What I Read in February

I went into this month with a really very overly ambitious TBR. I kinda thought that book blogging and Bookstagram would keep me going and I would get through this list because I wanted the satisfaction of having met my goals and being a bad ass constant reader. After hitting a wall mid month and throwing out my TBR I finished strong – reading everything I hoped I would – plus 2!

My final total for the month of February is 12! This brings me to 24 on the year and well on my way to my 2019 goal of 104. Here are the books I read in February 2019:

  • #YASERIESCHALLENGE2019 : ACOTAR Series by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (4 PAWS – a very long book and it was a fair few pages before I really got into it but once I did : I GOT INTO IT.)
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin (4.5 PAWS – I love this series but the one flaw that is in all of the books is they are really long and there are passages that probably could have been cut to streamline the plot)
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (4 PAWS – This is more of a novella and it is meant to be a bridge between the original series and the next set of books. This was the book I really needed after ACOWAR – because while its not quite a “happily ever after” it’s a nice peek in to the lives of characters I really grew attached to.)
  • #unreadBOTMchallenge
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (3 PAWS : I read this for both this challenge and as a part of my first buddy read – I really wanted to like this book but it failed in it’s execution. It was meant to be Briseis’s story but like all Trojan War stories it ends up being about the men – specifically Achilles.)
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (3.5 PAWS : I read this once I caught up with all the reading I had to do – and I met my 2 BOTM books a month goal! I had really high expectations for this book, but like the Silence of the Girls, it failed somewhat in the execution. I did not like the narrator and I did not understand why he was so focused on trying to “help” Alicia. In the end the twist is shocking but I was not invested in the journey to get there.)
  • BOOK CLUB BOOKS:
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (pucksandpages# bookclub#) (4 PAWS: This book starts kind of slow and I was not really into it at first – I stuck with it because it was a book club pick and I am so glad I did because once the book got to the heart of its plot I could not put it down. I read this book in one night. The beginning may be slow but the middle and end are beautiful.)
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (pucksandpages# bookclub#) (3 PAWS: This book had all the right pieces : a book within a book, an homage to Agatha Christie and two mysteries. But neither mystery really every took flight and the twists in both were meant to be shocking, but to me they were not.)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (pucksandpages# bookclub# HP Series Reread) (4 PAWS : This is the first book I am rereading – I joined the reread after it started – and it was absolute magic from day page one. Look for a full post on this one – but I will say this book reads like a great mystery complete with a few twists at the end.)
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (#murdermondaybookclub hosted by @jennastopreading ) (3.5 PAWS : I wanted to love this book. It is the mystery that consumed Michelle McNamara’s final years. I am an experienced true crime reader and this book scared me to the point where I could not read it at night. The depth of the Golden State Killer’s crimes is astonishing . The sheer amount of information McNamara includes in this book is overwhelming. It’s an inconsistent read – which coupled with the fact that it is a terrifying subject made it hard for me to finish. In the end – I really wish McNamara had lived to see the GSK arrested and put behind bars.)
  • FUN READS:
  • Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (3.5 PAWS : Part fantasy, part mystery, part coming of age. I wish there was a book like this when I was 11)
  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand (4.5 PAWS: Winterspell is what a retelling should be. It honors its roots while building a fantastic new world, new story, and new point of view)
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day (3.5 PAWS : This was purely an indulgent, fun read. I finished all the books I wanted to / had to read and I was hoping to fit in one more and I thought this would be a fast, fun read.)