Starting 2019 I set a goal for myself to read at least 1 book a week for a total of 52 books throughout the year. I thought I would have a challenging time reaching this goal, but so far I have been flying through my TBR pile. For January I shared the books I read during that month (which included the absolute WORST book I have EVER read) on YouTube so if you want to check that video out I will have it linked here.
During February, I checked out quite a few library books and of course I forgot to snap pictures of them before returning them, so all of the photos I have included are off of GoodReads! If you would like to check out what I am currently reading or what is on my TBR list you can follow me on GoodReads. For the sake of ensuring this post isn’t too long, if you would like to know in depth what each of these books are about I will have links to them for you.
For the longest time I would see people talking about “ACOTAR”, but I never understood what they were talking about until I finally dove back into the book world and boy was I sure missing out with this one! This was also the first of Sarah J. Maas’ work that I have read and she did not let me down at all.
Her writing style made it easy to read, all while still maintaining a higher reading level, which is something I tend to look for in a book; if it is written at a 6th grade level or below it will not hold my attention. I am not usually one who is into fantasy, but I was hooked from the very beginning and the more I read the better it continued to get! I would highly suggest this book if you have not read it already, even if you, like me, are not typically into fantasy, you might surprise yourself with just how much you enjoy this book.
Maas included so many unforeseen twists that captivate the reader so I found myself flying through this book and finishing it in just 2 days.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory was the next book that I read and I usually do not read romance (unless it is Nicholas Sparks), but this was February’s book of the month for Reese Witherspoon’s book club so I really wanted to check it out. The first 1/4 of the book I found it really hard for me to keep my attention focused on the book because the author seemed to repeat herself over and over again, retelling the story of this proposal at a baseball game, so I started to get quite bored. As the book progressed though I did find that it got better and she stopped repeating herself, which I was thankful for because I don’t know how much more of that I would have been able to read otherwise.
As a romance book, I could definitely tell what the outcome of the story was going to be, but I really enjoyed some of the more unique characters and side stories. This was a very easy read, but it is probably not something I would actively recommend to others (although if you do like this genre it is a good book!) so that is why I had to rate it what I did.
The next book that I read was a classic, Phantom of the Opera, and it was actually my first time reading this book. I have only seen the movie and the sequel live in Portland so I was very excited to read this and it of course did not disappoint. I liked that the book and the movie are still similar, but also very different so that I did not know every single detail of what was going to happen, like with others. I enjoyed how simple the prose was, as well as the tragic love story aspect of it as well
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is what I dove into next, but I actually listened to the audiobook for this one. I am not sure if it was because I listened to the audiobook, maybe it would have been better if I read it, but I have so many different, conflicting thoughts about this book.
In the beginning I was really enjoying this book; the prose, the characters, and the story line, but I soon found it to drag out for too long. I understand that the main character, Theo’s run into drugs, crime, etc is a huge part of the story and his character development, but I felt that Tartt spent too much time focusing on these types of issues in the book, rather than getting back to the main story line.
For this reason, I cannot give this book as high of a rating as I originally felt it deserved in the beginning of the book. It was such a struggle for me to finish it and I probably would have DNFed it if I hadn’t made it through so much of the book already. I wanted so badly to be able to enjoy the second half of this book as I did the first half, but I just could not do it.
Of course after reading ACOTAR I knew I could not wait to start book #2 of the series (I am still on the waitlist at both my city and school library for book #3 so be on the lookout for an overall series review). I had my hopes set so high for this book after reading the first one, but I started to find myself quite bored through it. I heard so many people saying how much more they loved ACOMAF than ACOTAR but I was just not getting there.
I am so glad that I pushed through it though because everything started to align with this book! Personally, I do not think it was even close to being as good as the first one, but I definitely see it setting up the 3rd book so I am beyond excited to be able to read it and would definitely still recommend ACOMAF.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy was the next book that I dove into and I chose this book because after reading ACOMAF (more than 600 pages) I really wanted a shorter, easy read. I had been seeing ads on Netflix for the movie which got me excited to read this book and it did not disappoint. I have found that there are not too many books that touch on topics that this book did (being overweight, not fitting/be perfect, etc) and the author did a fabulous job countering stereotypes and sending the message that it is okay to be you, and that you can do whatever you put your mind to.
I cannot wait to read the sequel to this book and to watch the movie.
Frigid by Jennifer Armentrout was the last book that I read for February, and again I usually do not read romances, especially ones raunchier than 50 Shades of Grey, but I needed a friends to lovers trope for a book bingo I was participating in and this was the only book I could find that did not sound 100% cringey.
Although there were some parts that really made me cringe, and I obviously knew how the story would play out from the very first sentence, I surprisingly found myself really enjoying this book as it had several unforeseen twists that really hooked me.
I just cannot give this book 5 stars though because there were so many times when the author had little mistakes that easily could have been fixed, or prevented, before the book was published. For example, one of the characters names is Zach, but have the time she would spell his name as “Zach” and the other half she would spell it “Zack”. Errors like that make it really hard for me to enjoy books because it seems as if the author was so rushed she couldn’t even bother to spend the time ensuring the names of her own characters were spelled constantly, or to even revise at least one page.
That is it for all of the book I read during February! Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts/ratings on them and also your February reads!
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