- 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.
- 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.
- 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
AUTHOR: Pierce Brown
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction
PERCENTAGE READ: 15%
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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?