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!
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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
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
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
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?