February was a pretty good month for reading, mostly owing to some clutch YA reads at the end of the month. I also put my first book down for this year…I’m still undecided if I’ll pick it back up. Full story below 😉
So, without further ado, here’s a little wrap up of my month in books…
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
You can find my full review of this book here.
The ‘TL;DR’ version is…I LOVED IT and it’s my most highly recommended book of the year (so far). 11/10 would read again.
Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
A little adult fiction never hurt anyone, right? I always struggle jumping between YA and adult fiction but the circus-world in this was pretty captivating and I adored Jacob’s character.
I also have a more fleshed out review of this book here.
The Devil That Danced on the Water – Aminatta Forna (DNF)
I SO WANTED TO LIKE THIS BOOK. Alas, it is the one I put down around the 60-odd page mark. I wanted to like it for so many reasons: it isn’t a genre what I normally read (memoirs aren’t usually my go-to), a friend recommended it (sorry Ally), and lent it to me (sorry again), and I feel like it could be something genuinely interesting but I just really, really couldn’t get in to it.
Now…I haven’t given it back, my bookmark is still in it, and I’m telling myself I might try again. I’m not convinced, but I’ll do my best (maybe).
My apologies to Forna, I’m sure it’s a fantastic read for people with a longer attention span than my own. It’s not that I didn’t like the story or where the story was headed I just…couldn’t do it? Does anyone else have this problem?
Please excuse me while I bury my face in my hands out of pure shame.
Wonder – R.J Palacio
Again, you can read a full review of this quirky read here. In short though, it was a gorgeous read that I sped through and adored almost every second of.
Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon
I literally finished this book last night so I’m still stewing on it – a full review will come soon (hopefully).
It was an easy read, with lovable enough characters, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending which felt quite abrupt and like there were still a lot of unresolved *things*- I’d have liked to read another couple of chapters for resolution purposes (alas, there were no more to read) 🙂
the sun and her flowers – Rupi Kaur
I’ll be honest this is still technically a ‘current read’ but I’m pretty much finished so I’m putting it towards February because this is my corner of the internet and I do what I want.
This is my first read of one of Kaur’s books, after seeing bits and pieces of her work on my internet wanderings and I’m really, really enjoying it. The poems are mostly short and sweet, but the longer ones grab my interest and are probably my more favoured reads. Paired with the gorgeously simple line-drawing illustrations, this book has been such a joy to settle down with each morning.
So that was my February in books! And according to goodreads I’m 4 books ahead of schedule for this year’s reading goal of 40 books, for probably the first time ever.
What were your Feb reads -or- your top Feb recommendation?