Hello everyone! Happy New Years and welcome to 2020! Today is my blog’s official birthday, it is officially one year of blogging on this very day. How exciting! Let me tell you, this has been honestly such an amazing journey and I just want to thank each and every one of you for reading a long with me, taking even just a few seconds out of your day and reaching out to me. Thank you so much!
Of course, we are starting off today with a January TBR! I have a few bigger books planned to read this month, and I don’t expect to get to all of these, but it definitely would be nice! I am going to be very busy for the first half of the month, since I’m going to Disney for about 5/6 days, but I am hoping the plane rides will be a nice time for me to get caught up with some much needed reading, since December and November were not all that great of reading months. Let’s dive into the TBR!
After (After #1) – Anna Todd
Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?
Okay so I watched this movie last year and I really want to get to this series! I feel like these books are going to be similar to Abbi Glines style of writing, so I am super excited to jump into this book. Fingers crossed I love it and don’t hate it like it seems a lot of Goodreads does.
Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) – Abbi Glines
Sadie White’s summer job is at the beach, but she won’t be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island.
When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal—if she hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house—maybe she’d be excited about working for a rock star. But she’s not.
Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax, but he fights his attraction: Relationships never work in his world, and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. Yet as the summer stretches on, Jax’s passion leaves him breathless—and Sadie feels like the only source of oxygen.
Can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? One breath at a time, they’re going to find out…
I want to get into re-reading this series since I have no book notes on them and that makes me unable to really review them how I want to. I also want to read them in order this time, to see if that will only enhance my reading experience. This isn’t a necessity to get to, but it would definitely be a good pick me up read. These books tend to go quick and I usually enjoy them.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) – J.K. Rowling
There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?
Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named—a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.
As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.
I want to finish this series so bad, and now that I have the rest of the series, I am ready to start my reading again. I honestly can’t remember what the 4th book was about, so I’ll have to watch a re-cap video of book 4 to continue on again, but nevertheless, I am planning on reading and finishing it this month.
Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
I loved the two Christina Lauren books I read last year, so I can’t wait to read another one and hopefully like it. I love the friends to lovers trope, which this book clearly has, but I am nervous because it sounds like it might also have the zero communication trope and I do not like that AT ALL.
Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel #1) – Emily Giffin
Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness.
This is a big book to get to, but I have been wanting to read this for YEARS! I need to read this duology this year, so might as well start early, right?