It’s been approximately a week since I finally published my January wrap-up, so what am I posting? That’s right: my February wrap-up. Featuring discussion of my favorites!!
I’m going to be changing how I do these wrap-ups in honor of 2018. I write super, super long reviews of all of these books, and I don’t always need to reiterate those reviews. So I’ll just be talking about
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE TALKING ABOUT? MY FAVES AND LEAST FAVES. So those will get looooooooots of extra content. The rest of this wrap-up will just be discussing my reading patterns and speed.
—Books I Read This Month—
- Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake 🌺 | ★★★★★
- Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi 🌺 | ★★☆☆☆
- Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney 🌺 | ★★★★☆
- The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, #1) by Megan Whalen Turner 🌲🎤 | ★★★☆☆
- In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French 🌲🎤 | ★★☆☆☆
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ★★★★★
- Snow Blind by Ollie Masters, Tyler Jenkins 🍃 | ★★★☆☆
- The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando 🌺 | ★★★★☆
- Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron, #1) by Ashley Poston 🌺🌲 | ★★★☆☆
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James 🌺 | ★★★★★
- Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2) by Jay Kristoff 🌺🌲 | ★★★★★
- Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones 🌺 | ★★★☆☆
- It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | ★★★★★
- The Broken Girls by Simone St. James 🌺 | ★★★★☆
- Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack 🌺 | ★★☆☆☆
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 🎤 | ★★☆☆☆
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 🎤 | ★★★★☆
- The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander 🍁🍃 | ★★★★☆
—Let’s Analyze These Books—
Total Books: 18
Arcs 🌺: 11
2018 Releases 🍁: 1
Series 🌲: 4
Novellas etc 🍃: 2
This wasn’t the best month for me in terms of reading speed or sticking to my TBR. The beginning of the month was a mess of depression. Believe it or not, from February 1st to February 16th, I only read eight of these books. That’s over two weeks, and my normal reading speed is five a week. So way below average.
—Books I Actually Hated and DNFs—
I hated basically nothing this month. So here are my DNFs, I guess? And okay, ONE rant.
I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter 🌺 | DNF ★★☆☆☆
The first 38% of this book is torture porn. Torture porn in which basically nothing happens. This was my only hated read or DNF of the whole month, and I just cannot with how hard to read and badly executed the first half was. If you are going to read this novel, please be careful.
The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle 🌺 | DNF ★★☆☆☆
I just… got bored really quickly by this? Also, the male protagonist has a crush on every female character and it is tiring.
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French 🌲🎤 | ★★☆☆☆
FUCK this book. Fuck this book for having the audacity to fool me like this. Because first half of this book was – honestly – excellent. But the ending of this book is maybe one of the most unsatisfying things I have ever read in my whole life. I am STILL so mad about this ending. The main case is not resolved, the case in the past does not even have a solution, the solution to the main case has shitty connotations, the character arc ends unresolved, the romance which was kind of annoying anyway ends tragically, the only major female character ends up with some random dude to further the protagonist’s manpain for seemingly no reason, and it’s overall just a mess. Maybe it’s a point in this book’s favor that I was invested enough to basically lose a year off my life from the horribly depressing ending? But also I ideologically hate endings like this and therefore hate this book.
— NEW FAVES YOU NEED TO READ —
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James 🌺 | ★★★★★
This is a book about learning to be yourself without needing someone else, and a book about loneliness, and a book that occasionally gets really fucking scary. There’s so much to love here. It plays on your deepest fears. It’s a page turner — I found myself turning pages so quickly that I got 100 pages without even checking the page count. I think what really solidified this as a fave for me is that it’s really subversive. I won’t spoil how. Point is, this book was just my cup of tea.
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | ★★★★★
Oh my god, this book. Y’all are telling me this author writes vaguely shitty romance novels and is unbelievably overhyped and yet this masterpiece exists? I am calling bullshit. If you have read this book and also follow my reviews, you know the topic of abuse is one I sort of talk about a lot. this book got it right. this book got it so, so right. I love and relate to the lead character so much. And the lead friendship? 20/10.
Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2) by Jay Kristoff 🌺🌲 | ★★★★★
A masterpiece of plot twists and of character development. I don’t even know, guys, these are so addicting? I always have trouble getting into the beginning but I just enjoy every second I spend reading these. Also, Ash and Mia.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ★★★★★
This book made me experience all five stages of grief and simultaneously made me feel every positive emotion in the world. This book works because of its lead: Evelyn Hugo is a Hollywood actress, a woman with a lot of ambition but also one who loves and wants to be loved. She is such a good character.
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake 🌺 | ★★★★★
There is something about this book that just hit me. The characters feel like completely real people, to a degree that is almost terrifying. The themes are perfectly handled. I have… so much positive to say about this and almost nothing negative. I cannot explain why but this book will be in my top five of the year.
That’s it! I hope you guys all enjoyed this new style of wrap-up / favorites list.