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I am not a big reader. I loved to read when I was younger, but haven’t read simply for pleasure in years. Right at the end of 2021, a friend lent me It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover and I was completely captivated (read my review of the book here). Because of this, I slowly started to gain more interest in reading and soon found that it was the relaxing, healthy hobby I had been searching for. 

I knew reading for pleasure was a habit I wanted to maintain, and I knew I was likely only going to be able to keep up with it if I gave myself tangible goals and some way to keep myself accountable. So I decided that I would give in headfirst and make my New Year’s Resolution to read 1 book per week (52 books this year), and that I would review each book on my Instagram story to hold myself accountable. 

Here are the books I’ve read so far this year and a brief review of what I thought. 

  1. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry – 7.5/10 
  • Typical, cheesy, friends to lovers story 
  • Very very very slow start but worth it in the end 
  • A lot of back story, didn’t get super into it until like halfway through
  • Love both the main characters very much 
  • Sorta predictable the entire time 
  1. In Five Years by Rebecca Stone – 9/10
  • Has a really good message about the unpredictability of life and the danger of expectations 
  • So so good, but a little bit far fetched 
  • Love all the main characters in this one too 
  • Very unpredictable 
  • Very good length- I read it in like two days 
  1. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover – 10/10 
  • One of my favorites 
  • Good balance of cheesy romance and real world issues 
  • 100% lives up to the tik tok hype 
  • Clever writing 
  • Good characters 
  • Unpredictable 
  • Captivating 
  • Read more about it here 
  1. Beach Read by Emily Henry – 9/10
  • Enemies to lovers story 
  • Lighthearted, easy read 
  • AMAZING, complicated characters 
  • Thankfully not as slow as People We Meet on Vacation 
  • One of the best endings I’ve ever read 
  1. Verity by Colleen Hoover – 10/10
  • The best one yet 
  • I was captivated by this book literally from the first to last page. I finished it in 1 day 
  • Eerie and creepy mixed with romance 
  • SO unpredictable 
  • Clever writing and great characters 
  • Absolutely zero slow spots 
  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – 9/10
  • So good 
  • Old-timey Hollywood setting is so fun
  • Didn’t get super into it until like halfway through 
  • Lots of very complex characters and intertwining storylines 
  • So unpredictable, so many plot twists 
Hi! My name is Eleanor Conner and I’m a sophomore at NCSU. I’m from Asheville, North Carolina and I’m majoring in Fashion and Textile Management with a concentration in Brand Management and Marketing and a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. I'm a member of Delta Gamma and serve on the Circle of Sisterhood Executive Board at NC State. In my free time, I like to go out with friends, go shopping, workout, and drink coffee! I'm passionate about writing about design and lifestyle related topics, and I'm so excited to be working with Her Campus NCSU!
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