Well this is going to be a shorter wrap-up than usual because February was ROUGH. I completely burnt myself out this month, trying to do far too much. And on top of that, I had my birthday to celebrate and I’ve been fighting off a yucky cold for most of the month. But let’s see what I managed to read in spite of everything!
The Last by Hanna Jameson
My first read of the month was this dystopian murder-mystery, which I found highly original and compelling. It was quite ambiguous at times and very open-ended but I was gripped for the entirety and I would definitely recommend this one!
A Version of the Truth by B. P. Walter
I really struggled with this one. I was intrigued to start with but then the subject matter became more and more unpalatable as the book went on and I just felt disgusted. The characters were unlikeable and the ending was one of the most dissatisfying I’ve ever read.
The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie
An enjoyable historical fiction based on the 1911 strike at the Singer sewing machine factory. Fergie has a nice writing style and I felt invested in the many characters’ lives. A well-researched novel that I would recommend to fans of family sagas!
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
My final read of the month and the one that has caused me the most difficulty! I liked the sound of this sci-fi novel, even though the genre intimidates me at times. Unfortunately, my horrendous reading slump started not long after I’d begun reading this so I feel like that might have affected my opinion of it. I enjoyed it but probably not as much as I could have. Full review coming soon!
Books from my TBR
Alice by Christina Henry
I only read one book from my TBR shelf all month?! Poor effort, Alex. I did enjoy this one though I think I prefer Henry’s more recent books; I can clearly see an improvement in her writing. Although I found this one a little meandering and anticlimactic, I’m still glad to have read it.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
I continued my reread of the Harry Potter series 10 years on by picking up the third book in the series – which also happens to be my favourite. I adored revisiting this one and remembering what I love so much about it.
Total pages: 2229
Average pages per day: 79.6
Longest book: The City in the Middle of the Night (482 pages)
Shortest book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (320 pages)
Favourite read of the month: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Biggest disappointment of the month: A Version of the Truth
Male authors: 1
Female authors: 5
I feel like I should also point out that I listened to 100 pages of the Vanity Fair audiobook – but considering that’s not even a quarter of the book, can it really count?! Here’s hoping March is a better reading month! x