Happy Mid-Month! So I’ve been trying to think of fun ways to share with you what I’ve been reading lately. I figured this is the best way to give you some idea of what’s going on in my reading life.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then I’ll let you know here. I recently downsized my massive 18-book TBR down to 10. I feel so much better now with reading 10 books over 18. I think I was trying to get as much reading done before the end of the year and it just wasn’t happening. It would basically mean I’d be reading ALL DAY for the entire month without breaks. I don’t know about you, but I love to read but I don’t love reading where it’s an obligation.
Also, it’s tough to keep up with a TBR. I keep getting new books every week and I just want to tear into them now, but because I’m trying to keep to my TBR and go rogue, I’ve had to wait. And I hate waiting. I might have to reconsider this whole monthly TBR in the new year.
But now that my list has narrowed down, I feel like I can read these books at the pace I enjoy. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
- Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
- Genre: Contemporary Romance
It honestly doesn’t take a lot to impress me and after being disappointed by Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, I didn’t have my hopes too high for this one. However, this turned out to be a fun book and I love fun so of course I enjoyed this one. This was a fun little read and the book I read after cutting down my list to ten books. It was definitely a great palate cleanser, a fun little love story, and not too tough at all. There were a few things I wasn’t happy about, but it doesn’t really take away from the rest of the story. Check this one out if you’re looking for something light and easy this holiday season.
The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
- Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
- Genre: Romance/Womens’ Contemporary Fiction
I honestly don’t think this is a romance novel. This is definitely women’s fiction about Raina’s dating life. It’s got a lot of different components and becomes a really compelling read, but there wasn’t a lot of love. I think romance and love are the main topics of conversation, but I feel like this is more of a woman’s journey to finding herself and finding who she wants to really be with. I enjoyed it when you think of it that way. I know a lot of people won’t like this one because of some of the other themes that come up. That’s okay. I’ll just have to hype this book up as a story about a young woman who’s been pushed around by her friends, family, and exes a little too long.
Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
- Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
- Genre: Literary Fiction
I have to keep emphasizing this, but this book is less than 200 pages long and it will rip your heart out. It’s a character-driven story about three people: Eden, a paraplegic bedridden solider who is waiting for his last breath to finally come. Mary, Eden’s wife who secretly had sex with Eden’s best friend (and fellow solider) and birthed their daughter. The solider who is randomly a part of this entire endeavor, dead in the same accident that handicapped Eden and watching over the last few years waiting for Eden to die. It talks about death and dying in both what’s ethical for a human to die and what happens after you die. It also covers the strange events leading up to Eden and his friend both being in this accident. You feel the most sadness for Eden. He’s suffering for three years, using codes to ask the nurse to kill him, and he’s not sure if his wife loves him anymore. While it isn’t my cup of tea despite it breaking my heart, it is something to definitely check out.