Winter 2021 Book Log: What I read this past winter!

This is NO JOKE, the first three months of 2021 are over!!! I honestly don't know whether to feel amazed that it's April, or flabbergasted that I've read 17 books so far. If you look at my track record from previous years (2020: 28 books; 2019: 24 books; 2018: 13 books; 2017: 20 books; 2016: 14 books), you'll see that I've really upped my game this year!

I started my very first book blog in 2014, and those first two years are the only years I made it over 50 books a year. This year, something has changed. That something is audiobooks. I'll be honest when I tell you that my attention span has been going to crap, especially since I had a baby. I thought audiobooks would be so tough to try, but it really has been a game-changer. I definitely had to train my brain to stop wandering as I listened, but I started with an easy series: Harry Potter. I listened to all seven books on audio, and now I just crave more. If I don't have a book to listen to on the commute to work/home, or something to listen to as I edit my photography sessions, I feel lost. 🥴

The Monthly Breakdown

8 books 3 books 6 books
480 pages read 939 pages read 757 pages read
73 hours listened 12 hours listened 53.75 hours listened
4.0 rating avg. 4.3 rating avg. 3.8 rating avg.

Books I've read from January - March

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★★★ Re-read, via audiobook. It was super nice to re-read this series as audiobooks this time around. I swear, I've become quite the audio-reader! I have a 20+ minute commute to and from work each day, so it's become quite useful to listen to books.
  2. A Court of Frost and Starlight ★★★★★ This was a first-time read (I know, I'm late to the party), but I felt like it was a nice interval between ACOWAR and ACOSF.
  3. You Have a Match ★★★★★ This was such a surprise! I didn't expect to love this so much, but it was the cuuuutest. I totally loved that the MC was into photography, and that it was a camp setting. Also, long-term unrequited best-friend love - gimme more!
  4. Love at First Like ★★ This book was pretty aggravating. And the MC was annoying lol so I can't really give this any more than 2 stars.
  5. Technically, You Started It ★★★★ Okay, the way this book was formatted was w o n d e r f u l. It was strictly text conversation, 100% through the book. Not joking. 
  6. Today Tonight Tomorrow ★★★★ This was another pleasant surprise. It was a hate-to-love, senior-year rivalry between valedictorian candidates. Highly recommend!
  7. Escaping From Houdini ★★★★ I read the first two books (Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula) last year and it took me a pretty long time to finish this one. I wasn't as into the second half of the series, but I definitely still loved the dynamic of Thomas and Audrey Rose.
  8. How to Hack a Heartbreak ★★★ This was a nice read, but it wasn't exceptional. It's basically about a techie who makes her own app called 'Jerk Alert' to point out all the douchebags in the online dating world. 
  9. Capturing the Devil ★★★★ Like I stated with Escaping from Houdini, I didn't love it as much as the first two books, although this held a satisfying end to the series! Also, can I have my own Thomas?
  10. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin ★★★★ This was pretty amazing, I'll be honest. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel.
  11. Ninth House ★★★★★ WOW. I knew Leigh Bardugo could write well, but this blew me away! Even though I had moments of confusion, everything pieced together so nicely and left me wanting so, so, so much more. When are we getting this sequel???
  12. Kind of Cursed ★★★ This book gave me such Shameless vibes with the way the older sister has to take care of her younger siblings... except they were financially better off. And they got a brand new kitchen remodel, led by a handsome, dreamy guy. It was a nice book to listen to on my commute!
  13. 99 Days ★★★★ A re-read for me (vis audiobook this time), and the rating stayed the same. I really liked the story, and I'm looking forward to making time to read the sequel that's sitting on my bookshelf!
  14. Ugly Love ★★★★ Holy crap on a cracker. CoHo did it again! I know I'm late to the party on this book as well, but wowww. I'm definitely making a point to read more CoHo books this year! (Regretting You is on my Spring TBR)
  15. A Court of Silver Flames ★★★★ 🥵 Is it hot in here, or is it this freaking book??? I didn't really know I needed the Cassian/Nesta side of the story...until I got about 15 chapters in. Then BAM, I was obsessed. I know a lot of people are harping on the fact that Feyre and Rhys had too much of a presence in this book, but... I think it was fine. The only thing that threw me off was it all wrapped up way too nicely. I was expecting a big ol' fat cliffhanger? I mean, I guess I shouldn't complain. 😅
  16. The Ten Thousand Doors of January ★★★ I think it took me longest to read this book than any other so far this year. I started out listening to the audiobook, borrowed from the library, but I had to return the book before I finished. I had to read the rest of it (I think just the last 30%) and my reading pace has been super slow. It was good, but I wasn't blown away by it.
  17. Regretting You ★★★★ This book gave me feels. 🥺 CoHo really knows how to weasel in and squeeze my heart, y'all.

What Am I Reading Now?

A good portion of last quarter had me juggling through 2-3 books at any given time, and right now, I just have ONE book on my currently-reading shelf. It's Lucky in Love by Kasie West, which is one of the books I'd pledged to read from my spring TBR.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Audiobook (7 hrs, 23 min)
Published July 25th, 2017

💭 Do you have a good start on your reading this year? What's been one of your favorite reads so far?


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