As it happens every year, the Goodreads awards have been announced and I almost didn’t even get a vote because I barely go on Goodreads anymore! I managed to vote in the last 2 rounds and since I didn’t read as much as I did last year, many of the titles were strangers to me. It was a bit sad but it also made me excited to see what books I could get into next year!
I watched a few booktubers who went through some of the nominees and found myself really keen to read more Romance like I’ve been wanting to for ages and like I said in my previous post (a huge shock), more non-fiction! So today I thought I’d chat a bit about which few little books I’d like to add to my TBR.
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
It feels like all year, I’ve been seeing people rave about Tessa Bailey’s numerous romance novels and when I saw it on the Goodreads nomination list, it was a no brainer that I needed to finally read some of her work. Chandler from chandlerainsley put this in her top 5 when she read the entire romance category for the Goodreads nominations so I’m hoping that I love it as much as she did! I’ve already bought this one on my kindle and I’m really keen to read it this summer. I try not to read the blurb or if I do, don’t commit them to memory because I like to read a story with no assumptions – so I’m not 100% on what this book is about to be honest, but it’s set to be a fun summer romance read.
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
I spotted this book in the bookstore a few weeks ago and almost bought it – I regret not buying it then because it sold out so quickly afterwards that I couldn’t find it again. I’ve read books by Christina Lauren before that I absolutely loved, like The Unhoneymooners, which is one of my favourite romance reads I still need to get a physical copy of (I had borrowed it from the library at the time). I don’t usually spot any books by them in person and the premise of this one, in particular, sounds very fun. It’s about a woman who enters a matchmaking system based on her DNA and gets put with the company’s very own founder. They do some sort of fake dating for good publicity but may in fact be a really good match. I love the fake dating trope so I’m really excited to try this book out!
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
This is another book that I haven’t heard much about but I know that people have been raving or ranting about Emily Henry in the last couple of years since Beach Read became a TikTok favourite. I don’t know the full premise of the book but it’s something to do with friends to lovers, and a couple of best friends going on vacation together. I haven’t read many books with this trope and this one seems to have gotten a lot more positive than negative reviews in my circles. I’ve never read any books from Emily Henry and it literally won the Romance category, so I’m excited to see what this book is all about!
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
Inspired by my non-fiction kick that started recently, I spotted this on the nominations list (and it won!) and was immediately intrigued. It makes sense that John Green would go back to a scientifically based topic to write a book (I love his crash course content with his brother) but it still surprised me. This non-fiction novel is a collection of essays about the world in its current state, about what’s going on globally and the idea of that itself is so fascinating to me! There are so many different facets of the world that we don’t see or experience and to read a book with a bird’s eye view on humanity right now sounds awesome. I’ve been trying to get my hands on this book but alas, the one copy left at my local bookstore is missing so I’ll be keeping an eye out for it next time I drop by the bookstore to grab myself a copy.
I’m so excited to get into these new books when I eventually get around to reading them all! It’s exciting finding a book that I just want to sink my figurative teeth into.
It’s still so strange for me to find myself liking or leaning more towards different genres this year. Does this mean I’ve grown as a person? That my tastes have changed? I still have so many adult and YA fantasy books on my shelves to read that it feels strange to say to myself, that I don’t want to read those right now…or in the near future.
Have you been through something like this before? Let me know how you felt and any advice you have on this.
Until next time,
Hope your able to get to these Truffles, Happy December! I found myself adding more romance books to my tbr this year. I don’t read may of them, but I thought The Love Hypothesis was so readable and pretty fun. 😍
I’ve heard a lot about the Love Hypothesis and it’s one I’ve been thinking about adding to my TBR as well! Thank you for stopping by – have a great end of the year 🙂
The books you mentioned are ones I either LOVED this year or am dying to pick up soon! I’ve been waiting patiently for The Soulmate Equation to release in paperback form as I am super stingy when it comes to my romance format lol, but I am SO excited to read that one! This post was so fun to read through, I hope you enjoy all of these if you pick them up 😊
That’s amazing to hear!! I’m so glad you enjoyed some of these and I can’t wait to pick them up over the next few months 😀 Thank you for stopping by!
Malka @ Paper Procrastinators
I used the Goodreads awards to break into a new genre as well! I keep saying I want to read more literary fiction, but don’t know where to start, so this year I read through the synopses of the Literary Fiction Category, and ordered two of the books from the nominations that interested me! I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy them and that it will encourage me to look into the genre some more!
And of the ones I’ve read (or started) from this list, I think you’ve made some great choices, since these are all ones I’ve enjoyed! And if you find yourself craving some more romance after getting through these few, I’m more than happy to recommend you some more!
The Goodreads awards are perfect for this! I 100% agree, thank you so much – I’ll definitely hit you up if I need more recommendations!! <3 Have a great day!
Kal @ Reader Voracious
I didn’t even look at the Goodreads awards until the winners were announced because I did so little reading of 2021 books this year and it made me sad. I love seeing the books you added to your TBR though – I didn’t realize John Green is writing non-fiction! Crash Course is fab so I may have to check that one out.
Honestly, that has hit me the last year as well because I’ve felt quite detached from the community, and didn’t know many books that people were discussing (I’m not on BookTok either so that wasn’t helpful). Even though we didn’t read as much, it was still exciting to see what else is being read and what’s being nominated. Your John Green thought is exactly what I had!! I’m still trying to get my hands on this one currently haha