Febuary Reading Wrap -Up

In case you don’t like the more in-depth posts I’ve been doing where I do books in chunks of four instead of end of the month posts like this, I’ve decided I’ll still be doing these because I like doing short, quick summaries about what I’ve been reading throughout the month (also I miscalculated on what I’ve been reading, and the numbers are wrong, but I’m lazy and bad at math but I will eventually fix that…)

It’s slightly shorter than last months, but it’s still quite long, a pre-warning!

the hawkweed prophercy

The Hawkweed Prophecy
Irena Brignull

I’m really interested in witches, so this was right up my street. Two witches, one throne, a war over who gets to have it…but the story was mostly about everyone falling in love with a boy, and this boy never had his personality developed, we were just told over and over again how attractive he was so that was dissapointing

 

 

dark light

Dark Light
Jodi Taylor

I don’t know what I was expecting going into this, but it wasn’t this. From the synopsis, I thought it was about a mentally ill woman escaping an institution, but it was actually supernatural and really weird and random but that is why I loved it. This was the second book, so some things might have made more sense if I read that one first.

one of us is lying

One of Us is Lying
Karen McManus

To be honest, I don’t know why this book is so hyped up when it’s just an average thriller, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it – although I saw what was coming from a mile away, it should have been made a little more obvious. I already own the other book by this author, so I’m probably going to read that too, I didn’t hate this

 

 

white peopleWhy I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge

This was really, really good. For a book that was written primarily for educational purposes, it was so easy to understand. Each chapter is written theme by theme, in a way that is easy to follow, writing from the history to today. It was also interesting to read about how race is treated within the UK, because I usually only hear it from America (which is still important, but I don’t live in America, so I’d like to know how it’s different here). I think this should be educational reading in schools.

ruin and rising

Ruin and Rising
Leigh Bardugo

A very good ending to a very good series. I’m honestly so sad it’s over. I own SIX OF CROWS though, but because I’m so excited to read it, I’m nervous to pick it up so it might take me a while to get to it but I am absolutely going to

bird box

Bird Box
Josh Malerman

Surprisingly, this stayed close to the movie. Unfortunately, though, that meant there were no explanations on what it was people were seeing that made them kill themselves – was it demons, was it a religious Second Coming like some sort of punishment, was it just a virus that got through in sight somehow? We may never know. Also I don’t like how this book handles disability and especially mental illness.

if i was your girl

If I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo

I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book. I think it’s because I knew this book would be hard hitting and difficult to get through, which it was, but it was still absolutely brilliant with amazing story telling and honestly telling the story of how a majority of transgender women experiance day to day life and how cis people can make their lives easier

outside

Outside
Sarah Ann Juckes

This was a good idea, and I admit the ending did throw me a little bit, but as emotional and difficult this was to read, it was still quite dull with very little action – although it did tell a beautiful tale of how stories can literally save someones life

children of blood and bone

Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi

Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. I didn’t used to be a big fan of fantasy and, even now, I still don’t read it that often but this was just incredible. The storytelling, the plot, the writing style, the charecters, the twists, the worldbuilding, the background stories, it was amazing. I can’t wait to get to the second book.

stags

S.T.A.G.S
M.A.Bennett

This…was a mess. It was a mess. That’s all I can really say on this one.

push

Push
Sapphire

I liked this one, but I didn’t love it, mostly because of the constant references to her tragic and traumatic past which made the book difficult to read. However, this was appropirate given the book was written like a diary. Trauma has a way of hitting you in the face, no matter how much you try to avoid it. I also didn’t like the ignorance she had, like the homophobia, which may have come from her abusive background but I don’t really think it excused it – although she was faced with confronting her ignorance, so it wasn’t completely ignored like it was okay.

milk and honey

Milk and Honey
Rupi Kaur

I agree with people saying this isn’t poetry, it’s just written poetically, and not everything is unique but it was honest and written with heart and that’s what I truly loved about this, I think. I could relate to most of this (aside from racial experiances, obviously)

the rose and the yew tree

The Rose and the Yew Tree
Agatha Christie

This was the first Agatha Christie novel that I’ve read (I know, I’m ashamed too) and I don’t know why I didn’t sooner – actually, I ended up going to a second hand bookstore and buying four of her novels.

friend request

Friend Request
Laura Marshall

I liked it, but it wasn’t amazing. It was enjoyable, I wanted to pick it back up again, and it wasn’t the worst thing in the world but it was extremely predictable.

letters to the lost

Letters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer

I liked the book and the writing style and the plot but the relationship was just so toxic, I just couldn’t overlook it. They both had such explosive personalities that putting them together when they were in an arguement every three seconds seemed like a terrible idea to me…

quakers

The Quakers: a Very Short Introduction
Pink Dandelion

I’m extremely interested in this religious movement, so I’m trying to learn as much about it as I can, and this seemed like a good place to start, which it was! It was basic, but informative.

guilt

Guilt
Joan Ellis

A lot of this made me uncomfortable, like the narrator addressing disturbing stuff to a dead five year old boy, even if she was telling him the truth about what happened when he died. However, I still really liked it, even if the narration was really melatone at times.

skinful of shadows

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge

Usually, I like things written by this author. She stands out from the other books, naturally, without effort. However, this time, it was just…slow, and boring, and dull. She does write things like that, and the plot seemed like something I was interested in, but I think 100 pages could have been cut from this and it would have worked much better.

the boy who could see demons

 

 

The Boy Who Could See Demons
Carolyn Jess-Cooke

I liked this, I liked the writing style, and I thought Alex was adorable. It would make a good horror movie, it was captivating and interesting. However, it insulted autism a lot and being autistic I wasn’t too fond of that, it didn’t always handle mental illness well, and Anya is half-Chinese but the author is not so writing half the book from her POV didn’t sit well with me. Otherwise, it was great.

 

So, there you have it! Everything I’ve read in Febuary. Have you read anything listed here? Did you enjoy it?

A.W

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