Book Reviews of Q1, 2021

Back in January I put together a list of books I wanted to read this year, and since we’re already a quarter of the way through 2021, I figured I should check in and share what books I’ve read so far!

You can also find lists of my favorite books (fiction and non-fiction), books from other perspectives, and more on Bookshop.

Rating Scale
⭐️ – Don’t recommend
⭐️⭐️ – Skippable
⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Read if you have nothing else
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Good read
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Excellent, do not miss!

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Kings County – David Goodwillie ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Slightly forgettable after reading, but I enjoyed it in the moment.

In a Holidaze – Christina Lauren ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Your typical beach read type book with Groundhog Day vibes.

Sex and Vanity – Kevin Kwan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fans of the Crazy Rich Asians series will enjoy this one from Kevin Kwan as well. I think it’s so fun to see the world through the eyes of the super rich (why else would there be KUWTK and the Real Housewives series?!) and this book provides exactly that, with a few scandals to keep you entertained along the way.

A Very Punchable Face – Colin Jost ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
If you enjoy Colin Jost on SNL, you’ll like his book. He’s obviously hilarious and has lots of stories to tell!

Home Before Dark – Riley Sager ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book thrilled me from beginning to end! Just when you think you have it figured out, there’s another twist.

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic – Sam Quinones ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The author has a fantastic way of telling stories to get you hooked, which is incredibly ironic considering the topic of the book. It was incredibly eye-opening to read about America’s use and dependance on opiates.

People Like Her – Ellery Lloyd ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A fun background look into the lives of influencers and the scary parts that come with internet fame. This book was fun to read and terrifying at the same time.

One to Watch – Kate Stayman-London ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I liked the idea of the book, and it was fun to read, but the story and plot certainly weren’t unique. If you love The Bachelor/Bachelorette series, you’ll love this book.

Prepped – Bethany Mangle ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The end of the book is flat, but everything leading up to it was an interesting perspective about the lives of “doomsday preppers”.

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng ⭐️⭐️
The plot and timeline in this book was hard to follow and made for an uninspiring read.

I’m looking forward to getting to the rest of the books on my “to read in 2021” list! Are there any books I should add to my “next up” list?

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