Saturday, March 1, 2014

What I Read: February

I know most of my recent posts have been bookish...I guess I've had books on the brain. :) All of the books I read this month were actually library books. Here's what I thought about them!

The Interrupted Tale, by Maryrose Wood. This is the fourth book in a middle grade series, called The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, that I really enjoy. The last book felt like filler, but this one was very good. I do hope the author will wrap things up in the next book, though, because there are lots of mysteries and I'm ready for them to be solved.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley. The first in a mystery series set in 1950s England where the detective is an eleven year old girl named Flavia de Luce, who has a passion for chemistry (particularly poisons). I enjoyed this book so much! Flavia is a hilarious character and the mystery aspect was good.

Fortunately, The Milk, by Neil Gaiman. This was such a random little children's book. I liked it, though I wasn't too crazy about the style of the illustrations. (From what I've seen, I much prefer the illustrations in the English version.)

The Selection, by Kiera Cass. I was a little disappointed with this one. I liked the overall plot, though I wasn't too crazy about the political unrest aspect. It felt like it should be more of fairytale than a dystopian novel. America was a bit too wishy-washy for my taste, and while I'll probably finish the series eventually, I'm not in any hurry.

The Canning Season, by Polly Horvath. I was very disappointed with this book. I enjoyed Everything on a Waffle, by this same author, so much last month. And I expected to love this one, too...look at that gorgeous cover! (Though that wasn't the cover my library copy had.) Anyway, I didn't like it at all. Besides the fact that it felt slow and boring, there was some completely unexpected bad language (this is a children's/YA book).

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, by Alan Bradley. The second book in the Flavia de Luce series. I liked it just as much as I did the first one.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein. This is a middle grade book that was better than I expected it to be. It's a bit like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with a fantastical library instead of a candy factory. :)

A Red Herring Without Mustard, by Alan Bradley. Another great mystery in the Flavia de Luce series!


  1. *Selection Spoilers*
    I enjoyed the Selection but I am on the second try of Elite because I was livid the first time. America goes from what you call wishy washy to total flake, but the worse part is Maxon changes from perfect to just like her.
    *End of Spoilers*
    I think the Incorrigible Children series is going to kill me; it is so slow paced, and Penelope is so dumb her personality is now irritating, and there is no way it can be wrapped up believably in a fifth book at the pace it is going now. I was thinking like 7 or else it will feel haphazardly rushed to an end.

    1. I'm in even less of a hurry to read The Elite. :) I agree that the Incorrigible Children series is too slow paced. I'm so ready for things to be solved!

  2. I really liked the Selection but I think they pushed the whole love triangle way to far. Almost like the author was like "I'm writing teen lit, I Must have a Love Triangle" thing.

    1. Yeah, I know. I'm rather sick of love triangles, to be honest. :)


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