Today’s review is going to be a bit different as I’m going to be reviewing three books at the same time! Woop! Mainly, I didn’t feel like writing full out reviews because I think they might end up sounding similar and no one wants to read or write that, so we’re doing mini reviews of some of my most recent reads!
But before I fully jump into this post, I wanted to ask you guys a quick question: Do you prefer reading full on reviews or do you prefer reading quick mini reviews of multiple books in one post? I’ve made it my goal to review more books this year and I’m currently trying to decide how to best do that without posting too many reviews! You guys’ input would be highly appreciated! Now, let’s get into these reviews!
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
If you’ve been following our blog for a couple of months, you might remember that I read and reviewed Becky Albertalli’s most recent release The Upside Of Unrequited earlier this year. Unlike so many other people, I didn’t love the book and I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t pick up another book by Albertalli because of it, but then I randomly decided to get the audiobook of Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda at the beginning of the month and I pretty much listened to the entire thing in one night. I seriously couldn’t stop!
Becky’s writing was so great in Simon VS and I loved how she included social media in this book – I feel like if you set a book in today’s day and age you can’t really get around social media, especially in contemporary novels! I was also a big fan of Simon’s and Blue’s emails that they were sending each other throughout the novel! I kept trying to figure out who Blue was, just like Simon and didn’t get it until pretty late. Even though I had been spoiled a bit by the movie.
I feel like this is a great book to be reading while laying out in the sun or to listen to while you’re out and about soaking in that summer air and sunshine! I’m pretty sure that I’m going to go back to this audiobook whenever I want something fun and quick to read/listen to!
After finishing this book, I am also 100% ready for more of Becky’s book and actually can’t wait for her next release all about the character Leah!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Since I had just finished and really enjoyed a contemporary novel, I figured I might as well chose another one as my next read and went with When Dimple Met Rishi which has been on my TBR for quite a while now and I’m so glad I finally got to it!
This book is a fun rom-com in book form and I couldn’t have been happier listening to this! As with Simon VS, I pretty much finished this in one night.
I really enjoyed getting a look into two characters different views on their shared culture and expectations put upon them. Dimple and Rishi have such contrasting opinions on the expectations put on them by their parents and I loved seeing them come together and explore those differences while also growing as individuals!
Another little aspect of this book I really loved was the references to Bollywood! I used to watch any and all of the Bollywood movies they would air here in Germany and I absolutely loved them, so to see them included in this book was really fun! I feel like pretty much everyone knows who Shah Rukh Khan is, so seeing him mentioned wasn’t as exciting as seeing Priyanka Chopra’s name pop – I’ve come to really love her since watching Quantico!
If you’re a big rom-com fan and want to read or listen to something that is gonna bring you all of the feelings a rom-com movie would check this book out!
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
The last book we’re going to talk about today is Mackenzie Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue! I feel like this book has been pretty much everywhere since it was released late last month and everyone was reading it and fangirling over Monty and Percy – naturally I had to check out what the hype was all about!
And I did really, really enjoy this book from pretty much the get-go and Monty had me laughing out loud with his dramatics from the very beginning! And I don’t usually laugh out loud when I read books. Nope. I will cry, but not laugh so that’s definitely something!
Monty, his friend Percy and sister Felicity go off on a Grand Tour of the European continent and get themselves into quite the situations throughout the entire book and even though things are constantly happening, I found myself enjoying the book less and less the closer to the end I got. Which really sucked, because it started off so well and I was sure I would love this book so much more! And I honestly still don’t quite know what didn’t work for me?
I’ve started to wonder if maybe I wasn’t entirely in the right mood to read this book? Because even though I finished reading this within four days, something seems to have changed towards the end of those four days which lead me to not enjoy this book as much anymore. I am most definitely going to give this another try though because the majority of this was absolutely up my alley!
And with that, I wrap up my thoughts on three of my recent reads that I’m really happy with overall because I quite enjoyed myself while reading them and they have definitely made me excited for all of these authors upcoming books which is always a great feeling! I’ve already added Leah On The Offbeat, When Ashish Met Sweetie, From Twinkle, With Love and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to my ‘Not-Released-Yet’ shelf on Goodreads and I’m most definitely ready for all of them!
Have you guys read any or all of these books? What were your thoughts on them? And do you ever find yourself not enjoying a book as much anymore but having no idea why? Let’s discuss in the comments below!