What I Read in February 2020 + Reviews

Well, we’re only a few months into the year and it has already happened – I’m in a reading slump! Not from a lack of books or good material to choose from. Simply from my inability to focus and low desire to read. It’s upsetting to me when this happens, but I’ve admittedly been pretty busy with a lot on my mind as of late, so I’m hoping I can refocus this month! For now, please enjoy this quick three-book roundup of what I read in February 2020.

what i read february 2020
 

What I read in February 2020

HOME WORK: A MEMOIR OF MY HOLLYWOOD YEARS by Julie Andrews
My rating & review: 3.5 stars. I absolutely adore Julie Andrews. Typically the word “magical” is what I use to describe her. Well, this memoir is far from magical. Sure, I did enjoy a lot of the Hollywood stories and all the name-dropping. But, what’s up with the dry and unemotional writing-tone?! Not at all what I was expecting. It was painfully slow and hard to get through. This book always will be special to me, though because Ryan managed to surprise me with a signed copy for Christmas!

LOVE HER OR LOSE HER (Hot & Hammered #2) by Tessa Bailey
My rating & review: 3 stars. I give the author credit for trying to navigate/discuss a marriage in trouble. There were parts of it that I found realistic and relatable, even if not executed the best. On the other hand, I really couldn’t bring myself to give two shits about Rosie and Dominic. Rosie paraded herself around all self-important, yet when confronted with her own failures and short-comings in the marriage she barely could bring herself to acknowledge that. And, Dominic … the author missed a big opportunity to dive deeper into PTSD. The sex scenes also felt forced, and there were too many of them. The premise of the next book sounds more up my alley, so I’m not going to give up on this series yet.

FIELD NOTES ON LOVE by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating & review: 4 stars. Very Y.A., but very cute! It’s one of those books/stories that just makes you smile the entire way through. Mae’s grandma and their relationship was my absolute favorite. I also loved how effortlessly Mae’s and Hugo’s lives wove together while they found themselves and ultimately each other.

Currently reading & what I plan to read in March

I’m currently a little more than halfway through The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. It was Reese Witherspoon’s book pick for February, and so far I’m enjoying it! Reminds me a tiny bit of Where the Crawdads Sing. For the rest of March, I’m hoping to get to Open Book by Jessica Simpson, The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren and The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller.

What have you read lately?

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.
 

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  1. kristen wrote:

    i am with you on love her or lose her. even before my divorce lol i never loved marriage in trouble books. i’ll read the 3rd one for sure though. such a bummer about the julie andrews book!

    Posted 3.24.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      The third book still sounds pretty cute! I was so disappointed about the Julie Andrews book – the writing was just meh.

      Posted 3.24.20 Reply
  2. Becki wrote:

    Field Notes on Love sounds like a fun read. I’m also interested in looking into your current read, The Scent Keeper. Thanks for sharing and have a great month!

    Posted 3.15.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      The Scent Keeper was really good!

      Posted 3.17.20 Reply
  3. Melissa wrote:

    Dang! I’m sorry to hear Julie Andrews’ memoir is less than stellar! She’s such a storyteller, so that’s actually really surprising. I’m down for reading absolutely anything by Jennifer Smith though! Happy weekend, Karly!

    Posted 3.13.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I agree, I was so disappointed! I’ll still love Julie Andrews forever and ever, though. Ha! I’m definitely going to check out more from Jennifer Smith. Happy Friday!

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  4. I hope your reading slump doesn’t last too long!! And I love a good YA book. 🙂 Love this photo – your dog is adorable.

    -Lauren

    Posted 3.11.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      You and me both! And, thank you – he is such a ham for the camera!

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  5. SMD wrote:

    I think I’m going to read Jessica Simpson’s book even though that’s not my typical genre.

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I’ve heard it’s pretty juicy! I’m looking forward to it.

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  6. There are some YA books that are just so good.

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
  7. Jenn wrote:

    I’m sad you didn’t like Home Work 🙁 I’m listening on audio and I think that’s why I like it so much! Have you read the first book, Home? I think that one had a bit more emotion to it – but I also listened to that one, so that could be why.

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I haven’t read Home! I could tell from the recap that that book probably has a bit more emotion to it. I’m sure listening to Home Work is better than reading it, I struggled so much with the writing.

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  8. Another blogger had Field Notes on Love in her round up and I thought it sounded like a cute read. Adding to my to read list.

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      It’s SO cute and a quick read – enjoy!

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  9. Julie wrote:

    I keep seeing that field notes book pop up. I think I need to check it out!

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
  10. I just borrow Field Notes on Love through Libby after reading your review! It had been on my TBR list, but gotten buried. Thanks for the reminder!

    I love that you have a signed Julie Andrews book – I have loved her my whole life! That’s disappointing to know this book is dry, when she is so warm and engaging in every other capacity – including her children’s book!

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      Oh good, I hope that you enjoy Field Notes! It’s adorable. And, I agree about Julie Andrews – I love her in every way, but the writing in this book was just so dry! I couldn’t believe I had so much trouble getting into it.

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  11. Tina wrote:

    If you liked name dropping but need writing that’s a little more exciting, I think you’ll love Open Book! I was so pleasantly surprised by it. She really held nothing back and I was here for the tea lol

    Posted 3.10.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I can’t wait to get to it! I’m hoping in the next few days.

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  12. Biana wrote:

    I feel the same way about reading right now – it’s been a few weeks since I started anything! that YA book sounds really good – will have to add it my list! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      It’s such a cute and heart-warming read, I think you’d like it!

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  13. Brittany wrote:

    Ugh, I hate being in a reading slump! I can totally relate. I recently finished Little Fire Everywhere though & really loved it. I recommend if you haven’t picked it up yet!

    Brittany | pointed-north.com

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      I’m shocked that’s a book I haven’t read yet – I heard mixed reviews on it – but since you loved it I’ll definitely give it a shot!

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply
  14. Debbie wrote:

    I totally agree with you about Home Work, love Julie Andrews but I haven’t been able to get into the book. Seems I’m in a constant reading slump!

    Posted 3.9.20 Reply
    • Karly wrote:

      You have so many great books waiting for you at home, you just need to pick one up and start!

      Posted 3.13.20 Reply

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