Books I’ve Read So Far This Year!

My goal for 2020 was to read 35 books and I’m already almost half way there. I’ve been averaging about 5-6 books a month and I am so proud of myself! I am also participating in the Pop Sugar 2020 Reading Challenge and I’ve been able to check off some of the books on that list too! I love to read and I am so glad I am actually taking the time to sit down and do it!

  1. What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand


    My Rating: 3/5 Stars
    The sequel to Winter in Paradise was highly anticipated for me and I think I liked it better than the first book. It was a little slow at some points and I cant say that I really like a lot of the characters (most are really annoying lol) I did enjoy it and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

  2. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover


    My Rating: 5/5 Stars
    If you’ve been following me for awhile you’d know that Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and I love every single one of her books. This one was no different! I loved how it had both the mother & daughter’s point of view and showed their relationship after going through a huge tragedy. And the twist!! Wow! I loved it.

  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

    My Rating: 3/5 Stars
    I decided to start reading this because I wanted to watch the TV show on Hulu but knew I needed to read the book first. I have mixed feelings about it. I will say that I enjoy the show a lot more than the book. It took me awhile to get into and was a hard read at times. I appreciate the story and I think it’s really scary, especially with everything going on right now. However, it was just okay for me. I will definitely read the sequel at some point this year.

  4. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

    My Rating: 4/5 Stars 
    This was the January Bad Bitch Book Club pick and I really enjoyed it! It’s different from the usual fiction I love to read but it was a welcomed change. It helped me view my therapist in a new light as well. I think sometimes we forget that therapists are people to and could also be struggling like we are. And it made me realize that the things we are telling them could impact them as well. Overall I really liked this selection! I think it could have been about 50-75 pages shorter because some parts really did drag for me. Still loved!

  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green


    My Rating: 2/5 Stars
    Okay. I really wanted to like this but ehhhh. I didn’t hate it by any means but it just didn’t do anything for me. It had been on my TBR list for years so I finally decided to read it but yeah….just wasn’t it for me. It has so many great reviews but I just don’t see it. I do like John Green’s other books so I was surprised to not like this one but it was something about the way he wrote Alaska that just annoyed me.

  6. Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat


    My Rating: 4/5 Stars
    I love Edwidge Danticat and really enjoy her books! In February I decided to read books written only by Black authors in honor of Black History Month and decided to start with this! It’s composed of different stories but they all sort of intertwine with each other. These short stories were amazing and leave us with a little suspense while we’re reading.

  7. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones


    My Rating: 4/5 Stars
    I really REALLY enjoyed it but I felt super angry towards most of the characters. I’m not necessarily upset over the ending because it’s realistic, but I was mad at a lot of the decisions that the characters made and I just wanted to shake them all and say “HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION PLEASE!!!! Stop beating around the bush!!” I’m was kind of sad because of the way I felt lol. Overall a really good book though with a great story.

  8. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson 

    My Rating: 4/5 Stars
    This was Bad Bitch Book Club’s February pick and VERY different. I loved the style of how it was written! It has a bunch of different points of view and really helps you to get to know each character in the book.
  9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


    My Rating: 4/5 Stars
    I really enjoyed this book. I was very upset for the characters throughout the story and my heart was breaking but it was realistic and that made me really appreciate it. I LOVED the ending! And how it all came back full circle!

  10. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


    My Rating: 2/5 Stars
    Not my favorite book ever. It was awful by any means, but it just felt very dry. I couldn’t appreciate the main character because she just felt so one-dimensional.

  11. Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover


    My Rating: 5/5 Stars
    A short Novella based off of the characters from my all-time favorite book! So, I knew I was going to enjoy this one! And I definitely did.

  12. Open Book by Jessica Simpson


    My Rating: 5/5 Stars
    Okay guys!! This was my favorite book so far! I LOVED this! Reading about Jessica Simpson’s life, marriage and career was so fascinating and really opened my eyes! I used to love Newly Weds so reading the behind the scenes was nostalgic but also made me so sad for her. I think everyone should read this!

  13. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather


    My Rating: 3/5 Stars
    So this is a re-read for me but I used it as one of my prompts for the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. The prompt was for a western novel and that is just not my favorite genre so I didn’t want to really try and read something new that I knew I wouldn’t be able to get through. This story is good but sad. The best part is the descriptions of the scenery.

  14. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite


    My Rating: 3/5 Stars
    Satire but just okay for me. I kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen but it just never did. I completely forgot the book was even about a serial killer while I was reading.

  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


    My Rating: 3/5 Stars
    Another re-read for another Pop Sugar prompt. I actually listened to this as an audio book because I’ve read it before and really enjoyed listening to it! It opened up a whole new world of audio books for me! It’s a classic but not my favorite book ever.

  16. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


    My Rating: 5/5 Stars 
    I really loved this! I love young adult books so I knew I would enjoy it! It was a fun read and made me happy! I also really liked the storyline and all of the characters!

 

XO

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