Hi hello. Sorry I’ve been really absent with the book talk basically all year. The last time I wrote a book review post was back in January. Oops. But I have a good reason: I’ve barely read anything!
I’ve read eleven books since I last talked about them, which means I’m still six books behind on my reading goal. *Cries*
Today I will be reviewing seven of those eleven books. I’m excluding a poetry book I read and three books from a series I will be putting in a post all their own! So get hype for that.
But without further adieu, let’s talk books!
Girls and Sex
If you’ve read any of my book review posts before, then you know I have this thing for books with IPV because I took a class about consent freshman year of college. So when I read the description of this book instantly thought it would be a great read, and I was right!
This book was a great insight into the culture surrounding sex and not just with college-aged girls. The author interviews girls in high schools, too! I had someone think it was weird that I was reading a book about sex, but the book is not about sex itself. It’s about how girls view sex and how it integrates with relationships with friends and partners and oneself. The author also talks about how sex is viewed in different cultures and how Americans may learn to make sex less taboo, in effect maybe making unsafe sex less common in the States.
I feel like I haven’t talked about books on here in forever!! I’ve been so busy pushing out study abroad and travel content that most of my other topics have hit the back burner. Which makes me really sad, because as much as I love traveling, reading will always have my heart and is something I’ll always have the privilege to do.
So far, this year has been pretty slow on the whole reading regimen. Last year, I somehow racked up 52 books. This year I set my goal to 40 books to keep it within reason with all the traveling I’ll be doing the first part of the year. I’ve only read nine books so far, which has me on track to reach my goal, but I still feel like I’m never reading.
Related: Books I Read in January
The truth is I don’t set aside time to read every night here like I did when I was back in the states. I know it’s because all my reading here is done on my iPad and it’s just not the same as curling up with a physical book. I need to get to the library here and see if I can check out some real books!
Enough rambling about my book situation and onto the actual book reviews, which is what you’re most likely here for anyway!
I feel like I haven’t written anything about books in ages but I just had a book post go up less than a month ago! Granted, that was my favorite books from all of 2017 and not really individual book reviews so I haven’t really written real reviews since my October reviews.
I had taken a break from sharing my book reviews because I got super burnt out on books. I was forcing myself to read books I didn’t find all the interesting and making myself read them as fast as possible to make it seem like I read quite a bit. So I took a step back from sharing my reading habits here on the blog and it really helped me tap back into my love for stories and why I love reading. Not to show off how much I read, but to escape my life and jump into another exciting one.
Since I didn’t share all the books I read in November or December I’m including two from that time period in this post as well! Oh, and most of these I read as ebook versions so I don’t have personal pictures of them.
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I did a post like this last year where I shared my favorite books of 2016 and it was so popular that I thought I’d share a list for 2017! I think I only had five on my list last year but this year we have twelve. Granted I also read more than double (maybe even triple) the number of books I read last year. I finished out 2017 by reading a total of 51 books!
Let’s get into these books before this post gets way too long. I could talk about books forever!