What I’ve Been Reading Recently: January 2022 Reviews

Maybe blame it on waiting for some anticipated annual releases to come out, but I find that I usually spend January reading books. One of the themes of this reading update post is definitely popular books that I’ve avoided, but should’ve picked up sooner!

The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz – I’ve seen so much hype surrounding Erica Katz’s upcoming Fake (Release Date: February 22nd) that I finally decided to pick up her debut, The Boys’ Club. I think I originally heard about this one through Bad on Paper Podcast but something about it just didn’t grab me… and wow I wish I didn’t listen to my past self because I was SO addicted to The Boys’ Club. It was the definition of a book that I did not want to put down. The Boys’ Club follows recent law school grad Alex, who gets her first job working at a BigLaw firm in NYC. She soon starts doing work for the male-dominated M&A practice group. Definitely some darker themes, to say the least, (tw for alcohol & drug use, sexual assault & abuse), but this was the kind of book I didn’t want to end. My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

All the Feels by Olivia DadeAll the Feels was on so many readers’ favorite books of 2021 posts, so I decided to pick up this fan favorite from the library on a whim. This is the second book in the Spoiler Alert companion series – definitely don’t need to read the first book in order to understand All the Feels– following television star, Alex, who after a scandal/bar fight, & Lauren, an ER therapist who is assigned on 24/7 Alex watch to ensure that he doesn’t get into any more trouble.  I definitely see what all the hype is about, as Alex and Lauren’s romance is quite unique – I’d say it is a mix of enemies-to-lovers and opposites attract. However, I just couldn’t get into Alex as a character, and I kind’ve thought that it was weird he pictured Lauren as a bird?? I did ultimately enjoy this one, but it just wasn’t my FAVORITE. My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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One last semi-August mini review round up! Today, I’m going to be sharing mini reviews a few more books that I read towards the end of August and the first few of my September reads. This is my first week at work and while I am really excited about my job (I’m teaching middle school English) & like being back in a work routine, I am definitely going to miss my summer days spent reading, especially since I know that I won’t be reading as much in September as I did in August. As was the theme of my summer reading, today I have a few contemporary fiction reads and yes, 4 Elin Hilderbrand books, to recap. 

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams – Seven Days in June is THE romance book that has taken over my bookish feeds over the past few months. I knew the book featured two Black protagonists, but I didn’t know much else going into it. A few book recommendation sources have recommended this one if you’re in a book hangover after reading Robinne Lee’s The Idea of You, and while I think fans of that book will still enjoy Seven Days in June, Seven Days in June has much more serious and darker tone (and doesn’t have the whole older woman dating a younger celebrity synopsis). Seven Days in June follows two famous Black authors, Eva & Shane, who are both connected by their past in high school (warnings for drug and alcohol abuse and self harm). I really liked Tia William’s writing style and the writing plot lines surround Eva and Shane’s careers. Eva also has an autoimmune disorder that largely affects her lifestyle, which was overall something I haven’t read in a book before. My Rating: 4/5 Stars 

The Rehearsals by Annette Christie – Everyone knows that I’m up for any book about weddings, which led me to Annette Christie’s debut, The Rehearsals. This contemporary read follows college sweethearts Megan and Tom & their disastrous rehearsal dinner before their wedding. After a mega fight, Megan and Tom wake up on the morning of their wedding, only to become stuck in a Groundhog Day-type loop where they repeat the day of the rehearsal dinner again. The time-loop premise totally worked for me in this one, having loved exploring the what-ifs in Tom and Megan’s relationship and their relationship development through the repeated days. I totally admit that I have a love-hate relationship with the ending. I wanted more closure but also I sometimes like a what’s next kind of ending (trying to avoid spoilers). My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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