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BookTok Books I’ve Read So Far in 2023 & My Reviews

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Winthrop chapter.

It Ends With Us By COlleen Hoover

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I caved and started the new year with this piece of work. I had no idea what this book was about (TRIGGER WARNING), so if you have read this one, you can understand my shock at that first kitchen scene. Lily made some poor choices which made it hard for me to keep rooting for her as I neared the end of the book. I did love the anticipation I felt when she was reconnected with Atlas for the remainder of my time reading. While this was a book I feel that I learned a lot from (do not ignore those red flags), I had trouble sometimes reading it since Lily was not the best main character. I liked the way the epilogue ended things and started the transition for the sequel.

Side note: Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni in the movie? YES PLEASE. But I need to know who is playing Atlas.

It STarts With Us by Colleen Hoover

⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Okay. Here’s the thing. When things you’re rooting for happen too early on in a book, it ruins the rest of the book. I need it to keep me on my toes until the last sentence. While what I was dying for in the first book essentially took place from the very beginning of this one, it did not give me the satisfaction that it should have. I think Colleen Hoover had potential with this sequel but did not live up to the expectations. It felt like I was watching a boring stretch of a season for a show I like just to know what was going on. That’s all I have to say about that.

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette Mccurdy

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I am not usually one to pick up and enjoy a nonfiction book, but I just had to try this one out. I was quite shocked by how fast I read this and how much I kept wanting to know what was going to happen. Jennette’s story is sad and shocking and if you have not read this, I highly recommend you do. Plus, if you listen to the audiobook, she narrates herself!

Side note: I did so much research trying to figure out who was who in the book with all of the pseudonyms she used. I was not very successful as far as my findings go.

Book lovers by Emily Henry

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I genuinely enjoyed reading this unconventional book. As the beginning says itself, when you read a lot, many books are always predictable. This one was not. I liked that this was not your average romance book and that it made me feel unexpected real emotions. The only reason I didn’t give this one a five-star rating is that I didn’t absolutely love it or feel like it had me 100% of the time.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Wow. This book was phenomenal. I loved reading this and I was so invested in this that (mini spoiler-ish) when Amy didn’t believe Olive, I was FUMING. Literally was about to go fight someone. I usually stray from giving books a 5-star rating because I don’t want to give credit where it’s not due. I was pleasantly surprised with my enjoyment of each chapter of this book. If I could read it again for the first time, I absolutely would. I highly, highly recommend this book!

Emma Oresic

Winthrop '24

Hi everyone! My name is Emma Oresic and I am a junior Elementary Education major at WU. Some of my favorite pastimes are painting, watching Netflix, and reading and writing.