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A new month brings a new reading list. Seeing as February celebrates love and Black History Month, I picked my books accordingly. Let’s see what I’m reading!
Two strangers. One flat. What could possibly go wrong?
Tiffy and Leon live together, but they’re strangers. They work different shifts, so they’re never home together, which is good considering there’s only one bed. They think they have everything figured out, despite their friends believing they’re crazy, until everything changes.
The Love Hypothesis
Olive is a scientist. She, unlike her friend Anh, knows that love takes long. There’s no such thing as love at first sight or an instant connection. And, since she’s a scientist, she knows the best way to test her theory is with experiments. Like anyone would do, she kisses the first man she sees. Who is this man? None other than the tyrant professor Adam.
To her surprise, Adam pretends to go along with her fake boyfriend, even when life gets crazy. Will Olive’s love hypothesis prove her right? Only time will tell.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Following life from apartheid to The Daily Show, Trevor Noah recounts his young life in South Africa where he was born a criminal. How? Being born to a white Swiss father and black Xhosa mother was illegal. This led to lots of time hiding from the government until the end of apartheid.
In his memoir, Noah discusses finding his way in life and figuring out who he’s supposed to be in a world where he wasn’t supposed to belong.
The Off Limits Rule
Lucy has a problem…a big problem. She can’t afford to live on her own, so she moves in with her brother. This is all well and good, except for Cooper, her brother’s best friend. There’s an instant connection, but he’s totally off-limits. With a less-than-stellar track record with women, Lucy knows she should stay away. But will she?
January Book Reviews
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The Hating Game
Rating: 3.75 stars
My Review: This book is popular for a reason! I absolutely adored this novel. The dynamic between Josh and Lucy is incredible. And, it also helps that I’m a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope.
Marrying My Neighbor
Rating: 4 stars
My Review: Sean and Grace are neighbors. Oh, and they just so happen to love each other, too. They’re the only ones who don’t see it, though. A drunken trip to Vegas later, and they have no choice but to confront their feelings thanks to the new set of matching wedding bands they wear. What could go wrong?
You’ll spend the whole time reading this rooting for their fake relationship to work. Experience the thrill of falling in love with each chapter in this heartwarming read.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Rating: 3.5 stars
One of the worst things about reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is knowing this Hollywood starlet never existed in real life. On multiple occasions when reading, I found myself wanting to search the internet to find images of the stunning gowns mentioned in the novel, view posters for the movies she was in, and learn more about Evelyn and the group around her. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid does an incredible job with character building to make this fictional woman seem just as real as stars of the past.
While this novel has several strong points, I did catch myself wanting to put it down and not pick it up again. Maybe it was because of the high expectations I had going in, or maybe it was because the reason Evelyn and Monique are connected didn’t have me grasping my chest like I hoped, but there was something about this novel that fell short. I do, however, think people should read it. It’s a great example of the dark side of fame, so to speak. It is a heartwarming tale that I enjoyed reading, just not as much as I had hoped.
The Pretending Plot
Rating: 3 stars
We all know fake relationships never last long. They either end in disaster, or someone catches feelings. That’s the case with Sutton and Reeve. Casting director Sutton hires actor Reeve to help her land a new contract, but their professional relationship quickly goes array when it seems everyone-and sometimes including themselves-is working against them.
A short, sweet, and at times spicy read, The Pretending Plot is perfect for those looking for a quick dive into romance
What Are You Reading?
As someone who’s always building up my TBR pile—I’m thinking it’s an art, really—I’m always on the hunt for my next favorite read. Let me know in the comments what you’re reading this month!