The Brittany Awards: Least Favorite Books of 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Brittany Awards! The Brittany Awards are my end-of-year awards where I talk about my favorite (and sometimes least favorite!) books of the year as well as other bookish topics. The 2022 awards will use the following categories: favorite book covers, least favorite books, favorite books, and my favorite book reviews that I wrote during this year.

This week, I will be discussing some of my leas favorite books of the year. These books were not necessarily published in 2022, but they are from books that I read during the 2022 year. To see my other Brittany Awards posts this year, click the links below.

Now onto my least favorite books of the year, in no particular order:

  • The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy

For me, The Off-Campus and Briar U books decline as they continue. I found this to be especially true for The Chase. This was actually the last book that I read by Elle Kennedy this year, I DNF’d the second book in the Briar U soon after this one. With The Chase, I found myself having to push through while reading it. I had to check it out multiple times from the library to finish it. I found many of the characters to be unbelievable, with the cringey scenes and dialogue ramped up even more that the Off-Campus books. As a result, I didn’t not really enjoy reading this book.

  • The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Seigemund-Brocka

I have liked young adult books by this author duo in the past, so I was excited to read their first book categorized as adult. This book is supposed to be a romance, but I didn’t find it romantic at all. There’s a large emphasis that the two main characters have never been in a relationship, so they have never cheated on their respective partners. However, I believe that the two main characters actually engage in a lot of emotional cheating throughout the book, which made me not root for them as a couple.

  • Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter

If I had to pick my least favorite book of the year, it would have to be Mr. Wrong Number. This book came across as very immature with aged up characters to include more intimate scenes. I do like books where the main character is passed off as “quirky” when the character really isn’t quirky, the character just makes a lot of bad decisions. There are a lot of actions that the main character takes in this book that are supposed to come off as humorous, but they just make the main character appear unlikable and childish.

What were your least favorite books of the year?


A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams Book Review

I’m feeling very merry towards the newest Bromance Book Club book.

A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams is the fifth installment of The Bromance Book Club companion series. The latest edition follows country singer Colton Wheeler, who can’t stop thinking about the girl who rejected him after a wedding. Gretchen Winthrop, a lawyer and daughter to a profitable whiskey business, darted after her encounter with Colton Wheeler, However, she is forced to gain his approval to be a spokesperson for her family brand in order to secure her seat on the company’s donation board.

While this book has been on my TBR for awhile, I have to admit that I was hesitant to read it. My experiences reading the Bromance Book Club series is up and down. For me, most of the books were average with a couple of big misses. I particularly struggled with the book before this in the series as I had to check it out multiple times from the library before I finished it.

As a result, I suggested A Very Merry Bromance for my library. However, December rolled around and it was not available. Since this is a seasonal book, I knew that I wasn’t likely to pick this up once January rolled around. Instead, I decided to purchase the book for my Kindle. I’m glad that I decided to purchase this book because A Very Merry Bromance ended up being my favorite book in the series.

One aspect of the Bromance Book Club series which usually falls flat for me is the humor. The characters are often caricatures. The jokes are forced. There are ridiculous plots or repeated lines which are supposed to be funny, but miss the mark. I enjoyed the humor much more in this installment. Gretchen, the female protagonist, has a very sarcastic sense of humor. The banter between Colton and Gretchen was fun. There were some aspects that felt more forced in humor, like with Vlad and the Santa suit, but these moments were fewer than previous installments.

Another aspect of this book that I appreciated was the writing. I found the writing in this book to be stronger overall than some of the other books in the series. Every scene seemed purposeful and moved the story along. The situation in the book challenged the main characters and their pasts. The character arcs seemed more tightly written which made the story carry on quicker. In the past, I found other books to drag on, but a Very Merry Bromance was the perfect romance to read around Christmas.

However, the best part of A Very Merry Bromance to me were the two main characters, Gretchen and Colton. Overall, I found their characters to be well developed. Adams showed through interactions with family members and information on their backstories of why each character acted the way that they did. It made it believable why Gretchen and Colon were interested in each other and made me root for their relationship. I also liked how Gretchen and Colton fit the “grump-sunshine” trope, but in this case the female character was the “grumpy” character. Often, I find this is the other way around, so it was nice to see a switch-up in my reading.

Overall, A Very Merry Bromance is a fun Christmas read. I think this book will satisfy fans of the series, but also readers unfamiliar with the series. I give A Very Merry Bromance five out of five stars.

BookTok Made Me Read It December 2022

In the past, I have done several BookTube Made Me Read It posts. However, it seemed like a huge part of the bookish community has made its way to TikTok, calling itself the BookTok community. For me, it has been interesting to see the shift to BookTok. I have found many popular books and series are making a large reappearance, such as A Court of Thorns and Roses. On the other hand, I have found the adult contemporary romance genre to be a lot bigger on BookTok than Booktube, which seemed to always lean toward young adult fantasy.

However, like with Booktube, I have found myself adding recommendations to my TBR. One problem I usually find though is that the more a book is hyped up for me, the less likely that I am to enjoy it. Overall, on this list, the books that I have picked up based on BookTok recommendations have been average for me. That being said, I don’t think all of this books on the list were necessarily right for me, so I can see why others really like them and would want to recommended them

Any book with a book review will be linked to the book’s title.

Here are my “BookTok Made Me Read It” books:

  • Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

I have seen Icebreaker by Hannah Grace pop up on my for you page nearly every day. I have to admit, the cute cover did draw me in. I was apprehensive about this book because it does occur in college, and since I have been out of college for several years, I wasn’t sure that I would be into it. This one is currently a “BookTok made me buy it” rather than read it book, since I am still reading it.

  • The Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy

I always see the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy recommended for sports romance books. Like with Icebreaker, I was apprehensive about this series because it occurs in college. For me, this series was really hit-or-miss and one that I think would have been more enjoyable if I read it when it was published or when I was a little younger. Like with many books in companion series, these books started to become a little repetitive, even when they focused on different tropes, and I found it difficult to push through as the series went on.

  • The Wall of Winnipeg by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg is another sports romance which I see recommended a lot on BookTok, This book definitely had a strong start and premise to me. However, it moved a little too slowly that my interest started to wane as the book went on. The Wall of Winnipeg is a very long book and I think it could have been more enjoyable if it was shorter.

  • King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair

Scarlett St. Clair is an author that is frequently recommended on BookTok for her fantasy romance series. I tried reading her series A touch of Darkness, which I see recommended the most, but I couldn’t get into the story. When I was reading King of Battle and Blood, I was very into the story. This book is very dramatic, so it keeps readers wanting to move on to the next chapter. However, months later, it isn’t very memorable to me and I don’t know if I can see myself picking up the next book in the series.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Ali Hazelwood’s first book, The Love Hypothesis, so I wasn’t keeping track of any new releases by her. However, on BookTok, I saw people mentioning the release of a few novellas, as well as a a new full length novel. For me, I found the novellas to be average and a bit repetitive. That being said, I did really enjoy Love on the Brain. I was in a huge reading slump in the middle of the year and it was the perfect fun, quick read to get me back into reading.

From Blood and Ash is constantly recommended as a series to fans of Sarah J. Maas. I was looking for a new adult fantasy romance, so I decided to read this series after seeing it recommended so much on BookTok. From Blood and Ash was an average read for me. I was really interested the first half of the novel, but the story started to fall apart for me in the final act where it felt like a completely different book. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the tropes which occurred in the final act as well. As a result, I am not sure if I will continue this series.

What books have you read because of social media?

Recent Book Buys December 2022

I haven’t made a lot of book purchases until recently. Usually, I borrow books virtually from the library. However, there have been a few books that I couldn’t wait to read and other books where I wanted a physical copy because I enjoyed them so much. Here are my recent book buys.

  • A Court of Silver Flames Barnes and Noble Exclusive Paperback Edition

I have all of the original covers for the first part of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I have been wanted to round out the series by buying a physical copy of A Court of Silver Flames, since I only have a copy on my Kindle. However, I am not a huge fan of the silver or orange covers. When I saw Barnes and Noble was having an exclusive edition which is black with a gray mask, I knew that I had to purchase it, as I liked it more than the original covers.

  • A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

I have read all of the Bromance Book Clubs books through my library, so I was hoping to read the latest installment through my library as well. I wasn’t too impressed with the last two books in the series, so I was hesitant to purchase a copy.When a copy didn’t appear in my library, I decided to purchase the book for my Kindle because since it is a holiday read, I couldn’t see myself picking it up after Christmas. I was so happy that I ended up purchasing this book because it is my favorite in the series!

  • Throne of Glass Hardcover Box Set

When I saw the 10 year anniversary of Throne of Glass coming up, I knew that it meant new covers would be on the way. My suspicions were nearly confirmed when I went on to Amazon and saw the Throne of Glass sets discounted. I feel attached to the original covers because these were the covers when I read the series for the first time, so I wanted to make sure I bought the physical copies. I learned the hard way from A Court of Thorns and Roses that if you don’t purchase the original covers when they are on shelves, then resellers will jack up the price later on. A few days after my purchase, Sarah J. Maas announced the new covers for the series, so I am glad I picked up my copies when I did!

  • Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

I was in a bit of a reading slump and I saw Icebreaker recommended several times of TikTok. Like with A Very Merry Bromance, I suggested this book to the library, but it hasn’t appeared on there yet. As a result, I decided to buy it for my Kindle. I haven’t finished this book yet, but I think it will be a great one to read in December.

  • Crescent City Fairyloot Exclusive Editions

Sarah J. Maas should just take all of my money at this point. When I saw the Fairyloot exclusive editions for Crescent City, I knew I had to have them! These editions will have redesigned dust jackets, sprayed edges, and character art. I don’t believe they will ship out until next year though, so I still have a little longer to wait until I have them in my hands!

What are some of your recent book buys?

Books I DNF’d in 2022

While we want to love every book that we pick up, there are some that just aren’t meant for us. Here are five books that I DNF’d during 2022:

  • The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

The Off-Campus and Briar U series are frequently recommended for hockey romances. For me, this series goes downhill as it continues. While I could power through the first book in the Briar U series, The Chase, I could not say the same for The Risk. I checked The Risk out multiple times from the library, but never made it past the 50% mark. Like many of the other books from the Off-Campus and Briar U series, The Risk is filled with cringey scenes and dialogues. I feel like I may have enjoyed this book, as well as the rest of the series, more if I read it when it was released and I was younger. Now, I cannot see myself finishing this series.

  • These Hollow Vows by Lexie Ryan

I had These Hollow Vows on my TBR for awhile and decided to read it when it became available in my library. This is another case where I think that I would have enjoyed this book if I was younger. I think These Hollow Vows was actually a decent story, for as much as I read, but it definitely has a very young adult fantasy feel. I have seen a lot of the tropes in this book, as well as the world building, done in other books, so it was a little too similar to other books that I’ve read. However, if I had read this book when I was a young adult, I think I probably would have finished it and read the next book in the duology.

  • Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren’s books are hit or miss for me. I have found this to be especially true for Christina Lauren’s later works, which stray a little from complete romance. I found this to be especially true with Something Wilder. From the description and cover, I expected a second chance romance. However, there is a situation in the book which is completely unexpected and completely changes the tone of the book. In fact, it really sucked all of the romance out of the book for me and made me incredibly anxious. After this event occurred in the novel, I didn’t feel like continuing because I was in the mood to read a romance when I picked up this book, rather than what it become in the novel.

  • A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

This series is frequently recommended online for readers who like fantasy romance. I read another book by Scarlett St. Clair earlier this year, and while it isn’t one of my favorite novels of the year, it was very entertaining. I checked A Touch of Darkness out of a few times because the description sounded exactly like something I would like. However, I could not get into the writing at the beginning, which made it not fun for me to read.

  • To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

I had read the first four books in the Bridgerton series and wanted to finish the books which focused on the rest of the siblings. However, I could not get past the first few chapters of To Sir Phillip, With Love. I just found myself incredibly bored with the plot and the repetitiveness of the Bridgerton novels.As of right now, I cannot see myself continuing on with the rest of the novels. However, I do plan on continuing to watch the Netflix series.

What books did you DNF in 2022?

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series Review (Spoiler Free!): Updated 2022

Back in 2018, I wrote my first spoiler-free review of the entire Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (you can read my initial review here). However, since posting that review, Sarah J. Maas released the novella, A Court of Frost and Starlight, and another book in the series, A Court of Silver Flames, with two more novels planned. After rereading some of the books in the series, and reading the newest additions, I thought it was time to update my initial review. If you would like to see individual reviews on books in this series, I will include them at the bottom of this post.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, often referred to as ACOTAR, was a popular series on the Booktube community and is now a popular series within the BookTok community. ACOTAR seems to be a polarizing series: people either absolutely love it or hate it. Personally, ACOTAR is one of my favorite series and one that I find myself rereading time and time again. While it is a series that I enjoy, taking a step back, I can see stand-out aspects of the series compared to aspects which needs to be improved. Here are my spoiler-free thoughts on the series as a whole:

The Synopsis

A Court of Thorns and Roses follows Feyre Archeron, a poor hunter, who kills a faerie disguised as a wolf in the woods. To pay for her actions, Feyre is taken back to the fae lands where she must live with her cursed captor. The original A Court of Thorns and roses (ACOTAR) series is comprised of three books, told primarily from the perspective of Feyre with a couple chapters in the final book told from another perspective. The novella in the series, A Court of Frost and Starlight, follows several characters from the original series around Winter Solstice. A Court of Silver Flames follows Nesta Archeron, Feyre’s sister, after she overcomes trauma which occurs in the previous novels and trains to find three valuable objects.

The Characters

One aspect of where Sarah J. Maas always excels is the characters. Maas consistently creates interesting, likeable, and complex characters which stick with readers long after reading. A common trope present in novels by Maas is the found family trope and the ACOTAR series is no exception. By the end of the novels, readers truly feel like they are part of the family which she has created.

Since the series is so lengthy, readers get to learn a lot about many characters within the novel, not just the narrators. Some of the characters in these books are hundreds of years old and Maas gives enough of their backstories to make their personalities and complex relationships understandable. That being said, there are a lot of characters and backstories involved throughout the series, which can be overwhelming and difficult to remember. There are some characters and relationship which I’ve looked up videos on in order to understand better.

That being said, there is definitely some debate surrounding characters, particularly in the novella and the final book published so far, A Court of Silver Flames. Nesta, the main character, is a very polarizing character: people seem to either love her or hate her, so if you are in the latter camp, you may not love reading an entire book about her. Personally, A Court of Silver Flames was one of my favorite books in the series due to Nesta’s character development, so this wasn’t a hinderance to me. Additionally, some well-loved characters seem to make choices that are very inconsistent with their behavior in previous books, which really infuriates some readers.

The World Building

Similar to feeling like you a part of the family after reading ACOTAR, you also feel fully immersed in the world in which the story takes place. If you think of other popular series where people divided themselves into “factions” or “houses,” ACOTAR has a similar feel. Instead of factions or houses, the faerie world is divided into courts which are defined by different times of day (such as the Night Court) or seasons of the year (such as the Spring Court). This makes it a little bit easier for readers to keep track of how different courts operate, the powers often associated with a specific court, and the people associated with that court. Like with characters, there are many intricate details of courts and their histories sprinkled throughout the series, so it helps to have a way to categorize the information.

That being said, Maas is also known for a lot of info dumping at the beginning of the series and ACOTAR is no exception. While it is easier to keep track of information on the places in the world as the series goes on, it is definitely a lot to work through in the first book of the series. In my original review, I mentioned how I actually DNF’ed the first book in the series at around 40% of the book before I picked it up again because I felt like there wasn’t much action which occurred in the story. The world-building in novels by Maas can be difficult to push through at first, but the payoff for me is worth it to continue.

The Writing

When it comes to writing, people love or hate Sarah J. Maas. If you are on BookTok, you have probably seen the jokes about a character picking lint off of his clothes or characters detailing their bathroom issues. There are always comments about territorial male fae, and in this book, many discussions about their wing spans. I would love to see the word count for how many ties mate is used throughout ACOTAR. Sarah J. Maas has some phrases which appear frequently throughout her books, some of which are cringe-y. When I see discussions around her writing, people tend to either love or hate her writing. Personally, the repeated phrases in this series aren’t make it or break it for loving the series. However, if if this is something that annoys you, then you might not personally enjoy the writing style used within this series.

The Plot

My interest in the plots of the ACOTAR books varies depending on the books, but is more consistent than other series by the author. While I love the Throne of Glass series, it looks and feels like a completely different series by the end of the book. There are so many plots, so many POVs, and so much information to take in, it can definitely be overwhelming. ACOTAR is the first series by Maas that I read completely, and I would definitely recommend reading it first out of all of her series because it is the easiest to follow plot-wise.

While Throne of Glass has romance, it definitely focuses more on the fantasy elements plot-wise. ACOTAR definitely has a stronger focus on romance than Throne of Glass, with more explicit romantic scenes since the target audience is no longer YA (although ACOTAR was initially categorized as YA). Additionally, because of this change in target audience, there is more graphic violence and language on page than in the Throne of Glass series.

Starting with book one, the plot of ACOTAR is a good set-up for the rest of the series. ACOTAR was initially pitched as a Beauty and the Beast retelling and some of those plot elements are evident within the first book. This book does have a lot of world building in the first half, so action-wise the plot didn’t really pick up until after that point.

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) is definitely one of the best plotted books in the series. Sarah J. Maas is like the Taylor Swift of fantasy. She takes small details from past works and builds on them in later works. Readers definitely see a lot of this in the romance plot within this book. Additionally, this book perfectly balances all of the plots: the action, the romance, and the character development. As a result, you want to keep reading to see how the plot will continue to unfold. This book also contains one of the most well-done endings I have seen in a sequel.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) was one of my least favorite books plot-wise in the series. Whereas ACOMAF balanced many of the different plots, this heavily focused on the magic and war elements. Additionally, ACOWAR recycles some previously used plot points. These makes scenes including those elements to be less dramatic from when they were used the first time around.

A Court of Frost and Starlight was definitely my least favorite overall in the series. Plot-wise it does what it was intended to: it brings some more light-hearted stories after a very dark and heavy final novel. Also, it sets up the beginning of the next book in the series. However, there are some things in this book which are just ridiculous and are very cringeworthy.

Finally, A Court of Silver Flames is one of my favorites in the series. At the same time, it is definitely more character-driven that plot-driven. So if you do prefer more plot-driven books, then you may not enjoy this one. Another complaint readers often make for this book that the villain isn’t the most remarkable or involved compared to other books. In my original review of Silver Flames (read it here), I explained how I believe the villain is supposed to be more symbolic in nature, but I can see how people would be expecting a greater villain after reading the original series.

The Pacing

Overall, the pacing of the series is a little inconsistent and can very based on the book. The two books which I moved through the quickest were A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Silver Flames. I felt like these books balanced action, romance, and character development so I wanted to keep reading. A Court of War and Ruin, the third book in the series was the worst paced in my opinion out of the full length novels in the series.

Let’s start off with book one: A Court of Thorns and Roses had a slow start to me, due to the large amount of world building which occurs in the first half of the novel. However, the eventful second half of the novel and the rest of the series is worth the work. The second book in the series, ACOMAF is one of the best paced novels in the series. ACOMAF has a perfect balance of action, romance, and character development which makes it hard to put the book down. The third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin, was my least favorite of the full-length novels. ACOWAR felt like it moved a lot slower, possibly because it leaned more heavily on the magic and war plot lines than the characters and romance for me.

Moving onto the novella, A Court of Frost and Starlight. One part of this novella which differs from the previous three books is that readers get more perspectives from different characters. That being said, this overall is the weakest installment of this series, and it just seems to drag on compared to ACOMAF and Silver Flames, which are much longer but more interesting. However, this book does provide what it needs: the set-up for the next full-length novels in the series and more lighthearted stories following the previous novel, which was very dark.

Final Thoughts

Like I mentioned previously, ACOTAR is series that I love and I find myself picking up again and again. This is a series that whenever a new book is announced, I automatically pre-order the next installment, which isn’t something that I usually do. I recommend the ACOTAR series is you are a fan of fantasy romance books with an interesting cast of characters.

What are some of your must-read series?

Individual Book Reviews:

The Brittany Awards 2022: Favorite Book Covers

Welcome to the 2022 Brittany Awards! The Brittany Awards are my end-of-year awards where I talk about my favorite (and sometimes least favorite!) books of the year as well as other bookish topics. The 2022 awards will use the following categories: favorite book covers, least favorite books, favorite books, and my favorite book reviews that I wrote during this year.

This week, I will be discussing some of my favorite book covers. These books were not necessarily published in 2022, but they are from books that I read during the 2022 year.

  • House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

This year, Sarah J. Maas announced a cover redesign for the Throne of Glass series. A couple of years ago, the covers of A Court of Thorns and Roses was changed. While, I understand the marketing aspect behind changing these covers, I definitely like the originals more than the redesigns. I loved the art on the covers and the details on them. I think that is why I am a huge fan of the Crescent City book covers. The Crescent City covers are reminiscent of the original covers of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses: they feature a main character and also follow a specific color scheme. I do not have the edition with the sprayed edges, but I thought that edition was beautiful as well!

  • Birds of California by Katie Cotugno

Birds of California is about a former child star who left the industry after a series of scandals, but is being asked to join a reboot of her childhood television series. While the cover is a little bright compared to some aspects of the book, I think it is a visually appealing cover which will draw readers in. The bird on the cover references the television show which the main character starred in and the neon letters gives California hotel vibes. For me, the cover is what drew me in to reading this book, which plot-wise isn’t something that I would normally pick up, so this cover did what it was designed to do.

  • The Marriage Game series by Sara Desai

Cartoon covers are the trend right now for adult romance books. However, I feel like this sometimes leads to very generic or minimalist covers that don’t really stand out from the crowd. I find Sara Desai’s cover to be the exception to that rule. All of the book covers in the Marriage Game series have very intricately designed covers with visually appealing color schemes. These are very pretty books, and if I wasn’t out of shelf space, they would definitely be ones that I would display on my bookshelf.

  • King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair

While I do enjoy fantasy books, I wouldn’t say that it is the genre that I typically gravitate towards. That being said, when I saw this cover on my library’s online system, I immediately requested this book. I love the deep red and black with a little bit of gold. I think the two swords crossing each other is a great representation of the relationship trope within this book. Additionally, while not completely symmetrical, it does have a very balanced look which is also very visually appealing.

What were some of your favorite book covers from books that you read this year?

Blogmas Day #31: Top Ten Tuesday // Favorite Books of 2019


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is favorite books of 2019. Every year, I hold my annual book awards, The Brittany Awards, which concluded this past Saturday. For several weeks, I spent time ranking my favorite adult, young adult, and middle grade books, as well as my overall favorites. To see my favorite books of the year, please check out The Brittany Awards 2019 linked below:


What were your favorite books of the year?


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Blogmas Day #30: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston Review


The main character may be given 10 blind dates, but I would give this book ten out of ten stars!

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston follows Sophie during her school’s winter break. When her parents leave to help her pregnant sister, Sophie seizes the opportunity to cozy up to her boyfriend. When she unexpectedly breaks up with her boyfriend, Sophie flees to her grandmother’s house where her extended family gathers for Christmas. To help Sophie get over Griffin, her family sets her up on 10 blind dates until New Year’s.

This book sounded right up my alley because it is a cute contemporary that takes place during Christmas. I purchased this book for my Kindle at full price, which I rarely do for new-to-me authors. Consequently, I went into this book with high expectations. Fortunately, I really enjoyed this book and I can see myself reading it again in the future, most likely before the movie version is released on Netflix.

I am a huge fan of romantic comedies, so I am happy to see resurgence of these books in the young adult market. 10 Blind Dates definitely lives up to the “comedy” in romantic comedy. Some of the dates that Sophie’s relatives set her up on are hilarious: from a live nativity to a disastrous drive-in. I found myself laughing out loud during several scenes, which I rarely do when reading.

Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was Sophie’s family. It was nice to see a supportive and caring family in a young adult book, which is sometimes rare to find. While it can seem like a lot of characters are thrown in at once, they all have some key characteristics to differentiate each member of the family. I especially enjoyed Sophie’s relationship with her cousins and how it changed as they got older.

Overall, 10 Blind Dates is a fun young adult contemporary that is perfect for Christmas or New Year’s. If you are looking for a quick and easy read to finish before the ball drops, this book would be a solid choice. I give 10 Blind Dates five out of five stars.


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Blogmas Day #28: The Brittany Awards (Overall Favorites)


As the year comes to a close, so does my annual book awards. Over the past three weeks, I have chosen my favorite adult, middle grade, and young adult books of the year. Today, I will decide my top three favorite books of 2019. Here are my choices:

  • Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Maybe This Time

Kasie West is one of my favorite young adult authors. This year, I read three new books by Kasie West and reread three books by Kasie West. Out of the new stories by this author, Maybe This Time was my favorite. This book spans several holidays which I enjoyed and like West’s other books, it was fun and easy to read.

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

I read both the sequel and series ending to The Folk of the Air series this year and the second book was my favorite in the series. The characters are well developed and the plot was full of twists and turns that kept me reading until I finished the book.

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones and the Six was a different read for me since it is adult historical fiction. However, I enjoyed the interview style book and I am excited to watch the series when it is released. This book, as well as The Folk of the Air series, were among my most recommended books to friends.


What were your favorite books of the year?



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