February 2016: Month In Review

Did February fly by or what? That extra day didn’t slow it down at all!

I read four books in February:

Need | Joelle Charbonneau | print | 3.5 stars

Need was an exciting read. Need is a new social network which grants member “requests” after asking them to perform tasks, which quickly turn deadly. I rarely encounter a book I can call a “page-turner” these days but this was it. I kept sneaking a few pages every chance I could and I read it very quickly. Perhaps that is why I thought the ending was rushed and unsatisfying. It was disappointing to race through this book and be left without all of the answers I was looking for.

The Royal We | Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan | print | 5 stars

I loved this one to the point that I became slightly obsessed with this book while I was reading it. It was the Forever YA Book Club pick in February so I kept texting my friend who was also reading it. The Royal We follows Bex – an American studying abroad – as she navigates a complicated relationship with Nick  – the future King of England. It was a big book for me and it was not a quick read, but I found myself carving out time for it. The boys were sick one weekend and I read for hours and hours while they were couch-bound and napping. It also inspired me to do quite a bit of Kate and William research (which my book club appreciated). I’d recommend this one for sure.

Carry On | Rainbow Rowell | audio | 2.5 stars

It turns out that Rainbow Rowell is really hit or miss for me. I adored Eleanor & Park, FanGirl, and Attachments, but had to drag myself through Landline and Carry On. It was a little surreal to be reading fictional fan fiction and I never really felt like I belonged in the world of mages. It really did feel like we were plopped into this already existing story (which I suppose was the point). By the time the adventure really got going in the last third of the book, I was finally interested, but it was too late to totally save the book in my view. If I had been reading this in print, I wouldn’t have made it that far.

Isla and the Happily Ever After | Stephanie Perkins | print | 5 stars

When I read Stephanie Perkins story in My True Love Gave to Me at Christmas, I was reminded how great she is at writing a story of young love and of the fact that I still had to read this one…so I did. It was a fun, easy read of teenage love in Paris. There wasn’t much not to like. Anna will always have my heart, but Isla comes in a pretty close second.

5 thoughts on “February 2016: Month In Review

  1. Kailana March 5, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    I finally have a Stephanie Perkins book to try! And, well, I love Carry On but a fantasy novel is more my thing than what she normally writes… But I actually expected to hate it.

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  2. Heather March 12, 2016 / 7:59 am

    I didn’t like Carry On either. I just didn’t get it. I liked the idea of it but the reality just felt too copycat of HP for me and the plot was all over the place. You’re the second person whose taste in books I trust that I’ve seen raving about The Royal We so I think I need to read it soon.

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  3. Michelle March 23, 2016 / 11:58 am

    So many people love The Royal We. I will admit that I dismissed it as nothing but a step above fanfic, but the way people rave about it has me thinking about picking up a copy the next time I have a chance.

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    • Michelle March 23, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      I didn’t have high expectations but it was so good. And everyone in my book club loved it as well.

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