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.
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 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 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 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 (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 reading: It 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.