Bookish Roundup — February, 2018

Feb-2018-Roundup

While the month of love has passed, my love for reading has not. With the end of February, the time to share its month’s reads has come. Y’all, my reading list was all over the place this month. We’re talking the good, the bad, and the ugly. But even the ugly garnered a four-starred review, so I’m not complaining. This month held a healthy mix of both adult and YA fiction. Unfortunately, I did not keep up with my goal to read a minimum of one non-fiction book per month. I suppose this means I will have to redeem myself by reading at least two non-fiction works during another month this year. Ugh. Yay!! All right, y’all, without further ado…

Books I Read In February:

Y’all, I read some amazing fiction in February – and some that was not-so-amazing. But let’s talk about the positives, shall we? Amber Smith’s The Last to Let Go was just as powerful as her previous novel, The Way I Used to Be – she is definitely an author to keep on your radar. Dime, by E.R. Frank, was brutal (major trigger warnings, btw) but necessary and even though it was hard to read, I’m glad I did. Teen human trafficking is real, and this novel brought that to life in a big way. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera was both tenderly sorrowful and full of humor at the same time, and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig was just plain amazing – Haig is definitely someone whose previous work I’m looking up. Many of the other novels I read were darn stinkin’ good as well, but the above mentioned were my faves of the month.

March is almost here, and the weather is starting to heat up just a bit. Temps today here in Nebraska reached the 60’s and I rejoiced as I relaxed on my front porch with my current read. Does it matter that it’s supposed to snow tomorrow? No. No, it does not – because I got in a beautiful day of warmth and sunshine, and I’ll take what I can get after months of clouds and cold. I hope wherever you are, the sun is shining down on you as well. Happy Reading, y’all!!

What was your fave book of february?

February, 2014 – A Belated Review

Well, hey there, y’all! It’s time to take a look at what we read last month here in the Pathologically Literate side of the world.

I read a total of twelve books over the four week period of February, which is only two books less than I read in February of 2013, so not too shabby, if I do say so myself – especially considering we’ve since added homeschooling to the mix! While most of these were good reads, four stood above the rest as my favorites.

I had been wanting to read The Last Runaway: A Novel by Tracy Chevalier since it’s original publication over two years ago, but it was never available when I thought to look for it. The planets finally aligned and I have to say it was worth the wait! As a young child I was fascinated with the Underground Railroad (Harriet Tubman was my childhood hero) and remain so to this day, so Honor Bright and her tale of assisting runaway slaves drew me in quickly and did not let go until the end.

The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent was likewise an enthralling tale of a young woman trying to start over in a new part of the world, however, in a much different way. Told from two different viewpoints, this novel about a Texas manhunt, buried treasure, and a young lady attempting to rise above her unsavory past is definitely something you don’t want to pass up.

The absolute best of the bunch is the novel I had least expected to enjoy – The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was absolutely amazing! I’d heard it was somewhat fantasy-based, which is not my cup of tea, but felt duty-bound to read it for some reason – oh, I am soooo glad I did! This tale of an older couple who discover a child in the wilderness and grow to love her as their own is truly enchanting and held me rapt from beginning to end.

Last but not least, in The Air Between Us by Deborah Johnson we again visit the African American struggle in early America, but this time we’re in the 1950’s and school integration is on the table, among many other things. There is such a delightful, colorful cast of characters in this novel – including a former prostitute turned card-reading psychic who was by far my most loved personality.

Nearly all of the books I read in February are worth taking the time to check out, however, I strongly urge you to check out all four of the novels I mentioned – you will be glad you made the effort!

What did you read in February?

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