Reading Round-Up

Lately, I’ve been waiting for a specific update in my writing journey (and have been hoping for great news!). While I’m in somewhat of a state of limbo, I have been having some ideas float around for what stories I’d like to tell next, but mostly I haven’t been writing as much. I’ve been reading…. And reading. And reading. In 4 months, I’m already at 12 of the 36 books I had the goal of reading this year. Considering I have a full time job and also had to listen to the new Taylor Swift album in full multiple times as if that were my full time job, I’m pretty happy to have already enjoyed so many books this year.

This year, I’ve already read some pretty phenomenal books that have made me fall even more in love with reading and how much fun it can be to take that journey. I have started posting more on GoodReads so if you ever want a more timely update on what’s on my bookshelf, go check it out! 

First off… I started the year with Just Another Missing Person by Gillian McCallister. I had read Wrong Place, Wrong Time when it was a Reese’s Book Club pick and was excited to have another Gillian McCallister book on my nightstand. Even more so because my husband bought it for me as an unexpected present! It’s a mystery about the lengths a parent would go to protect their child. Solid 4 stars, would recommend. 

I dove into a couple more Reese’s Book Club picks with The Christie Affair and Daisy Jones & the Six. The Christie Affair was good, not necessarily my cup of tea but I enjoyed it (3 out of 5). Daisy Jones was incredible. I had read the rest of TJR’s old Hollywood quartet and avoided Daisy Jones because I worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype. It did… and then some! I adored the story and cannot wait to watch the show. 

I checked out another mystery, The Kind Worth Saving. It’s the second in a ‘series’ by Peter Swanson with some similar characters and a story with an overall similar feel. Finally, I hopped into Oprah’s Book Club pick Hello Beautiful by Ann Neapolitano. It was a charming story about the trials a family endures. 

And then… I remembered I am enamored by fantasy books!! I opened Fourth Wing and the past several weeks have really gotten away from me. Fourth Wing, Iron Flame, and all five books of the ACOTAR series. A Court of Mist and Fury (the second in the series) is by far my favorite, but overall they were just compulsively delightful to read and I can’t wait to keep discovering new books this year!

Aly

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