It feels like every time I manage to get over one reading slump, I find myself trapped in another. February was a slow month for me and I am not sure why, since I read a couple of amazing books that made themselves nice and cosy on my list of favourites. I sincerely hope that March will be a better reading month, but before I get ahead of myself, I’d like to share my February reads:
THE FALL UP BY ALY MARTINEZ: At the start of the month I was looking for a short romance novel to get lost in, since it is the month of love and all that. I came across this book and though it sounded like the perfect book to kick off February with. The Fall Up could have been a lovely book, if only it had some more depth to the story. I mentioned last month that I will be giving romance novels a rest because I’ve been let down by the genre a lot lately; but I went ahead and read this love story anyway and honestly it was far from the epic romance that so many people claimed it to be. The plot was predictable and the characters were boring. Looking back I can see why I dragged my feet this month with reading.
KYLAND BY MIA SHERIDAN: Another book that had the potential to be awesome but just fell flat somewhere between chapters. I’ve been really impressed with Mia Sheridan’s stories lately, so naturally I had high hopes when I started this book, which were met at the beginning. And then the rest of the book just went “meh...”. I feel like the outcome of the book was way too easy and convenient, which is why I didn’t enjoy the rest of the story as much as I did starting out.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE BY J.K. ROWLING: It seems to me that as the story progresses, Harry Potter gets better and better; which shouldn’t surprise me because I felt that way about the movies too. I finally managed to finish The Goblet of Fire and I cannot express how chuffed I was when I reached the final page – it took me forever to complete. Once I got into the story line, I couldn’t put the book down.
THE LADIES OF MISSALONGHI BY COLLEEN MCCULLOUGH: I received this book from Reader’s Warehouse in exchange for an honest review. I used my own advice given in my previous post, and just sat down and forced myself to get this book over and done with. Since it appears on this list, it is safe to say that my tips work! The Ladies of Missalonghi was my February read that took me by complete surprise. I really enjoyed the story because it was different to the books I normally read. Set in Australia, during a time that welcomes the twentieth century; this book tells a tale of the struggles of ordinary women in small, family towns obsessed with power and riches. It also tells a story of unlikely friendships and love.
THE NIGHTINGALE BY KRISTIN HANNAH: This book broke my heart into smithereens! I always enjoy historical fiction, and for some reason I’ve always been drawn to books set during the times of WWII, so naturally this book was on my TBR list since the moment I heard about it. The Nightingale is a book about the roles women played during the war, simply doing what needed to be done in order to survive. This book was hauntingly beautiful, with vivid characters that kept changing as the story progressed. It is an emotional read that will leave you feeling cold, but it will also leave you a little more enlightened concerning the plights of women during that horrendous time.
I also managed to read about a third of Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix which I am enjoying immensely. Like I keep saying on Instagram, Sirius Black and Professor Lupin are two of my favourite characters; and since I know what will be coming, I am a bit reluctant to keep reading because sad scenes are always more difficult to get through when you are reading it.
What books did you manage to get through in February?