February | Wrap Up

February was an ok reading month for me, thank goodness.  I mean, it wasn’t my best, but I finished 5 books (3 more than in January) and didn’t hate any of them, so I’m taking that as a win.

The first book I read in February was Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  This book has been super-hyped all over the bookish internet, with glowing reviews; everyone seems to love it.  Usually when this happens I end up being disappointed in the book; my expectations are so high it’s pretty much impossible to meet them.  Sadly, this was the case with Daisy Jones & The Six.  I enjoyed the format of the book, written through quick snappy interviews with a wide cast of characters, but I found it hard to connect with any of them and didn’t much like any of them, to be honest.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate this book by any means, but it just wasn’t the amazing story I was expecting due to the hype.  It was a fun, quick read, but made no lasting impression on me.  3/5 stars.

Next up, I decided to join in with #blackhistorymonth and #blackathon.  I read Binti and Home by Nnedi Okarafor.  These are the first two books in an inter-planetary sci-fi trilogy, and I found them to be thoroughly engaging and readable.  While reading this, I was reminded of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – the books share similar themes of different species living together and trying to get along.  Okorafor writes an engaging story, but I wish there had been a bit more to them.  These books are so short (novellas, really), and I think they could’ve benefitted from a. lot more detail.  Perhaps I would’ve been happier with the three books of the trilogy merged into one, mainly because I am impatient and don’t want to wait for the final part of the story!  I gave both these books 3/5 stars.  

Continuing on the #blackhistorymonth and #blackathon theme, I then picked up Sula by Toni Morrison.  This was the first book by this author that I have read, and I was a little hesitant to pick it up.  I enjoy literary fiction but sometimes it can be a bit toooo literary for me, and I feared Toni Morrison would fall into this category.  Happily, I was proved wrong.  Sula is a beautifully written story of friendship and racial and sexual inequality.  Morrison manages to pack so much into the less than 200 pages of this story – she is a masterful writer and I will definitely be reading more of her work.  I gave Sula 4/5 star.

The last book I read in February was Long Bright River by Liz Moore, which was the only book I managed to finish for #thrillerathon.  I was totally immersed in this story, hooked from the beginning, and swept along with the vivid characters.  You can read my full (spoiler free!) review of this here.  This was a 4 star read for me, but definitely my favourite of the month.

What was your favourite read in February?  And if you’ve read any of the books I read this month I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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