February was a really good reading month for me, even though I technically didn't stick to the TBR I set for myself AT ALL. Honestly, I didn't expect to abide by my list. I rarely ever do. My reading life is entirely dependent on my mood, so I often don't know which book I will read next, let alone the book I will read in four weeks. Despite that, I've noted the five books I read in February and the five I intend to read in March. My March TBR is full on lady power--books about women by women--and I'm pretty excited about it!
I didn't review every book I read in February, but I provided links to the two I did review. Click them, read, enjoy :).
1) History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
2) The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
3) Unravel Me (Shatter Me series #2) by Tahereh Mafi
I didn't review these books, though I did review the first book in the series, Shatter Me. Overall, this series was very interesting, if melodramatic, and it only took me three days to read the last two books in the trilogy. Basically, no harm, no foul.
4) Ignite Me (Shatter Me series #3) by Tahereh Mafi
5) Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo
5.5) Ill Will by Dan Chaon
I started reading this book, but couldn't quite get into it. I may come back to it eventually, but I've decided to shelf it for the time being.
Four of the five books on this list are books I checked out from my public library. I'm really bad about utilizing the magical resource that is the library, so I'm trying to be better about it. When I visited this weekend to pick up these books, I saw an endless amount of books on the "New Fiction" shelves I've been dying to read. I foresee myself visiting the library much more frequently in the months to come.
1) Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo
I jumped into the second book of the Grisha Trilogy right after finishing the first book, and I'm sad to report that my interest in the story is waning a touch. I can't quite put my finger on the issue, which makes me believe that I may have just had a small overdose on Young Adult fantasy books. So, I'm going to take a break before reading the third and final book in the trilogy in hopes I will enjoy it more than I have the second.
2) The Idiot by Elif Batuman
The Idiot is a new book that will be released on March 14th. It follows Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, as she embarks on her Harvard college experience in 1995. She begins a correspondence with a mathematics student from Hungary, Ivan, and befriends a Serbian classmate, Svetlana. At the end of the year, Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside to teach English close to Ivan, but takes a two week detour in Paris with Svetlana. The story follows Selin as she tries to understand the American college experience, the confusion of first love, and what she will do with the rest of her life.
3) The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly
This book has everything I love: dysfunctional families, eccentric characters, a faraway beach setting, and mystery. Riddle James Camperdown is the twelve-year-old daughter of Camp and Greer Camperdown, and she is busy juggling her parent's expectations. Mix in The Devlins, a mysterious family full of secrets that could unravel the Camperdown family, and you have yourself the recipe for one crazy summer. As if that wasn't enough, Riddle witnesses a crime, and, as the summer continues, the consequences of her silence multiply. "As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth."
4) Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Our Endless Numbered Days is about a little girl, Peggy, who is abducted by her father and taken to a hut deep in the woods where she is told everyone else on earth is dead. She lives there with her father until she discovers a pair of boots in the woods and goes searching for their owner. Narrated by a seventeen-year-old Peggy, this story follows a young girl's climb to freedom from the grips of madness, and the secret Peggy has carried with her ever since.
5) The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai
I won't pretend to be able to describe this book, so I'll let Goodreads do it for me:
"Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents’ wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there’s Violet Devohr, Zee’s great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room.
The Hundred-Year House unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirical voice, Rebecca Makkai has crafted an unforgettable novel about family, fate and the incredible surprises life can offer."
Have you read any of these books? Which book sounds the most interesting? Let me know in the comments!