I love reading other bloggers’ monthly wrap-up posts. I’ll admit, I don’t check Bloglovin’ every day – or even every week – so these posts encourage me to read more blogposts because they’re all linked to in one place! Here’s what was on Pretty Books in February.
February went fast. I didn’t read as many books as I wanted to, but I gave nearly all of the books I did read five stars. I finally got to re-read The Book Thief. I had been worried about reading it (for years, honestly!) because it’s one of my favourite books. It would’ve been awful if I didn’t feel the same way about it, but I probably appreciated it even more, especially Markus Zusak’s beautiful writing. I’ll hopefully get to write a review as well as post my thoughts on the adaptation this month.
Books Read in February
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Sleuth on Skates by Clémentine Beauvais
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (re-read)
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
I have read 13/100 books so far this year! I also read most of Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, but I only finished it yesterday, so I cannot count this in February!
Favourite Book(s) Read in February
Okay, so I can’t really pick my favourite book ever, The Book Thief, so I’ll pick Sleuth on Skates. I really enjoyed all of the books I read this month, but Sleuth on Skates was the most fun. It’s an ingeniously complex and inventive children’s novel – with excellent foreshadowing! – and with a brilliant young protagonist at the forefront. I cannot wait to pick up the sequel, Gargoyles Gone AWOL, which I already have. I could easily pick them all, though.
On Pretty Books in February
Book Review: Trouble by Non Pratt
Book Review: Sleuth on Skates by Clementine Beauvais
Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Book Review: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
I’ve just started reading three books at the same time, which probably isn’t wise. I’m reading The Key to the Golden Firebird, A Boy Called Hope and Rock War. I must start reading one book at a time!
On My Radar
I was loaned The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, a book about books, by a colleague, so I can’t wait to get stuck into that. I also need to read two of the most highly anticipated young adult novels this year: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and Half Bad by Sally Green. I also have my last two library books to read: Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman.
On Pretty Books the Tumblr
I finally updated my list of young adult dystopian novels, but I’ve not added many new ones to it since I rarely read the genre these days, so if you think I’m missing any, let me know! I’m hoping my love for it will be rekindled at some point. I was also delighted to reveal the cover for The Illusionists by Laure Eve, the sequel to Fearsome Dreamer. I found this wonderful teapot, which I may have to buy once the owner of the shop is back… It also has a matching teacup and saucer!
I also posted a few favourite quotes from some of the books I read recently:
Mom. She always says to look at the big picture. How all of the little things don’t matter in the long run. I know that Mom is right about the big picture. But Dad is right too: Life is really just a bunch of nows, one after the other. The dots matter. – Rebecca Stead, Liar & Spy
If there are as many connections in your brain as there are stars in the universe, why ask for superpowers? – Clémentine Beauvais, Sleuth on Skates
For me, motivation is this horrible, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it. – Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half
Beyond the Books
I had a group of friends over for #VeronicaMarsathon, where we tried to watch season one of Veronica Mars for sixteen hours straight. We managed about twelve hours, which I don’t think is too bad. I’m really quite enjoying it; I need to finish watching the season though! I also went to the launch of Rock War by Robert Muchamore, which was at the Lockside Lounge in Camden, and went to see The Book Thief on the day of release. I went to one of my favourite tea rooms, Yumchaa, with a group of friends followed by a spending spree at Waterstones Gower Street, since there was a 20% off sale on all books (and you can see the books I bought in my book haul). I also went to see Taylor Swift twice at the O2 – I can’t believe it’s been nearly three years since I last saw her live. I’m a superfan, in case you’ve not guessed. I’ve been neglecting Netflix last month, which I really shouldn’t do because I’m actually paying for it now, but I did watch Restless, about a teenage girl who has cancer – very obviously quite suitable if you’re a fan of TFiOS. Next up might be Pretty in Pink.
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