What I Read: Feb. 14-20

All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle: Equal parts uplifting and heartbreaking, this book is an absolute delight. I dare you not to fall in love with Hubert Bird, Puss and the entire cast of characters (I won’t say too much, to avoid spoilers).

A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day (Holidays with the Wongs #4) by Jackie Lau: This little novella was…fine. I really enjoyed some parts and really didn’t love others. Overall, it’s short enough that i’d recommend it to anyone looking for a steamy little story without a ton of depth (each novella in this series focuses on a different holiday so they could be fun, short reads perfect for specific months of the year).

When He Was Wicked (Bridgerton #6) by Julia Quinn: Thank GOODNESS for Michael Stirling, who has singlehandedly saved the Bridgerton series for me. After Eloise’s story (To Sir Phillip, With Love) was a major downer (Sir Phillip, kindly piss off), When He Was Wicked was a pleasant reminder of what I love about this series. It immediately has taken the top spot in my Bridgerton ranking (with The Viscount Who Loved Me at a close second). I’m planning to finish the series before season two premieres on Netflix in late March, and I have tentative high hopes for books seven and eight.

Snatched (Will Trent #5.5) and Criminal (Will Trent #6) by Karin Slaughter: I love Karin Slaughter, I love Will Trent, I love Sara Linton, I love Amanda and Faith and all of the wonderful side characters in this series. My Karin Slaughter tbr is rapidly shrinking (I have three unread Slaughter books, not counting her yet-to-be-released 2022 novel) and I’m not sure how i’m going to cope when I have to WAIT for her to write more books.

Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom: A collection of six intelligent, thoughtful essays examining what it means to be a Black woman in the United States, through the author’s own life experiences. There’s a good dose of smart humor here, and she packs a LOT into a relatively short book.

The Match (Wilde #2) by Harlan Coben (available 03/15/2022): I say this without exaggeration: every single time I read a Harlan Coben book, I finish it in less than 24 hours. Every. Single. Time. (Usually less than 12, if i’m being completely honest). This book was no exception. You might want to read The Boy From the Woods and The Stranger before picking this one up. (Thank you Atria for the ARC of The Match!)

CURRENTLY READING: I have just started to read To Marry and to Meddle (available 04/05/2022) by Martha Waters on my Kindle — I didn’t love the first book in the series and have not read the second, but so far it’s not too bad (however, that’s easy to say 8% in).

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