The 15 Books I’ve Read in 2021’s Fourth Quarter

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I made a reading goal to read 40 books during the year. To keep myself accountable, I’ve been sharing the books I’ve completed on social media, keeping track on my Goodreads account and I’ve been working on this list. From October through December, these are the XX books I’ve completed!

1. Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews

I listened to this book on audio and I wasn’t too keen on the fact that there were clips that said “this is the end of disc one” to sandwich the different parts of the book. I honestly thought that it was a book from the 80s or 90s because no one cleaned up the audio… I really liked this story about Keely who has a “hissy fit” when she finds her groom-to-be having sex with her maid of honor during the rehearsal dinner. I didn’t like the way everyone made Keely wear a scarlet letter when it should be the guy… But the story turns cute when she meets Will, the new guy in town. Will hires Keely to design the interior of his new Antebellum mansion.

2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

This was a good story and it is told well. It’s a thriller about a woman who is accused of murdering her husband, but ends up in a mental care facility because she decides to go silent. From a therapists POV, the story is told how obsessed he is with Alicia. The story is intermingled with chapters of Alicia’s own journal, so we do get some of her POV as well. If you like thrillers, then this ending probably won’t surprise you.

3. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

This is a cute short read, but I didn’t really like it. Two people get stuck in an elevator together. Alexa agrees to be Drew’s date to a wedding… his ex’s wedding. What I thought was going to be a cute love story, ended up being annoying with some POV switched between the two. I thought the writing was lacking in detail. I thought the two characters were really immature.

4. Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Despite all the 5-star reviews this has on Goodreads, I didn’t love this story. It was fairly boring to me. I found Daniel kinda whiney with his monologue. This is a short story, so maybe is there was more depth and fleshed out into a full read there might have been better. These two characters are from another book of Hoover’s Hopeless. I will add that to my list to see if I can get more details.

5. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot of this book. It was a little cringe on the race topic in the first scene where Emira, a black woman in her early 20’s, gets called in late to a babysitting job. She took their white toddler to a grocery store where she is accused of kidnapping. But the story goes on to reveal more into topics of race and beyond. Very good read.

6. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

This story was amazing! It had history, travel, fantasy, and love. Addie LaRue, a young women on her wedding night, runs into the woods and begs to be free. Although she was warned not to pray to the gods on night, the sun not quite below the horizon. Her prayers were answered albeit she is cursed to live a free life where no one remembers her. She walks through life noticed and unnoticed until after 300 years someone finally remembers her.

7. A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

Spicy.

8. A Touch of Ruin by Scarlett St. Clair

Spicier.

9. A Touch of Malice by Scarlett St. Clair

Spiciest.

10. The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

Identical twin sisters sail their deceased father’s yacht from Thailand to the Seychelles. The sister who is married to a man with a child from a previous marriage gets knocked overboard in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Once the other sister arrives in the Seychelles, she pretends to be her deceased sister in order to inherit her father’s money. There are so many twists and turns and they are super out of left field.

11. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

I got about seventy percent of the way through this book before I finally got into it. The mother goes missing, but family isn’t too distraught or worried about her. The detectives try to find out the truth and we get so many wonderful details of character building. The children start going down the path of sleuthing if their father is capable of murder. And who is this stranger that their parents let live with them in their homes? Once the truth began to unravel, then I couldn’t put it down.

12. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I loved this one! It was a really quick read and it’s currently being made into a movie – so there’s something to look out for soon! Two coworkers pined against each other over who will get a promotion to a brand new position. They hate each, obviously from the title, but the hate slowly grows into romance as they learn new things about each other.

13. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

This was a cute story of a plus size influencer connecting with an old friend from her youth. But the friend is just using her to get more “views” on her own influencing at her wedding. It was a quick read and great for poolside!

14. The Push by Ashley Audrain

This book made me stop reading for a while in December. That and the holidays. This book was a real bummer! A mother who couldn’t bond with her daughter goes into this intense state of disconnection with her husband. It messed with my own head.

15. The Survivors by Jane Harper

I managed to squeeze this one in during the final couple of days of the year! This mystery novel isn’t quite that interesting and it didn’t leave me wanting more to the story. Kieran and his girlfriend, Mia, have returned to their coastal hometown, Evelyn Bay, to help Kieran’s mother pack their family home. There was a storm many years ago that rocked the town and killed several people. Now, a dead girl is found dead on the beach. And the town is full of speculation.

You can check out the 24 books I read in the previous quarter here. You can find the 11 books I read in the second quarter here. And you can see a list of the 13 books I read in the first quarter here.

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