February Wrap Up

Hey everyone! Firstly I just want to say thanks for the patience, I know it’s been a long time since I posted but I’ve been getting used to being back at work after my surgery and getting my life a little back on track. I’m back more regularly now with a lot of exciting posts lined up!

I did actually write my February TBR but I never finished adding the pictures so I didn’t post it. Thankfully, it turned out to be a good thing because with all the changes in my life, I just read what I felt like and didn’t stick to it very well.

To give you a bit of an idea, out of the 14 books I had on my February TBR, I read 5. In my monthly TBR’s, I try to add firstly books I’m excited to read, books that may be the next part of a series I’m reading and also books that are part of my yearly challenges.

In February I read a total of 26 books. Once again, quite a few of these were shorter stories. We’ll look in to them a bit now along with my ratings. I’m going to change it up a bit this month and go in order of my ratings from 1-5 stars.

Blog reviews of all these books will be coming.

  1. Watch Me (Social Media Murders #2) – Angela Clarke

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Goodreads rating: 4.21/5

My rating: DNF

What is it about?

So this was my first DNF book of the year. It wasn’t necessarily that the book was bad, I mean it has an average rating of 4.21/5 (with 224 ratings). My problem with this book was that I’ve read it before, over and over. It was the same storyline as most crime/mystery books, just with different characters. I struggled to like one of the main characters. I will definitely return to this book at some point, as I don’t want to judge it on the 60% that I read, I do want to read the ending and see where it goes, however I’ll have to be in the mood for a crime/mystery book before attempting again.

2. Bad Girl Gone – Temple Matthews

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Goodreads rating: 3/5

My rating: 2/5

What is it about?

I received this book in exchange for a review from NetGalley (ebook form). The blurb sounded incredible, I was really interested in the story. However, I really didn’t like the execution and found myself forcing my way through the rest of the story. I do like the idea of this book however, I think it would be a fantastic story if maybe looked at again or rewritten.

3. The Name On Your Wrist – Helen Hiorns

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Goodreads rating: 3.51/5

My rating: 2/5

What is it about?

This one was purely a spur of the moment choice when I was in the library. The title of the book interested me and a few pages in to the blurb I thought I would give it a go as it’s only a short story. The idea of this was nice and I did like parts of the story, however as it went on, I could see the ending they were heading to. I also had questions ,for example – The main character dates 3 different guys with completely different variants of one name. If she knew the name on her wrist, why date people with different variants of that? Also with such a small school/town, would they not know that her ex had a different name and therefore probably wasn’t the name on her wrist?

4. The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

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Goodreads rating: 3.95/5

My rating: 3/5

What is it about?

I quite liked this story. I couldn’t guess where it was going at times and you could tell there was a lot of thought and background research put in to the story. Where it lost marks for me was because at points it was really slow. I found myself wanting to trudge through these parts to get to the parts that actually related to the story. I think this could have been quite a bit shorter and I feel like it was unnecessarily bulked out. However, despite that I did like the story and it did complete one of my yearly challenges.

5. When in Rome… Find Yourself – Lena Mae Hill

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Goodreads rating: 3.16/5

My rating: 3/5

What is it about?

This is another book I read through NetGalley. It was quite a cute book, and it was short at just over 175 pages. I did have some issues with the book, especially with how the main character acted at times when she was suffering badly with anxiety, but apart from that it was pretty accurate along with her inner monologues. Cute story, but nothing special from what I’ve read before. I think there could have been more mention of Rome, and I didn’t really like her ‘best friend’.

6. The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket

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Goodreads rating: 3.88/5

My rating: 3/5

What is it about?

These have always been books on my TBR list, but I finally got a move on this month because one, the TV series came out and two, it’s part of my yearly challenge. I quite liked this book, I’m excited to see what the other ones contain. It was interesting to see the differences and similarities between the book and the movie/TV show.

7. Skin Game – Caroline Kettlewell

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Goodreads rating: 3.76/5

My rating: 3/5

What is it about? 

I wanted to try and read some more books focused on mental health this year. This is for two reasons; one, I want to raise more awareness of mental health and support authors that write about it and secondly, I want to try and find some really good books I can recommend. Unfortunately my experience this far hasn’t been great. Skin game was a good book, I enjoyed it. It was very detailed however, and could potentially be really triggering if you’re not in the right place to read it.

8. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Goodreads rating: 3.64/5

My rating: 3/5

What is it about?

I read this book when I was in high school and I remember really enjoying it. I had always wanted to re-read this book to see what I could take from it now that I’m older, but I had never gotten around to it. When I did my yearly challenges, this was one of them so it gave me a kick up the bum. I liked this story but it wasn’t my favourite, I maybe didn’t enjoy it as much now that I’m older.

9. The Gatekeeper’s Challenge – Eva Pohler

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Goodreads rating: 4.16/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about? 

I was really excited to continue this series after coming across the first book (in a free offer!). I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, but I still really enjoyed it. I can tell it’s setting itself up for the next books, so I’m definitely excited to continue the series. I was able to get the entire series pretty cheap in e-book form, so I’m excited to get going!

10. The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R. Carey

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Goodreads rating: 3.93/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

I went in to this book completely blind, just picking it up after seeing all the hype. I was really pleasantly surprised. I won’t spoil it for anyone who wants to read it, but it’s definitely not about a subject I expected when seeing the cover. Once I read this I went straight ahead and watched the film, I really enjoyed both. There are a few differences, mainly in the characters which distorted my view of the book, but I enjoyed both.

11. Never Never – Colleen Hoover / Tarryn Fisher

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Goodreads rating: 4.13/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

Again, I went in to this book pretty blind after seeing it about on booktube quite a bit. I only read the first part when I rated it 4 stars, I really enjoyed it. I was pulled along the whole time, the mystery was fantastic to me. However, I’ve since then been spoiled for the ending, so I’m not sure what I think of the series as a whole.

12. Last Exit to Brooklyn – Hubert Selby Jr.

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Goodreads rating: 3.94/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

This is a book I wouldn’t have picked up normally. I picked this up because it fit in to one of my categories in my yearly challenge. I’m glad I did, it really opened my horizons and taught me some new things. Definitely a book worth checking out and I will probably get around to the movie at some point too.

13. A Living Nightmare – Darren Shan

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Goodreads rating: 4.07/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

This is another book I discovered through my yearly challenges. This is meant for a younger audience than me, but to be honest I actually really enjoyed it and I’ll be continuing the series! Darren Shan is a fantastic author.

14. The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

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Goodreads rating: 4.03/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

This again was a book meant for a younger audience than myself. However, I really enjoyed it. It was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking. I think this is a really important book, especially for younger people; it teaches about grief and how to deal with it. I will definitely be checking out more from this author.

15. The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon

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Goodreads rating: 4.19/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

Again, I fell in to the hype with this book and I’m so glad I did. It was absolutely beautiful. The diversity in this makes it that much more special. I haven’t read a huge amount of contemporary in the past, but this was definitely refreshing and I’m really glad I read it. I have some more of Nicola Yoon’s books, I’m definitely going to give them a go.

16. The Shadow Cabinet – Maureen Johnson

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Goodreads rating: 4.01/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

This is (unfortunately) the last book in the series until the next one is published later this year. I started this series thinking it was a horror story/Jack the Ripper retelling, but I was so so surprised to find that it wasn’t exactly what I thought and it has developed in to a really unique story that I am loving.

17. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

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Goodreads rating: 4.06/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

I picked this book up for several reasons. Firstly, it was black history month and I wanted to pick up some books to represent this. Unfortunately, this is one of the only ones I got to. Secondly, it was my Popsugar Book of the month and it also fit in to my yearly challenges. I loved this book in the only way that you can. I didn’t like what happened to the characters, but the story was really enlightening and really opened up my mind. It actually shocked me to be able to put some similarities between this book and things that are currently happening in America under a certain President. But that’s all I’ll say about that..

18. The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

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Goodreads rating: 3.77/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

This was a really interesting story from the perspective of someone who hasn’t got any ‘special powers’ but lives in a world of people who do. I really enjoyed this story, it was again something I hadn’t experienced before. I love Patrick Ness as an author.

19. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

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Goodreads rating: 4.19/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

I had read this book as a child and really enjoyed it. It’s a series I’ve always wanted to finish, so I decided to re-read this one before continuing on the series. I absolutely love the film, I would love a TV series about this!

20. The Bubble Boy – Stewart Foster

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Goodreads rating: 4/5

My rating: 4/5

What is it about?

This is a book aimed at a younger audience again. It seems to be a lesser known book which is a shame, it’s a beautiful book. The story brings you through a rollercoaster of emotions, you find yourself wanting to jump in to the book and comfort the main character. I will definitely have a look in to the new book that Stewart Foster seems to have on the pipeline.

21. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

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Goodreads rating: 4.03/5

My rating: 5/5

What is it about?

So I’m incredibly late to the party with this one. This was all the rage a few years ago and to this day is a long term favourite on many peoples shelves. I am so, so glad I read this, I love it! I can’t believe it was a product of NaNoWriMo, one of my favourite book writing challenges. I already want to re-read it!

22. Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Paige

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Goodreads rating: 3.85/5

My rating: 5/5

What is it about?

I came across this book randomly in the library and I’m SO glad I did. I absolutely love fairytale retellings or warped versions/prequels/sequels etc to fairytales. I was so happy to find out that this is quite a long series, I’ve already purchased the next book! Fantastic story of a warped Oz.

23. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

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Goodreads rating: 4.36/5

My rating: 5/5

What is it about?

I bought this book after hearing about it on BookTube. I got myself the normal version, however I wish I’d gotten the illustrated version. Although I am absolutely loving the cover on my version, so I’ll probably keep both! This story is heartbreakingly beautiful, it will stay with me for a long time. The movie is definitely on my to-do list now.

24. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Screenplay) – J. K. Rowling

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Goodreads rating: 4.44/5

My rating: 5/5

What is it about?

I picked this up after watching (and loving) the movie and wanting absolutely everything I could get related to the subject afterwards. I really enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to the book coming out!

25. Countless – Karen Gregory

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Goodreads rating: 4.33/5

My rating: 5/5

What is it about?

I picked up this book via NetGalley, thank you! This is a book that heavily features anorexia and eating disorders in general, so it’s important to know that before going in. You are giving a very clear insight in to the mind of someone with anorexia and eating disorders, how that affects their life and others around them. I really enjoyed this and the portrayal of the characters, it brought me through a lot of emotions.

26. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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Goodreads rating: 4.25/5

My rating: 5/5

What is it about?

 This was one of the first books I’ve read that featured a gay main character. I think the author went about this in an incredible way, there was no bad representation or stigma and I really enjoyed the story. I found myself rooting for the couple the entire time! I’m pretty sure I heard that there was a movie of this coming out and if so, I’m so excited!


BREAKDOWN OF MONTHLY READS

Books read: 26

Pages read: 8,021 (approx 150 from DNF book)

Male vs Female Authors

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Genres

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Publication Year

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I hope you liked this new wrap up, and again thank you for your patience as I’ve gotten myself used to being back at work!

It’s good to be back!

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

 

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