In which I share the books I read (or attempted to read) this month + other bookish ramblings...
What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae [read my review - 5 stars!]
The Wall of Winnipeg by Mariana Zapata [see my thoughts on goodreads]
Off the Hook by Laura Drewry [hello favorite new adult contemp series!]
Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods [a must-read for this summer!]
Undecided by Juliana Keyes [overall enjoyed, see my thoughts here]
Per usual, I was craving the romances this month. I definitely discovered some new favorites, especially a new series by Laura Drewry. If you've read anything by Jill Shalvis and enjoyed it, then I definitely recommend this new one that pubs in April. As for YA contemporaries, Kristin Rae's newest novel stole the show (literally). I really love her writing. It's so refreshing, yet she has this ability to grab my heart with just a few words. Another upcoming novel to keep an eye out for is Summer of Supernovas. This story is one I can see some having issues with because the character makes some unsettling choices. But for me, this type of novel is the one I find myself recommending because it shows how you may disagree with a character's actions, but you can still learn to appreciate the story and the message behind it. After all, they're still teenagers -- still growing, still learning.
The show-stopper for this month though? Definitely has to be In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes. That book is everything I love in an adult romance. I can't say enough about it (okay, maybe I can, and probably will, haha). It had me swooning, fanning myself, screaming (literally gasped out loud at one point!), and yes, I totally cried too. It had me FEELING THINGS.
Here in Texas, it's definitely springtime! Above are a few snapshots I took around my home and the little pocket of town I live in. The weather has been amazing! It's these few weeks that I'm reminded why I love to live here. Just before the scorch of the summer heat sets in, we try and get outside as much as possible. I'm a sucker for blooms, too. It's amazing what fresh flowers in your home can do for your soul. Hope you're having a good start to spring, no matter where you live!
Looking ahead... I'll be taking a group of students to Teen Book Con, which I am so excited about. I've attended this con several years now, but only on my own. So this will be fun to see it through the young eyes of my students. I've got a few pre-orders arriving in April too (ones I've read & needed a finished copy) -- The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian and When We Collided by Emery Lord.