February Wrap Up

Another month is over, and so its time to have a another look back at all of the reading that I got done during it!  

Despite February being the shortest month of the year, it was actually a much better reading month for me than January.  Although February did not start off in the best way, with my first book of the month taking me over two weeks to finish, it soon turned itself around to end up being a pretty good reading month overall.  In total, I managed to finish 5 books in February, as well as start one more, which puts me currently one book ahead on my Goodreads challenge!  Not only did I read slightly more than usual, but I also read some amazing books this month, with two of the five books I read being 5 star reads, and another being a 4.75 star read.

So here are the five books I read in February!

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I started off February reading a book that had been at the top of my TBR for so long now, as with the movie coming out next month, I was desperate to finally read it before it came out.  I have also seen so much hype for this book around, with so many people absolutely loving it, and so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and why so many people love this book.  I was also really intrigued by the synopsis of this one, and so I definitely went into it with pretty high expectations, so high in fact that it was one of the five book in my Five Star Predictions post back in November.

Unfortunately, I did not end up enjoying this one as much as I expected to.  It took so long for me to just get through the first 50 pages due to the insane amount of info dumping at the start of this book, so much so that I actually considering DNFing it as early as this.  That said, I did start to enjoy this book more and more as the story got going.  I especially loved the sections that focused entirely on the competition and on finding the the gates over all of the other storylines.  I also enjoyed all of the characters we got to meet throughout this story, especially Artemis, although I wouldn’t have exploring them a little bit more than we got to.

I think my main problem with this book, other than the info dump at the start, was my insanely high expectations going into it.  I did enjoy this book, but it wasn’t anything particularly amazing and definitely wasn’t one of my favourite reads, and so I was more just disappointed due to the huge amount of hype around this book.  Overall, this one was a lot of fun, even if I did find the writing a little too dense for me, and I’m definitely still interested to see how it translates in film when the movie adaptation is released later this month.

Rating:

3.5/5

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After it took me two weeks to get through Ready Player One, I was in the mood for something very different, and so I knew I just had to pick up my second Adam Silvera book.  I loved History is All You Left Me, which I read almost exactly a year ago, and so I had pretty high expectations for this one, especially considering how amazing and unique the concept of it sounded.

And I was certainly not disappointed.

 I adored everything about this book, from the story to the gorgeous characters and unique format.  The pacing of this book worked so perfectly, with the start slowly introducing you to the story and characters, enticing you until you never want to put it down.  Both of are main characters, Mateo and Rufus, are so unique and different, but are both still so likeable and fit so well together, with the relationship between them developing so naturally.  Adam Silvera somehow managed to not only demonstrate the effect that Deathcast had on so many different people, but also managed to encompass the feeling that everyone who recieved their alert must have felt.  All in all, this book was just so beautiful, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time, and I thoroughly recommend everyone reads this book.

Rating:

5/5

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Next up I spontaneously decided to break all of my usual reading habits, by reading a new release pretty soon after it has come out, a hyped book whilst the hype is still pretty big, and a book that I recieved recently in a Fairyloot box.  And, strangely, breaking my usual routine really paid off, as I ended up really loving this dark and twisted faerie story.  I was instantly transported into this magical world through Holly Black’s gorgeous writing, and loved watching as this story grew darker and more complex as the plot began to focus more and more on the politics and secrets within the faerie world.  They never seemed to be a single character who you could trust, with each of them harbouring their own secrets and agendas that constantly kept me guessing what was going to happen next.  And of course I loved how many side characters we got within this character, which of them so well developed and each playing their own individual role in the story.  My one problem came with the main romance within this book, but I don’t really want to say much more than that to avoid spoilers.  But nonetheless, I really loved this dark tale, and I absolutely can’t wait to see where the story goes in The Wicked King!

Rating:

4.75/5

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This was actually not the first book I picked up after finishing The Cruel Prince, but one that I decided to start after just not being able to really get into Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.  I was just really in the mood for something very different to what I usually read, and so this one seemed like the perfect choice as it is definitely a book quite far out of my comfort zone.

That said, this may be my favourite book of the year so far.

This book was so different to anything else I have read, and yet now I am already considering picking up another of Mohsin Hamid’s book very soon, I loved this book so much.  I just fell completely in love with his writing and his storytelling that is so unique in the way that his writing felt almost like a conversation, flowing so well through long, nearly endless sentences.  The story itself somehow progressed so subtly and effortless that you don’t even realise how much has changed in the matter of a few pages.  I just loved how Mohsin Hamid managed to write about such a relevant and important topic whilst still including a magical element within the story, and I now can’t wait to dive into another of his books very soon.

Rating:

5/5

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Finally, this was actually a reread for me, and one that first I started all the way back in January.  I first read this book back in August last year, but had to reread and annotate it for school, hence why it took me over a month to finish this one.  I’m not going to say alot about this one, or give it a rating this time around, as my thoughts haven’t changed all that much from the first time I read it.  However, I will say that after focusing so much more on the language and really analysing this book rather than just reading it, I think I have a much greater appreciation for the work that Jesse Burton put into this novel.  They are so many different layers to this book, that I’m pretty sure I could read it another 5 times and still not catch everything, and I so definitely think that this a book that just gets better and better the more you reread it.

What books did you read this month?  What was your favourite book that you read in February?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?

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