July to December #MinaReadThisIn2021

January 2, 2022 - - No comments


Closed my reading year at 85 titles. After looking through all of this, made only one firm resolution for #MinaReadThisIn2022: read more Southeast Asian romance. I try to do that periodically, and my finds are not always exactly what I need. It’s not that the stories aren’t out there, but they probably aren’t in the retailers I use. In 2022 I’ll search more popular regional platforms (Amazon, Kobo, Scribd et al are not the most popular here) and possibly explore different fiction formats.

This was January to June 2021. I got out of the habit of writing detailed reviews but I DNF (did not finish) whenever I’m not into a book, at any point, so if I finished a book it’s at least okay, or I like it, or I love it. Sometimes I end up finishing a book even if I really am not enjoying it because it’s helpful to me to process why it’s not working for me, but that only really happened with one title listed on this page. (Not a romance.)

Thread on Twitter with links to purchase the books:

Books read in July: The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham, In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard, The Fisherman King by Katherina Mohd Daud, Love Scammed by Rilzy Adams, Pulling Doubles by Christina C. Jones, Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon, The Book of Firsts by Karan K. Anders, Tales from the Gunpowder Chronicles by Jeannie Lin, XOXO by Axie Oh

Books read in August: The Mythology Class by Arnold Arre, Takeover by Anna Zabo, Comfort by Chace Verity, Five Stars by Dawn Ranfast, Inheritance by Katrina Jackson, Forbidden Promises by Synithia Williams, Janine His True Alpha by Chencia C. Higgins

Books read in September: A Taste of Her Own Medicine by Tasha L. Harrison, Trese Bloodlines (anthology), Saint by Sierra Simone, For the Love of April French by Penny Aimes, Off Limits Attraction by Jayci Lee, 40-Love by Olivia Dade

Books read in October: Twinkle Twinkle by Tori Tadiar, The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham, Truth or Dare by Brianna Ocampo, The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham

Books read in November: The Tea Dragon Society, Princess Princess Ever After, Aquicorn Cove by K. O’Neill, I Think I Might Need You by Christina C. Jones, Holiday Honey by Chencia C. Higgins, Miss Moriarty, I Presume? by Sherry Thomas, Noted by Dawn Ranfast, Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu, The Demon Next Door by Chace Verity

Books read in December: SuperLiked by Russell Ramey, Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu, Gingerbread Kisses by Lucy Eden, The Age of Umbrage by Jessica Zafra, Beyond Benefriends by Chencia C. Higgins


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Mina V. Esguerra writes and publishes romance novels. She founded #RomanceClass, a community of Filipino authors of romance in English.
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