Blogmas Day 2: Most Disappointing Books of 2021

On the second day of blogmas my true love gave to me…another book list! In case you missed it, I am going to be posting every day from now until January 6th for a total of twelve days of blogmas. 

Today I am going over my most disappointing books that I read in 2021. These are books that I was excited about and had high hopes for, but that I ultimately found to be a bit of a let down. If you read and loved these books, don’t let my opinions get you down. In fact, I am glad you enjoyed them more than I did! Especially since for lots of these, I thought the concept was good, it was just the execution that fell short for me. As last time, these are listed in the order that I read them, so let’s get into it!

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Blogmas Day 1: Every book I rated 5 stars in 2021

Hello and welcome to the first day of (my) blogmas! Where most people do blogmas the first 24 days of December, I am going to be doing 12 days of blogmas, where I post every day between Christmas and January 6th.

For the first day, I am sharing every book that I read for the first time in 2021 and rated five stars. Part of the reason I wanted to share all my five star books is because, as they are the best of the best, they are all in the running for my top ten favorite books of the year. In fact, I can basically already tell you that my top ten books of the year ARE on this list, but I’m not going to tell you which ones, because that is a post for later.

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Announcement: 12 Days of Blogmas

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that I took a bit of an unexpected hiatus in December. (Honestly, you probably did not notice, I don’t expect anyone follows my blog that closely besides Katharine – which I do love her for). Schoolwork really hit me hard this month, and both reading and blogging took a bit of a backseat. However, now that I am on break, I have lots of inspiration!

Most people do a blogmas during the first 24 days of December. However, I have decided to do a 12 days of Blogmas between December 26th and Epiphany on January 6th. Most of my blogmas posts will be wrapping up my 2021 reading year, and looking forward to my 2022 reading year. I hope you will join me on this reading and blogging journey, and check in with me every day to read more book posts! My first post will be on December 26th, I hope to see you then!

Review: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

  • Title: If This Gets Out
  • Author: Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
  • Genre: contemporary fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult (16+)
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Pub date: December 7, 2021
  • Content warnings: underage drinking, drug use, drug addiction, homophobia, forced closeting, toxic parents, car accident, eating disorders, racism
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

As a note to potential readers, I would say that this book straddles the line between young adult and new adult. The characters are 18, and while there is no explicit sex or even much cursing, there are lots of more mature topics. I would recommend it for readers 16+.

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Four Books by Indigenous Authors on my TBR

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Hello lovely readers! Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., which is an incredibly complicated holiday. While I love having a holiday that isn’t about presents but is instead dedicated to spending quality time with loved ones, the history behind Thanksgiving is rooted in settler-colonialism and the genocide of native peoples.

I know that one thing I can do center native experiences is to educate myself, listen to Indigenous People, and support them in their work. I know that the number of books by Indigenous authors that I have read is incredibly small, and one of the many things I can change about my habits is to read more books by Indigenous authors. So today I wanted to share four books by Indigenous authors that are currently on my tbr, in case you have similar goals. And I sincerely hope that if you know other Indigenous books, that you will share them with me so I can expand this list!

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How to Listen to Audiobooks (Without Supporting Amazon)

Listen (haha), I love audiobooks. They are great whether you are trying to multitask, want something to fall asleep to, or just can’t seem to focus on words on a page. Unfortunately, the mainstream source of audiobooks is Audible, the service owned by Jeff Bezos that has haunted every podcast ad-read in the last five years. Luckily for you, I know how you can avoid paying Amazon $15 a month and still listen to great audiobooks.

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October Wrap Up

Happy November! If you celebrate, I hope you had a fun Halloween. I went back to my childhood roots and was Kit Kitteridge for Halloween this year. I was in love with the American Girl books, I read all of them, and Kit was one of my favorites.

I would say that October was a good reading month for me! I read 12 books, which is average for me. I will say that 4 of those were for school, so I definitely read less for fun this month. But more important than the actual number of books I read that made it a good month is that I really enjoyed the majority of the books I read. Half of them were four or five star reads. I also read a lot of queer books this month, which I really enjoyed.

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Book Spotlight: 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

  • Title: 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Author: Helene Hanff
  • Genre: nonfiction/memoir
  • Intended audience: adult (could be read by anyone)
  • Format read: physical book
  • Publisher: Avon Books
  • Pub date: 1970
  • Trigger warnings: none
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

84 Charing Cross Road isn’t a long or complicated enough book for me to do a full review of it, but I did want to feature it because it is undeniably a book for book lovers.

84 Charing Cross Road is an epistolary story of the correspondence between writer and book lover Helene Hanff in New York and the employees of the bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road in London. It covers their correspondence and eventual friendship over many years as Helene requests books and sends holiday presents to the employees there. Although she is never able to visit London, they develop a deep friendship, rooted in a love of books.

It is a quick and easy read, and incredibly charming. It isn’t an incredibly deep or difficult story, but it all revolves around books, human kindness, and love. I really enjoyed myself while reading 84 Charing Cross Road, it was a pleasant read that was perfect to wind down with before bed. And I do recommend finding a used copy somewhere, because the old book smell really enhances the reading experience. I think that if you are a book lover, you should definitely pick up this charming book.

My only note is do not read the Goodreads summary of the book, because it just summarizes the story. I think all you need to know is what I have already said: a short and sweet epistolary story for book lovers.

Six Great Audiobooks for your TBR

I only started listening to audiobooks two years ago. Before that, I always thought I didn’t like them. Not in a they-don’t-count-as-real-reading way but more in a I-don’t-like-when-narrators-voices-don’t-sound-like-I-image-the characters-would kind of way. My first audiobook that I listened to all the way through was Rebel Belles, and since then I have branched out a lot and I have learned to love audiobooks. I listen to them while getting ready, while cooking, while walking, and while falling asleep. They are great whether you want to multitask, or just want to sit down and listen to a great story.

I know that I am always on the hunt for my next audiobook, so today I want to share with you six of my favorite audiobooks, perfect whether you are a seasoned audiobook fan, or first venturing into the foray of audiobooks.

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Books for Spooky Season

The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning, and something is in the air. Halloween is creeping closer, and if you’re anything like me this means you want to curl up under a blanket with a mug of tea and a good book. Today, I’m sharing four books that are perfect for the occasion! And if you need more recs, you can head over to Saima’s post because evidently we have same brain on post topics, and they have even more Fall recommendations!

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