Book Review

February 2019 Wrap-Up

Good morning my loves!

I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far. I’m always disappointed by how quickly it goes, and how the work week drags. Am I the only one? Anyway, I digress. Today’s post is a wrap-up all of the books that I read during the month of February. Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know what you think! Will you be adding any of them to your TBR?

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Jazz Age Tales by F Scott Fitzgerald
While this wasn’t the first book I’ve read by F Scott Fitzgerald but it was certainly the one that fascinated me the most. Having never seen the film, I wanted to read the book before watching it. I really did enjoy the title story and will now watch the film. The other stories however were hit and miss for me. Some were great, some, not so much. I landed on a 3/5 star for this one.

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
I really do love me some witchy books, and this one was no exception. When I first read this one at the beginning of the month, I gave it 4 stars. On reflection however, I feel that it definitely deserves a full 5/5 stars. It has everything I love in a book; family drama, incredible atmosphere and a girl who finds she is worthy of more than she thinks.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
This book had been on my TBR for such a long time, and I don’t know why I waited so long. The Radium Girls is the heartbreaking yet completely empowering story of the women who were betrayed by the company they trusted. A life and death fight that changed the history and the law, forever. 5/5 stars. Maybe grab some tissues.

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Having watched many, many documentaries on the subject of Jeffrey Dahmer, and never having read a book about it, I knew that this graphic novel would be a great place to start. Giving a different perspective, this interesting book gives insight to the man Dahmer was at the point where he turned from fantasist into a murderer. Love the artwork too. 4/5 stars.

My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual  by Neeta Oza **
I received this book at the February Swansea Blogger Collective meeting. A teeny tiny little book packed with bit of inspiration that will help you take 5 in a world that is running at a hundred miles an hour. 3/5 stars.

 

Adele  by Leila Slimani **
After reading Lullaby by Leila Slimani around this time last year, I knew I would read any of her work that had been translated into English. I requested this one as was so excited when it landed on my doorstep. The concept of this one is a little jarring, a woman with a sex addiction, where we usually find that role filled by men. I will say that this book is pretty graphic, and definitely wouldn’t read it if that is something that you are sensitive too. I really did enjoy this one, and found it utterly compelling. 4/5 stars.

Mr Salary by Sally Rooney
After reading Normal People, I wanted to give this one a go. One of the lovely new Faber Stories, this was a lovely one to read on my lunch-break at work. Now, I adored Normal People and so I knew it would take a lot for this one to get anywhere close to it, but was still a little disappointed. While I did enjoy it, it really didn’t blow me away. 3/5 stars.

Save the Date  by Morgan Matson **
This was my buddy-reads pick for the month of February. I received this a long while ago and so I was glad to be picking it up. Let me preface by saying I did not hate this book, in fact, I really enjoyed the ending. I did however find it particularly frustrating. It had a tendency of catastrophising everything and the amount it happened bothered me. A quick read however, and a good choice for a light beach holiday read.

Assurances by J O Morgan
Interesting long poem that won the poetry category of the Costa Book Awards. I always find it difficult to review poetry, because I’m not sure I’ve read enough or know enough about the genre to comment. I did like the story of this one however and I particularly liked the dual narrative. 3/5 stars.

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
I was lucky enough to meet with lovely Whitney at a recent event at my favourite bookshop, and hearing her talk about it had be pulling an (almost) all-nighter immediately following the event to read it. I LOVED this book. It’s based upon the real life of Lee Miller; model, actress, photographer, war correspondent and chef. The writing was incredible and the way the story was woven, with characters who were equal parts loveable and infuriating, I just couldn’t put it down. A definite 5/5 stars!

 

February Blog Tours

Senseless by Anna Lickely ** Read my post here // The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie ** Read my post here // Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce ** Read my most here // The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin ** Read my post here.

 

And there we have it, all of the books I read in the month of February. I have a feeling the number of books I read per month will be on a steady decrease from now until June, because of studies and exams etc, but summer is always a smashing time in reading for me. CAN WE HAVE THE SUN ALREADY PLEASE?!

Peace and pages
Amy
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** The titles with stars have been gifted to me via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is not sponsored content and all views shared are my own.

10 replies »

  1. I definitely want to read Adele! Although I have some doubts about the subject, I loved the writing style of Lullaby so much and like you I decided to keep my eye on the author ☺

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