Saturday, February 28, 2015

What I Read: February

February was a good reading month for me. I managed to squeeze in more books than I expected, but it still seems like my to-read pile never shrinks. How is that? :) As usual, click on the titles to read my reviews.

(I'm trying something new with the photo this month instead of just using online images of the covers...I kind of miss seeing the pretty covers, though.)

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was going to try to reread this one weekend before we went to see the last film in theaters, but unfortunately we waited too long and the film had already left our local theater. But I'm still glad I reread it so the ending is fresh on my mind when I get the DVD in a few weeks (March 24th!). This was, I think, my fourth or fifth time reading The Hobbit. If only the LOTR trilogy was so easy to get through! :)

Anne of the Island, by L.M. Montgomery. Loved this one. I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first two, but honestly, it's impossible to not love these books.

Fairest, by Marissa Meyer. Levana is such a messed up character! I loved reading her backstory (though it was pretty depressing), and now I'm even more excited for Winter.

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. Wow...this book was amazing. Strange and depressing, but amazing. It was so much better than I anticipated and way better than the film! It's definitely one of my favorite books I've read so far this year, and one of the most atmospheric books I've ever read.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, by Elizabeth L. Cline. This book made me think and opened my eyes in so many ways! Everyone should read it. I wrote a bit more about it here.

Anne of Windy Poplars, by L.M. Montgomery. I liked this one much better than the third one. It was interesting getting to revisit characters that are in the second film that I had forgotten about. I don't know how in the world Montgomery manages to write so many quirky, memorable characters without ever repeating herself! Miss Minerva and her cursed family cracked me up.

How to Catch a Prince, by Rachel Hauck. I enjoyed this book a lot, though it's my least favorite of the series. I wrote about my thoughts a lot more in depth in the review. :)

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness. This book wasn't exactly what I expected, and it wasn't quite as impactful as I thought it would be. Still a beautifully haunting book,'s a sort of graphic novel (there are lots of creepy illustrations) about a boy whose mother has cancer.


  1. Whew, good job - that's a lot of books! Looks like some really great ones, too.

    I really need to read Rebecca - it's my favorite Hitchcock, so I'm sure I'd like the book. Oh, and I'm excited to hear what you think about The Battle of the Five Armies when you see it!

    1. Well, to be fair, A Monster Calls and Fairest were so short that it only took a day each to read. And I read most of The Hobbit in January! :)

      Rebecca was so good. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but was amazing. Unlike anything I've ever read! The movie is still good (I've loved the movie for years and just got around to reading the book), but when I rewatched it right after finishing the book, it felt a little pale in comparison.

      I'm so excited to see the last Hobbit film! I was really disappointed that we missed it in theaters. But maybe it was for the I can let the tears flow when I watch it alone, ha! :)

  2. hehe, I haven't read anything this month. It's like I'll either read my eyeballs off or nothing at all :P

    1. Ha, sometimes I get like that. I do try to make time to read everyday, though, mostly because I'm trying my best to get through my to-read pile. Even at the rate I'm going, it'll probably take me two years!

  3. You totally reminded me that I need to read The Hobbit. I have refused to let myself watch the movies until I read the book.

    Loved Anne. I know I have one though eight somewhere...

    1. You should read The Hobbit soon! It's such a great story. :) I'm excited to watch all of the films again later this month. This is my first time reading the Anne series, and I'm enjoying it so much!


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