What I Read This Month: February 2020

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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    What books did you read this month? Which was your favorite?

    1. You read like I do! All across the board – all genres! Love mixing it up!!

      1. Haha yes! I like to mix it up, and I’ve always enjoyed reading across the board.

    2. Things You Save in a Fire was really good. That one was much more than I was expecting. And Stephen King’s writing book is full of so much wisdom. I originally listened to the audiobook, which he narrates, but immediately went out and purchased a physical copy so I could make notes!

      1. I did the same thing with On Writing!! I finished the audio and now I’m going to get a physical copy!!

    3. What a good list! Things You Save in a Fire is on my "to read" list so I’m glad you gave it such a high review!

      1. Thank you!! I hope you enjoy it!

    4. Fabulous reviews! So many of these are on my own TBR. I loved Things You Save in a Fire, but you really won me over with the review of Stephen King’s On Writing–I taught that book for YEARS and have SUCH affection for it. One of my favorites.

      1. LOVED On Writing! I’m so glad I finally picked it up 🙂

    5. Love a good read! Someday, Someday, Maybe sounds like one I’d dig into!

      1. Right?! Good books make everything better! Someday, Someday, Maybe really is one of my favorites, I hope you enjoy it!

    6. I’m adding Someday, Someday, Maybe to my list. It looks so good!

      1. Yay!! I hope you enjoy it when you pick it up!

    7. Someday, Someday, Maybe sounds so interesting!
      I’ve been so bad at reading in February, but I have to focus more on it.

      1. I’ve read it twice now and have enjoyed it both times! I really loved the audio this time around 🙂 I hope you have a better reading month in March!

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