February 2018 Recap | Life Update + So Many Highlights

February 2018 Recap Paige's Pages


Life Update

  • I saw Love, Simon at a preview screening!  I am bursting at the seams with love for Becky Albertalli for writing Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  The movie is even more gorgeous than I expected.  Even if you never intend to read the book, do yourself a favour and get your butt to the cinema.  The inclusivity and positivity of this movie is so special.
  • While my reading life has been amazing this month, February has brought more than its fair share of down days.  I can’t pinpoint why this has been happening, but I’ve been using every trick up my sleeve to pull through.
  • My partner and I are housesitting which means five weeks of privacy, hot water, getting home much earlier on weekday nights, and a meal plan.  I’ve been enjoying flicking through gorgeous cook books and snapshotting recipes I want to attempt.
  • I felt like I was getting so close to the end of my WIP plot outline.  But I keep feeling like I’m loosing the focus and dropping the thread.  I’m not sure where the answers are.  All I know now is I can get somewhere very, very slowly by working on it in short bursts everyday.  break2

February Highlights


  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.  This was such a lovely read.  If you want to hear more lovestruck soliloquising, check out my review.
  • First Person by Richard Flanagan.  Whenever I read capital “L” Literature, I feel under pressure to “get it” or else I’m not intellectual enough.  But First Person gripped me.  For a chunky book, I finished it in only a couple of sittings.  It was compulsively fascinating.
  • I reread Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.  Happy tears ensued.  I also succeeded in persuading my partner to read it.  Read my review.
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.  Even though I would never normally read about politics/history/sociology, this book worked for me because it uses the stories of individual lives to piece together a snapshot of an entire nation.  I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning about other cultures, even if nonfiction isn’t normally your jam.
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.  While I don’t enjoy flinching at shadows, I did enjoy reading something that made my skin crawl.  I put the scariness down to the objective reporting style of the first person narrator, as she investigates the unknown in Area X.
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.  Another lovely, heartwarming read!  I enjoyed losing myself in Emi’s point of view.  As a Hollywood set designer, she sees the world in such a cool way.  Review coming soon!
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan.  Wow, I read so many heartwarming books this month!  This wasn’t a perfect book, but it was super fun and tickled my funnybone regularly.


February Lowlights

  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  I read this is January, but have been thinking about it a lot this month.  It just annoys me.  There’s nothing actually wrong with it, it’s just so clichéd.  Practically every overdone YA trope is in this book.  I’m a bit annoyed at myself I didn’t DNF.
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.  This may have been the 2nd best seller of 2017, but I was underwhelmed because the eye-catching title didn’t match the contents.  Sure, this is an anti-self help book for self help junkies.  But it’s fixation on mortality would have been better suited to a book titled The Subtle Art of Giving A F*ck About Your Impending Death.  


Books I Did Not Finish & Why

Red Rising

15839976.jpgAUTHOR: Pierce Brown
Young Adult, Science Fiction
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WHY I DNF: The first chapters are heavy going.  I’m not up for something so heavy right now.  Besides that I found the narrator verbose, so to enjoy it I need to be mentally switched on as well as have my inner editor switched off.

TRY AGAIN?  Yes.  Due to all the positive reviews of this book, I want to know whether I will like this book.  I’ll give it some time and try again later.


What was the best book you read in February?  I seem to be going through a heartwarming-contemporary-YA phase at the moment.  Do you have any recommendations for me?


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