/M romance and also the friendships between all of the characters are great!

What are some of your favorite books featuring LGBT+ characters? I am always looking for recommendations!

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Synopsis: Hannah goes back to LA after roaming the country after college. On a night out with her friends, she has two choices: go home with her friend, or stay out with her high school ex-boyfriend. Alternating chapters show her life after each decision.

Genre: Contemporary

Published: July 7th, 2015

Pages: 342

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis: Hannah goes back to LA after roaming the country after college. On a night out with her friends, she has two choices: go home with her friend, or stay out with her high school ex-boyfriend. Alternating chapters show her life after each decision.

Non-Spoiler Review:

I will have a spoilers section of this review! This is one of those books that I think it is good to go into kind of blind, so I will try to be as vague as possible.

I LOVED The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so I did not want to be disappointed by this book, and I am happy to say that I wasn’t! I love how Taylor Jenkins Reid puts interesting twists on stories by using new formats and I think she has just an overall interesting writing style.

One problem that I noticed was that this book is advertised as a romance. It definitely isn’t a romance in a traditional sense, although there is romance, so I think many people could be disappointed if they were expecting something else.

I absolutely loved how the two stories diverged. When I heard about the premise, I didn’t really think a simple choice could effect so much, but it really does. It was really interesting to get information from one plotline that hadn’t come into play yet in the other plotline. I have seen reviews where people have thought this is repetitive, but I didn’t really get annoyed by it until the very end.

I definitely found myself rooting for one plotline over the other. I won’t say which, but in the one I liked, I just felt like Hannah accomplished her original goal more. She moved back to LA to basically find purpose and change her life, and I think she did that much more than in the other plotline.

Without getting too much into spoilers yet, I think this book has so many important themes and messages that I took away from it. I loved the friendship aspect of this book so much, and even more so because we get to see it twice. I think the book really questions fate, soulmates, and the power of our choices.

The one thing I didn’t love about this book was that at times, the format was confusing. There was no way to distinguish between which chapter was which plotline, so sometimes I got confused. They were alternating, but if I just picked the book up, then I would have to take a second to orient myself.

Overall, I really loved this book. I definitely want to check out most of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books because they leaving me feeling some kind of way.

SPOILERS

Oh man, I liked the Henry plotline! I didn’t think anything was wrong with Ethan, but we as readers didn’t get to see their relationship develop, so I wasn’t very invested in it. I also liked Henry’s plotline because of what I said above about Hannah accomplishing her goals, as well as it challenged the idea that you could be fated to end up with someone.

I absolutely adored Hannah and Gabby’s friendship. When Hannah said that her home was with Gabby, I lost it. I think that Gabby is Hannah’s soulmate, because I don’t think soulmates have to be romantic. Going into the book, I thought that Ethan was going to be Hannah’s endgame, no matter the plotline, but it was Gabby.