Read and Rated: January 2021

First month of 2021 saw me reading quite widely and consuming a bunch of different genres! Hopefully the start of the year, saw your enjoying a bunch of books too. So scroll on down to check out all the books that I read in January, rated.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Happily Ever After & Everything In Between by Debbie Tung

First book of 2021!

I am a big fan of Debbie Tung and Happily Ever After does not disappoint. Made up of cute comics about her relationship with her husband, Tung illustrates personal and quiet moments that feature in her day to day life. These quiet moments are so lovely, as they are often the funnier or more intimate representations of her relationship.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

I have been meaning to finish the book for sooo looong! I started the book around five years ago and managed to lose my copy of the book 😅 Unfortunately I didn’t find my copy but I was able to listen to the newly released audiobook. I quite enjoyed the book but the main stand out for me were the romantic leads – I adored Gideon and just wanted Prudence to be happy.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Target on Her Back by Julie Miller

Target on Her Back is the first Mills and Boon book I have read in ages, and I really enjoyed it. While yes, it didn’t have the usual amount of substance and plot of larger romance novels, I still enjoyed and engaged with the characters in the book. I’m also looking forward to reading the book before this one that features a few of the characters from this one.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Alchemist (Blodwen Forest) by Megan Derr

I re-read The Huntsman before starting the newly published book in the series, The Alchemist, and fell in love with the world of Blodwren Forest all over again.

Who doesn’t love a good enemies to lovers storyline?

The Alchemist features a scarred and reclusive Prince Marcum who has feelings for the arrogant goblin ink master Goulet – the story follows the pair as they attempt to stop a cannibalistic murderer from getting his revenge. I loved it!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I listened to this sci-fi novella on a trip to and from Sydney with my partner. All Systems Red features the main characters of a half human/half robot who has hacked it’s controlling systems, enjoys watching entertainment serials, and refers to itself as Murderbot.

The book was immersive, descriptive, and funny – I often found myself looking over at my partner while driving to smile at the caustic humour of Murderbot. Next trip to Sydney will definitely see us listening to the second book in the series!


So what have you been reading? Any thoughts on the books I read? Let me know in the comments!

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