Recent Reads #1

Welcome back bookish friends! Since I haven’t been extremely active these last few months I have decided to do some recent reads posts to let you all know what I have been reading. At this point it seems silly to try and do wrap-ups for September all the way to December. So I think just doing some recent reads will be the best way, and don’t worry I won’t be putting ALL of the books I’ve read in one post. I will be breaking it up by doing about 5 books per post!

I will be telling you the name of each book, my star rating, the good reads synopsis (it will be in italics so you can skip over it if you don’t like to know what a book is about before going in,) and a bit of my overall opinion on the book! I hope you enjoy!

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
4.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

This was my first ever Christina Lauren read, and it definitely had me hooked and wanting to read more from these authors (as you will see later!) The overall plot was new and enjoyable. Usually with adult romance you see the same things over and over just with different takes on it, but this was an all new idea to me and that made it a lot of fun! There are also a ton of characters, and a lot of fun personalities that made this book diverse and exciting.
ALSO I listened to the audiobook, and if you know me, you know I am picky about my listening experience (which I am trying to work on,) and I just didn’t love the narration. But that didn’t change my overall view for this book, which I highly recommend.

The Weight of a Soul ARC by Elizabeth Tammi
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction. 

Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?

Ok so this book was my first ever NetGalley ARC. I chose it because 1. That cover is beautiful (yes I sometimes judge books by their covers) and 2. I LOVE Norse mythology. This was actually really good, but I haven’t heard much about it since it was released a few weeks ago, so maybe I’m alone in enjoying this? I will say the ending seemed extremely rushed and thrown together. Also it is so open ended that it has to have a sequel, yet I still haven’t heard anything about a sequel?
I liked the norse mythology and the Frozen vibes I got from this book, and I think a second book would probably really help tie this story together more.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
4 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I listened to this on audio and enjoyed the narration. I also really enjoyed this book. I felt it had a lot of deeper meanings and depth to it. It was so much more than just a YA romance. I think people could learn a lot about love, life, and family from reading this book. Also the ending of this one gave me actual chills.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

I listened to the audio book and I really liked the narration!
I told you there would be more Christina Lauren books. I am loving these! This one was SO good. I loved these characters so much, and the relationship is beautiful. I like how the characters seem so real and have so many deep emotions. PLUS that ending! Highly recommend this adult romance!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

I LOVED THIS! First of all, I love retellings. This beauty and the beast retelling was so good and I am dying for the second book. Harper is such a badass and she does not let her cerebral palsy stop her from being strong and independent. Also love that there is cerebral palsy rep in this. And I know I say this every time, but THAT ENDING! Probably in my top 20 favorite books this year! Highly recommend!

Thanks for checking out my first recent reads, hope you’ll stick around to see what else I’ve been reading in the coming recent reads posts! What are some of your recent reads?
Happy Reading 🖤


  1. I’m in the middle of A Curse so Dark and Lonely, and I’m really enjoying it so far! My first Christina Lauren book was The Unhoneymooners last fall, and I loved it- thanks for suggesting some more of her books!

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