Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about all of the books I read in the month of February. I had a really good reading month, reading about seven books, which I am insanely proud of. I had so much shit going on during this month, and its the most stressed I’ve ever been, and I think reading helped me cope with all of the stress throughout the month. But let’s just go ahead and get into all of the books I read in the month of February!
The first book I read was Love Her Wild by Atticus.
This is a poetry collection that I had been meaning to read for forever, so I finally got my hands on it, and I am so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it. Atticus is my favorite poet, and I have been following him for a while because I love his poetry so much, and I was a little bit nervous that this wouldn’t live up to the standard that I hold him to, but this book did not disappoint. It was so relatable and honest and gorgeous and I just love it so much! If you get the chance, I highly recommend you check out his poetry because it is just so amazing. I ended up giving this 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler.
This is a book I read for my Detective Fiction course at Uni, and I really did not like this book. I think the major reason I really disliked this book was the writing. I hated Raymond Chandler’s writing style. To me, it came off as him trying to be clever, but for me, he always missed the mark. There was just nothing but info dumps for the first one hundred pages (and this is only 230 pages) and everything was just overly described and so much of it was just unnecessary. He tried to use figurative language, but every comparison he tried to make just fell flat for me. I fell asleep like three times while reading this because it was so boring. And the story didn’t really make up for it, in my opinion. It just wasn’t that interesting to me, which is why I ended up giving this 2.5/5 stars.
The next book I read was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
This was the third time I’ve ever reread this, and I loved it just as much the third time around as I did the first time. I listened to this for the second time via audiobook, and it was a super fun time because I just spent the entire time coloring in my Mortal Instruments coloring book, and it was just very relaxing for me, which is something I needed because I have been so stressed this month. I also just wanted to reread this in preparation for the upcoming release of the final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy, Obsidio, which is being released on March 13. I, of course, gave this 5/5 stars once again.
The next book I read was The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace.
This is a poetry collection that has a focus on self-love. In many ways, this is a very personal book, and you can tell that in the raw intensity and honesty that are present in these poems. Amanda doesn’t shy away from her feelings. We are taken on a journey to loving herself and cutting out all of the negative people in her life as well as dealing with her personal struggles with mental illness and eating disorders. It was such a hard book to read, but it was so worth it because I really ended up loving it. Was it the best-written poetry I’ve ever read? No, but that wasn’t the point. I loved the messages in her poetry, and that is what allowed me to connect with it. I go into my full thoughts in my review, but I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.
The next book I read was Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare.
This is a play that I read for my Shakespeare course at Uni, and it honestly is my least favorite Shakespeare play to date. I’m not saying it was horrendous or anything, and I definitely thought it was hilarious in a lot of areas, but there was just something about it that I didn’t like. I definitely was super confused about the ending, and I was just like, “What even happened?” This play really ticked me off because of the way sex workers are treated and because of a character forcing another character to have sex with them to save someone they care about (I know there is a word or phrase for this type of behavior, but for some reason I can’t seem to think of it). All in all, I can’t really say I loved this play or that I necessarily hated it. I ended up giving this 3/5 stars.
The next book I read was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.
This is a standalone contemporary novel, the first novel that John Green has published since The Fault In Our Stars. This book has a focus on anxiety and OCD with a mystery and a little bit of romance mixed in. While I really enjoyed this, I do think it is way too overhyped. I thought the representation for OCD and anxiety both were well-done, especially since this is an own voices novel in its respect to OCD since John Green also has OCD. However, I think this novel would have been so much stronger if it didn’t have the mystery that I personally didn’t care about, and I didn’t care about the romance either. I think if the sole focus on the novel would have been about Aza’s mental health, this would have been a fantastic novel, and I definitely would have given it 5/5 stars. Alas, as it is, I did have issues with it, which I get into in my review, so I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.
And the final book I read was Sightwitch by Susan Dennard.
This is a prequel novella to the Witchlands series, and it is uniquely told through journal entries and sketches by our main character, Ryber. Ryber is a Sightwitch Sister at a convent who has not received the Sight from the goddess so she can have the ability of foretelling, and one day every single Sister except for her gets summoned into the mountain, never to return. It ends up being up to Ryber to save her Sightwitch sisters. This is a book that I absolutely loved. I volunteered to be a part of the Sightwitch Blog Tour, so I posted a full review, and I just absolutely adored this story. While it was short, I actually didn’t mind the length. I really loved the unique format it was told in, and it just really helped me to become fully immersed in the story. I ended up giving this 5/5 stars.
And there you have it! Those were all the books I read in the month of February. What is your favorite book you read this month? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!