February Wrap Up and March TBR
It’s now half way through March, but better late than never, right? February is a shorter month, so naturally, I didn’t read that many books (only read two physical and two audio). That said, I loved all of them! Okay, no more dilly-dallying, let's talk about the books I read in the month of February.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
This was my MOST anticipated book for the beginning of 2018! And of course, I loved it. I can’t really go into detail about what I loved about it, but it was a really great set up for the continuation of the struggle between the Rising and the Society, and also new threats that are introduced in this book.
Iron Gold is multiple perspectives and we not only get to revisit characters that we said goodbye to at the end of Morning Star and new characters. One of the things that I love the most about Pierce’s books is that even though he paints this rich sci-fi world, the story is very character driven and you get attached to the characters. I love character driven books and Iron Gold has me super excited for where this story will go next!
I gave Iron Gold 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Yes Please was everything that I needed for a work commute audio book. It was funny, entertaining, but also was honest about topics such as the difficulty in trying to make it in the comedy industry and owning when you screw up. There was also a lot of thought put into the production that is an audiobook and it was more than just Amy Poehler reading her book to you. I didn’t have huge expectations when I started this audiobook, but it’s safe to say those expectations were exceeded.
I gave Yes Please! 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads (of course!).
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
This is the second audiobook that I listened to in February and I don’t know why it had taken me so long to consume this book! I think at this point everyone knows, or should know, the story of Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban for being a vocal advocate for girl’s education. This books was nothing short of impactful, not only because of how courageous Malala was for standing up for girl’s freedom to learn in an environment that was very resistant, but because I had learned a lot about their culture. Malala talks about how she had been criticized for being to “western”, but her love for her culture and her valley are apparent in every word. I am probably the last person to read this book, but if I’m not, please read it!
I gave I Am Malala 5 our of 5 stars on Goodreads.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
If I Was Your Girl was the last book that I was able to sneak in in February and I ate it up! It was not only entertaining to read, but it was also impactful, emotional and kept the reader enthralled. This is a unique book and we definitely need more books like this, because we get to see a trans girl live her truth instead of spending the whole story realizing her truth, which gave us a perspective that we do not get to see as often (and we should). And the fact that it's own-voices and there is a trans model on the front is even more awesome. MORE OF THIS PLEASE!
This is all I'm going to say about the story itself because I believe that it needs to be experienced, but I do want to flag it for a few things that might be triggering. This book contains scenes of attempted suicide, self-harm, a character being outted and assault, and if any of these topics may feel triggering to you, I wouldn't recommend picking it up.
I, of course, gave If I Was Your Girl 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
So far March has been a good reading month for me! I’ve already finished three out of four of these books and I have 100 pages left in the fourth, so this TBR will likely be getting longer, but I don’t want to jinx it. For my thoughts on the ones I’ve already read, stay tuned for my March Wrap Up, but for now here are the books I’ve selected for this months TBR!
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
This is a carry-over from my February TBR and I did actually start reading it in February, but finished it in March. Because I already went over what this book is about in my February TBR, I’m not going to go into the synopsis, but I will say that a lot of the feelings that the protagonist experiences are very relatable for anyone who hasn’t been in their career very long or is frustrated that everyone around them has a seemingly perfect life, while they don’t.
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
I can’t believe that it has taken me so long to read an Adam Silvera book! This is a TBR but I have finished this one already as well (Spoiler Alert: it broke me!).
They Both Die At The End takes place in a could be near future where a company called Death-Cast call people the day they are going to die within the next twenty-four hours. This book is dual perspective and follows two boys Mateo and Rufus on their last day and how they impact each other’s lives in a way that neither of them expected.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Under Rose-Tainted Skies is another book that was mentioned in a previous TBR post, so again, I’m not going to go too into detail about the synopsis. If you would like to know more about what this book is about, check out my Biannual Bibliothon TBR.
In short, Under Rose-Tainted Skies is about a girl named Norah who has agoraphobia and what she struggles with being afraid of the world around her. Norah believes that she’s content existing within her four walls until she meets the boy who just moved in next door. I know - this sounds like a cliche and it is in a sense. That said, I still really enjoyed it and flew right through it. For the rest of my thoughts, stay tuned for my March Wrap Up.
Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh
And now for the only book on my TBR that I haven’t finished yet! The Flame In The Mist is a book that I’ve been excited about since I’ve heard the synopsis, but it took me longer than I would’ve liked to pick it up (running theme with me). A part of this is because I knew that my degree in Japanese Language and Culture would make me unintentionally hold it to a super high standard and I don’t really like to go into books by authors I never read before with this mindset.
Flame In The Mist follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Mariko, only daughter of a prominent samurai, who knew she was raised to be married, despite having a skilled mind. On her way to meet her betrothed, who she did not choose, for the first time, her convoy is attacked by a group of bandits hired to kill her. As the lone survivor from this attack, Mariko dresses as a peasant boy to find who attempted to kill her and take revenge.
That is all for my February Wrap Up and March TBR! I have a feeling I might be able to get through a few more books before the month ends, so my March wrap up might be a bit long, but I can't wait to talk about the books that I've already read.
Until next time, have a great rest of your day and read something awesome!