A Slow Month of Reading

February was a slow month of reading. After a strong start to the year in January, I only managed to finish four books. Four! I was a little disappointed in myself, but hey – that’s life. February already is a short month, and I was preoccupied with our vacation and other life happenings.

A Slow Month of Reading

My Kindle was my best friend throughout my sickness all last week!

However, the four books that I did read would all fall into the Enjoyable Enough category. So, at least the month wasn’t a complete bust.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer NivenAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 4 stars

This book … gosh. What is there to say? It was heartbreaking. I loved that Violet and Finch found each other and connected in a way that most others didn’t or wouldn’t understand. It was fun to read about how a class project helped both of them to discover things around them and about themselves, too. I guess I knew what was coming at the end, but I kept on hoping that Finch would change his mind. My heart ached for Violet in feeling like she wasn’t enough or didn’t do enough to keep Finch happy. I also felt sad for Finch that he thought there was no other way to get help and that he thought his life wasn’t important. I’ve only seen the movie version of The Fault in Our Stars – the book has been on my reading list forever – but I imagine fans of that will be fans of this book, too.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie KinsellaMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella – 3 stars

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors, so it pains me to say that this was somewhat of a disappointment. This story and the characters seemed all over the place to me. Katie/Cat was kind of annoying in how she couldn’t make up her mind about what she wanted to do or who she wanted to be. I get that this was a coming of age story, but get a grip, girlfriend. Life isn’t so bad whether you live in London or the country. In all honesty, it didn’t make sense to me why she wanted to go back to London after helping to start and run a successful family business in the country. But, I digress. I missed Kinsella’s usual whit and charm. The whole thing just seemed like a departure from her usual story-telling ways.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann FowlerZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler – 3 stars

Eh, I had high hopes for this book but I really struggled through it. Even though it’s fiction, it kind of felt like nonfiction and I don’t do particularly well with nonfiction books. The story was super repetitive with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and Zelda’s lifestyle, and I found myself getting mad at the both of them for their behavior. Their relationship at best was a toxic one, but I guess it’s true when they say that you can’t help who you love. I still think it’s worth the read if you’re interested in that time period and this famous couple (The Great Gatsby is one of my all-time favorite books), but just beware that it might take you a little longer to get through it.

Sunrise Kisses (Kisses Series #8) by Krista LakesSunrise Kisses (The Kisses Series, #8) by Krista Lakes – 4 stars (BookBub freebie)

This book came as a two-for-one freebie deal on BookBub along with Yours Completely: A Cinderella Love Story, which I didn’t like at all. Basically, I wanted something light, easy and fast to read after Z, and this was just that. I finished this is one night! The story is full of flaws, but I actually found it surprisingly cute and sweet. The sexy stuff isn’t out of control either, and I just found myself skimming past those parts anyways when I had enough of it. This would make a good guilty pleasure beach book if you have nothing else to read.

 

Currently readingIt Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

Final recommendations: All the Bright Places is well worth the read, and Sunrise Kisses is for those seeking cheesy romance.

Give me your book suggestions in the comments!

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  • Emily Dunham

    Sunrise Kisses sounds right up my alley – love those guilty pleasure / fluffy reads!

  • Debra Stachelski

    Four books still has me beat! Always appreciate the reviews though!

  • Oh- great reads, especially Sunset Kisses! Bummer the Sophie Kinsella didn’t end up as good of a read as you hoped; I love her, too!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • All the Bright Places is on my list so i’m glad you liked it. such a bummer about the sophie kinsella book, it’s on my kindle. sunrise kisses sounds adorable. i’ll have to check it out.

    • It’s just one of those stupid romance novels when you don’t want to think too much, lol. It’s not perfect by any means. Can’t wait to hear what you think about All the Bright Places.

  • Nadine

    Book Bub is the best, right?? All the Bright Places is on my TBR, glad you liked it. I sort of want to try the new Kinsella book but am less excited about it now.

  • All the Bright Places made me ugly cry and I was distraught for days after I read it. I’m worried that the movie version won’t capture it all but I’ll still give it a shot.

  • I feel like I would cry my eyes out reading All the Bright Places!

  • I really enjoyed both Zelda and All the Bright Places.

    LOVE your opening photo. Skills!

  • All the Bright Places in on my TBR. I didn’t realize it was being made into a movie. I’ll definitely have to bump it up my list so I read it before the movie comes out.

    • I didn’t realize it was going to be a movie either, which worries me. It surely won’t do the book justice.

  • Midori Linea

    love a good read, definitely need to check one of these books out, p.s. that candle looks delightful!

    xoxo,
    Sakura

    https://www.midorilinea.com/blogs/midori-linea/cest-la-vie

  • Aww, I’m bummed you didn’t like My Not So Perfect Life. It was my first Sophia Kinsella books, so I had nothing to compare it to!

  • Bummer that you didn’t love the Sophie Kinsella book. I usually really like her too, but maybe I will skip this one. I think 4 books is a lot in a month! That’s how many I read this month and I was so impressed with myself lol!! Any more than that is absolutely amazing I think!!

  • Mia- MakeMeUpMia

    I hope you like It Ends with Us, I loved it. Even though it totally wrecked me! I just finished Maybe in Another Life today on my lunch break 🙂 Love it too.

    • I knew you would love that one! I’m nearly finished with It Ends With Us .. I’m worried I’m going to sob at the end.

  • I kind of liked the fact that My Not So Perfect Life was a departure from Sophie Kinsella’s usual writing, but if you were looking for her normal books then it definitely wasn’t the book to read. And I felt the same way about Z. It just fell flat for me and I found myself getting bored at times. I’ve had All The Bright Places on my list for a while, and it sounds like I need to read it sooner rather than later!

    • That’s why I love books – everyone reacts to them differently! I didn’t think My Not So Perfect Life was horrible by any means, but I definitely prefer Kinsella’s other type of writing. 🙂 Please read All the Bright Places so I have someone to talk to about it!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I REALLY need to read All the Bright Places. Sorry you didn’t really love My Not So Perfect Life. I’m curious!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • These are some great titles. If I ever get any time to read I’ll make sure to check them out.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • That photo looks so cozy with the pajamas & quilt <3

  • You successfully convinced me to read the first book. I LOVEE the book version of The Fault in My Stars, so much so that it was part of my wedding. All the Bright Places sounds complicated in the best way. And I’ve been on the hunt for an easy chick lit book, so I might just pick up that last one!

  • Hey I can’t remember the last time I read four books in a month so you are doing great! 😉 LOVED This Is Us, hope you do, too!

    • Haha not This Is Us – still have that on the mind from last night, lol! – but It Ends With Us!

      • Haha, I figured I knew what you meant! I was up until 2 a.m. this morning reading, so I think it’s safe to say that I like it so far. 🙂

  • I started Z a while ago (like 2 years I think, haha) and never could get into it, so I can definitely relate to how you felt reading it. I still have it so I might try again eventually, but I’m definitely not in a rush. I tried to watch the show on Amazon and couldn’t seem to get into that either & I’m a huge Great Gatsby fan too.

    • See, I actually wanted to read the book because I LOVED the Amazon series. I thought it was so well done and was sad when it was over. But … they obviously changed quite a bit from the book and kept it more interesting to watch.

  • Christina Sotherden

    I might have to download Sunrise Kisses – I love both the free/easy ones! We’re going away this weekend so I was definitely browsing your “book tab” to see your favorites!

  • It’s good to read a fluffy book now and again. Especially when you’ve read something heavy! Here from SUYB. XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • I am still impressed with four! Good reviews even if I cannot do heartbreaking books. I am too much of a softie!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Super impressed that you got through 4! I on the other hand take forever to get through books since I can never get it together to read until bedtime, and then I’m passing out after only a chapter or two. I need to add Sunrise Kisses to my list <3

    Green Fashionista

  • I love your book posts, but they make me feel SO guilty about not reading as much as you – haha. I just finished the Alchemist though after wanting to read it for years and it was so good! I’m sure you’ve already read it though 😉 xx

  • All the Bright Places was on my top 10 books of 2016! I have on hold at the library the new Sophie Kinsella book, so I hope I get it soon. Bummer it doesn’t seem that awesome though.