February Reads: 2019 Edition

OMG, you guys!!! This was like such a good month for reading! I mean, I had to Dnf a book and replace it with something else, because I am not about that struggling-to-read life! But yeah, nine more books read, and I’m so excited. 😀

10: The Giving Tree
Author: Shel Silverstein
Genre: Picture Book
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
I remember reading this years ago and thinking it was the most depressing thing ever. Still, I loved it then, and I still find it strangely enjoyable to read now.

11: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
Do not ask me why I loved this so much. Have I changed? Am I turning soft inside? Lol! It’s about this girl who meets this guy at the start of Swan Season – commiserating the anniversary of when three girls accused of witchcraft were drowned in the harbor. They fall in love, and it’s about their relationship and figuring out how to end the 200 year old curse on the town, where the drowned sisters return for three weeks every summer to drown boys in retribution for their deaths. Yeah. This was a blast. Sure, some of the romancey bits were a bit cheesy, but I really believed they cared about each other and I was rooting for them and wanted to know how the curse would be broken. It was just a lot of fun. I mean, the author said “toward” so many times I felt like screaming, but that’s a small thing. Lol!

12: Pillow Thoughts
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
Most of these poems were right up my alley. Beautiful. Emotive. The book is divided into sections, and I didn’t like the uplifting ones as much, not that there was anything wrong with them, but the more emotional ones were just so good.

13: Where the Wild Things Are
Author: Maurice Sendak
Genre: Picture Book
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
This is another nostalgic book I picked up from my youth. I wanted a copy for myself. I like this because it’s ridiculous and fun and imaginative.

14: Unlocked
Author: Margo Kelly
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller with Occult Elements
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: Yes
I freaking loved this book. Like…it was so good. I was reading this and I felt depressed because it’s so good. And then I was paranoid, worried about shadows stalking me. I love so much when a book follows me into the real world! Instead of chapters, the book was broken up by days. So, this is about this girl who goes to a hypnotist show, gets hypnotized, and crashes her car and kills someone on the way home! She breaks down. She fights. She hallucinates. She has the best friends in the world! I am so in love with this book! So well-written. Could have been more descriptive, for me personally, but everything I needed was there. It was thrilling. There were bits of mysticism. It scratched a lot of itches. The way she tortured these characters, like they actually got hurt! I’m floored. She’s amazing. Lol!

15: Pillow Thoughts II
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed: No
Turns out, there are pep-talky-type poetry that works for me. I thought this was beautiful and surprisingly uplifting on a day I needed it. And it also had a side effect of helping me out with some organizational stuff for my own poetry collection.

16: Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Illustrated byL Jonny Sun
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
Upbeat and fun and often laugh out loud funny, though a little repetitive collection of pep talks and tweets by the creator of Hamilton, the Musical. Some of the artwork was cute, but I’m not sure it really added anything. In any case, this is a good book to keep on the old nightstand to read whenever I need a pick me up, which is where it is currently. Maybe it will help me smile on a gloomy day, or at least give me something else to think about while I slowly cheer up.

17: Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: YA Paranormal-ish Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
Let’s be real, this book is kind of ridiculous. It reads like someone sat down and just typed whatever they wanted, which is honestly fine and probably how it should be, and then added some danger to the end because…reasons. But I liked reading this. It was entertaining. It made me laugh, in a good way. I did just read the graphic novel, so there were no surprises. I’m actually surprised this didn’t bore me for that reason. I could be annoyed by the amount of sighing and eye rolling and sudden mood changes for both Edward and Bella, but since I found the story interesting overall, I just ignored all that, because it’s just not a big deal, and this is 100 times better than the book I had to replace mid-month.

18: NOS4A2
Author: Joe Hill
Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Audiobook
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
This was good; it’s just so long! 984 pages make for a 20 hour long audiobook, and it felt like 20 hours. I sometimes felt like it was never going to end. It probably wasn’t the best idea to put this on the TBR for the shortest month of the year. I also learned something about myself: there is a limit to how much suspense I can handle before I get agitated. There were so many scenes of suspense, I was worn out by the halfway mark. But this narrator was on so much fire! She rocked my world. I just wish it was shorter. Or maybe I should have tried to finish it sooner. Listening to it all month long likely made the length more of an issue. But it’s so good. Anyway, this story spans several years, from the 1980s to the 2010s, following this one character named Victoria the most who has a run in with this guy who kidnaps children, along with the parent who’s with them at the time. The parents are handed over to the “Gas Mask Man” in his “House of Sleep,” and the children are trapped in the car where their life force is slowly drained by the vampire-like guy who transports them to “Christmas Land” – some creepy place that only exists in his mind. Instead of chapters, the book was broken up by location cards. This was very often tense, and Joe Hill is a great writer.


All righty. 😀 Here’s my March TBR for people who are interested – a more reasonable 7 books to give me time to binge a show and do some writing-related things: 2 YA books – Part of Your World by Liz Braswell (A Little Mermaid tale) and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer — a comic book novelization of Batman villain Harley Quinn’s backstory Mad Love by Paul Dini & Pat Cadigan, so of course I’m also reading the DC Comic equivalent Mad Love & Other Stories by Paul Dini & Bruce Timm — 2 poetry books – Light Filters In by Caroline Kaufman and Snow White Learns Witchcraft: Stories and Poems by Theodora Goss — and 1 graphic novel – Giant Days Vol. 9 by John Allison.

If I finish early, I’ll find something else to read, I’m sure. I have to say, I thought having a reading deadline would cause me to freak out and get nothing done, but it’s having the opposite effect right now for whatever reason. 🙂

Okie dokie. Happy March!! ^_^

10 Responses to February Reads: 2019 Edition

    • Lol! I was so sensitive to it for 1.5 more books, but I’m okay now. It was five to a page a few times!

  1. Looks like you had a great reading month. I’m going to grab up some of those now too. Plus, your list for March looks good too. Oh wow. There are just TOO many books out there and too little time.

    • Right?! I’m trying to strike a balance between newer books and books I’ve had awhile. It really helps me realize how great life is. 😀

  2. Wait, had you not read Twilight before? The first wasn’t horrible to me when I read it in 2008, but the second one got thrown on the floor lol

    I liked Gmorning, Gnight–it was cute–but his tweets have more immediacy and meaning to me when they’re actually tweeted lol

    • Nope. First time reading it. Lol! My sister said something similar about the first and second movies. I’m trying to prepare myself for excessive pining. I like Lin’s book a little more reading the morning tweets just in the morning and vice versa.

  3. Ooh, a good reading month. I love those! I read a few new books that I didn’t think I’d like, but they turned out fantastic. Love that you read those kids’ books again. I miss reading picture books with my son. We’re on to Garfield now! 🙂

  4. I did a cold read of The Giving Tree several years ago with my class (reading the book aloud without having read it to yourself first, in case you’re not familiar with that phrase). Man was that a mistake. I had no idea how emotional the book was and by the time I reached the end, I was a blubbering teary pile of mush! Still, it’s a beautiful book. And that much more poignant given that Shel Silverstein usually sticks with upbeat, silly material.

    Way to go on an awesome month of reading!

    • Thanks! ^_^ I don’t know if I’m familiar with his other books. I wonder how many I would recognize if I looked it up. Cold reading sounds like a lot of fun. Especially something emotional!

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