So my dear friends, let us rollback to the days of yore, when the books were paper only and a kindle was but a dream. Well, I may be exaggerating! But with Rollback Reads, we want to celebrate some of the older books that we have read in the month. Whether they really are before the time of kindles or were just last year. We wanted to give some space to books that may no longer be in the spotlight, but are still worth highlighting … or ranting about. So please come and join us in our discussions of these rollback reads!
Francesca: Guys, I had a really crappy reading month for older releases…. Meaning I mostly read new stuff! Even to kick off my Roundabout Challenge, I read books that I had marked that were new releases… soooooo I only have a few things to give you here. The first was MIDNIGHT UNTAMED by Lara Adrian because I’m making my way through what I’m behind on the Midnight Breeds series and finally catch up. I’m not quite there yet but closer. This was a fun installment even if not my absolute favorite in the series. I always find the chemistry she packs in these novellas is crazy because it’s usually people we are not familiar with already and in such a short page count I’m completely drawn to them, their romance, their backstory. I’m amazed every time.
Suzanne: Welp guys, I have had a good month for older releases, and it’s all down to one author: Mariana Zapata. I got obsessed with her after reading RHYTHM, CHORD & MALYKHIN and then I didn’t stop. I had to read them all. Next on my list was THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME, which I also adored. Her slow burn, friends-to-lovers romances just do it for me. They can be a little slow (hence the slow burn) but I didn’t mind, I liked the steady build up and getting to know the hero and heroine. I then carried on my Zapata binge with DEAR AARON her latest release, which, although not my favourite it had an interesting format as it was told via letter, emails and IMs for the first part of the book. Did I stop there? Nope. I continued and read LINGUS, which I believe is one of her first books and although it didn’t have the depth of her later releases, it was hilarious. Lastly by Zapata I read WAIT FOR IT, which was a neighbours-to-lovers scenario. For any keen Zapata fans you may have realised I haven’t quite read everything as I haven’t picked up KULTI, however, it is on my list and hopefully it will be appearing in the next rollback post. I also didn’t mention UNDER LOCKE, which I had already read a while a go.
Francesca: KULTI is actually the one book by her that I enjoyed. You need to get to it.
Annie: The first older release I read was FRENCH QUARTER by Lacey Alexander. I was in the mood for something steamy to warm up the winter weather and I definitely got that with this book. If you’ve never read anything by Alexander, you really should. Her books are scorching hot and I have plans in the near future to continue the rest of the series.
Francesca: The other two I read because I was looking for wintery reads to kick off the year with. I won’t get in too much detail because I’ve already talked about both of them but they’re great to capture the frosty feel of January. 🙂 SILVER THAW by Catherine Anderson is a small town romance with plenty of heart, a real life hero and an adorable kid. And WHICHWOOD by Tahereh Mafi is my first foray into middle grade books, which I can’t say I’m a big fan of, but this was an interesting read and I’m glad I checked it out.
Suzanne: I didn’t have any wintery reads but I did have a chilling one! It was my pick it for me read from Francesca, YOU by Caroline Kepnes. The whole book was from a stalkers POV and he sees his stalking as a love story, so it had odd elements of romantic language all mixed in with his dark thoughts and deeds. The whole thing was a mind fuck as you’re lulled in by his POV and some terrible things are almost normalised. If you are looking for something a little different and a lot twisted than this is for you!
Annie: I ended up reading SHADOWBOUND by Bec McMaster because I needed something with paranormal and steampunk elements in it. Although the steampunk is far less pronounced in this series, I do think it’s quite close with her other London Steampunk series. McMaster’s writing is always superb and I really liked the characters in this series. I look forward to finishing up the rest of the series soon.
Suzanne: I read no PNR this month, but I did pick up THE LAW OF MOSES by Amy Harmon which had a touch of magical realism in it. This book had my crying like a baby, but in a good way. If you are in the mood for a tear jerker, then you need to pick this up, it had me sobbing. It was such a touching story, I definitely need to pick up more of Harmon’s work.
Francesca: I really liked that book and her writing in general, you definitely need to read more.
Annie: I went back to read a few books from Jessica Sorensen. It’s honestly been a few months since I’ve read her books but THE YEAR OF FALLING IN LOVE and THE EVERMORE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN were great reminders of why I enjoy reading books by this author. She captures the NA style well, depicting troubled teens who find their happiness.
Annie: And lastly, I listened to FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell in audiobook and fell in love with the writing style. Also NA in style, this book captures all the elements of what it means to grow up. I think anyone of any age would enjoy this book.
Suzanne: My experiment into NA didn’t go so well. First of all I read THE FAILING HOURS by Sara Ney. Meh. That’s all I have to say about that! Then I picked up something I was SO SURE that I was going to love as I adore the author: KISSING TOLSTOY by Penny Reid. I wanted to like it so much! Sadly, although it was okay, it didn’t quite capture me as her other books have.
Angela: I can’t believed I just got into Penny Reid’s books. I happen to have Truth of Beard on my kindle for quite some time and final opened it up end of December. Well, I loved it so much I finished all of the books in the Winston Brothers series this month. I absolutely love Reid’s writing. She made this series with fun, sweet, with a splash of sexy. I’m now on to her Knitting in the City Series.
Suzanne: I am glad you liked the Winston Brother series Ang! That and the Knitting in the City series I why I love Penny Reid so much.
Francesca: I have a couple more to finish off the month. One was my Pick It For Me book, THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn. Suzanne picked this one for me and I really enjoyed it. It’s exactly what I love my historicals to be. It was cute and sweet and I loved the chemistry and the banter between the characters. I’ll definitely be reading more of this author. And then I finally picked up WHITE HOT by Ilona Andrews. OMG I kept saying I was going to read this last year and then I didn’t. So I put it down for my Roundabout Challenge and I am kinda pissed at myself that I let it fall behind. This world is just so good, well crafted and interesting and I really like Nevada!
Suzanne: Lastly, I decided to try and completely new author and gave THE ROOMMATE ‘DIS’ AGREEMENT by Leddy Harper a try. Amazon recommended it to me because of my recent binge on Mariana Zapata and I was still in the mood for a friends-to-lovers romance so I picked it up. Although I had some quibbles with it, I am glad I gave Harper a try and I will be testing the waters with some more of her books soon.
Have you read any older books this month?
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