I always start with the best of intentions and then end up getting behind on here. And now I find myself once again playing catch-up…so please find here, now that April is three-quarters gone, my (much shorter) February and March reading lists. What can I say—I am at least consistently inconsistent.
First up: February and Single Awareness Month. I decided to #leanin to the holiday and went for straight fluffy chick-lit.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: This debut YA contemporary is effervescently fun. It’s hard to hit that perfect sweet but not saccharine note in a romance, but this one definitely delivers. Also, I just remembered the MC’s are Pepper and Jack. Easiest ship name ever? #morepepperjackcheeseplease
Trophy Life by Lea Geller ⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: Only 3.75 stars, but it was free for reasons I can’t recall, and I read it in a day. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: I was worried this was going to end depressingly, but it came round in the end. McFarlane’s novels are proving to be a pretty reliable scratch for my near-constant British rom-com itch.
Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell ⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: This one was fine but forgettable–a perfectly adequate library ebook. #damningwiththefaintestofpraise
March’s reads were slightly more varied. Slightly.
Anna K by Jenny Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: Full-Disclosure: I have not read Anna Karenina, nor have I ever finished watching ANY film adaptations of it, so I can’t speak to how faithful a retelling this was. I can tell you it gave me major Gossip Girl vibes and I LOVE TO SEE IT. #thatsonesecretImgladtotell
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: Can our heroine successfully recreate classic movie meet-cutes in order to prove that when it comes to romantic comedies, art actually does imitate life? The answer is no…or at least not on purpose. Winters has fun recreating lots of the traditional tropes in this quick, fun romance.
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum ⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: A multi-generational story centered around the lives of conservative Arab women living in America—the premise sounded fascinating, providing a glimpse into a world I know little about. However, the execution left me wanting, and the prose read like a below-average YA novel
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tweet-length review: I adored the Winner’s trilogy, so I was pumped to see Rutkoski not only had a new book out but it took place in the same world. It was a slow burn to start, but that cliff-hanger ending has me counting down the days until book two.
If I could only recommend one book from this list, it is undoubtedly Tweet Cute.
In these uncertain times during which you can count on nothing except emails from every random store or service you have ever patronized assuring you that they take your health and safety seriously, it’s nice to take a break and lose yourself in the delicious drama of the American teenager. #youths