February Wrap Up

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I not only accomplished reading every book on my February TBR, but also two extras to make a total of seven books this month; a rather significant improvement over last month’s two. I just couldn’t stop reading. Let’s jump right in:

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

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If you didn’t catch my review on this book already I’ll link it here, but this was an inspirational read and one I think every writer or anyone with a creative bent struggling with self-doubt should read.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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I also reviewed this book here, so you can go read my gushing over Vengeance Road. This was a wonderful western that breaks the tropes of YA fiction.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Make ‘Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway

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Come read this book and feel as though you’re just having a chat with your grandmother. The entire book is casual, light-hearted, and anecdotal, which I found to be fun. I do wish there had been more stories centered around Debbie rather than her recounting hearsay of situations involving her friends; too often I found myself reading a gossip column (or so it seemed).

Goodreads Rating: 3/5 stars

 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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I’ll admit, this took me forever to get through, but I loved every minute of it. I believe I was seventeen, perhaps younger, the first time I read Jane Eyre, and reading it again was such a joy. It’s a masterpiece; you will laugh, cry, feel righteous anger and spend the days daydreaming about the delicious characters.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill

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If I had to pick a favorite book of the month, I might have to choose Mrs. Kennedy and Me. This was not my usual read, and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s a beautiful tribute to the Kennedy family, and my respect for the Secret Service increased tenfold.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences by Janis Bell

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I haven’t brushed up on grammar since the eleventh grade, so it was good to go over the basics. Many of the chapters were too basic for me, and I came close to skimming over them, but there were several chapters that also highlighted a few rusty areas, so it was good to have a little review. This is a great book for a writer, a high school student, or someone who speaks English as a second language to have handy. It was simple, clear, and concise.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars

 

The Kiss of Deception, The Remnant Chronicles #1 by Mary E. Pearson

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This isn’t pictured with the others because it’s a last-minute addition. After finishing Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences, I took a break for a couple of days from reading to give my strained eyes a rest, but soon I found I was craving a book, so I picked up The Kiss of Deception. At 492 pages, I never figured I’d get it finished before March; I finished it in a weekend. No regrets. 

As I began reading, I formed the same opinion as the general consensus surrounding this first book; heavy in romance, predictable, and…fluffy. Next thing I knew, I had read 332 pages in one day and desperately wanted to continue on in the series.

The book isn’t flawless; I don’t want to give spoilers, but if it weren’t for the twist at the climax, I would’ve hated it. Much of the story is predictable, the romance is often “eye-roll,” and the lead up to the climax is confusing to the point of frustration; it was both brilliant and damaging to the book, as I spent half the time flipping back to previous chapters to find clarity, and I felt as though character development suffered greatly due to the delay of information. In the end I didn’t know whether to fling the book across the room or stand in awe of the author’s sly writing. Also, being Fantasy, there was more mention of “magic is here” rather than actually showing anything fantastical; I certainly hope to see more in the following two books.

Goodreads Rating: 3/5 stars

 

What did you read this month?

3 thoughts on “February Wrap Up

  1. February was only 1 1/2 books. :/ Simple Matters by Erin Boyle, and the second Madame Chic book. I’m finding I have a difficult time reading two books in a row from the same author unless they are novels. At any rate, you are inspiring me to read more! I don’t think I can swing 7, but I can definitely do two or three. 🙂

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  2. I encounter the same problem! I wonder why that is? I hope to purchase the Madame Chic book in my next book haul, and now I’m interested in Simple Matters!
    If you continue at that pace, that’s still 24-36 books a year! I hope March will be a better reading month for you. 🙂

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