February 2019 Reads & Reviews

I seem to be reading at a slower pace these days. I’m not so sure why, but in a way it’s nice. Feels like I’m investing more into each book and savoring the stories/characters opposed to rushing through simply to meet a goal. ANYWAY. That said, I’ve had some great books in my life lately so let’s get right into February reads and reviews.

February 2019 Reads and Reviews
 
P.S. I’ve realized that I’m pretty much shit at writing short books overviews/synopses, so all the book titles now are linked to Amazon if you want more information/want to purchase. I might make a few cents through affiliate links, so thanks!

My Top Picks …

 
Verity by Colleen HooverVerity by Colleen Hoover (Kindle Unlimited)

WTF DID I JUST READ?! That’s pretty much all that came to mind when I finished this. Sleep is one of the few things I love more than books, so the fact that I stayed up until 3 am to finish this says something. This was so twisted/disturbed/sexy – my brain literally felt screwed. A departure for Colleen Hoover from her usual, and I’m all here for it. More, please and thank you.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa JewellThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

My first five-star book of the year! Hooked from start to finish. Noelle was the perfect, unsuspecting sociopath. Her character almost kind of fascinated me, the lengths someone would go to to try to ensure the happiness of another. And then how that person handles a situation when shit hits the fan. This was a wild ride, and I loved every minute.

Enjoyable Enough …

 
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

My final verdict and feelings are still out on this one. Could that be because I saw the Netflix movie before I read the book? Probably. There’s quite a few differences, and I actually didn’t like a majority of the characters while reading. It was all a little too teenage moody/angst-y for me. Guess that’s why it’s YA. 😉 Not sure that I’ll rush (or ever) read the rest of the trilogy. Dare I say I love the Netflix movie more than the book … ? Why yes, yes I do. It translates well on film, and I liked the minor story/character changes that they made from the book.

Attachments by Rainbow RowellAttachments by Rainbow Rowell

This was really cute. It started a little slow (for me), and there were plenty of times that I wanted to tell Lincoln to grow up and move on. I do wish we could’ve gotten to know Beth a little more outside the email conversations. There was plenty there to get to know her character, but I still was hoping for some “real-time,” everyday stuff. BUT … That ending?! Hollywood feels. It reminded me a bit of You’ve Got Mail in a roundabout way.

For Romance Fans …

 
Burn For You by J.T. GeissingerMelt For You by J.T. GeissingerBurn For You (#1) and Melt For You (#2) by J.T. Geissinger (Kindle Unlimited)

I get that romance isn’t everyone’s thing, so I figure it’s easier to put these into their own category. That way you can skip right over if you don’t care! I LOVED these books – even though they’re part of a three-part series they can be read standalone. The first is a modern take on Beauty and the Beast, and the second actually deals with serious, real-life stuff like negative body image, self-esteem, family issues, etc. This surprised me given the genre, but that’s probably why I liked these both so much. You can see my full reviews on Goodreads. Thanks for the recommendation, Kristen and Heather!

Currently reading: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

What book(s) are you reading?

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  1. Kasey wrote:

    I really enjoyed attachments on audiobook! I’m glad you enjoyed Verity! I’ve heard a lot of people weren’t big fans of it. I also just thought To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was just okay, I did like the Netflix movie though!

    Posted 2.15.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Oh, really?! Everyone I know that’s read Verity has loved it. But I can understand why not everyone may like it. Glad you felt the same about All the Boys – love the Netflix movie, though!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  2. I have the slow burn series on my list! I’ve been loving romances lately. They help me keep my mental diet light when life is heavy! 🙂 I loved To All The Boys and definitely watched after reading. I really want to read attachments for the nostalgia! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    Posted 2.14.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I’m the same way with romances! I loved the first two books in the slow burn series, but the third book was kind of hit/miss.

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  3. Julie wrote:

    Then she was gone is on my list, can’t wait to read it!

    Posted 2.13.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I loved it! Hope you do, too when you get to it. 🙂

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  4. Kristin wrote:

    Then She Was Gone was a 5 star read for me too!

    Posted 2.13.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Wasn’t it just so good?!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  5. Verity is everywhere this month. My library doesn’t carry it, unfortunately, but I put in a request. Otherwise I’ll just have to buy it because it sounds so good.

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I definitely think it’s worth the purchase if you can’t get it elsewhere. Such a good thriller!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  6. Dara wrote:

    I have both of your top picks on my tbr list. And I’m currently reading a Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor and Park!

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      A few people mentioned that one to me since I read Attachments this month, so Eleanor and Park is now on my TBR! Hope you’re enjoying it!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  7. Attachments is my favorite Rowell book. Eleanor and Park is my other favorite of hers.

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      E&P is on my TBR!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  8. kristen wrote:

    yay so glad about the JT Geissinger books! I liked the 3rd but the 2nd is definitely my favourite. I’m excited to get to Verity! I keep hearing super awesome things. Then She Was Gone is also on my list so glad you liked it!

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      The third slow burn book was kind of eh for me, but I loved the other two. Verity and Then She Was Gone are such awesome suspense/thriller reads – hope you enjoy!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  9. SMD wrote:

    I loved both of your top picks. Both made my best of 2018 list!

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I can understand why – both were great reads!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  10. A few people have mentioned Verity this month. It sounds really good.

    Posted 2.12.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I loved it. It’s great if you love suspense/thriller reads.

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  11. Ashley wrote:

    I’ve heard only good things about Verity. I thought To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before turned out to be really cute!

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I’m glad that you liked it! I think I’m just so bias to the movie at this point that it was hard for me to like the book, lol.

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  12. Debbie wrote:

    Lots of interesting choices here! Happy reading!

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I know I’m an eclectic reader – keeps things interesting!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  13. Brittany wrote:

    Ok, I’m adding Verity and Then She Was Gone to my list – sound like they’re right up my alley!

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Yes! Knowing your reading tastes I think you would enjoy both of these.

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  14. Caroline wrote:

    Thank you for sharing!! I have had Then She Was Gone on my Kindle wish list forever. My friend gave me a copy of Beneath a Scarlett Sky so I’m reading that right now. It is good so far but also SO LONG. I feel like it will take me forever to finish it haha. Before that I read The Magnolia Inn. I feel like you might like it so check it out. 🙂 Have a great day!

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Thanks for your recommendations!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  15. Biana wrote:

    You and I have very similar reading styles so I’m glad you felt the same way about Verity – such a crazy read!! Then she was gone is added to my list right now! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Yes, I always love seeing what you’re reading too! I think you’ll love Then She Was Gone.

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  16. Alissa wrote:

    GASP! A movie better than a book??? Just kidding. Sometimes I really think that movies are better than books but I am NOT a literary at all so I know I am definitely in the minority!

    The Adored Life

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Haha, you crack me up! I rarely ever think the movie is better than the book, but in this case I’m making an exception. 😉

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  17. Samantha wrote:

    So many great sounding books!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Absolutely! Happy reading!

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply