It’s Monday & 2022 Reading Has Been a Mixed Bag So Far

January 24, 2022

I had so much to say before I started writing this post, and now that I’ve actually sat down to do it, I can’t remember what any of those things are.

I’m tired. This past week has felt like the longest week ever, probably because school is fully back in session. So many Zooms! Ugh. Anyway, onto the books.

Once again, I am starting the year off with adult books. Why? This, and I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW. But we’re just going to roll with it.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I appreciated (a lot!) that this book has a main character with chronic pain, and I loved seeing the daily realities of that reflected in the book, but this book had major pacing issues for me. The first half of the book seems to take place in three days (five?) and then the characters love each other, and I just couldn’t figure out when in time everything was. Also, this felt like a long read and–even though I was doing screen-free Saturday–I kept putting it down to do something else.

Things I liked:
– both main characters
– Gigi
– almost all of the dialogue
– that the author noted women can 100% be physically and emotionally abusive towards men AND that she called it abuse

There’s also a decent smut factor, if you’re into that sort of thing. I think most romance fans would probably like it.

View all my reviews No Words (Little Bridge Island #3)No Words by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The premise of this is basically “What if Nicholas Sparks was hot?” and honestly I am here for it.

Anyway, you already know that the more ridiculous a Meg Cabot heroine is the more likely I am to love her, so Jo basically ticked all my boxes. Because whom amongst us has not held a completely justified grudge against someone and then had that filter every single encounter we had with the person?

I loved all the Easter eggs of Things That Have Actually Happened to Authors as well as Jo thinking in some of her character Kitty Katz’s catchphrases. The note at the back says none of the characters are based on real people, but I am choosing to believe that Stephen King and his wife are actually as cool and fun as the extremely popular horror writer and his supportive wife (supportive of all authors!) in the book are.

I will be forever sad that Meg Cabot has no plans to write a book about the teens of Little Bridge Island, but this book is probably the closest we’ll get, so I’ll take it. It’s my fave of the series so far.

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And I know you are thinking that surely my next read is some brand of children’s list magic. But no! It is definitely not that. It’s another book for grown-ups! And it’s a horror book! It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.

the final girl support group by grady

I mean, I have read horror books before, but I don’t think I ever put one on my Christmas wish list. Anyway, I’m reading The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix, and I’m more than halfway through, so I’m definitely going to finish it. The premise is “What if horror movies and therefore the final girls in them were real?” Obvs, they would have a support group. And obvs sequels are a thing so the horror never really stops.

And that’s my reading so far for 2022. Anybody else’s reading take an unexpected turn lately?

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  1. The Widow Badass

    I know I’m super late to the party, but I just finished N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy and I loved it!


    • Akilah

      Yay, it’s so good!


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