Each year, Minnie Cooper (yes, that’s her real name), attempts to avoid the bad fate that awaits her on her birthday, New Year’s Day. However, each year, it finds her anyway. But This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens isn’t just a story about bad luck. It follows Minnie, and her birthday twin, Quinn, along on their journey to find themselves, and along the way, each other.
My Overall Thoughts on This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
Before reading this book, I felt like I was in quite a book slump. I had read two different thrillers that I really didn’t enjoy at all, and it’s not like me to really dislike a book, especially a thriller. There are typically parts of a book I don’t like, but not an entire book. I like to consider myself a pretty fair reviewer. So, all of that being said, it’s fair to say that it was just my mood. I figured I wasn’t in the mood or mindset for thrillers, and switched it up to a nice, light read.
That’s where This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens came in! I pick my books by the cover art, and this one was nothing short of gorgeous. Simple, yet gorgeous. This book gave off a holiday feel, but definitely wasn’t your typical “Hallmark” holiday-type book. All-in-all, it wasn’t what I was expecting; it was better. I loved following Minnie and Quinn’s journeys, and how it wasn’t set out to necessarily be a love story. There were frustrating parts when you just wanted them to end up together already, but I do think all of the things that kept them apart were important details to each of their life stories.
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens really shows us more depth than your typical romance, or than your typical Prince Charming, Disney-esque story. The importance of finding and knowing yourself, and pursuing your own dreams before falling in love was really shown throughout this book, and I couldn’t have loved it more.
Would I Recommend This Book?
Absolutely. If you’re looking for that almost holiday feel, kind of Hallmark, but not, type of story, this is definitely the one you’ve been looking for. I don’t love the typical romance novels, and this was far enough away from that for me. There is snark and witty parts throughout, and there were definitely a few moments when it had me giggling out loud. Books that can do that are instant favorites of mine. This book would definitely be aimed towards adults, maaayyybeeee some older young adults; but there are intimate scenes in this book.
Get This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
This was a Book of the Month pick, and I’ll ALWAYS recommend Book of the Month in my posts when I can. It’s my favorite book subscription box. They do have limited quantities of books and sell out occasionally, but you still might be able to snag this one depending on when you’re reading this post.
Otherwise, you can find it on Amazon in all forms!