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February Reading Roundup


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue 5/5

This book is absolutely beautiful. The writing is stunning, and the plot had so many twists and turns. It was impossible for me to put down. I appreciated the character development. Addie is such a great character to root for. It definitely lived up to the hype for me. I loved on audio! It would pair really well with The Night Circus.


Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists 3/5

I am currently deep down the rabbit hole that is art heists and was so excited to read this book. But, honestly, this book was really dull. The pacing felt slow, and so many exciting details were glazed over.


The Maid 4.5/5

This book is pure fun. This book was a fun mixture of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and Finlay Donovan is Killing It. If you are in the mood for a cozier mystery that will keep you hooked, I highly recommend this one!


Codependent No More 3/5

Though this book was well written and interesting, it was not helpful in the sense I thought it would be. It is geared towards those in recovery or with loved ones in recovery and not as much towards codependency as a generic issue.


His & Hers 4/5

Like “Rock Paper Scissors,” this book is nearly impossible to put down. The way the story is narrated keeps you guessing and reading. I thought that the plot was a little predictable and a lot gorier than I expected, but overall I enjoyed it! I did prefer RPS, but that’s just me.


Emma 4/5

I had wanted to read something by Austen for a long time. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. The character study is absolutely incredible, but that being said, all of the characters are horrible to each other. I am so glad that I listened to this book; I think that is the only way I could follow the language.


Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband 5/5

First things first, I want to be friends with Yinka. I love her. This book was refreshing, honest, and so authentic. I adored all of the side characters and appreciated the genuine friendships depicted in this book. Also, I loved how religion was woven in through the book. It never felt preachy. It just felt honest. I can’t recommend this book enough.


Lincoln in the Bardo 4/5

I think you either love or hate this book. As a history lover, I was excited to read a different take on historical fiction, especially something involving Lincoln. I found this book to be so profound. It not only expanded my thoughts on Lincoln but is a moving picture of grief, loss, and love. If you loved Interior Chinatown, I think you would love this book.


Joan is Okay 4/5

The writing in this book is beautiful. Once I understood the structure of the book, it was easy to love Joan. Though I am hesitant about books featuring the pandemic, this one handled it really beautifully. The way this book walks through grief is profound. The writing is really tight and extremely witty. If you like literary fiction (be warned, this book has no chapters), I recommend reading this book!


Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood 4/5

This is a book that I will think about for a long time and is an instance when reality is better than fiction. Diamond’s story is fascinating, and the writing is breathtaking. If you enjoyed Educated, I think you would also like this book!


Survive the Night 3/5

This book was really interesting. I really enjoy the writing, it is very compulsively readable, but the pacing of the story felt odd to me. I also was so frustrated by the main character, which is a personal gripe. I greatly enjoyed the premise, but there was just something missing for me.


You Exist Too Much 3/5

I was really intrigued when I saw the blurb of this book. I really enjoy books with messy characters and complicated relationships. Though this book had both of those, it was hard to follow, and it didn’t feel like there was any growth. However, the writing of this book is beautiful, which was what kept me reading.



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