Beach Read by Emily Henry | Book Review

Hello, book lovers! 💕

I know we’re already halfway into January, but I thought I’d talk about my Reading Goals for 2021 today. Maybe by writing it all down will somehow hold me accountable for sticking to them. If nothing else, I hope to have a year full of reading and good books (one can only hope all the books I read are good). Even if I don’t manage to reach all my goals by the end of the year.

But anyway, I don’t have too many goals for this year, mainly because I suck at sticking to them and I don’t want to make reading into something that feels like work or something that’s stressful.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto my 2021 reading goals!

To think that I’ve been doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge for ten years. That’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. But I started doing that challenge back in 2011 (though I think I started late that year, which is why I only read 5 books).

So it goes without saying that one of my goals for 2021 is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal for this year at 65, since I was able to read more than that last year. But this is where I don’t want to put too much stress on myself to reach that goal. I know that some people don’t count comics or manga in that number, but I don’t think I would be able to reach that many books read if I didn’t. As long as Goodreads counts it as a book read, I’m counting it as a book read.

That’s my main goal for 2021, but I also have a couple other smaller goals that I want to achieve this year. Those include not how many books I read, but the types of books I read.

I’m always looking to read more diverse books, whether that’s a diverse author or main character. Or even setting where the book takes place. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading about the same character regurgitated into different books.

I want to be pushed out of my comfort zone when it comes to the books that I’m reading. So that includes reading different genres than I’m used to. I tend to gravitate towards YA fiction and fantasy, and last year I began to branch out into Adult fiction, even some mystery/thriller books. I want to continue that journey. I want to read more books in genres that I have never or rarely read. The main ones being Adult fiction, Mystery/thriller, and Middle Grade.

Then there’s the goal of lowering my TBR and not buying as many books. I put this as a goal of mine every year, but I never seem to stick to it. While my TBR isn’t nearly as long as some people’s, it’s still longer than I would like. But I keep adding books to it because books keep coming out or I keep discovering new books that I want to read. It’s a never ending cycle, so I don’t think that goal is ever truly obtainable.

As for not buying as many books, well that’s something I’ve always struggled with. And I am trying not to buy as many, mainly because I’m running out of physical space in my room to store so many books. But I still buy ebooks, so I can’t really win. I know I could be using the library (and I do sometimes), but with the pandemic, I’m not comfortable borrowing physical books. I do borrow audiobooks and ebooks sometimes though.

So there you have it. Those are my 2021 Reading Goals. I’m already on track for my Goodreads goal as well as reading diverse books as of right now. Hopefully I can keep it up as the months go on.

What are some goals you have for this year? Are you good at sticking to your reading goals? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

The following is from Goodreads:

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really. “

MY THOUGHTS:

When I first picked this book up, I didn’t know anything about it other than what I read from the synopsis. And even then, I was kind of apprehensive about picking it up. It was one of the Book of the Month club books for the month of April, and it was the only one out of the five choices that seemed remotely interesting to me, probably because it’s about writers and romance and all that fun stuff.

I’m still finding my way into adult fiction since I primarily usually read YA fiction. But this one didn’t disappoint in any way. It was easy to read and really interesting to follow the two writers in their journeys in conquering writer’s block. But that’s not completely what the story was about. There was a lot of emotion that I wasn’t necessarily expecting but ended up liking for the fact that I was able to get a deeper understanding of the characters, especially January.

I think that’s what I enjoyed the most about this book: how many different layers the characters had that, as a reader, I was trying to figure out. It made them feel real, and that’s when I know it’s a good story.

The reason I gave it four stars rather than a full five is because I kind of felt like the pacing, while it worked in some aspects of the story, was kind of slow. Though I’m not sure if that’s just me because I know that there were people who were flying through this book in a couple of days. Maybe it was just me since I have been preoccupied with other things and haven’t really had the attention span to sit down and read a physical book.

But overall, I really enjoyed it. It actually inspired me to want to write again since I’ve been working on a novel for what seems like forever.

So there you have it. Those are my thoughts on Beach Read by Emily Henry. Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I would love to discuss them in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

3 thoughts on “Beach Read by Emily Henry | Book Review

  1. Loved this review! I have this one on my list. I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone lately and I’m on my third book that’s like agonizing to read. Looking forward to diving into this one! Hopefully sooner than later!

    XO Tabby

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