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Top 10 Books Read in 2021 + A mini list of bookish things that happened in this month!

I'm back!! And trying to finish a book before 2022 arrives-

(my slight hiatus was not even known by me)



So many experiences, so many last minute decisions and um... Christmas shopping (I had to pull a CIA agent ish when trying to hide the gifts), December was filled to the ever-loving hecking brim with hecticness, that trying to keep up with everything was slightly impossible.

Buongiorno, deadly readers! Have you got all you need to conquer the new year.

If you hear wincing and gritting of teeth, that's all me, because I am still trying to remember when July turned to just a few days shy of the big turn of the page.


I did try to be very productive this month, though. You know, trying to do all the things I should've done the rest of the year, didn't do them and forced myself to make them more difficult in the hurry. Some of those things being:


  • 12 Days of Bookish Christmas on Instagram! There were recommendations, fangirling moments, the best and worst of what I read, swoony romances that made my heart palpitate a tad too quickly and a lot more that my memory cannot recall right now.

Find it on: Booktastically Amazing (@booktasticallyamazing) • Instagram photos and videos

  • 12 ish days of reviews on my Goodreads account. Yep! Gotta get that word count up, up, up! A few of the reviews were of Lore, Shatter Me and a Wattpad novel called Lilah that quite frankly stole a part of me.

Find it on: Booktastically Amazing (booktasticallyamazing) - The United States (1,342 books) | Goodreads

  • Most of the break I've been taking from blogging is that since I want to post more continually, I need to get some planning done. As such, I've spent these two weeks that I was basically dead for, brainstorming new ways to make my life easier and the bookish side way better!

  • I've been striving to come to terms with the fact that the end of the year is about to rain down hellish fire with a mix of cotton candy for the fun of it.

*soft melancholic music starts to strum along the sky*

*putting on sunglasses dramatically even though it's dark outside*

*Booksy looks into the distance as her hair gets tangled with said sunglasses and then has to be chopped all off*


A solemn silence for 2021-

A year that pooped, clawed, gifted, took, destroyed, rebuilt me all the way from my toes to the tips of my frizzy head.

I shall not necessarily miss you, but I appreciate you were the intermission between 2020 and 2022. Wait a sec, 2020-too.

*YouTube has rotten my brain*


Now to the real stuff!


 

𝚃𝚘𝚙 𝟷𝟶 𝙱𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚜 𝚁𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚒𝚗 𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟷!



1. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from super long one):

POC assassin, dissector galore, gory goddess, plan making fiasco queen. I am still reeling from the aftermath of her amazing presence and even better comebacks. Kovit as always, you shall own my heart until you don't, because you'll for sure get bored with me and maybe try to take the pain you crave from... me. Dang, maybe don't do that. Again, the story was not without its flaws, the pace was a little strange at times, but I still ached to know the aftermath. How the battles would end, who would end up knees deep in bones and who would sit astride a throne of knives.


 

2. Daughter by Kate McLaughlin

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from super long one): This book is one that I'm looking forward to re-reading. The plot was so amazing (*cue me dying 'dramatically' all over again*), the writing was awesome, THE CHARACTERS LEFT A GAPING HOLE ON MY CHEST THAT IS BEING HELP UP WITH CRAPPY CLEAR TAPE.

And if I have to put myself through the (looked for) torture of having to deal with a poophead of such big dimensions the guy could block the sun and make Hades feel like a pebble, to feel as if it's the first time I'm reading it...

I will do so.


 

3. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from super long one): I shouldn't re-read this, I really shouldn't. But there's always something so appealing about doing something not recommended for you. Kind of like writing a review amidst the possibility of being murdered, or writing a review when you have another test in the morning. I jumped, squealed, frantically searched for a valid reason to read this at night, jumped some more and freaked out a lot. The plot was amazing, I kind of saw it coming, but that's just because I've been traumatized before by the author and have learned some sort of strange defense mechanism.



 

4. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from super long one): I had the biggest obsession with the whole plot of the story, the characters were worth the 20+ years in prison it would take me to serve if I ever had a chance to encounter them. I don't care if my skin is freaking green, they better get their filthy hands off of anything that might harm anyone close to me. *serene smile* That being said, I'm now extremely disturbed as to why I adored this as much as I did and questioning my moral compass and if it's missing, considering to steal one from my fellow brethren.



 


5. Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from super long one): The plot was amazing, it had flaws, yes, but I accepted them nonetheless. The writing was tearfully shocking, worldbuilding= delightful, characters= life-threatening. And guess what! NO ROMANCE IN THE FIRST BOOK.

Those steamy scenes really did make up for them because oh hollyyyyy nighhhhttttt- I was drenched in sweat.




 

6. Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from a nonexistent one): This whole story made me suffer, cry, gasp in frustration and anger, stare at the wall in astonishment and claw out my hair in agony. Quite literally. The characters were incredibly vivid and harsh, the imagery concerning the setting and surroundings were as real as they could get and that made me feel more than I thought I could possibly feel.


  • Link for review: Coming Soon!



 

7. When by Victoria Laurie

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from a nonexistent one): *violently slams against reread button*


This was downright insulting to me. How will I read more books if I keep wanting to reread old ones? Pssshhh, that’s so not nice.


  • Link for review: Coming Soon!


 


8. Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from super long one): *nod* Right. So I read the book. I read it and was bamboozled and utterly gripped by the story, in a way I wasn't expecting to (as aforementioned above)and yes, I am beating around the bush to explain how/ where/and why this book was amazing. Why? Well, because, I have no idea what to write. It's so hilarious that I can write a three paged rant about a book I absolutely despised and when I actually thought a book was better than decent, my brain always goes:


I am SHOOKETH.


The characters were so good, apart from the main character and everyone besides the little sister, the mom, and the brother. See? I can compromise (why am I always so salty?? I need help)



 


9. The Grace Year by Kim Ligget


  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from a super long one): This left me slightly destroyed. First of all, especially at sixteen, I would've been that moron to climb the fence, climb a tree (if I can), and starve to death on a stakeout. By page 14. Because obviously, that's smart. I suggest y'all read this book if you haven't. It certainly had moments in which I wanted to yeet it out the window, especially when the MC was revealed to be pregnant (I still think it so very stupid but so very good for the story). Yep, this is it. The end. I'm totally okay. I just need time. And emotional band-aids




 


10. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

  • Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Mini review (taken from a super long one): I shall say that this read tackled a lot of deep topics like racism and such, which surprised me to a degree but was an entertaining addition and invigorating to see them handled as they were. I laughed, cried, swooned and felt myself falling more than once. This story gave me 'binging' vibes and frankly, I felt as if I was on a pillow fort for most of it.

Comfortable and just where I was meant to be.


Oh. my. Goodness. I sounded like the end for a every basic YA book.

Someone throw a piano at my head or something, I cannot go down history like this.



 


As much as I'd love to stay and gently scream at all of you to read these amazing books, I shall go eat a bowl of cereal and possibly get a massage because I forgot I had to finish Steelstriker by Marie Lu by today and I'm barely 100 pages in.



*sniffs excessively* I can already smell the book slump coming.

I'll honestly try to post something before the year ends but at this pace, I don't even know what will happen in two hours.


Adios, and stay sassy, dear deadlings!


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