I thought about doing a February 2018 roundup post that’s similar to my year 2017 roundup. But I didn’t see the point since all I did last month was basically read books and watched new episodes of recurring TV shows that I’ve already been following for months or years. I also only watched a grand total of five movies.
There wasn’t anything new in my February except books. I didn’t even purchase any new makeup products (shocking coming from me) last month. So the only rational thing was to do my roundup centered on what I’ve read.
Last month, I read 14 books — the most that I have read in a single month ever so that’s definitely an #AchievementUnlocked moment for me. (Side note: I list all books that I’ve read this year on my 2018 Reading Challenge page, so you can check that out if you’re interested.)
I thought about how I’m going to do this multiple times and I don’t want to post excerpts and mini reviews of every single book that I’ve read last month so here’s a Top 3 and Bottom 3 of my February in books.
That’s as simple as I can make it so it’d have to do for now until I figure out how I’m going to do this more effectively in the future.
Let’s start with the bottom performers first.
#3 – P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
While the series was good as a whole, I didn’t much appreciate the boy-craziness of this second book. Okay, I understand that this was meant to be teen-love-romance shit but whatever. I just think the twists and turns in this second installment could have been better. But maybe that’s just me (and a handful of other people who are in the minority) because this got an average rating of 4.16 on Goodreads.
#2 – The Wife by Alafair Burke
When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.
Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.
I liked the other Alafair Burke that I read. The first one of hers that I read and I did think it was good — still do, actually. But this one, ugh, this one was just an all-around disappointment. In fact, I actually forgot what it was all about and I only read it a couple of days ago. That’s how fucking bad this book is.
The twist was meh. The plot was meh. The characters, most of all, were terribly meh. It was really boring and for a mystery/thriller novel, this didn’t do much for me. The only reason why this got a 2 star from and not a 1 is because some of the twists I didn’t see coming. And I have to give props to that. But overall, just a pretty fucking boring read.
#1 – Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2) by Colleen Hoover
In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.
Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…
Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.
This was the fucking worst. It was so bad I didn’t even finish reading it. Why bother? Okay, not that I hate the story and how it all went down because I gave the first book (Hopeless) 5 stars. But what made this book extremely horrible is the fact that it’s just the same damn thing only in the POV of the other lead character.
There’s nothing special about that. I had nothing to look forward to. Colleen basically used the same lines and wrote the same conversations which was ugh, what’s the fucking point? Why the hell was this book published if Hopeless already exists???
It was just so damn bad I couldn’t bear reading another page of it.
#3 – The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
Four years ago, I lied. I stood in front of the police, my friends and family, and made up a story, my best one yet. And all of them believed me.
I wasn’t surprised. Telling stories is what made me famous. Fifteen bestsellers. Millions of fans. Fame and fortune.
Now, I have one last story to write. It’ll be my best one yet, with a jaw-dropping twist that will leave them stunned and gasping for breath.
They say that sticks and stones will break your bones, but this story? It will be the one that kills me.
I’m not even gonna bother. I already have a review of this book up so just head on over to that.
#2 – What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.
But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?
This is one of those books that talks about social issues that are very much relevant. It’s about rape culture. It’s about victim blaming. It’s about people quick to point their fingers on the victim because her rapist is a popular, white athlete with powerful parents.
It’s about things that we should talk about. It’s about things that we should be fighting for. And I love how the story unfolded. I love the characters. I love the way it was written. I’m all out of words, I just absolutely love this book.
#1 – Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
They say every marriage has its secrets.
But no one sees what happens behind closed doors.
And sometimes those doors should never be opened …
Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.
As with The Ghostwriter, I’m not gonna bother with a mini review of this well. I already have a full post sitting in my Drafts folder just waiting to be published so I’ll just have that linked here once it’s available for public viewing.
But let it be known that this is by far one of the best mystery/thriller books that I’ve read in a while.
Before I end this post, I just thought I’d include some of my March reading goals to hopefully push me into actually doing every single one of them.
- Read at least 10 books.
- Read at least one classic novel.
- Go out of my comfort zone and read a genre that I’m not really a fan of (so sci-fi, full-on fantasy, etc.).
I’m gonna set three for now since that seems like a more achievable number.