February Reads

In February I read 13 books (including one graphic novel). That was 5024 pages (not including the graphic novel). I started with Sleep, My Child, Forever by John Coston, a true crime book about a case from the 80s where the mother killed her kids for insurance money. I gave it five stars. Next I finished No Unhallowed Hand: Saints 2, another five star book. I had started reading it over a year ago and then forgot about it and finally finished it.

After that was Lovely War by Julie Berry. This was my real life book club pick for the month and was so good. Another five star book. My next book was Night Without End by DP Fitzsimons, the second book in a series I started almost five years ago. I gave it four stars. Then I read Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. It was my Book of the Month pick in January and it was so good. Another five star book.

My next book was the graphic novel, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff. I gave it 5 stars. It was just so well written and illustrated. It’s one of those books that has just stuck with me and I’ve found myself telling other people about it. After that I finished reading Matched by Ally Condie to the boys for their bedtime story. I gave it five stars. It’s still as good as the first time I read it a decade ago.

Then I read The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. This one was a solid four stars, full of the humor expected ever since Percy Jackson came out. Next I read The Chocolate Cure by Roxanne Snopek. Such a great mind vacation fun book. I gave it five stars. After that was Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett. I gave it four stars. Humor, fun, predictability… everything I like in a cozy mystery.

My next book was Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover. I gave it three stars for the incredible lack of research into how foster care works or what happens when someone gives birth in jail during a relatively short sentence. After that I read The Family Next Door by John Glatt. I gave it three stars. It was fascinating and horrifying, but the second half was basically a rehash of the first half. My final read of the month was The First Round Table by Ben Gillman. It was in need of an editor and was long paragraphs of explanation making anything interesting much more dreadful so I only gave it one star.

My favorite book of the month: Long Way Down (graphic novel) by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff

My least favorite book of the month: The First Round Table by Ben Gillman

Number of 5 Star Books: 7
Number of 4 Star Books: 3
Number of 3 Star Books: 2
Number of 2 Star Books: 0
Number of 1 Star Books: 1

24/100 book read for my goal of the year… 76 to go!

And a sneak peak at my overly ambitious TBR list for March…

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