One of my goals for this year is to read more, and to consistently share what I read here on All That Glitters. I have found some of my favorite books from blog recommendations, and I really want to pay it forward by taking about the books I’ve read each month. Every month I will discuss the books I read, and then you can find them all in my Book List tab. Here’s this month’s reads:
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 5/5- I really enjoyed this book series by Jenny Han. I first discovered it after watching the Netflix movie, and couldn’t wait to read the books. It’s just so sweet, especially right before Valentine’s Day! It’s the story of Lara Jean and how she fake-dates Peter Kavinsky, until she realizes the feelings aren’t so fake. I loved all the characters, especially the little sister, and a lot of it reminded me of my own romance with my now husband (thought we didn’t meet in high school). If you are looking for a good romance that is just plain sweet, pick this one up.
P.S. I Still Love You 5/5 - This is the next book in Lara Jean’s story and it was just as satisfying. I think the author does a good job of portraying how fun yet scary romance can be, especially when the feeling are “real.” Plus Lara Jean continues to bake and do crafts which I love.
Always and Forever Lara Jean 5/5 - This is the conclusion, and even after what felt like a long wait on the Library wait list, it was still wholly satisfying. The author does a good job of making it not just about Lara Jean’s love life, but also all the excitement and anxiety that goes into college acceptances and senior year in general. Despite this high school “drama” it’s still sweet and fun, a great bubble bath read!
The Sea Queen 4/5 - This is the second in a series (the first is The Half Drowned King) about the establishment of the first king of Norway. It follows the story of Harald, the king, and how Ragnvald, his deputy, helps establish his rule. It also tells the story of Svanhild, Ragnvald’s sister, and how she struggles to have power in a male dominated world. It’s a good old adventure story - lots of battles and quests and kings. The Vikings were downright ruthless, including their wives. The book gives you a good sense of how tough life was back then, without bogging the story down and making it less entertaining. I think it is a great read if you enjoy adventure stories or historical fiction in general, especially right now when you can really feel how cold they must of been!
An American Marriage 5/5 - I’d heard a lot about this book and was very curious to start it once I got off the library wait list. It is the story of a Celestial and Roy, who are married for a year and a half before Roy is sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. The story that unfolds discusses race and wealth and love, and above all what we owe to ourselves and the people that we love. I enjoyed the fact that the story wasn’t about whether he committed the crime, but rather about the nature and meaning of loving someone and what absence can do to that love. If you want a book that makes you think, and that will stay with you a long time after, pick up this one.
What have you been reading lately?