February was a great reading month for me. I really enjoyed most of my selections that ranged from fiction, non-fiction, mystery, debut and humor. February was a month for trying new authors and reads I generally would not gravitate towards. Below are the books and my general thoughts about them.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
I could not open my Bookstagram feed without seeing this book showing up. At one point I thought I was being stalked by this book. I caved, believed in the hype and decided to give this book a read. I did not enjoy this book at all. It reminded me so much of ‘The Girl on the Train’ which I also did not care for. I am finding out more and more I do not enjoy books with the words “girls” and “woman” in the title.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Immortalists is centered around four siblings who visited a Fortune Teller who told them the date of each if their deaths. The book explores how each sibling lived their lives based on the information they were given about their deaths. I loved how the author showed how each sibling lived their lives based on their death date. I cannot help but think if I would live my life differently if I know my death date. I really enjoyed this book and I recommend giving it a read.
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
After watching “Girls Trip” I became a huge fan of Tiffany Haddish, so much so I decided to give her book a read. This wasn’t the book I was expecting to read, and I say this in a good way. Haddish shared things in this book that made her so real and relatable. I went between laughing out loud and getting a little teary-eyed during those serious moments. This isn’t your usual Hollywood read and I like that!
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
I am always up for a thriller and “The Wife Between Us” seemed like a great novel to pick up at the time. I did not enjoy this as much as I thought I would, 65% in and I wanted it to end. I felt myself waning at the end because I was not invested in the characters. However, if you loved “A Girl on the Train” I think you might like this.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing my Daniel H. Pink
“When” by Daniel H. Pink gives insight on the best time to do things. When is the best time to go before a judge? When is the best time to go in for a pitch? We all know how limited our time is, Pink gives us different ways to maximize and make best use of this limited resource. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Also it helped that the writing was very engaging.
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Red Clocks was an interesting read for me, mainly because it is such a timely necessary read. With the current state of affairs its clear that Leni Zumas has her hand on the pulse with women’s issues. If you read “Handmaid’s Tale” and loved it, this is a modern look at this novel.
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
Need to Know is a fast-paced thrilling rollercoaster ride. If you are in a reading slum, this is sure to get your heart and finger racing. I finished this book in one sitting, not because of the length of the book but because of how intense the plot was. If you love mystery, CIA or a fast-paced plot, this book is the one for you.
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
I am a fan of Chris Bohjalian’s works but this book did not do it for me. I tried getting into the book, but the characters were not interesting and I generally just felt a little bored reading this. I liked background into sleepwalkers but overall this book did not appeal to me.
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Freshwater is the most refreshing debut novel I have read in a long while. It is hard for me to say exactly what this book is about because it covers a lot. What I will say is Akwaeke Emezi’s writing is flawless, you will be pulled in from the very first sentence and you’ll love every moment in this book.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
If you are looking for a heart-warming father-daughter story, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” is the book for you. This book covers so much, coming of age, small town life, mystery, father/daughter relationships and death. I love that there is so much going on but Tinti manages to keep your interest through it all.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
This was a Oprah’s Book club selection so of course it was all over my timeline. I bought into the hype and I did not regret it. My first book by Tayari Jones and it will not be my last. This book made me question marriage and what we are actually committing to when we say “I Do”. If you are looking for a book which relatable characters battling really hard decision, this is the book.
There you have it! My February wrap-up.