Hey friend! Can you believe we’re already at the end of February? I feel like January dragged on and February FLEW by! I had a great reading month, I read several books out of my ‘normal’ genres and I discovered a new genre I’m now obsessed with.
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What I Read in February:
1) Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center. This book gutted me. I loved it so much and it hit me hard. This one follows Cassie, a firefighter, who’s headed home to help her mom. This book is full of hope, love, and forgiveness. I highly recommend. 5 stars.
2) Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. WOW! I loved this book (and this series). We follow Stevie who’s hoping to grow up and work for the FBI. She’s obsessed with solving a kidnapping/murder case that took place at Ellingham Academy when it first opened, almost a century ago. But weird things start to happen once she gets to school. Including another murder. See my full review here.
3) Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (reread) + audio version. I can’t tell you how much I love Someday, Someday, Maybe. It’s one of my favorites of all time and I adore the audio, which is read by Lauren Graham. We follow Franny who wants to make it big as an actor in New York. But she’s got 6 months left until her deadline. You’ll laugh and cry and smile. I recommend listening to this one, and you can get it for free at libro.fm (my Audible alternative that supports local bookstores, if you use the link you’ll get the first month/book free!)
4) The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson. Book two in the truly devious series. I loved this one even more than the first, even though parts of it definitely felt like a middle/filler novel. It was still fun, there was still so much mystery, and it was just a good time. As soon as I finished I picked up book 3 (thank goodness my library had all three!)
5) The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson. A FANTASTIC conclusion! I’m so glad I binged this series because it was exactly what I needed and now I need more YA thrillers in my life! I had a few guesses near the end before the big reveal, but it was all so fun to see the past and the present sort of come together as Stevie solves everything.
6) The Holdout by Graham Moore. My first every Legal Thriller. It did not disappoint. I felt like I was watching one of my favorite crime TV shows. What if you convinced an entire jury to vote not guilty, only for all of them to feel like you were wrong? And what if you are? This book is great and fun and entertaining. My full review for The Holdout is here.
7) One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This was a re-read for me. I picked it up because it was our February pick for the Book Lovers Book Club. I adore this book. I don’t agree with every choice that Emma makes, but I love the themes throughout about true love and what it means to truly love.
8) On Writing by Stephen King (audio). Um. Wow. Every writer needs this book and I 100% understand why now. King goes into detail about what makes a good book (story) and how he’s had success. He talks about how writers aren’t born, but how they are made. This is the best book on writing I’ve ever read, I’ll be getting my own copy soon to refer back to. I highly recommend it if you’re a writer, of any kind.
9) A Million Falling Stars by Grace Montague-Dinkins. This is not a published book. I was a beta reader for Grace last year and I just got to read her final draft. I really hope you guys get to read this heartbreaking YA contemporary, I loved it so much. You can follow Grace on Instagram here: @fictionaladventures
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