February Wrap-Up

Total Reads: 38
Average Rating: 3.97 out of 5 stars
Page Count: 15716 pages with an average of 414 pages per book.
#DiversityBingo2017 Challenges Completed: 13 out of 46
Popsugar Challenges Completed: 22 out of 40
Owned Physical Books Read: 17 including rereads

60. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
155If you asked me how to show you a book written in 1877 that reminded me of a soap opera, I’d gladly point you to this one. It was rather enjoyable for that reason.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: January 29-February 1, 2017

61. Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
24926015Reread. This book is seriously so wonderful seeing Blu during the story after knowing who he is just magical. Definitely a book I’d reread again and again.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 2, 2017

62. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
22738563Short, yet powerful and to the point with excellent anecdotes mixed in.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 5, 2017

63. At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
23209927This is less about the Loch Ness monster than I believed it to be, but I was surprised that I really enjoyed it since I normally dislike WWII novels.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 3-5, 2017

64. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
49130Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 1-5, 2017

65. Traveler by L.E. DeLano
27242803I really enjoyed the premise of this book, but there were certain plot points, one of which came off as love triangle-like, disappointed me. It ended on a huge cliffhanger and I want to read the second book, but I’m hoping it gives more information than this one provided.
I received an ecopy of this book through Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 6, 2017

66. The Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick
6620599 I think the ending and some of the motivations were a bit weak, but overall I really enjoyed this story.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 6, 2017

67. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
25014114This story of loss and moving on, which on one hand is heartbreaking, but it fell flat for me and wasn’t as impressive as I was hoping for it to be.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 6-7, 2017

68. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
23566909I really like the illustrations that this author puts in his books. A nice quick read and I can’t decide which of his two books that I’ve read that I enjoy more.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 7, 2017

69. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
9361589 I didn’t know a book could be this atmospheric to me.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 6-8, 2017

70. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
5899779Impulsively readable retelling of a wonderful classic. It’s probably more of a 3 star read, but I enjoyed it too much to deny it the extra star.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 8, 2017

71. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
8255917I agree with my thoughts on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton: seems to jump around a bit according to timeline; however, it does work because he favored by topic chapters but, it made the work seem to be all over the place. However, Ron Chernow does have a knack for making historical figures biographies go by very fast.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 7-10, 2017

72. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
30037870This book reminded me a lot of what I loved The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by slowly telling the story without making it seem drawn out. I really enjoyed the articles and transcripts sprinkled in for added effect.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 9-10, 2017

73. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
9520360I’ve checked this book out from the library off and on since I finished the first one in August so my read date isn’t accurate; which is strange because I hate leaving things unread, but I’m starting to think that Rick Riordan’s books aren’t for me.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 10, 2017

74. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
25657130Can you say important? That’s how I’d describe this book. It was first on my radar when I went to the library in search of “a book recommended by a librarian,” but I was reminded of it as it was recommended again during the library’s monthly challenge and I’m kind of kicking myself for not having started it sooner.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 10, 2017

75. Urchin of the Riding Stars by Margaret McAllister
119146 Goodreads recommend this book to me while I was reading Redwall in January so I figured I’d pick it up because I’m a sucker for books told through animals perspectives and I had a thing for squirrels when I was like 14. It was a wonderful tale and I may pick up the sequel eventually.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 10, 2017

76. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
30226723Can someone give me the finale already? I enjoyed this more than Glass Sword, but I wasn’t a big fan of Cameron’s narration. That ending though.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 7-10, 2017

77. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
22521951This book left me confused because while the author had an arranged marriage, the book is about how the main character Naila is having a forced one and everything seems worse case scenario and reading the author’s note didn’t give me much of a closure on why I felt that. Naila is also very naive when it comes to what is going on in this story prior to the marriage actually being arranged.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 10-11, 2017

78. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale
30206050Did I mention how much I love squirrel girl? I related to her on a personal level as a younger child.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 10-13, 2017

79. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
13552764
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 13-14, 2017

80. Ash by Malinda Lo
6472451This is an excellent Cinderella retelling and exactly what I wanted from it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 14, 2017

81. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
16096824After having struggling with Throne of Glass, I was worried I wasn’t going to enjoy this one, but it’s safe to say I get the hype.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 10-16, 2017

82. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
17927395 A big reminder of why I hate reading books and having to wait for sequels. Is it May?
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 16-17, 2017

83. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
7806728 When I was a lot younger, I kept trying to read this book, but found myself comparing it the chronological sequel; however, having now finished it, I understand it’s value in backstory and setup for the series.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 15-17, 2017

84. Lies & Po by Lauren Oliver
10425811A magical middle grade novel.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 17, 2017

85. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
26025580Okay, but I didn’t see that ending coming at all.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 18, 2017

86. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
10784143 I’m thinking this biographer isn’t for me as I’ve felt very meh towards both of the works by her that I’ve read.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: February 18-20, 2017

87. The Circle by Dave Eggers
18302455 Mega modern 1984 vibes here.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Read: Feburary 20, 2017

88. City of Thieves by David Benioff
1971304 While I’m not a fan of WW2 books, I am a fan of books that take place in Russia and this takes the cake as one of my favorites.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 20, 2017

89. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
25223115 I’m a big fan of Dahlia Adler’s writing. I really enjoy all of her stories that I’ve read so far and this is no exception
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 20-21, 2017

90. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
2Rating: 5/5 stars
Read:February 18-23, 2017

91. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
13138734 A good balance between romance and scifi. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like this series as much, since I first started it in 2015; however, my worries were squashed.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 22-23, 2017

92. Run by Kody Keplinger
23613983After not being interested in the author’s debut, this comes as delight with an excellent depiction of female friendship.
Rating: 4/5 stars
February 23, 2017

93. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
49852Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 23-25, 2017

94. To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
29939266Fast paced, but it ends on a unfinished cliffhanger.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 24-25, 2017

95. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
526270Tense, but a bit science heavy, which makes sense.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Read: February 20-26, 2017

96. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
507157I agree with Edward Cullen on one thing: I have no idea how anyone likes this book.
Rating: 2/5 stars
Read: February 23-26, 2017

97. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
10763598  I decided that since I first read this book in 2015, I would need to reread it before continuing on in the series, which I have no idea why I didn’t in the first place. Just as good upon reread.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Read: February 26-27, 2017

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