February was a challenging month for me, book-wise. My school work picked up as we approached midterms, and my work picked up as well. And (because I’m a walking cliche) February was a particularly hard month for me to stick with my New Years resolutions, since its novelty has worn by now. I resolved to read more books, and watch less TV this year, the latter part of which I have not done so well on. Not only did I rewatch all of Parks and Recreation, but I also watched and finished The Good Place and began watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (which I still don’t know why I’m watching, but it’s mindless and I’m hooked send help now please). I spent seemingly forever on my first two reads, but after finishing Beartown my reading picked up again and I was able to finish 6 books!
- The Child by Fiona Barton – 1.0/5.0 stars
- Beartown by Fredrik Backman – 5.0/5.0 stars
- Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison – 4.0/5.0 stars
- Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang – 5.0/5.0 stars
- I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak – 3.0/5.0 stars
- The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie – 3.0/5.0 stars
I started off this month with a terrible read; I mean, I can see how other people might like The Child, but I wound up hate-reading it for one whole miserable week. The universe made up for the one-star book, however, by giving me two five-star reads this month that opened my mind and changed my perspectives on certain things. Beartown and Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance are both new reads from 2017 that had been on my radar for a while, and I had been waiting on hold at the library for a long time for these books. Beartown tackles some tough issues and definitely is NOT an easy read, but it is everything I’ve wanted someone to say about rape culture, locker-room talk, class divides, and so much more; it is more than worth the tears you’ll shed reading it. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a much lighter, quicker read with a feel-good nature that served as a perfect contrast to the heaviness of Beartown this month.
This month has really opened me up more to general fiction. I’ve always loved mysteries and thrillers above all else, but I read more fiction than usual this month, I really enjoyed it, and this change gave me my favorite books of this month. I’ll definitely be reading more general fiction going forth, so suggestions are more than welcome!