Monday, 23 March 2015

Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: February 2015.

Sorry this reading wrap-up is super, duper late. It's already pretty much the end of the month and my wrap-up is only being posted now! :( 

Once again my excuse is travel! I just didn't get around to getting this post up on time. And once back I was busy with other things and let this matter of the wrap-up slide but I am slightly OCD and I know, if I don't post this...in December I'll be cringing about missing one month's wrap-up!

But better late than never. Right. Right? :) 

February was a really nice reading month. Compared to January, I read a whole lot more. 

I only read 8 books in January...an all time love for my reading life. In February, my reading picked up a bit. I read a total of 15 books! Yay! It's pretty amazing since I was still traveling and reading wasn't a top priority. 

Also, another noteworthy thing about February was that I read ONLY eBOOKS. Wow! That has never happened before. I think I'll finally do a Kindle review, since I am so in love with my Kindle. I am so glad I had it with me or else I would be out of reading material like nobody's business! 

So here is all I read in the month of February..

 1. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica: A thriller book. Pacy enough and told from a couple of different perspectives across various time frames. It's a book about abduction and survival and missing memories. I enjoyed this book but was slightly let down by it's ending. Some things just didn't add up.

Rating: 3/5

2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Did a full review, you can read it HERE.

3. He's After Me by Chris Higgins: I really enjoyed this book and flew through it. Pacy, mysterious and a perfect read for a cold night. It's the story of a young girl who has apparently met the perfect boy, but the perfect boy may be harbrouging some deep dark secrets and might be taking over the girl's life. I loved this book and I am sure most people have had a friend who meets a dreamy boy and forgets her former life and former friends. This book touches upon this aspect and I really like it.

Rating: 4/5

4. I Was Here by Gayle Forman: Reviewed HERE.

5. The Secret Wishlist by Preeti Shenoy:  My first ever Preeti Shenoy book, she is a fairly famous contemporary Indian writer. I have three of her book on my Kindle and radnomy started reading this one. I enjoyed this book. It's the story of a woman who is under-appreciated by her domineering husband and had lost her passion for life. She makes a wishlist on a lark and goes about ticking one thing off at a time. The book was nice enough and it didn't shy away from talking about extra-marital love and the state of a failing marriage.

Rating: 3/5

6. Tea for Two and A Piece of Cake by Preeti Shenoy: My second book by Shenoy, this talks about a woman coming to terms with her divorce and standing on her own two feet and gaining confidence. A nice read.

Rating: 3/5

7. Ask The Passengers by A.S. King: I've heard such amazing things about A.S King and I have wanted to sample her writing for absolute ages. I started with this one since it sounded nice. It's a story of a girl struggling with her sexuality and dealing with a stressful family situation. When stressed out she sends her 'love' to the planes in the sky. And at those times, we the reader, get to see a glimpse into the lives of the passengers on said planes. The passengers can for some magical reason sense her love and good vibes and it affects them in some way. So there is an obvious hint of magical realism.

I liked this book but I didn't love it. The writing was nice and the characters well-drafted. But overall...I was left with nothing entirely memorable or special.

Rating: 3/5

8. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon: Reviewed it HERE.

9. The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel: A dystopian book for me after absolute ages. I can't even remember which was the last dystopian book I even read! I heard some great things about this book and decided to give it a go and I am so pleased that I did. This was a really nice book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A story about a world in the future where children from opposing sides are married off in a bid to keep the peace. Our story centers around a girl married to  the son of the President, but she intends on killing him. The story also covers these young people learning to live together and play house. I loved this bit in the book, these two going from strangers, enemies to becoming friends and perhaps a little bit more.
The world building was done very well too and we were given explanations as to how the world ended up like this. I hate books that just don't explain the shitty world situations in dystopian books. 

The sequel comes out this year and I am very excited to get to it.

Rating: 4/5

10. An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay: Reviewed HERE.

11. The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner: Reviewed HERE. 

12. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nevin: Loved it and reviewed it HERE.

13. The Upstairs Wife by Rafia Zakaria: A non-fiction read about women's life in Pakistan. I had high hopes but this book was a letdown. Instead of being a memoir or the story of one women, it delved into wayyyy too many issues, like politics, the role of women and a bunch of other things. Slow and boring.

Rating: 2/5

14. A Kiss in The Dark by Cat Clarke: My third book by this author and I have to this might be my least favourite. The premise was original and unique, two people meet online and then in real life and start falling for each other, the twist both of them are girls and but one thinks the other is a boy! The book was very interesting but in the end it just went a bit wonky. Eh.

Rating: 2.5/5

15. Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix: Reviewed HERE.

Ah! I am so glad that I finally got this post up. My OCD heart is beating much more peacefully! :)

1 comment:

Elizabeth B said...

Just wanted to let you know that there is going to be a new meme for monthly wrap ups at The Book Date. She's putting it up Tuesday night or Wednesday.