February Reads

At the end of every month, I’ll do a reading recap of all the books I’ve read that month coupled with a brief review. I can’t believe that I only read 4 books this month since I started off January so strong!  But I predict that this will get worse as the year goes on since I’m going through a bit of stress trying to figure things out. We’ll see!

February Reads 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
rating: 4/5

Book 2: I can see how book two would have been a little frustrating to read. Not much happened in terms of storyline and it felt like the 2nd movie that sets it up for the awesome 3rd movie. Sometimes I would finish a huge chunk and then wonder why it took so many pages for the plot to progress so little. But I still enjoy his writing style.

Book 3: I guess I sort of expected a little more from the final volume of this great saga. But I didn’t. Honestly, book 3 is why I gave 1Q84 4 stars instead of 5… it felt like a little bit of a cop-out. It’s one of those instances where the climax is basically 50 pages from the end of the book and isn’t quite long enough. But I’m happy I finally finished! Onto the next!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
rating: 4/5

Thanks to the overwhelming response to last month’s reads and to real-life friends, I was recommended Fangirl, by the same author of Eleanor & Park, which I wasn’t a fan of. This one, however, I enjoyed; but I have to confess that I skimmed the excerpt bits. Dealing with more mature characters this time, Fangirl is yet another YA romance that includes a bunch of other issues like mental health, family relationships, etc. Although sometimes the situations were a bit over the top, it was a very quick read and had me wanting more similar storylines.

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
rating: 4/5

This one I listened to on audibook, which made it difficult. Yes Please was quite easy to follow audibly and would’ve been far better through a visual medium. His sentence structures rambles on, tying in observational humor; since I listened to it mostly while driving, I probably only understood 50% of what he wrote. This is one I need to read again soon.

The Trouble With Valentine’s Day by Rachel Gibson
rating: 3/5

Rachel Gibson is pretty much one of my favorite romance authors. She’s like a Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but specializes in hockey players instead of football players. This was refreshing to read, but not that memorable; something to squeeze in between more serious reads for a brain break.

What did you read this February?

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  • http://estrellaexplores.com/ Estrella

    I read The Martian by Andy Weir, and it was very good. It’s about an astronaut that gets left on Mars and how he tries to survive. A bit heavy on the science part, but a very different story from anything else I’ve read before.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Ooh! Didn’t they just make a movie about this book?? I read that it’s supposed to come out in later this year! I’ll have to put this on the reading list before it airs :)

      • http://estrellaexplores.com/ Estrella

        I just looked it up, and yes, there’s a movie coming out this year starring Matt Damon. I had no idea, but it’s an epic book so it should make a great movie.

  • http://www.californienne.com/ Marianne

    I wouldn’t worry about only reading four books, seeing as you read 1Q84 which is about equivalent to reading four books in itself. I like Murakami books and I’ve been wanting to read that one but it’s a little disappointing to know that for as long as the book is, the plot progresses fairly slowly.. maybe I’ll stick to his shorter books.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha true, true. Marianne, keeping me grounded haha. Yeah, I have to check out some of his shorter books because I’m still unsure whether the story justified the length haha. Recommendations?

      • http://www.californienne.com/ Marianne

        haha I’m good at keeping other people grounded. Not always myself though. I’ve only read two books by Murakami: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore, both of which I really enjoyed, and they’re not a million pages long.

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Haha, the usual human condition stuff and all :p Not a million pages long?! Bless my little heart. Ok, I think my next one’s going to be the Kafka :) PS damn, look at you go on Goodreads! I’m super jealous you finished the Harry Potter book in French… I need to start a project like that!

  • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

    I was interested to hear your final opinion on 1Q84. I’ll probably pick it up eventually when I’m ready to dive into a long book. I read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity because I’ve heard so much about her (and it was cheap). It was a fun entertaining, light hearted read but also delved into some bigger issues.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Yeah, I have a backlog of longer books reserved for when I’m feeling like it. What genre does she mostly write?

      • http://www.slightlyastray.com/ Anna | slightly astray

        I would categorize her under chick-lit, but with a bit of a mystery twist. Like for example, at the very start of the book, you know someone dies and it’s investigated as murder, and then the book goes back a few months and goes through the chain of events that led to it. This is the only book by this author I’ve read though. I may pick up more.

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Ooh, interesting! I just realized that I had her pinned on my Goodreads as “to read” so maybe I’ll pick that up a little sooner than planned!

  • http://theladyerrant.com/ Kelly

    1Q84 and the new Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki didn’t really do it for me. I still love his writing style, but Kafka on the Shore is still my reigning favorite. I ended up reading an obscene number of books this February, mostly about or set during the Wars of the Roses. It was really odd.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      My friend started with Kafka on the Shore and now she’s making her way towards his other works. If her taste is anything like yours, then I’m afraid she’s peaked! Hahah, that’s an interesting time period! Favorite one?

      • http://theladyerrant.com/ Kelly

        Haha, nice! I recommend it to like everyone. Hmm I feel like my reading lately has been the literary equivalent of binge watching a soap opera, but The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory was pretty nifty. Mostly unknown historical character with witchy powers.

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          Hahaha, as in you’re in for the emotional reads of a particular time period? I’ve only read one of Philippa Gregory’s and it was the Other Boleyn Girl, obviously, haha. Was wondering if that was her usual style—that particular period’s historical fiction?

          • http://theladyerrant.com/ Kelly

            Pretty much! I like to read about female historical figures, which basically means a lot of mistresses, courtesans, and loving (and stupidly loyal) wives. But all the tropes get unbearable. I don’t like Philippa Gregory – even though I ended up reading half her crap – but The Lady of the Rivers was what got me into the historical non-fiction stuff from the period.

          • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

            Hahaha after a while in any genre, I think anyone would need to take a break! I’ve read a lot of books where I dislike the author in general… for some reason. No clue why. I’ll eventually check out The Lady of the Rivers :)

    • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

      I’m currently reading Kafka on the Shore! And mentioned it in a comment on this post, so it made me chuckle to see it discussed here as well! :)

      • http://theladyerrant.com/ Kelly

        Hope you like it! I try to get everyone I meet to read it :)

  • http://www.melaniefontaine.com/ Melanie Fontaine

    Your reading post last month inspired me to pick up a Murakami book myself! :) I’m currently making my way through Kafka on the Shore which I enjoy a lot, but from what I’ve heard it’s different from Murakami’s other work – even if it’s just because the main character is not a troubled middle-aged man. Do you have any suggestions for other Murakami books that I should definitely check out? :)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Awesome!! I think if I were to pick up another Murakami, I’d go for the Kafka, since so many friends have mentioned it :) Hahaha there was an infographic I saw floating around that had “ingredients of a Murakami book” and one of them was a troubled middle-aged man hahaha. Unfortunately, the only one I’ve read so far is 1Q84! It’s good, but I don’t know if the length is worth the story haha, if you know what I mean!

  • http://adventitiousviolet.com/ Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    Oh I’ve been recommended Murakami recently – it’s good to read other reviews! I’ve been recommended Norwegian Wood above everything – have you read that one??

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      I haven’t! I just decided spontaneously to tackle his epic, haha. But I do need to check out more Murakami—I’ve heard Kafka on the Shore mentioned multiple times, though!

      If you do end up reading Norwegian Wood, tell me how it goes! I’ll probably still be trying to decide ;)