Tuesday, March 3, 2020

February Wrap-Up 2020

What did you read in February? I made my way through 12 books and feel pretty good about it. In this post I'll highlight a few that I thought are worth recommending.

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer  | 4*
The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett & Link | 3.5*
(see full review on Goodreads)

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly | 4*

I saw the movie back when it came out (or around there) and after reading Rocket Men last month I was in the mood for another space/NASA story! This wasn't exactly it, but it was still very good!

Long Bright River by Liz Moore | 4*

Wow this book was not what I expected but it was good! It deals with some heavier topics like opioid use and addiction, but I felt it did so in a hopeful way. It was part procedural, part suspense, part heart-rending story telling. It's my first book by Liz Moore but it wont be my last!
Thanks to Librio.fm for an ALC (Advanced Listening Copy)

The Awakening (Gifting Book 2) by K.E. Ganshert | 5*

AHHH. WHY did it take me 5 years to read this? So, I remember friends reading The Gifting and raving about it and so I bought it then it took several years for me to read the first book and then I just hopped into this one a little bit ago and devoured it! Now, the only thing that's keeping me from Book 3 is that I've got a few books to read for review before I can get to it.

So so so good! Creative, captivating, fast-paced, and all around a great series! Do yourself a favor and grab it now!

Off Planet by Aileen Erin | 3*
(Tons of language and I won't be continuing the series)

Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card | 3*
(Interesting but slightly unbelievable dialogue for teens. Still a creative idea!)

Finder by Suzanne Palmer | 3*
(Quite a bit of language but an interesting premise. It was a long book in an interesting yet sometimes confusing way. Uncertain whether or not I'll continue with the series.)

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer | 5*
An excellent second installment to this series. Honestly, I don't remember the last time I've devoured a book so quickly and been so anticipating the last book! I cannot wait for book 3!!!

Kings Falling by Ronie Kendig | 5*
This beauty is book 2 in the Book of the Wars series and DANG it is awesome! I expect nothing less from Ronie Kendig (one of my favorite authors of all time) and I was so excited to get approved for a digital copy of it! It's exciting, thrilling, twisty-turny, and is guaranteed to keep you up at night reading (in the best way). My full review is coming soon and you can pre-order this now because it comes out March 31st!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardougo | 5*
I don't know what it is about me - maybe I'm just a slow starter - but I've had this series on my shelves for a LONG time and I am finally getting to them! Probably that has something to do with the fact that I got them on audiobook due to an Audible.com sale. I am in LOVE with this series already. Descriptive, fantastical, magical, and exciting! Can't wait to start the next book!

QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling | 2*
Just a lot of profanity and adult content that was not needed in this book. I'm sad not to be able to recommend this because the premise and even the ideas themselves were really good but too much of it was just not content I'm okay with recommending.

Well, that's its for February! Also, be sure to check out my February Wrap-Up YouTube video! I had fun chatting about some of my favorite reads this month and would love to have you join me over there.

What was your favorite read of February? 

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