Feb. Reading Recap

February has been another good month for reading, a surprisingly good month; especially considering I haven’t had as much time to read this month as I did last month. I’ve been able to bust through a good portion of my to-read list, though. So, once again, I thought it might be a good time to share some of my favorites.

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The Girl Who Chased the Moon: Ok, I totally loved this one. I read it in one sitting and was enamored with the story from the get-go. I cannot wait to read more by Addison Allen, and despite a few shaky details surrounding the actual ‘mystery’ of the book, would recommend this to anyone looking for a bit of chick-lit mixed with fantasy.

The Mysterious Benedict Society: This on took me longer to read than it should have. I’m not sure why. I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. I would definitely recommend this as a child’ read aloud or read alone for say 4th grade and up? It’s the first in a series and while I’m not sure I’ll finish the series I think if I were a child or had children, this would be a favorite of mine.

Night Circus: Although this wasn’t exactly what I expected, I still really enjoyed it. It has some strong Romeo and Juliet undertones, but the magic of the storyline keeps everything in check. The locations are very vivid and I had no trouble getting lost in within the pages. It’s a strong 4 out of 5 stars.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenMy friend, Jessica, has been trying to get me to read this book forever; and to be honest – I really thought it was meant to be a scary book and thus I avoided it. I could not have been more wrong. I finally gave in and listened to the entire tale on audible and was so disappointed in myself for not giving it a shot sooner.

Pride and Prejudice: Ok, let me hide behind a low wall over here before I tell you that I’ve never actually read Pride and Prejudice before now; seen the movie yes – the BBC series, no. I know, I know, it’s a shame that had to be made right. Again I listened to it on audible, got hooked, binge watched the BBC series on amazon and then lamented when it was over. Also – Darcy the true introvert is fantastic – simply because he is clearly an introvert.

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Language of Flowers: I adored this book. Every single part of it. It’s well written, engaging, and entertaining. I started this one with the intention of reading only a few chapters, and put it down at 2am when I finished. I could totally relate to the main characters, and despite being annoyed by some of their decisions, could understand why they acted the way they did. For a first novel, this one knocks it out of the park. Well worth the read.

Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction: When Amy announced an online, non-fiction, leadership/business/self-helpy/personal development book club I was quick to join. I was not as quick to read the first book, however, as it took me nearly the entire month to even pick it up. I found it very interesting and full of great, though-provoking notions. It’s free at the link above, and worth a once-through for any creative out there.

GuildedEach month I get an email with the choice of a free ebook from Amazon Prime. This month, I chose “Guilded” by Christina Farley, and read it while waiting for Dad’s doctor. I enjoyed it more than expected and will likely read more by this author.

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Have you read anything great this month? Have any good recommendations?

7 thoughts on “Feb. Reading Recap

  1. Kathryn T says:

    I LOVE the Mysterious Benedict Society Series (and I would encourage you to finish it… but I know you have a lot on your list lol).

    This month I read through the first two Divergent books again and the third one for the first time to prepare myself for the movie coming out soon!

    I also read Girl at sea by Maureen Johnson (a teen, chick flick-y book if you enjoy those) and Night Road by Kristin Hannah (really awesome.. made me cry in the middle of class and I don’t usually cry in books).

    I’ve realized that I read a lot more during the school year since I have access to the school library – and the public library is a big scary place full of fines and lost books lol.

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    • Emily says:

      I’ve been debating reading the Divergent series… I can’t decide if I’m in the mood for a series right now or not. I’ll add the rest of the Benedict Society Books to my list since you’re recommending them 🙂 Overall I did really enjoy the book, I just don’t know why it took so long for me to get in to it. I think I’ll also check out Girl at Sea AND Night Road – Thanks for the recommendations! And I totally understand what you mean about the school vs public library – except my experience has always been the opposite. My school libraries have never had a great selection of fiction books.

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  2. Jill Foley says:

    I read some good books in February…

    Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber
    A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman
    Farewell to East End by Jennifer Worth
    Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas

    Hoping to read the Mysterious Benedict Society out loud to my girls next year.

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  3. Jody says:

    Miss Peregrine’s has been on my list for about a year. I still haven’t read P&P. not even watched it. Somehow I missed reading a lot of the classics in high school/college. I just read Little Women last summer. Jane Eyre the one before.

    Last Sunday evening I read The Wind is not a River. Had to finish it. Have you read any John Greene books? I loved The Fault in our Stars and Finding Alaska.

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    • Emily says:

      The Fault in Our Stars is on my list – I’ve just got to be in the right kind of mood to start it…. How’s the Wind is Not a River? I’ve never read Little Women, but did read Jane Eyre (probably too early, to tell the truth – because I hated it)

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