My First Quarterly Book Review!

Eeeek! You guys! It’s BOOK DAY and I’m SO excited! If you’ve been with my since January you know that it was one of my New Year’s Resolutions to read more. I set a goal for myself to read 12 books this year and as of today… I’ve already read 13! I’ve branched out and tried new authors, new genres and even a new way to read. I can’t wait a second longer to share everything I’ve read the first four months of 2021 because I just know you’re going to want to read these books too!

SO let’s just jump right in. Here is everything I’ve read so far this year! (And spoiler alert, I pretty much loved everything I’ve read.)

The Entire Bridgerton Series

Sooooo let’s start with the biggest chunk of books I’ve read this year. I fell in love with The Bridgertons while watching Bridgerton on Netflix just like everyone else. I was not satisfied with the ending, I needed more and I needed it immediately. So, I turned to Amazon. I was about to order The Duke and I (the first book in the series) in paperback when I realized I really didn’t want to wait a full two days for it to get to me. So I downloaded the Kindle app on my iPad and downloaded the book. Guys… this has changed the reading game for me. I really love reading actual books, but reading on my iPad/phone helps cut down on unnecessary scrolling for me throughout the day because I always have my books with me. That being said… I read the entire Bridgerton series in the first two months of the year. And I loved it. Some books more than others, but overall it was fantastic. It swept me away just like the Netflix series did!

If you aren’t familiar with The Bridgertons book series, each Bridgerton sibiling has their own book and their own love story to tell!

  • The Duke and I (Daphne’s Story) was good, but a lot different than the series. Once I got past the differences, I really liked this book, but it wasn’t my favorite from the series. The book was witty and fun but I felt like the character of Simon was not as good as he was in the show. I mean, I fell in love with Simon thanks to Rege Jean Page’s potrayal of him, and in the book he felt a bit arrogant and honestly, kind of like a jerk. So I was bummed about that. The first half of the book was SO good, but the second half fell really flat for me.
  • The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony’s Story) was my favorite of this series… until I read some of the later titles! This book was so good! I was worried about reading this one, because Anthony was not one of my favorite characters in the series. However, you get to know him in this book and he is amazing. I loved his character and equally loved his love interest Kate. Their story is funny and charming and totally swoon-worthy. I can not wait to see this story play out in the next season of Bridgerton.
  • An Offer From A Gentleman (Benedict’s Story) is your classic Cinderella story, and I absolutely adored it!
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Colin’s Story) was my favorite book from this series! Colin is easily my favorite Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington is probably my favorite character in the entire series. I love their story. It’s classic girl loves boy, boy doesn’t know she exists type story. I also love that Penelope shines in this book. This is the book when *SPOILER AHEAD* you find our Penelope is actually Lady Whistledown. Now if you’ve seen the show, you already know this. But I loved finding it out here, along with Colin.
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love (Eloise’s Story) was honestly not my favorite book. I was sad because Eloise is my favorite Bridgerton sister. I love her spunkiness and couldn’t wait to read an entire story from her perspective. I felt like she deserved a much grander love story. In this book she basically is writing letters to her dead cousin’s husband and decides to go meet him and marry him. It’s all very odd to me, and it just didn’t feel like a very Eloise thing of her to do. I was bummed because Sir Phillip didn’t seem like the kind of guy that Elosie Bridgerton should end up with. It felt weird to not be in London, away from everyone else in the series we love. It also includes some darker, heavier undertones that made me sad… and I don’t like to feel sad when I’m trying to escape into a novel. So overall, not my favorite book.
  • When He Was Wicked (Francesca’s Story) was the book that surprised me the most. I didn’t know if I’d like this book because I didn’t really connect with Francesca. I feel like she is the least mentioned of the Bridgerton siblings and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I however, was pleasantly surprised. Like To Sir Phillip, With Love, this book doesn’t take place in the London social scene. However, Micahel, out knight in shining armor makes up for this. I LOVED this character and he carries this book. This book is also rooted in some heavier themes and it didn’t feel quite as charming as the other books. But I’d read it over again because I adored Michael and Francesca’s love story, although it was a very unusual one.
  • It’s In His Kiss is Hyacinth’s story and I liked it but I didn’t love it. (Are you sensing a theme?! It was just impossible to top Romancing Mister Bridgerton IMO!) Hyacinth and Garret are a fun couple to read about. I like their story. I liked their her siblings all made appearances in this book. I liked that there were nods to the past books. It was a very likeable story, but it’s not one that I would feel the need to read again.
  • On The Way To The Wedding (Gregory’s Story) is the last of the Bridgerton siblings stories. Gregory was so romantic and so opposite from his brothers… and I loved him for it. I thought this was a perfect story to end the series with. It had a little bit of the same Bridgerton magic the rest of the stories had, it was sweet and it had a happy ending.
  • The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After was a book that I didn’t need to purchase and didn’t realize it until too late. Basically it’s a second epilogue of each characters story which are published at the end of the books now if you have the newer versions. It includes a sweet little story about Mama Bridgerton too. But not worth spending the extra money on if you already have the second epilogue at the end of each individual book!

Overall, I really liked this entire series! (Especially the first half.) If you couldn’t get enough of Bridgerton like me, and want spoilers for the upcoming season, you will love this series too!

Troubles in Paradise (Paradise #3)

This was the first book I read this year! I have loved all the other books in Elin Hilderbrand’s Paradise series and this one did not disappoint. I’m really sad that this series is over, because I loved the characters and the descriptions of the Virgin Islands had me feeling like I was on a tropical vacation when really I was sitting on my couch in snowy Michigan. I know this series has a lot of mixed reviews, with people missing the Nantucket setting that most of her novels have. But me? I loved it. And I thought this book had the perfect ending!

The Idea of You

I took a break between reading Bridgerton books because everyone I follow on Instagram was talking about the “Harry Styles book”. Okay. This book was SOOOO good. I feel like if you’re in a reading rut, or want to get started reading more but aren’t sure where to start, this is the book for you! It was the kind of book you can’t look away from. It’s about a boy band star, Hayes, who falls in love with one of his fans moms. It has beautiful settings, amazing characters and a devastating ending. (But an ending that needed to happen.) I loved this book. If you ever want to know what it would be like to date Harry Styles you should just read it. You’ll thank me later 🙂 Oh. And this one is def NSWF.

Kisses and Croissants

This book was cute but not what I was expecting. I know you aren’t supposed to judge books by their covers, but that is why I bought this one. The title got me and cover was so cute! I didn’t even read the description or notice that it was a young adult novel 🤦🏽‍♀️ I liked it because it was like reading my favorite Meg Cabot books when I was a freshman in high school. It’s about a 17 (I think) year old ballerina who is in Paris for the summer for an elite summer program with The Paris Opera Ballet. But she ends up falling in love with her instructor’s son. It was so sweet. And I loved that I felt like I was in Paris while reading it. It would be the perfect beach read for younger girls. But, if you’re an adult like me, don’t waste your money. It’s a sweet story, but not the kind of book I like to read now.

And because I got a taste of Paris but wanted to read a book I really enjoy set in the same setting… I re-read an old favorite, The Art of French Kissing by Kristen Harmel! I have read this book probably about 30 times since I bought it YEARS ago. I think I bought it in 2009? It’s so good, so if you’d like a more grown up option to transport you to Paris, I recommend this one 🙂 Also Italian for Beginners by Kristen Harmel is amazing too!

Red, White & Royal Blue

I saved the best for last because this was HANDS DOWN my favorite book I read this book. You will fall in love with Alex and Prince Henry. I promise you. It’s about the son of the president being forced into a fake friendship with the Prince of England and they end up falling in love. Their love story is so sweet, and made me smile from ear to ear. I also got choked up at the end. I did not want this book to end and I need a sequel and a movie version ASAP. If you read any book from this list, this is the one. I promise you, you will love it.

And that is it for the first few months of 2021! What have you read this year??

Alright my loves. I’m signing off for the weekend. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and get some reading and relaxing in! I’ll be back on Monday 🙂


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