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.
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 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 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 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 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 …
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?