What I’ve Been Reading: January 2023

I’ve had a really strong start to 2023 when it comes to my reading. At the time of writing this post, I’ve read 7 books so far in 2023! In true new year, not so me new fashion, I’m behind on sharing my thoughts on some of those books, so here’s some mini thoughts on some books I’ve read this year. I’m feeling a little inspired by 2022 rounds-ups from people like Abby of Write On With Miss G, who shared their thoughts on ALL the books they read in 1 sentence per book. 

The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walthers – The Summer of Broken Rules is the kind of book I would save for a summer day, following a girl staying at her family’s Martha Vineyard’s estate for her cousin’s weekend & whose swept in a family-wide game of assassin. I totally understand the hype for this book for its cute romance, summer setting, and focus on family & loss, as the main character has recently lost her older sister. I’m looking forward to reading K.L.Walther’s debut and her 2023 release, What Happens After Midnight. My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

The Villa by Rachel Hawkins – I admit that I likely would’ve passed on Rachel Hawkins’s latest release if it hadn’t been picked as Bad on Paper’s January Book Club pick. This book has been hyped as The White Lotus meets Daisy Jones & the Six meets thriller. I see the comparisons based on the book’s setting (Italian villa) and premise, since the story alternates between two kind’ve best friends’ vacation and the villa’s past when a famous rockstar stayed there and someone was murdered, but wouldn’t necessarily recommend the book based on those comparisons alone. The book also has the addictive quality everyone has talked about (I gobbled it up in one afternoon spent sitting on the couch), but I don’t think it will be particularly memorable and there’s a plot hole or two that’s still bothering me (being as non-spoiler as possible, but if you’ve read it, the thing that was hidden and where it was found..). My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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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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