Anyone else not that sad to say goodbye to February? It simultaneously flew by and felt like the longest month of all time. Luckily, I was on vacation for the last few days of it, and the extra dose of sunshine did me some good! I felt like I was in a reading slump for most of the month, flitting between books and being indecisive.
I read six books this month and, to be honest, I enjoyed almost all of them! However, I read in spurts. I read books in big chunks over a 2-3 day period and then wouldn't pick up a book again for a few days which left me feeling like I wasn't reading anything all month (hence the slump and indecision). I chalk this up to work being extra busy with lots of late night events.
I started the month off by finally reading The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. I read The Proposal during one particularly cold Saturday while I was nestled under a heated blanket for most of the day. This one was a let down for me, and I ultimately realized that the romance genre might not really be for me. I enjoyed the foodie aspect of this novel and the diversity of the characters. However, I felt like the story lacked any real depth for me. So, I'll probably be taking a break from romances for a bit.
Next up, I dove into what seems to be the book that EVERYONE has read. Literally, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has been everywhere. I see it all over #bookstagram, it feels like it's in every bookshop window, I received a copy in a holiday book swap, and even my stepmom texted me to tell me I HAD to read it. So, I finally did. And, it TOTALLY lived up to the hype for me. Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't the most perfect novel I've ever read. But, I felt like the atmosphere and setting that Delia Owens created was so beautiful - her ability to paint a scene is crazy good. The story had its cheesy moments, but it also had just enough intrigue and tension to keep me fully immersed in this one.
Following that wonderful story, I picked up Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers for something a bit funnier. What I didn't expect was that I would also love this story so much. I could not stop thinking about what was going to happen to these characters during the time I was reading this one. Erin Somers is truly an author to keep an eye on. I loved how quietly hilarious this one was and the honest conversation throughout. Her characters quickly jumped off the page for me, and I felt like I was eavesdropping on their most private conversations and feelings. This one comes out in April and I highly recommend that you check it out if you like 30 Rock, character studies, or stories featuring a more realistic depiction of what reality can be like sometimes.
Next up was The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe. After reading two excellent books back to back, I knew I was going to have a book hangover, so I reached for a trusty YA pick. I received this one in my February Book of the Month box. This kept me company during a long weekend when I was feeling under the weather, and I liked how this book did a really great job with blending comedy with some important teen issues like depression, sexuality, race, class, and more. Plus, it gave me all the 10 Things I Hate About You/90's teen comedy vibes which was fun.
After about a week of starting, and not finishing, a bunch of books I picked up The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray. This was at the height of my reading slump for the month, and I figured picking up a new release that I was looking forward to would cure the slump. I think it partially worked! I enjoyed this one, it's been compared to The Mothers by Brit Bennet (which was a favorite of last year for me) and I could see that connection. This one was slow to start for me but the second half entirely hooked me. The story jumps back and forth in time and as we learn more about the characters, we also begin to learn what has brought them to their current reality. We also see the ways that a family can shape each other and the ripple effect that our decisions can have on the ones that are closest to us. This one asked lots of questions about what it means to mother, how these mothering relationships affect us, and how our relationships affect us.
Last, and very much not least, I read Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. I spent most of the six-hour flight to California with my nose stuck in this book. Thankfully, vacation was waiting at the other end of that flight so that I could nurse my very real book hangover from this book by having fun in the sun. As everyone on #bookstagram has already heard: I loved this book and want everyone to read it! I really appreciated how Carty-Williams took the classic rom-com story line and infused it with so much depth and commentary on current day issues. Addressing sexual harassment and abuse, mental health, interracial dating, and what it means to be a young black woman in today’s society made this story really stand out for me. I so appreciated this story from this perspective.
What were your favorite reads of the month? Or let me know if you plan to read any of these!
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