July 2021 TBR

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For the month of July, I have brought back my unrealistic monthly TBR (LOL)! I have so many books I want to get to this summer, and this is about half of them! A lot of these books are new releases that I have high expectations for, and the other books I am just very excited to read!

The first book I plan to read this month is THERE, THERE by Tommy Orange. If you are unaware, over the past few weeks, hundreds of children have been found in mass graves outside of residential schools. Please read more information about this incredibly disgusting and tragic story here. In honour of the children and families that were impacted by Canadian residential schools, I plan on starting the month of July reading an indigenous work. I have heard of this book for quite a while, and recently picked it up on my first in-person bookstore visit since 2020! I am really looking forward to reading this story and learning more about Indigenous peoples.

The second book I plan on reading this month is HONEY GIRL by Morgan Rogers. This book was on my TBR for June, but unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to get around to it. I hope to read this book very early on into the month, as I am really excited to read it!

The third book I plan on reading this month is MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book is one of my most anticipated books of 2021, as I have read and loved two of TJR previous books. I don’t know much about this newest novel, but I believe it has a lot of summer elements and dramatic family drama! I cannot wait to read this one!

I then hope to read ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall. I read Alexis Hall’s previous book and quite enjoyed it, but I hope to enjoy this one even more! I know that this book revolves around a baking competition and a romance, which are two elements I often enjoy in stories! Thanks to HBG Canada for the finished copy!

The fifth book I hope to read this month is Carola Lovering’s newest thriller titled TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. As is the case with almost all of the thrillers I read, I hardly know anything about this book, but I do believe that is a twisty domestic thriller, which is right up my ally!

The second-last book I hope to read this month is MUSICAL CHAIRS by Amy Poeppel. I pre-ordered this book quite a while ago and had been planning to read it a few months ago, but I’m still very excited to read this one this month!

The final book I hope to read this month is THE MINDERS by John Marrs. Marrs is one of my favourite authors of all-time, and I am SO excited to read his newest novel! I really have no clue as to what this book is about, but I’m pretty sure it ties in with both THE ONE and THE PASSENGERS, which are two of my favourite books of all time!

These are all of the books I hope to read this month! Have you read any of these? What are you planning on reading this month?

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May & June 2021 Wrap-Up

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Over the past two months, I have read some phenomenal books! Most of the books I’ve read thus far are new releases that I was highly anticipating, and most of them did not disappoint!

The first book I read in May was PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry. I was a HUGE fan of Emily Henry’s 2020 release, BEACH READ, so I had very high expectations for her most recent book. While I enjoyed PWMOV, it wasn’t quite as fantastic as her previous book. Although, it was still an incredibly fun and sweet summer read! You can check out my full review for this book here. I rated this book 4.25/5 stars!

The second book I read in May was THE HUNTING WIVES by May Cobb. I participated in a blog tour for this book, and I’m so glad I did, or else I probably would have never picked it up! You can read my full review for this book here. I rated this book 4/5 stars! Thanks to Penguin Random House for providing me with an eARC.

The third book I read in May was SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE by Tia Williams. Currently, this is my top favourite book of 2021! This book was unbelievably good, everything from the writing to the characters and plot was absolutely fantastic. You can read my full review for this book here. Obviously, I rated this book 5/5 stars! Thanks to HBG Canada for sending me a finished copy of this beautiful book!

The first book I read in the month of June was THE KIND WORTH KILLING by Peter Swanson. I had such high expectations for this thriller, as I had heard so many fantastic opinions on it. However, I really didn’t enjoy this one. I was expecting a very wild and twisty ending, and while there are some crazy twists, the ending was kind of “blah” for me. I rated this novel 2/5 stars.

The second book I read in June was ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston. Similarly to the previous book I shared, this book was another very disappointing read. I loved McQuiston’s 2019 release, RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE, so I was anticipating another very fun and diverse romance. However, I found this book to be very dull and long. You can check out my full review for this book here. I rated it 2/5 stars.

The third book I read in June was LAST SUMMER AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL by Elyssa Friedland. This book blew all of my expectations away! I loved it so much, and I truly I had no idea that I was going to love it so much. This book revolves around the catskills in New York, which my parents enjoyed when they were very young. I had never read a book that took place in the catskills, so I had such a fun time reading and discussing this book with my parents. I rated this book 5/5 stars, and I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for a great summer read full of fun and family drama!

The final book I read in June was THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides. Michaelides’ debut novel, THE SILENT PATIENT, was one of my favourite books of 2020. While I didn’t love this one as much as his first novel, I still really enjoyed it! The twists and turns (especially the final twist at the end) were truly shocking and crazy. All of the plot twists were very unpredictable, so the shock value was very high. I rated this book 4/5 stars!

Those are all of the books I read during the months of May and June! What is the best book you’ve read recently?

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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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Casey McQuiston has become one of the most talked about writers over the last few years, as her debut novel, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE, took the book communities (and my!) breath away. Her second novel, ONE LAST STOP, came out just a few weeks ago, and needless to say, had a lot of expectations to fulfill.

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.
But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.com)

Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. I was initially weary of this story because of the sci-fi elements that I do not usually enjoy, but the time travelling part of the plot was actually one of my favourite elements of the story. Instead, I had a lot of trouble with the actual romance. I have recently discovered my dislike for the “love at first sight” romance trope. I much prefer “friends to lovers” or “hate to love”, because with those tropes, the characters form some sort of connection and/or chemistry between them before they, inevitably, fall for each other. While I liked both August and Jane, the two main characters in this story, I had hard time placing them together in a romantic way, at least until the very, very end of the story. To me, the romance fell short, which is obviously very unfortunate, because the romance is the central plot in this novel.

I will admit, that while I like and enjoy McQuiston’s writing style, a lot of the stuff in this novel went straight over my head. There were a lot of random plot lines that were mixed into this story, especially at the end, which made me start to skim the last quarter of the novel (and that’s after I had already spent three straight days working through it!). A lot of the plot lines were unnecessary to me, and had a few of them been eliminated, I might have ended up enjoying the romance more!

The one things I REALLY enjoyed about this novel was August’s friend group. August’s roommates were some of the most fun and enjoyable characters to read about. There personalities and interests were all very different from one another, which I think made them work together that much better. I would normally say I would like to have read more about the side characters, but because of the length of this novel, the information that McQuiston shared about them was the perfect amount.

Overall, this novel really disappointed me, and I ended up giving it a 2/5 star rating. Because of how much I loved RW&RB, I will definitely pick up the next book McQuiston writes, because I’m hoping that my dislike of this book is a fluke. I should mention that I am the unpopular opinion when it comes to this book, so if it does interest you, I’d still recommend checking it out.

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June 2021 TBR

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June is always one of my favourite months of the year, as it usually signifies the end of school and the beginning of summer! However, since I started University this past school year, my summer break technically started in the middle of April! That being said, June will always mark the start of ice cream trucks and outdoor evening strolls. June is also pride month, which is an incredibly important time to celebrate and discuss the members of the LGBTQ+ community. I always enjoy selecting novels that feature a diverse cast of characters that have differentiating sexualities, as it is important for me to learn from new perspectives and characters in June (and during all other months of the year, too!). May was a pretty uneventful reading month for me, so my May wrap-up will be featured at the end of this month.

The first book I plan on reading this month is ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston. McQuiston’s first novel, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE took the book community by storm, and it was one of my favourite novels in 2019! I don’t know much about her newest book, but I have heard some fantastic praise about it. Right after this post goes up, I plan on reading it right away!

The second book I plan on reading this month is SATISFACTION GUARANTEED by Karelia Stetz-Waters. This book features a female-female romance, and has a lot of sex-positive themes in it. This book managed to fly under my radar, until it showed up on my door step thanks to HBG Canada! I cannot wait to read this one!

The next book I plan on reading is LAST SUMMER AT THE GOLDEN HOTEL by Elyssa Friedland. This book is one of my most anticipated books of the year, although I surprisingly haven’t read or heard that much buzz about it. The blurb on this book compares it to both Dirty Dancing and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which are two stories I absolutely love!

After that, I hope to read ROSALINE PALMER TAKES THE CAKE by Alexis Hall. I read Hall’s 2020 release, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, and quite enjoyed it, but I’m hoping to enjoy this one a lot more! Plus, this book revolves around a baking competition, and whenever food is featured in a book, I generally love it! Thanks to HBG Canada for sending me this finished copy!

The final book I plan on reading this month is HONEY GIRL by Morgan Rogers. I heard so many fantastic things when this book was released at the beginning of this year, but unfortunately, I never got around to reading it. I am SO exciting to read this book sometime this month, and hope it lives up to all of the hype!

Those are all of the books I plan on reading this month! Truth be told, I hope to read a lot more than these five books, but these five will be mandatory reading before I pick anything else! What are you planning on reading this month?

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Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (FC) | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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And more importantly, welcome to my review of my new favourite book of all time. Yes, you read that correctly! I have been waiting for a book to hit my feelings like a truck, and boy oh boy, this one did just that.

Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again… From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love.
Brooklynite Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone’s surprise, shows up in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York’s Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. They may be pretending that everything is fine now, but they can’t deny their chemistry-or the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books ever since.
Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva’s not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal. But before Shane disappears again, there are a few questions she needs answered. . .
With its keen observations of Black life and the condition of modern motherhood, as well as the consequences of motherless-ness, Seven Days in June is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.com)

This book was absolute perfection from beginning to end. It really is a true work of art. Tia Williams has created a near perfect story, with perfect pacing and writing, which all go along with wonderful new characters that readers become attached to right off the bat.

All of the characters in this novel pull all of the elements of the story together. The amount of characters in this book was surprisingly on the higher side when it comes to literary fiction/contemporary novels, but each character was important to the flow of the story. Even though Eva and Shane are the two main characters in this story, my favourite character was Audre, Eva’s daughter. She was very mature and incredibly self-aware for her young age, but she still had many juvenile characteristics which made her character seem so realistic. Audre and I shared a lot of similar traits when I was her age (at least from what I can remember), which made her character so enjoyable to me. Some of my other favourite characters were Cece, Eva’s editor, and Ty, one of Shane’s students. But of course, this story would not have been so great if I didn’t absolutely love Eva and Shane together as a couple, and as individuals. Eva and Shane are one of my favourite fictional couples ever, and each scene between them served as a masterclass for the perfect amount of lust, tension, and true love.

The writing style of this novel was one of my favourite aspects of it. Throughout the novel, there are many flashbacks to the time when Eva and Shane were high school lovers, and going through in immeasurable amount of harm and sadness. Both of them were addicts, and dealing with terrible home lives. At the same time, the reader is witnessing them re-connect after several years apart, and watching them fall for each other all over again as grown adults. The contrast between these two timelines was quite stark, but also very necessary to include to make sure that the reader understands how both characters have developed and grown immensely overtime.

Words truly cannot express how much I loved this book. I rated it 5/5 stars, but would’ve given it 500/5 if I could have! If this book interests you in any way, be sure to check it out at your local library or bookstore, as it releases in bookstores today! Thanks to HBG Canada for sending me a finished copy of this beautiful book!

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The Hunting Wives by May Cobb {BLOG TOUR} | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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THE HUNTING WIVES by May Cobb is a book that has been taking over my mind lately! It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, as it combined elements of a mystery/thriller with a group of middle-aged rich women who shoot for fun. Those two things are rarely combined in one book, so I was very intrigued by the initial synopsis, and especially after hearing the very early buzz for the book. When I was contacted by Penguin Random House to read the book early and review it as part of the blog tour, I couldn’t say anything but YES!

The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.
Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.
Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.
When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.com)

WOW. This book is the definition of a delicious thriller. I read it in just about 24 hours, because I truly couldn’t get enough of it!

The characters in this novel are all very interesting, and are much more complex than they initially seem. Each characters has been through some kind of drama or trauma in their lives, or is about to find themselves in a real problem after the novel takes off. Sophie, the main protagonist, was my favourite character in this story. Out of all the other women, she seems to most real and genuine. The other women give off some very strange vibes once the reader is introduced to all of them, and because the reader is reading from Sophie’s perspective, it is very easy to root for her success in the story. That being said, a malicious girl group is something I always enjoy reading about in novels, and this one was no exception! They were all so interesting to read about, and I could honestly read a book about each of their individual lives!

The writing style of this book was quite good. I really enjoyed the pacing of the novel, and how quickly the speed picks up by the end of the book. However, at the beginning of the novel, there were some flashbacks and flash forwards that happen very quickly, which at times, was hard to keep up with. Because I read this book as an eARC, I had to keep going back to the beginning chapters to check the dates of the events that the story opens up with.

The story itself had me hooked until the very last page! As I previously stated, the story really picks up in the second half, as the murder is introduced in the second half of the novel (however, the story technically also opens up with the murder, so that isn’t a spoiler). Part of me wishes that we got more time to uncover the mystery of the murder, but then again, I understand that a lot of character building needed to happen in the first half for the reader to remain invested in the overall story.

The biggest flaw I had with this book is its predictability. I love to be shocked when reading a mystery/thriller novel, but unfortunately, I had correctly predicted the majority of the ending by the three-quarter mark. That being said, being able to properly predict the ending of any story technically means that the author properly laid out the clues and throughly explained the story to the reader.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, and gave it 4/5 stars! I recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a sexy mystery/thriller story! Thanks again to Penguin Random House for providing me with an eARC and inviting me to participate in the blog tour! If this book sounds interesting to you, be sure to pick up a copy at your local bookstore or library!

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People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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Last year, I read Emily Henry’s 2020 release titled, BEACH READ, and I absolutely fell in love with it. It was my second-favourite book of 2020, and is one of my favourite books of all time. The review I wrote and published on my blog for the book was my favourite review I wrote last year, and still manages to get quite a few reads to this day! Needless to say, Henry’s 2021 publication, PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION, was my most anticipated book of this year. Over the past few weeks I have been in quite the reading slump, but this book managed to get me out of it, as I read the entirety in under 24 hours!

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.
Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.
Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.
Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
(Synopsis from Goodreads.com)

Emily Henry has done it again! A fantastic book, with incredibly kind and relatable characters and a really great plot line. While I still like BEACH READ better, I actually prefer the characters in this book. Poppy and Alex were two characters that I could see being real-life friends with. They were written very successfully, as I could clearly picture them in my mind and place them in different groups of people that I have in my life. Poppy’s personality is very similar to mine, as she had a great sense of humour and always remembered every tiny detail of each trip she took with Alex. Alex is someone that I could definitely see being friends with. He had a very serious personality, but Poppy managed to bring out the best in him whenever they were together. By the end of the novel, I loved reading about his more soft and emotional side, as he went through a lot of character development over the 12-years that this story covers.

The entirety of this book centres around my absolute favourite romance trope, friends-to-lovers! Both Poppy and Alex were friends before romance sparks began, and like all friends-to-lovers romances, the angst and questioning was so delicious!

At the beginning of the story, I was actually quite unsure if this specific novel was appropriate to read during these times. One thing (among others) that the pandemic has taken from us is the ability to travel. Since this book essentially revolves around several different trips Alex and Poppy go on, I was really worried that this entire book was going to depress me, as it the travel aspect would overshadow the romance and make me feel sad. However, that was not the case! I really enjoyed the snippets of each trip the reader was exposed to throughout the story, and none of the trips made me feel lonely or miserable. Henry only focuses on one or two events per trip, so there is not an influx of unnecessary detail given to the reader. If anything, this book made me excited to go on vacations once we are safely able to do so!

The writing style and pacing of this novel was perfection. Emily Henry has fantastic writing abilities that seem to make all of the aspects of both her previous novel and this novel seem real. This book is written in first-person perspective in the voice of Poppy, which I always enjoyed reading from. I loved being able to go inside Poppy’s head throughout this story, which is why I always prefer first-person perspective in all of my romance reads!

All of that being said, the one element of the story that took down my rating was the ending. I found the ending to be quite rushed and anti-climactic. While all romance novels typically have the same ending, I knew what to expect from the ending. That being said, there are a few events that lead up to the conclusion that I felt were rushed and not as dramatic as they were leading up to be. I would have liked a bit more “shock value”, even the conclusion of the story was still satisfying overall.

Emily Henry introduces readers to two loveable characters that share a lifetime of memories that readers will not soon forget! I gave this book a 4.25/5 stars, and would recommend it to all travel lovers who need a dose of romance and travel in their reading life!

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In My Mailbox #16: Early Spring 2021 Releases

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Over the past few months, even though I wasn’t doing much reading or blogging, I still received some very exciting new Spring releases that have either just come out or are set to be released very soon!

The first book I received was ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED by Farah Heron. This book came out in early March, and I have yet to read it. However, I am very excited to start it, as I have heard some great things about the characters and themes in this book! Thanks to HBG Canada for the ARC!

The next book I received was BROKEN (IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE) by Jenny Lawson. I have read a few of Lawson’s previous books, and I have really enjoyed them, so I am really looking forward to reading her newest book! Thanks to Raincoast Canada for this ARC! This book is already out, so be sure to get your copy if your a fan of Jenny Lawson’s books!

I then received THE MURDER GAME by Carrie Doyle, which came out in early April. I can’t remember the last time I read a YA thriller, but I am very intrigued by this story! Thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC!

The next book I received was TOKYO EVER AFTER by Emiko Jean. One of my goals this year is to read books by a more diverse group of writers. I have heard a lot of phenomenal things about this book, and I plan on reading it very soon! Thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC! This book comes out next week, so be sure to pre-order a copy if it intrigues you!

EVERY BODY SHINES, edited by Cassandra Newbould, is one of my most anticipated books of the year! I am a big activist for body positivity and body acceptance, so when I first heard of this new anthology, I was SO excited to read it! This anthology comes out on June 8, and I hope to have each story read and reviewed by that time! Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for the ARC!

The second to last book I received recently was SUCH A GOOD WIFE by Seraphina Nova Glass. Over the past few years, my highest read genre was mystery/thriller, although, this year I have barely read any of them! I hope to get my thriller read count up by starting this very novel! This book comes out on August 10, but I plan on reading it very soon. Thanks to Harper Collins Canada for sending me this ARC!

The final book I received recently is MISFIT IN LOVE by S.K. Ali. I read Ali’s 2019 publication and absolutely LOVED it, so I am very excited to read her newest book! This book is actually the sequel to SAINTS AND MISFITS which I have yet to read, but I plan on reading them both back-to-back soon! Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this ARC!

Those are all of the books I have received recently, which are also books I hope to read very soon! Thanks to all of the listed publishers for all of these great ARCs, and thanks to all of you for reading my posts!

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May 2021 TBR

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I am so excited to return from my long blogging and reading break! During the first quarter of the year, I mostly only focused on my school work, as I had quite a bit more working during my second semester compared to my first semester. As of April 12, I completed my first year of university, and I am incredibly proud of myself and the work I submitted! I plan on sharing a post all about my first year of university as an English major, and that post should be out sometime within the next week!

Anyways, as I stated earlier, I took a long break from reading and was solely reading books that were required reading for English classes. Now, I am so excited to get through my this month’s TBR, which is a collection of most anticipated books that have come out recently, as well as some backlist titles!

The first book I plan to read this month is THEY NEVER LEARN by Layne Fargo. This book is the May selection for BooksandLala’s Late Night Book Club, which I have never participated in up until this month! I had never heard of this book until she announced that it was this month’s selection, however, after reading many reviews for it on Goodreads, I am very excited to start reading it! As you can probably tell by the reflective plastic protection, I picked this book up from my library.

The second book I plan on reading this month is another library book titled THE PISCES by Melissa Broder. Currently, my favourite book of the year is MILK FED, Melissa Broder’s 2021 release. You can read my review for that book here. This book is one of Broder’s backlist titles, which I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about. Because I love Broder’s writing style and odd themes, I am really intrigued by this novel and hope to read it very soon!

The third book I hope to read this month is THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT by Rosie Danan. This book focuses on many themes to interest me, including body positivity, judaism, and of course, romance! This book was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I hope it lives up to all of the hype!

The fourth book I plan on reading this month is THE MINDERS by John Marrs. John Marrs is one of my favourite authors of all-time, and his newest book sounds incredibly intriguing! Words cannot express how excited I am to read Marrs’ 2021 release!

I then hope to read SECOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Sally Thorne. I read THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne earlier this year and loved it, and some have said that they enjoyed this one even more! I know next to nothing about the story that is written in this book, but I am still very excited to read it!

The sixth book I hope to read this month is TOKYO EVER AFTER by Emiko Jean. I received an ARC of this book from Raincoast Books last month, and I am really looking forward to reading this seemingly emotional and touching story.

Last but definitely not least, I hope to read EVERY BODY SHINES edited by Cassandra Newbould. This is an anthology that features stories that centre around plus-sized teenagers! Since this is a short story collection, I hope to read a few stories here and there throughout the month while reading other novels. I am SO excited to read these stories and jump into the lives of so many diverse, complex, and relatable characters! Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book!

Those are all of the books I hope to read this month! What are you planning on reading this May?

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Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay (eARC) | A Reading, Reading, Reading Review

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2021 is going to be a fantastic year for mystery/thriller releases, and I was so fortunate to receive an eARC of one of the most anticipated thrillers of the year, EVERY LAST FEAR by Alex Finlay!

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

“They found the bodies on a Tuesday.” So begins this twisty and breathtaking novel that traces the fate of the Pine family, a thriller that will both leave you on the edge of your seat and move you to tears.
After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.
The tragedy makes headlines everywhere because this isn’t the first time the Pine family has been thrust into the media spotlight. Matt’s older brother, Danny—currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his teenage girlfriend Charlotte—was the subject of a viral true crime documentary suggesting that Danny was wrongfully convicted. Though the country has rallied behind Danny, Matt holds a secret about his brother that he’s never told anyone: the night Charlotte was killed Matt saw something that makes him believe his brother is guilty of the crime.
When Matt returns to his small hometown to bury his parents and siblings, he’s faced with a hostile community that was villainized by the documentary, a frenzied media, and memories he’d hoped to leave behind forever. Now, as the deaths in Mexico appear increasingly suspicious and connected to Danny’s case, Matt must unearth the truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison—putting his own life in peril—and forcing him to confront his every last fear.

Even though I have read many mystery/thrillers over the past few years, I really enjoyed this one! Around the 55% mark of this book, I predicted the main plot twist, but I still found the overall evolution of the story/plot line very enjoyable.

This is a very complex mystery/thriller, so much so that if I had a very “type A” personality, I probably would have created a fancy character chart to keep track of who is attached to who and so on. That being said, if you’re not somebody who enjoys creating those while reading, you should still be able to keep track of the characters very well. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this story. The flashbacks with the Pine family were super interesting, and I found myself really caring about all of the main characters. Matt, the only surviving Pine son that is not in prison, is one of my new all-time favourite thriller characters. I really cared about his journey, and was rooting for him throughout the entirety of the novel. Sarah Keller, the FBI agent on this case, was my favourite character in this novel, as I found her character very compelling and layered.

The writing and pacing of this novel was excellent. This novel was written in my favourite narrative style, which is when a book is divided into chapters that focus on a single character, but are written in third-person. I’m not always a huge fan of first-person writing, so I always seem to enjoy this writing style a lot more. Additionally, I thought that the pacing of this book was great. I never found myself bored, and appreciated that each scene was important to the overall flow of this story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this new thriller, and rated it 4/5 stars. If you are interested in reading this book, it is available in bookstores today! Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC of this novel in exchange for a review.

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