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What I've Been Reading in February



I can't believe another month has been and gone in 2018 already. I mean, where is this year going?! Anyway, it's time for another book recap. I read a total of 7 books in February, which is pretty impressive seeing as I started my new job so had WAY less time and energy to read.
I am just going to share my top reads from this month, which there are five of. I only read two books I didn't really enjoy in February, it was a good month. Don't forget you can follow my reading over on Goodreads where you can see what I am reading, what I want to read and my reviews and ratings of each book.

Neighborly by Ellie Monage

I ordered this book on my Kindle as a Kindle First book (a book coming out soon that I can get early, cheap access to on my Kindle). If you are reading this, then the book is now available to buy. I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought it, and when I started I realised there is so much going on in this book, but boy it’s good.

The story revolves around Kat. Kat, her husband Doug, and her daughter Sadie have just moved into this prestigious village, the place that looks so gorgeous, the place where everyone wants to live. The town holds secrets though. Soon after moving in Kat starts getting messages encouraging her to leave. What you will uncover is Kat’s past that has serious links in this town. 


While there is a lot of micro stories and different events happening through the book, which all seem seemingly unrelated at times, it is a fantastic read. It draws you in until the end and even at the end I was shocked! I did not see the end coming at all. Would highly recommend this read!



Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Such a fantastic book! I am such a Colleen Hoover fan, despite having not read much by her, but I was very excited to pick this book up.

Revolving around the story of Merit, a teenage girl living in the chaos that is family. There’s her twin sister, Honor, in love with boys on their death bed. Utah, who seems to have a secret. Sagan, the mysterious boy who is living in the house. There’s Mum in the basement, the new wife in the bedroom, and they all live in the church. What transpires is a story of family, heartache and depression, as Merit finds her way through life and understanding her place in this chaos.

While it is a fairly easy read, it had me hooked from the first moment and I couldn’t put it down. Beautifully written and another winner from Colleen Hoover.




I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid 

Just a heads up, there is a bit of a spoiler alert in the second paragraph, which if you haven't read it I recommend not reading and letting yourself experience it before reading. 

For such a short book, it took me a decent amount of time to get through it. It was slow read, though not difficult. The books revolves around Jake and this girl that he met at a bar. She thinks she’s getting calls from a stalker who has been watching her. They are travelling to visit his parents. After leaving their place they stop at school where Jake disappears, leaving his “girlfriend” to believe he’s been hurt by this stalker who is apparently also at the school.

****SPOILER ALERT***** Plot twist: he’s schizophrenic. While I did have to re read the end to really understand, it was a fantastic and beautifully written book. Showing inside the mind of a schizophrenic. I would highly recommend reading this book.
 




Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

It wouldn't be a good month if I don't have a dark novel in the mix. And I can describe this book in three words - Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. 








I don’t know why I didn’t pick up this book sooner because it is INCREDIBLE! Yes, it’s a dark tale of Milly, who told the police about the nine murders her mother committed in their house. Now a new name, new identity and a new place, Milly starts to prepare for the trial and hearing, all while living in a new foster house. You watch Milly get tormented by her foster sister, and battle with the ghost of her mother. And then the ending. Oh the ending. I knew something bad would happen but I did not expect that.

If you’re interested in a new, dark read, I cannot recommend this enough!
 



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

I have saved the best for last. This book is honestly one of the best, most touching books I’ve ever read. If you want a book that will make you feel all kinds of emotions then this is for you. 






Focusing on Starr, who witnessed the killing of her best friend, Khalil, by a cop. What follows is the reality of being a black person. I don’t know how else to describe that, as it still devastates me to think that this is something that still happens. This book focuses on racism and the challenges of being black. It’s eye opening and cannot recommend it enough!
 


I think everyone needs to read this book. It is about such a powerful and important topic and it is so well written that it has you questioning your own thoughts and feelings. Thank you Sam and Sharni for finally convincing me to read this. I think it is going to be one of the best books I read in a while. 



February was a good reading month and I currently have a lot more books on my to be read shelf (9 library books alone), so I have to lift my game to get through them all. But if you take one book away from this list make it The Hate U Give, seriously....it's incredible.

What did you read in February? Anything I need to pick up next?



  
 

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