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February Reads 2014

Well February was better than January in terms of reading, which is good considering January was pathetic, but not quite good enough, so hopefully I’ll have a productive March. One thing I’ve noticed is that I should really read books in multiples of 3, otherwise it messes with my formatting. Anyway here are my February Reads 2014, along with my March Reading Plans.

February Reads:

Well I managed to read everything on my planned list (see it here) except for one book, although it’s not my fault because both it, and The Bear, managed to arrive super late in the month so I didn’t have time for both. I also finished a few other books, here are some general thoughts on them all.

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Arise by Tara Hudson: I read the first book in this Trilogy, Hereafter, approximately a billion years ago (ie: two) but since the entire thing is released now I figured I might as well finish it up. This book is pretty good if you are interested in YA paranormal, and it did get pretty exciting for the second half which I definitely enjoyed. However, nothing incredibly groundbreaking and amazing.

The Girl With A Clock for the Heart by Peter Swanson*: I seem to read a lot of mysteries lately and this was the latest. It definitely kept me in suspense and was well-written. Not much else to say about that.

Sunshines Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock*: This is the book that just wouldn’t end. But I finished it! It’s not even that long but it just could not keep my attention at all. That’s despite me having an edition with illustrations in it!  I didn’t give up on it because it’s Canadian classic so I wanted to have read it and now I have and I never have to ever again.

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge*: SO GOOD. This was book 2 in the readalong Ambur (who blogs here) and I are doing, and wow we have good taste. I bumped this one up on our reading list because of all the great reviews, and they were right. It’s very engaging and the mix of Greek mythology and the Beauty and the Beast myth is really cool. Fantastic writing.

All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu*: Easily going to be a favourite book of 2014 and we’re only 2 months down. The writing is beautiful, and the story takes place in both America and Africa in the early 70s and is incredibly emotional. I may need to check out Mengestu’s previous novels.

The Bear by Claire Cameron*: Love that this is a Canadian writer and a Canadian setting. It’s about two young kids whose parents are killed by a bear, so they wander alone and try to survive until they are found. The twist is it’s told from the 5 year-old girl’s perspective, which is very well done and constantly had me on edge. Another emotional read and easy contender for top books of 2014.

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Panic by Lauren Oliver*: I am such a Lauren Oliver fangirl, I couldn’t decide when I wanted to read this because I wanted there to always be another book for me to read by her but then I couldn’t wait any longer and devoured it in a day or two. That says a lot about it, though it’s still not my favourite by her, it’s a pretty dark YA contemporary and as always, impeccably written.

A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier*: I was really interested in this because in the 8th grade I did a science fair project about the Spanish flu and I couldn’t believe nobody had told me about it and that it wasn’t more well-known. So it’s exciting to see a novel set during that time period, although the book itself is just okay and I probably wouldn’t pick up anything else by the author unless the topic really grabbed me again.

Reading Plans for March:

I definitely want to finish more books in March, but there’s no point of posting 35 if I’m not going to finish them, so I want to minimum read the books on this list. It’s mainly targeted at books I was sent for review that are releasing recently/soon and I want to review, with two YA thrown in because I love YA.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I already started this as book 3 of a readalong my friend Ambur and I are doing. We wanted to read it before the movie comes out, and so I should be finishing this in the next few days to discuss. So far it’s very well-written and I’m loving it, even if it’s a tad pretentious.

Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours by Maria Mutch*: I just began to dip into this, and so far it’s absolutely breathtaking. It’s a memoir about a mother and an autistic son who kept her awake at night for two years.

Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore*: I actually haven’t read Birds of America (scandal, I know) but I was still excited to pick up the first collection of short stories by this American master of the genre in over 10 years. I am partway into the first one and enjoy it.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han*: I always have a “bath book” which is basically a book that I have a paperback advance copy of that I don’t mind if it gets a little damp so it’s okay if I read it in the bath. Last month it was the Swanson mystery, and this month it’s Han’s latest novel, which I am really enjoying so far as she has a great voice and ability to put in just the right amount of description. I need to take more long baths so I can finish this sooner!

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon*: This is the book I was supposed to read last month but it was late so… excited to read it this month!

The Age by Nancy Lee*: I just got this one in the mail but I am pretty excited for it. It’s set in 1984 Vancouver and seems like the kind of dark, poetic, coming-of-age story I just adore.

Well there are my February reads! What have you been reading this month? What do you think of this feature? I’m planning to keep it for now, but always interested in feedback since I could move it to my other blog.

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