Saturday, 4 March 2017

February Wrap-Up!

Hello there! I hope you had a fabulous February. Mine was quick and very writing-focused, which means I got lots of work done on my MS... but not a lot else. My adventures were sparse, I didn't read very much at all, and I became even more of a hermit than usual.

BUT, I did have a lovely bunch of flowers from my husband for Valentine's Day, and I took this creepy picture of a railway track. Winner.

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Reading-wise, I read 4 books, which is even fewer than last month's meagre tally. I really need to up my game. To that end, I think I definitely need to write up a 6-monthly reading planner, like I usually do. In the meantime, here's what I read in February.

4 very different reads this month: I'll start with BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough, which I received from Netgalley for an honest review. It's an adult thriller about a married couple and the woman who becomes involved with each of them in a very tangly, messy way, and begins to suspect there is something very, very wrong in Adele and David's marriage. The story was so intriguing, and the mystery around what exactly is going on kept me hooked right up to the end. There was only one thing about this book that I didn't really like, and that was the ending. I won't give any spoilers here, because the ending is something you really need to experience for yourself, but I will say that it will either blow your mind or leave you feeling a wee bit cheated. I fell into the latter group, unfortunately -- I'm just not a fan of moving the proverbial goalposts 3/4 of the way through a book. But I can see why so many people love it -- this is a gripping, thrilling read.

Next was THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds. Matt is 17, and has just lost his mother to cancer, and his dad has taken up his old habit of drinking too much. But when Matt takes a part-time job in a funeral home and meets a girl named Love, he starts to figure out how to deal with his own grief and move on. I found this story quietly moving and heartfelt, and I loved the setting and characters. 

I adored Maggie Harcourt's debut (THE LAST SUMMER OF US) and picked up the audio version of her new book, UNCONVENTIONAL, as soon as it came out -- and I loved it just as much as the first one. Lexi works for her dad's company organising and running conventions, which becomes a little trickier when she runs into the arrogant Haydn Swift, a 19-year-old novelist who drives her up the wall. This book is fun, romantic, and if you're a fan of conventions there's a lot in there you'll recognise.

Last but not least, I finally got around to Marie Rutkoski's THE WINNER'S CURSE. Everybody raves about this trilogy, and I can see why -- the setting is rich and immersive, the 2 lead characters are both brilliant whether they're kissing or butting heads, and the story is a sweeping epic about war and slavery and social uprising and all kinds of great stuff. I'll be getting the next 2 in the trilogy to listen to ASAP.

So, that's my brief February wrap-up! I hope you had a good one.

Kat out x

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