Book 57: Best Man With Benefits

Book: Best Man with Benefits by Samanthe Beck
Goal: 57
Rating: 3

This was so close to being a 4 star read, but I thought the ending was a little too hokey, I was very bored by Logan’s work situation (especially since I  have to put up with those kinds of things at work and no way do I want to read about it in my down time) and I thought that Sophie’s insecurities came up a little too much, especially when she was too busy judging other characters. Also I thought that she was trying to force all the other characters into the book just for the sake of it. If I want to read about the other characters, I will pick up the other books. But despite all that, this was just the type of fun, enjoyable, delightful romance novel I enjoy reading! Logan was a surprisingly great, straight forward character who called Sophie on her BS. Though I was really hoping for a more original, mature resolution to the “babysit my little sister” problem since the characters were so refreshing. I really enjoyed Samanthe Beck’s writing though so I’m tempted to pick up more books from her.

Book 56: The Hating Game

Book: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Goal: 56
Rating: 4/5

I really did not enjoy the first part of the book and I almost gave it up, but I’m glad I didn’t! The writing suffered from a little bit of purple pose at the beginning but once they started interacting a little more outside of the office, it mostly fell away (or I just stopped noticing). I ended up really loving Joshua, he became such an interesting character and I loved that he was thankful and not upset about Lucy defending him at the end. And I love that he’s basically a big dork on the inside despite outward appearances. I feel like I should have liked Lucy a bit more since I am also short and a chronic people pleaser but I think being too far into her head made her less endearing to me. But overall, I thought it was a breath of fresh air for chick lit romance!

Book 55: Landline

Book: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Goal: 55
Rating: 5/5

 

All rational thinking went out the window in the rating of this book. Logically, it’s nothing very impressive, however emotionally it was such an impactful book for me. It’s totally relateable how Georgie and Neal end up in this situation, and I desperately wanted them to be ok. For some reason I’m fascinated by books with rocky marriages but I find that so few of them are done right. This one was.

Book 54: Dance With Me

Book: Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan
Goal: 54
Rating: 2/5, maybe 2.5/5

Basically this.

I wasn’t quite as grossed out because it was made pretty clear that his godfather played a very small role in his life until he came out and then he was only involved enough to try and pressure Laurie into sexual situations. Which yes, weird, but less icky than previously thought.

 

Book 53: Carry On

Book: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Goal: 53
Rating: …4.5/5?

Here’s the thing… most of this book is 5 stars, I just loved it, but all the extra POVs really took it down a notch for me. I found them distracting, not very helpful, and really just made me dread the sections that weren’t Simon/Baz (though, I did think the Penelope sections were ok). I loved how the spells work in this world, what a clever idea. And this time, the book didn’t make me want to read HP, it actually just made me want more Simon/Baz! I’m interested to finish the rest of HP and see how it stacks up, because right now, I’d take RR’s mystical world over JKR’s in a heartbeat. RR’s writing is so compelling and real and yet still just as magical as anything JKR writes.