Collective Book Review Wednesday | What I've Been Reading April 2020

I have been reading a lot of books... almost too many books if I'm being honest. A few weeks ago I read 4 books in 6 days. That's a lot... however, I'm not complaining. There comes a sense of strange accomplishment when you finish reading a book. It's like checking something off your to-do list. Nonetheless, I'm not reading for competition, I'm reading for pleasure and I've read some great books and not so great books.

Because of that, I decided to round up a few 'meh' books and give you my thoughts in one fell swoop instead of splitting them up into individual posts. I loved some of these books more than the others, while some fell very flat in my eyes.



Some I've read recently and others a few months ago but I never got around to writing a review. I think the more books I read, the more I'll do collective posts like this to save editorial space but also, feel like I don't have to write a negative review on a book. I hate that.

Without further ado... here we go.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid



I really didn't like this book. I know I should've because it covered such an important, real topic but oh my, I really didn't enjoy it. I finished it though with the hope of it getting better but I felt like nothing happened. If you haven't heard, Such A Fun Age is the story of a young black woman who is a nanny for a rich, white couple and one night, she is accused of kidnapping the girl she babysits for. The plot rolls on from there but I just wasn't enthralled. The characters weren't likable, the writing style wasn't my favorite, and it just felt weird. I understand my privilege as a young white woman, reading a book about racial tensions but it just didn't do it for me.

The Apartment by K.L Slater


This novel by K.L Slater is being released next week and I'm glad I can finally talk about it. This was a very quick read but very enticing. Freya Miller gets the chance of a lifetime to live in a beautiful apartment building, with her daughter, and for very little rent. However, once she arrives, things start happening and it's not at all what she expected. I was a little confused while reading because I really had no clue how this would end. The way it ended, and what happened was even more confusing and took some time to really understand but it was a wild ride. It was very different from anything I've ever read which was very refreshing. The Apartment was well worth the read and I recommend picking it up next week!

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls


This was a rom-com inspired book that I read because I saw it on Netgalley and was approved for it. It was released last June and I just finished it in January. It took a while to read because it took a while for me to get into it, and in the end, I didn't feel like it was worth my time. Nick, a movie buff and employee at a movie theater, is going through a breakup with his one true love, Ellie. After, he can't help but wonder (Carrie Bradshaw style) if love even exists. The entire book goes back and forth between the present & past when Ellie and Nick first met. I felt like nothing really happened in this book and I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. There are other romantic comedies based books out there. 

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover



Ever since Verity, I've been a little obsessed with finding the next Colleen Hoover book to read. One night, a few weeks ago, I couldn't sleep. I woke up around 2 AMish and twisted and turned for about an hour. I decided to give up all hope and crack open a new book. From cover to cover, I laid in bed in the middle of the night and read "Regretting You". It took me about 2-3 hours and I enjoyed every last minute of this. Morgan gets pregnant as a teenager, marries her baby daddy and 16 years later has her own daughter who she is trying to stop from making her same mistakes. However, when tragedy strikes the family and Morgan & Clara's lives are forever changed, their relationships become strained and the book develops from there. I was not expecting this book to be what it was. The main plotline threw me off when it hit so early in the book but it made it so much better. There's the classic mother/daughter push & pull, two different love stories and so many feels. I cried while reading this book and I would love to read it again. It was the perfect love story to supplement my desire for thriller novels and truly was a beautiful story. I love Hoover's style of writing and I already have so many other books from her waiting to be cracked open. I think if you read anything off this list, please make it "Regretting You!"

What have you been reading lately?

xoxo
B