February 2015 Wrap Up

I didn't have the best of luck at the beginning of this month. I tried picking up The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, a book I've been wanting to read for a while, but I wasn't in the right mood for it. I also picked up The Mime Order as soon as it got to my house (and I really loved it), but I couldn't find the motivation to read that and the book I had to read for school, so I put that down as well.

Overall, I put down a lot of good books this month, but life is too short to read books that I don't want to read.

Books: 5
Graphic Novels: 2
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
This was the first book I finished this month, and I have to admit it wasn't my favorite. The story itself was really interesting, and I really loved the plot and the side-characters (aka everyone that wasn't Celeana). The writing style of this book, to me, was very FictionPress. I know that it was originally published there, and I know it was probably edited a lot but it still had a very immature feel to it. That was the main thing that turned me off of this book. The second thing was Celeana. She was just too perfect to me, and we didn't really see any flaws. I kind of hated that. I say all of that, but I am very excited to pick up Crown of Midnight (and maybe Heir of Fire) from the library in March.

Peace Like a River - Leif Enger
I had to read this book for my modern literature class at school. It follows the perspective of Reuben Land, a young boy in 1960s Minnesota. As a baby he almost died, and it's a miracle that he lives. A miracle that was performed by his father, Jeremiah Land, who becomes an almost Christ-like figure to Reuben. This novel follows the miracles that take place early in Reuben's life. It is a lovely representation of miracles and blessings in disguise. The writing style is fantastic, but it was hard to get into which is why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. 

Grace's Guide - Grace Helbig
Grace is always a good time. I'm a fan of Grace's youtube channel, and I think that definitely helps when reading this book. If I wasn't a fan, I probably wouldn't have laughed as often as I did or gotten half of the jokes. If you're not a fan, I would suggest getting the audiobook, which I have heard is pretty good. Overall, there is actually some really good advice in here, but I don't agree with all of it (I doubt anyone will because we all have different opinions). A minor thing was that there are a few gramatical errors. In the end, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Seconds: A Graphic Novel - Bryan Lee O'Malley
This is the first graphic novel that I have ever truly enjoyed. It follows Katie. Katie is a chef and a very successful one at that. Everyone that comes into her restaurant loves her food and loves her. Katie even has plans to open a new restaurant that is all her own. One night, practically everything goes wrong: her ex-boyfriend shows up, her fling with the current chef turns sour, and her best waitress gets hurt. So, when the night is over and Katie returns to her room above the restaurant she finds something that will give her a second chance. THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL WAS SO GOOD. There are darker themes that come up, and they are beautifully dealt with.

The In Between - Olivia Pierce*
Ugh. My month had gone so well until this book. Not to say that it was terrible (I gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars), but I don't want to talk about it again. I just don't. It wears me out to think about this book.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
After that last book, I needed a pick-me-up because I felt that if I didn't read something I loved, I would get slumpy. So, I picked up an old, childhood favorite. I don't see how I couldn't give it five stars. This was my first reread of the year! One down, nine to go! If you haven't read the Harry Potter series yet, you should. Go. Quit reading, and find a copy. Now.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
For some reason, I had trouble with this book. It wasn't because it was bad because it was actually really good. I have just been really fatigued lately, and getting through any kind of reading was hard. Also, I just wasn't really in the mood to read this. Literally the only thing I've been in the mood to read has been Outlander but I'm so tired that I can't even do that. However, I would highly recommend this series of graphic novels to anyone who wants to start reading the original Sherlock Holmes novels because they are very true adaptations of the originals.

What were your favorite reads of this month? Tell me down below!
Happy readings!

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
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