After smashing my 2019 reading challenge, I decided to set this years target a little higher to read 50 books. So far this year has been off to a slow start as there’s been a few books that I’ve started reading but have had to put down because I just can’t get into them. However, there are some new releases coming out this month that I cannot wait for (literally dying with excitement for Chasing Cassandra to be released), that I’m hoping will get me out of my block. I’ll let you know how I get on with these at the end of the month, but for the time being, here’s my January roundup:
I downloaded this after seeing rave reviews on Twitter, but to be honest I was left disappointed. I had to double check that I had definitely finished the book before writing this, as I couldn’t actually remember how it had ended, which is never a good sign. It has a great premise, the owner of the most successful casino in the city agrees to give lessons to his enemies daughter, who wants to own her own ladies only casino. I had high hopes, but found it difficult to get invested in any of the characters or the story.
I had no idea what to expect going into this, and was luckily pleasantly surprised. This isn’t the type of book that I would normally go for, but I’m trying to read more contemporary romance and saw great reviews for this so thought I’d give it a try. The main character Penelope is a very geeky, shy girl who is forced to move in with her best friends older brother and his best friend. Penelope has major anxiety around boys, so her new roommates decide to help her overcome her nerves and teach her. Some of the scenes in this were a bit too graphic for me, but it was very well written with likeable, funny characters. I also loved the discussions on sexist double standards throughout the book.
I randomly picked this up from the library for something to pass the time with and ended up really enjoying it. It’s about a single mum who is forced to move from London to the Scottish Highlands to become a live in nanny/sales assistant in a mobile bookshop. Of course the children she is hired to look after are nightmares, and their dad is very mysterious. I sped through this, and particularly enjoyed the relationships between the main character and the kids, and the Loch Ness setting. I would have liked a bit more romance, but I would still recommend this.
I selfishly bought this as a Christmas present for my mum because I wanted to read it, don’t judge me! It is a collection of four romance novellas, each written by a different author, so there is something for everyone. I love everything Sarah Maclean has written, and also really enjoy Tessa Dare books so was really looking forward to this. My favourite stories in this collection were Sarah Maclean’s The Duke of Christmas Present, which was about a Duke who is reunited with his childhood best friend/love of his life who he let down, and Joanna Shupe’s Christmas in Central Park, a really funny story about a young, unmarried aspiring writer who poses as a married older woman to run an advice column.
Not a great start to my reading challenge, but I’m hoping this reading slump will disappear in February! What have you read so far this year?