While I definitely didn’t have to struggle with this topic, I do think this is a little repetitive for my blog. There are all books I’ve talked about recently or will be talking about soon. Either way, I’m interested to see other people’s recent reads to see if it’s like mine. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
My 10 Most Recent Reads
Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
This is the book I’ve most recently finished! I enjoyed it a bit but also had some issue with it. The official full review will be out in a couple weeks!
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
As much as I wanted to love this one, it just didn’t do it for me. It’s outside of my usual genres so I knew it probably wouldn’t be one of my absolute favorite reads but I also found the writing kind of blah so I couldn’t really get into the story. The cover is so pretty though! It makes me wish I liked it so I could justify keeping the book instead of donating it to a local free little library.
The Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono
The Way of the Househusband is a fun manga about a man who leaves a life of crime to become a stay at home husband for his wife Miku. It’s super funny and heartwarming. It’s also an extremely quick read despite it being a longer series. I definitely recommend it. It was so fun. I also watched the anime and did a book vs adaption post that you can read here if you’re interested!
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
You can find my full review of On the Come Up here if you’d like to read the full thing. On the Come Up was such a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It was an emotional roller coaster in the best way. I loved following Bri on her journey to becoming a rapper.
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
So far I’m really enjoying the Singing Hills Cycle by Nghi Vo. This series is really interesting and fun. When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain is the second book in the series. I actually liked this one more than the first book. I think When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain was so much more engaging. Both books were good, but this one was better for me.
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
I’m calling it now. Honey Girls is one of my favorite reads of 2021. It was just so incredibly good in all the ways I need it to be. The characters were so real I felt like I could reach out and touch them. The writing was gorgeous. It truly wove a picture and set the tone for the entire book so well. The plot was extremely relatable for me. I loved every aspect of it which is so rare. I already can’t wait to reread this one. You can find the full review here!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
I can’t believe I read two books in a row that are going on my best of 2021 list but here we are. The House in the Cerulean Sea was something I knew I would love the instant I heard it described but I didn’t realize just how much I would love it. I can’t wait to reread this one too. You can find the full review here!
The Bipolar Workbook: Tools for Controlling Your Mood Swings by Monica Ramirez Basco
It’s time to sing “One of these things just doesn’t belong here” since this nonfiction workbook definitely doesn’t quite match the rest of the fiction books on this list. I’m very open about the fact that I have bipolar type 2 disorder which is why I worked through this over the course of a few months and gave it a review recently. It was pretty good up until a very fatphobic and unnecessary chapter. Otherwise, this book was incredibly helpful.
Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
I was very hestitant about this Tarnished are the Stars! I have such a hard time with young adult novels these days and especially YA fantasy. But I adored Tarnished are the Stars. It was so fun and queer! I’m so happy queer novels are being made for YA since it’s what I craved and never had growing up! Anyway, this is a steampunk-esque fantasy set after the Earth is run dry of resources and follows three different teenagers as they question the status quo. My full review is here!
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
I can’t believe Radical Acceptance was read only 10 books ago! It feels like so much longer than that. Anyway, this was another favorite read though I’m not sure it’ll make it onto any top 2021 list. I loved the take Brach has on the world and on meditation. There were definitely moments I was pulled out by impracticalities but this has helped me shift my mindset to a much better place and I’m very thankful for that. My full review is here if you’re curious!
Another list done! This one was definitely one of the easiest lists I’ve ever put together since all I had to do is scroll the last 10 reads on StoryGraph. These are in order from most recent to least recent in case you were curious. Feel free to link your Top 10 Tuesday post below! Have you read any of these recently? What were your thoughts? Until next week! ❤