Hello Fellow Book Lovers!
February has been a busy reading month for me. I have read a total of 11 books!
For Christmas, my husband bought me a Kindle Paperwhite. I requested a new Kindle, but honestly was never into using a them, until now. I have also discovered my love for Audiobooks as well as my ability to read multiple books at once. I now read a physical book, Kindle book, and audiobook. With twins, I find it easy to use a audiobook or Kindle as they allow flexibility when my hands are full. I was very pleased with my choices all were such great reads.
- All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – 5 Stars
This book was so beautifully written. The love between Wavy and Kellan was absolutely beautiful. I will say, at times, I felt awkward because of their age difference. My instinct was to turn my nose up from the beginning, but it was very clear to see that their love was not an ordinary love. If you have not read this book you absolutely have to! I read this book in the beginning of February and weeks later am still thinking about it. I am excited to see what else Bryn Greenwood publishes.
2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – 4 Stars
This was a fun quick read. It got a bit boring at times for me, but was overall a good storyline.
3. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly – 4 Stars
Initially I found this audiobook very boring. I don’t know if it was the narrator or what, but I eventually really got into it. It reads like a children’s tale, but is definitely based on the Grimm fairytales as some of the parts can be pretty gruesome.
4. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine- 5 Stars
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book because I don’t generally enjoy retellings, but this was very well written. I will be reading more stories like this in the future.
5. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall- 5 Stars
I loved everything about this story. The characters and writing were just simply wonderful. If you have enjoyed stories such as The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, I highly recommend giving this book a try.
6. The Mothers by Brit Bennett – 4 Stars
This Bennett’s debut novel and she did not disappoint. The only reason I did not give this a 5 star was the ending. I was not a huge fan of the ending. I wish it had turned out differently, but I think that is more of me always wanting a happy ending. Overall, this was a great story.
7. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – 4 Stars
This was another debut novel that did not disappoint. What I really enjoyed about this story was how it showed the different life paths of two sisters. It was interesting to see how slavery affected people’s ancestry and what it meant for those who were able to remain in their home land.
8. The Nix by Nathan Hill – 5 Stars
As odd as it sounds, the only reason I picked up this novel was because of the cover. I liked it and just grabbed it. I am so glad I did! It was written between the present day and flashbacks from various characters points of view. Not wanting to reveal to much about the story line, but if you are looking for your next read I would definitely say pick up The Nix!
9. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – 5 Stars
I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book! It was soOoOoOo good! I found myself crying at various parts. I was so in love with the characters. While I envied and cheered on Isabelle I felt the heartache and tough decisions Vianne faced. This was so well written. I don’t generally enjoy war stories, but this was definitely a story that showed what the women of WWII had to deal with. If you have not read this, please do.
10. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – 4 Stars
This was another novel that I picked up and did not know anything about. This was another WWII story, but it was based on a part of history I had never heard of. There was a ship that sunk killing 9,000 people when their were 10,000 passengers. The story is told from their perspective of 4 people. It seemed a little slow in the beginning, but definitely picked up and had my heart aching for the characters. The chapters are very short making it a quick read.
Last but not least…
11. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – 5 Stars
All I can say is Oh. My. God! This was so good. I will be writing a review for the entire trilogy. I plan to pick up the last 2 books from my library this weekend. I am so excited to read these. This is my first Patrick Ness book, but I will definitely be reading the rest of his works.
February Book Buys
January was definitely my busiest book buying month, with Christmas and all, but I was able to pick up some new books this month, thanks to Target. Will be going on my TBR bookcase to read soon!
Were there any books I mentioned that you enjoyed or didn’t? Let me know in the comments, would love to hear from you :-)!