February Wrap Up

February was a weird reading month for me. I started out with the idea to read my boyfriend’s books. Instead of reading just romance books all through February for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to read books that my boyfriend liked or that he chose. While I think that it was a fun way to connect, he definitely has different taste than me. It was just reading slump after reading slump. I eventually dropped the theme of reading only his books in order to get back into the reading vibe. I think that after such a strong January, I just got a bit bogged down in all the numbers. I also think that all of the books I read during February were just ok. I didn’t really have any 4 or 5 stars which was discouraging. But! I will say that March is already off to a better start. Here are the books that I read in February and my thoughts.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This book is one of those books that always gets referenced. I decided to read it just because it was on my shelf and I was mildly curious about it. It was one of those things where I wasn’t particularly excited about my next read (especially after reading The Vanishing Half) so I just grabbed a book that was there. This is one of my boyfriend’s books and so the best part of reading this was that I could talk to him about it. I will say that Oscar Wilde’s writing is beautiful but definitely wordy. I found that the audiobook really saved me with the reading experience and was the main reason I was able to get through it.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald

This is another one of my boyfriend’s favorites and I really enjoyed reading this. This is a short and sweet fairy tale about an evil witch that raises two children separately. She raises the boy to only wake during the day and to fear the night, while she raises the girl to only wake during the night and to fear the day. This story follows the children as they meet each other and learn not to fear the unknown. I think that this was a nice pick me up after the Picture of Dorian Gray.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Outlawed by Anna North

As someone who never reads westerns, this was surprisingly palatable. While I felt that this story was fun and definitely outside my comfort zone, I found the ending extremely dissatisfying and rushed. I really enjoyed how the author addressed nonbinary characters and bisexual characters. The way that she mentioned that the Kid is nonbinary and then just treated them like the rest of the cast without harping on their identity was a really fresh take for me. I felt the same way about how she addressed Lark’s bisexuality. A queer feminist western was something that I didn’t know I needed but that I really enjoyed.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

For a full review, check out my blog post about this boy!
This was the last book that I buddy read with my boyfriend this month and while I think that Stephen King is definitely a good writer, I don’t know if his content is for me.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

So I definitely read this to get me out of the reading slump that Pet Sematary put me in. I was hoping to love this and I just didn’t. I thought it was fine but kind of forgettable. The only thing I remember about this plot 2 weeks after reading, was that the main character has an abusive ex. I do think that the depictions of manipulation and emotional abuse were handled really well, however the relationship between our two romantic leads was lackluster for me.

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

This was the February pick for my book club and let me tell you! This was divisive. The main character of this book is a sexist sadboy loser who can’t figure out why everyone in his life doesn’t live up to the ideal versions of them that he created in his head. While I think that Nick Hornby’s writing was really well done, the main character was soooo insufferable. If I didn’t have to speak about this in book club, I would have DNF’d it. I do think that after a bit of time, the story grew on me but the main character Rob just deserves every bad thing that happens to him. At one point it turned into me hate-reading this in order to see all the bad decisions that Rob would make.

My Rating: 🌟🌟

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

This was my biggest disappointment of the month. This story had all the potential to be very sweet but the writing itself fell flat for me. The two main characters are a boy and a girl who each work at their families’ competing restaurants. This book was told through dual narratives in first person, but because our main characters were so similar, the first person narratives would blend together and I would forget which narrator was speaking. I also think that this book read very young. I know that this is a YA romance, but these characters seemed to read more closely to 14 or 15 as opposed to 18. The story was sweet but the narration and the writing lost me. Typically I can read a YA romance in one or two sittings, but this one took me nearly a week just because I wasn’t excited to pick it up.

My Rating: 🌟🌟½ (just because I couldn’t put this in the same category as High Fidelity)

February was such a weird reading month. I am hopeful that I will actually like what I read in March. I do have a couple that I am very excited about like Act Your Age, Eve Brown and The Midnight Library. I also already have a 4 star read for March so things are looking up!


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