Books 91, 92, 93: Ruthie Knox Novels

Book: Room at the Inn, Ride with Me, and Truly by Ruthie Knox
Source: borrowed ebooks from the library
Goal Progress: 91, 92, 93/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5, 3.5, 3/5

Room at the Inn: This was exactly my kind of book – bittersweet, epic love story. Was not a huge fan of the ending and Carson’s declaration of love in front of everyone.

Ride With me: Surprisingly enjoyable! I never would have guessed I would have been so into a biking novel. But it just goes to show you what a good writer Ruthie Knox is because she made it so enjoyable!

Truly: I really wish she would write shorter novels. It just seemed unnecessarily long. I could have done without all the drama with the wedding/family towards the end, but I really loved the beginning. I loved May and Carson and what a fun adventure through NYC.

Book 90: About Last Night

Book: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Source: borrowed ebook from the library
Goal Progress: 90/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 2/5

Well… that was unexpected. In a bad way. I loved Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series, it was surprisingly refreshing, like a breath of fresh air. This was not. This felt like a repetitive, predictable, conventional romance novel. And it actually wasn’t even all that sexy. I was bored and uninterested the entire time. Some good thoughts here. 

 

Book 89: Carry On

Book: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Source: borrowed from the library
Goal Progress: 89/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 4/5

I don’t know how to feel about this book. I liked it. And I will continue to read everything Rainbow Rowell writes because she’s just such a good writer. But… I feel like this was too much like Harry Potter and I had a hard time getting around to the fact that it wasn’t. I expected the Mage to be more like Dumbledore which wasn’t at all the case and I kept having to remind myself that these are two separate books. (even though they kind of aren’t…) I also found it frustrating that you’re just dumped into the last book of the series. I wanted to start reading at book 1, but I couldn’t. I’m not sure how Simon/Baz went from hating each other to kissing, it felt a little abrupt. There were way too many POVs. And what was the point of Lucy’s POV? I guess it was sort of interesting to know, but none of the characters know. I just don’t know. I really did enjoy it. But at the same time, it kind of feels like a mess. And now all I want to do is re-read HP. Or I guess HPFF would be more applicable… ? Is there FF for for what’s basically an FF book? Where does it end?

Some good thoughts here.

Book 88: Adam

Book: Adam by Ariel Schrag
Source: borrowed ebook from the library
Goal Progress: 88/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

 

I really enjoyed the first half, Adam’s voice felt very authentic and he was self-deprecatingly funny. I didn’t enjoy the second half quite as much, and then the ending was unsatisfying. The Thing happens in the last chapter and then all of a sudden, it’s the epilogue. I wish there was more Ethan in the last bit of the book. Also, I guess the book isn’t all that memorable since I only finished it a week ago and I’m having a hard time really remembering any of it.

Books 84, 85, 86, 87: Camelot Series

Book: How to Misbehave, Along Came Trouble, Flirting with Disaster, Making It Last
Source: borrowed from the library
Goal Progress: 84-87/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5, 3/5, 4/5, 3/5

I was in a bit of a book rut until I started reading Ruthie Knox – how have I not read her books before!?  I was hooked instantly on each of these books and whipped through them all in a long weekend. I do have to say they were quite long. While the story didn’t feel long, the page count was quite long for a romance novel and it took me ages to read. I think she could have cut out all the extra romance stuff in the full length books to shorten them but oh well. There was a lot of drama, it didn’t feel like it was just adding drama for the sake of it. The relationships felt very realistic. The writing is so good and surprisingly funny! My favourite was Flirting with Disaster (see review: here).

Book 83: Carry the Ocean

Book: Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
Source: bought to read
Goal Progress: 83/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 4/5

This was a really enjoyable book. Loveable main characters, a great story line, unique. It slowed down a little towards the end but overall, very good. I wish her books were less expensive and then I’m sure I would have whipped through all of them by now.