Reading Recap: February 2018

It’s time for another reading recap!  Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted.

February was an underwhelming reading month for me.  I read a lot of books I enjoyed, but only a few that fully sucked me in and captured my imagination.  My highest rating was a reread and the majority of my ratings were in the 3-4 range.  The whole month, I felt overwhelmed by a massive pile of library holds that I felt obligated to read right away.  I did read a few books that I own that have been sitting on my shelf for a long time, so that felt good.

Time to plunge into the books!  My thoughts are all spoiler-free.  If you want to talk about any of the titles, feel free do drop by the comments!

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Overall Statistics: Number of books read: 12

  • Number of pages read: 4,466
  • Number of audiobooks listened to: 4
  • Number of rereads: 2
  • Longest book: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Shortest book: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Highest rating: 5 stars
    • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
    • Followed by 4.5 stars for The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  • Lowest rating: 2.5 stars
    • Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Some notes on my stats:

  • Audiobooks are included in total page count.  It takes me longer to listen to a book than read it, so I count them.
  • My ratings are on a 5-star system

If you want more information about each book, follow the links embedded in the titles.  That will bring you to the book’s Goodreads page.


FEBRUARY READS:

Happiness for Humans by P. Z. Rezin

  • Pages: 386
  • Rating: 3.7 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • Really sweet, fun story
    • I really liked Tom and Jen, they were relatable and fun to spend time with
    • I LOVED the AI’s, especially Aiden.  He was so quirky and delightful!

Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

  • Pages: 281
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Format: e-book
  • Thoughts:
    • Very sweet, enjoyable, self-aware novel
    • YAY diversity!
    • Maya is a relatable, appealing protagonist
    • My main issue with this book is that it tried to do too much, it tried to be both a fluffy YA romance and also a serious look at racism and hate crimes.  The hate plot didn’t enter until halfway through the book, which felt jarring and awkward.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

  • Pages: 536
  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Format: audiobook
  • Reread
  • Thoughts:
    • Absolute perfection
    • I want this book to be 1,000 times longer so it never ends and I can read it forever
    • The characters feel real, they’re SO well developed
    • I teared up at the ending this time around
    • This time, my favorite character was Kaz.  He’s such a complicated character, with a tragic and compelling backstory.

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

  • Pages: 450
  • Rating: 3.9 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • SUCH a delightful book
    • I loved the conventions and the characters were really fun
    • Aiden, what a SWOON-WORTHY love interest!
    • The writing wasn’t that great, there was a lot of telling and not a lot of showing
    • Overall, the book didn’t feel fleshed out enough
    • I would have liked more about Lexi’s life outside of the conventions

Freshers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

  • Pages: 362
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • Quick and light
    • From my study abroad experience living on a floor of British freshers, this felt like a very accurate portrayal
    • There are some very funny moments in this book
    • I liked that it didn’t end the way I expected
    • Overall, the book didn’t make me feel anything.  It didn’t make me think, either

American Panda by Gloria Chao

  • Pages: 320
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Format: e-book
  • Thoughts:
    • Sweet story
    • Fascinating glimpse into Taiwanese and Asian culture
    • The story itself is one I’ve heard before, but it’s so important for these stories to be told
    • I’m looking forward to what Chao does in the future, she’s a promising new voice in the YA world

Eleanor Oliphant is Comletely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  • Pages: 336
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Format: audiobook
  • Thoughts:
    • It took me a while to get into this one.  Eleanor is a difficult character’s mind to inhabit
    • Eleanor is a very well-written character
    • Overall, this was an extremely touching story.

Wires and Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, art by Stephen Gilpin and Douglas Holgate

  • Pages: 324
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • I will automatically love any addition to the Lunar Chronicles universe
    • These characters are so, so wonderful.  I want to be in their friend group
    • Everyone got decent amount of page time, which was fun
    • IKO!!!  I love her so much!  Wonderful, exuberant, loyal Iko!
    • My one criticism of this book is that I expected more from Iko’s creation story.  It was underwhelming.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

  • Pages: 416
  • Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Thoughts:
    • I LOVED this book so, so, so much
    • YAY DRAGONS!  And stories!  And secrets!
    • I loved Asha’s journey
    • Asha and Torwin are my new favorite OTP
    • I loved the concept of stories being dangerous in a lethal way
    • Solid world-building, I would have liked some kind of map

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

  • Pages: 465
  • Rating: 3.75 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • What a joy to be back in Tamora Pierce’s world!
    • There was a lot to love in this book
    • I appreciate the in-depth exploration of magic and Arram’s education.  With the exception of Daine’s books, Pierce tends to gloss over how magic works.  It’s nice to finally have an understanding of how it functions.
    • There were some really enjoyable characters in this book, like Arram’s teachers
    • The downside of this book is that the plot is painfully slow, almost to the point where there is barely any plot.  It’s a series of episodes following Arram, Ozorne, and Varice’s education.  There’s a bit of intrigue and hints at the conflict that, if you’ve read the other Tortall books, we know is coming… but not much happens.  The characters grow up… that’s all.  For a book that’s almost 500 pages long, this was disappointing.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

  • Pages: 234
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • I’ve wanted to read LaCour for a while and am glad I finally got around to her
    • This book was beautifully written and deeply introspective
    • LaCour perfectly captures loneliness and uncertainty
    • The plot was slow, overall.  Not much happens.
    • The cover is beautifully designed

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

  • Pages: 356
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Reread
  • Thoughts:
    • After finishing Crooked Kingdom, I needed to be back in Bardugo’s world
    • This book is very much “meh” for me.  I love the world, but this time around continue to be underwhelmed
    • Alina isn’t a very compelling protagonist
    • The weird love triangle between Alina, Mal, and the Darkling is weird
    • I’m mainly rereading because I want to hang out with a certain privateer/prince that shows up in book two

See you next month for another recap!

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2 thoughts on “Reading Recap: February 2018

  1. Pallavi Modi February 28, 2018 / 9:59 am

    Love your style of recap! I have tried listening to audiobooks earlier, but somehow just can’t get the hang of it!

    • Amelia February 28, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Thank you!! I’m glad you like it. 🙂 Audiobooks take a while to get used to, I think it depends on what you do while you listen. I started using them when I did a lot of outdoor farm work when I was younger, so they gave my mind an escape from weeding all day. Now, I listen to them mostly when I drive to work.

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