I did it, y’all!! I hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal! Actually, considering I read more than my goal, I totally smashed it. Heck yes! Gimme a high five!
I’d like to thank the several 4-hour long train rides I had this year, the delayed flights, and the ebook section of my public library. Those are the MVPs that allowed me to read 50 books this year. Without them, I never would have gotten this far.
I’ll be doing a round-up post for all of my favorite reads of 2019, but for now, here’s what I read in December!
(all summaries and covers courtesy of Goodreads)
1. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.
Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:
– Nude pics are by invitation only
– If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice
– Protect your heart
Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears.
Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won’t fumble their second chance, but she’s wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…
3.25 out of 5 stars
Oof, I hate to say this, but I didn’t really like the FMC. I’m one to hold a grudge, believe me, but she made me want to take her by the shoulders and give her a good, hard shake. I warmed up to her a little as the story went on, but as a whole… not my favorite character, even though she did have one of my favorite names and I appreciated that she was a slightly “older” single woman who was driven and focused on her career. Honestly, I feel bad that I couldn’t like her more. Samson, though? What a good boy. I loved him.
Was glad to see the topics this book took on (CTE, work place harassment, etc.) but overall, the plot fell a little flat for me.
2. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Whew, that was a wild “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” ride of a book. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much chaotic energy while reading before. Kind of like a crash in slow motion that you can’t look away from.
This one definitely started our strong, but by the time we finally made it to Saturday (the wedding day) I was already tired of everything going wrong. It just didn’t feel funny or entertaining anymore. This book honestly needed to be about a 100 pages shorter. Maybe then it wouldn’t have felt so draggy. Still pretty entertaining overall though.
3. Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchi
She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.
No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.
Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.
But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.
Their real vice may be each other
2 out of 5 stars
This one has been sitting on my Kindle for ages, another one of those books I downloaded for free and never got around to reading. Since I had yet another boring train journey ahead of me and no currently library loans, I figured it was time I started going through all the ebooks I own.
But y’all… what the fuck was this book. Both main characters were (obviously) massive garbage fires. Together they were even worse. Would have much preferred if this was an adult book, not new adult. Honestly, I feel like it’s books like this one that give the entire genre of NA the rep of only being about college kids having wild sex.
So yeah, this one just was not for me.
4. Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
1.75 out of 5 stars
Books about royalty are usually pretty entertaining, but this one… wow, I could barely keep my eyes open while reading this, I was that bored.
If you’re giving us royals, give us political intrigue! Give us a fun scandal! Give us something that won’t be so dang boring. Even the romance was a snoozefest. Weak plot, weak writing, weak characters. Nothing fun.
5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
4 out of 5 stars
Susan Dennard has been on my radar for years now, maybe even a decade, but unfortunately I’d never gotten around to reading her work. Until now!! And honestly, I’m a little disappointed in myself that I didn’t start on any of her books sooner.
I really enjoyed this one. I will admit, I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy, but I was hooked on this one. Yes, the world building was a little confusing at times, and yeah, it felt like there was more action than plot, but I loved the characters. I actually felt an emotional connection with them, which is rare for me when it comes to YA fantasy. I can think of other books where I don’t feel anything from the characters, but in Truthwitch, the emotion came through.
Took me a little longer than I would have liked to finish this one (blame the holiday season) but if given the opportunity, I would have blown through this one in about two days.
Whew, what a year! I’m so happy I managed to read 50 books. That might not seem like very many books to some, but for me it feels like it’s nothing short of a miracle. I love reading, but sometimes life gets in the way. So to see a number that big (to me, at least!) I can’t help but be proud of myself.
Anyway, my favorite reads of 2019 will be coming soon! Stay tuned!
Have you read anything good lately? Did you hit your Goodreads goal (if you had one)? Did you read more or less this year than you wanted? Let me know in the comments!