MY WORST READS OF 2019

MY WORST READS OF 2019

Hello bookworms! This post is actually the first in my ‘end of the year’ posts that I never got around to sharing earlier this year. I personally find it really cathartic to talk about books that I disliked and so I’m starting with my least favourite reads of 2019.

This list ascends to my absolutely worst read of 2019. All 7 books I’m going to talk about, were mostly all books that I had no idea what to expect going into them and just ended up really disliking. There are no spoilers for any of the books mentioned.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN

BOOK REVIEW: THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN

‘I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island.
Yes, its with my nemesis, but still, Ill take it.’

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Unhoneymooners nearly missed my radar, until recent events had me seeking out contemporary romance stories for comfort. The idea of any contemporary romance with the enemies to lovers and fake dating trope has never failed to excite me – so I didn’t hesitate in picking this up. This book obviously left a big impression on me, even though I can completely see the faults in it that others have mentioned, but it’s just the book I needed for right now.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE FINE ART OF LOSING CONTROL BY ASHLEY SHEPHERD

BOOK REVIEW: THE FINE ART OF LOSING CONTROL BY ASHLEY SHEPHERD

‘I have the worst luck ever. I failed my Foundations of Western Art class. My roommate hates me. My ex-boyfriend sent a naked picture of me to his entire debate team. My mom’s having a baby. I’m in New Zealand. And I’m going to find my father. Holy shit.’

Willa Loveridge likes to be in control of everything and everyone. But when things start to spin out of her control, she only knows how to do one thing: panic. When Willa’s estranged father appears after nineteen years of radio silence for the sole purpose of paying her college tuition, without even seeing her or introducing himself, Willa boards a plane to New Zealand in an effort to regain some control of her rapidly spiralling life. She’s done with the absent father act, and wants to find the man that thinks he can just throw eighty-five grand at her and then disappear again.

But after an unexpected emergency landing and a brief encounter with a cult, Willa somehow finds herself in a caravan with a YouTuber, the star of a million Korean Dramas, and a Scottish kid with an unhealthy attachment to his guitar. Together, they navigate the backroads of New Zealand one wrong turn at a time. Which is basically her worst nightmare. Between some unnecessary hand-holding and a swift shove out of her comfort zone, Willa soon finds herself learning the fine art of losing control.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I, Carly, full-heartedly acknowledge that this review is absolutely biased. Because Ashley Shepherd’s writing is like a warm blanket on my soul that I can’t get enough of. The Fine Art of Losing Control is no exception to that. It’s the kind of book I stayed indoors all day reading on a Sunday, unable to leave the comfort of my bed until I knew how this book ended.

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MY MARCH TBR AND OTHER READING GOALS

MY MARCH TBR AND OTHER READING GOALS

Hello bookworms! How are you? Today I’m coming to you with my March TBR which I’ve dubbed ‘Mermaid March’… I guess? Which sounds lame as I pen it now. But in February, I set myself a fantasy challenge because I liked the alliteration of ‘Fantasy February.’ I ended up reading 8 out of the 11 books on that TBR and enjoyed most of them. So I’m continuing with alliteration trend because it’s working for me so far. 😊

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TOP TEN: FAVOURITE COUPLES OF 2019

TOP TEN: FAVOURITE COUPLES OF 2019

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great start to your week. I wanted to do a romance orientated top ten whilst it was still February. The Top Ten series is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so don’t forget to check out their blog to participate in future topics!

I definitely have a slight hierarchy of my favourite couples, but I really do love all of these jellybeans and I’d read every book on this list again in a heartbeat because of them.

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