Mini Book Reviews – January 2022: What To Read & What To Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for January 2022! This month is a fun mix of 2022 new releases and a few older books that I absolutely adored.
In my list of mini book reviews, I include everything I’ve read recently that I finished. I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip. This month there were more 3.5-4 star books than usual, so find a gem that might be perfect just for you!
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Mini Book Reviews – January 2022
Love and Other Words
by Christina Lauren
This was my choice for the January prompt in my Romance Reading Challenge! It is one of Christina Lauren’s backlist books that has been sitting on my shelf for ages.
I’m so glad I picked it up! It features my favorite trope – friends to lovers, so I absolutely swooned over it. Macy and Elliott meet as teenagers when Macy’s dad buys a summer house next to Elliott’s family. They spend their summers bonding over books, until the last summer of high school when they finally act on their feelings.
But after it all falls apart, over a decade passes with no contact. When they find each other again, they have to explore what they’re willing to give up now to see if what they had back then is real.
by Anna North
I remember this being a Book of the Month selection that I passed over because I thought….eh, a Western? No thanks! Well thankfully when I saw it at the library I gave it a shot!
This was compelling from start to finish! It’s a dystopian Western? Which is a wild combo, but incredibly well done. In this alternate past, women are judged solely for their ability to have children. For those who can’t, there lies ridicule, exile, and sometimes death.
The story focuses on a group of outlaws who want to create a place where all women are welcome.
Bad Luck Bridesmaid
by Alison Rose Greenberg
This story of a woman who’s “cursed” is more about finding ways to understand and love who you truly are and what you need.
Zoey has been a bridesmaid three times and all three friends never made it down the aisle. So she’s understandably quite concerned when her best friend asks her to be in her wedding. She also knows that means the love of her life, who she turned down when he proposed, will be there.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Ashford Castle in Ireland, Zoey must discover if she can get over her fears about marriage or decide what’s really best for her.
Without A Hitch
by Mary Hollis Huddleston & Asher Fogle Paul
Without A Hitch is a fantastic dive into the world of over the top Southern weddings!
Lottie has fallen into a wedding planning job with a top tier event company and finds herself assisting with some outrageous ideas. It wasn’t what she had planned for her life, but as she grows to love the experience, she sees a chance to make it a true career when an opportunity arises as part of an expansion. Plus, part of her job means working with the handsome photographer who keeps showing up at her events.
I have no idea if the weddings that serve as a backdrop for the plot were based on real life experiences, but wow were they insane. It was SO fun seeing what Lottie had to deal with.
I frankly had more interest reading about Lottie and the women in her life rather than her romantic interests, so this felt like good old fashioned women’s fiction!
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The Cheat Sheet
by Sarah Adams
If you can, listen to this on audio!! The narrators are phenomenal, especially the guy (swoon!!). The story had me laughing out loud multiple times and crying happy tears over the ending!
Nathan and Bree have been best friends for years, each harboring an intense crush but not willing to ruin the friendship. When Nathan finally decides to make a move, he enlists his football buddies to come up with a “cheat sheet” for how to woo Bree.
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For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in December 2021!