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February Reading Roundup

Happy March, friends! I am sitting in my living room with the porch door open, and it is GLORIOUS!


February was filled with a good mix of frontlist and backlist titles as I worked towards my goal of chipping away at the stack of books I already own.


Here are the books I read in February!





Come and Get It | Fiction, 4.5/5

I really enjoyed "Such A Fun Age," but I think I loved this one even more. The writing is smart and funny. It made me both miss university and be thankful that it’s over. It's great if you love character-driven novels with unlikable characters. I also got to head Kiley Reid talk about this book at Politics and Prose, which deeply added to my reading experience.


Thank you to libro.fm for my ALC.



The Other Half | Fiction, 3/5

I was intrigued by the setup and premise of this book and found the first half really gripping (I ❤️ rich people problems). The middle chunk felt like it drugged on a bit, and it wasn’t until the last 50 pages or so that I found myself invested again. While I really love a good thriller, police procedurals are not really for me.



Driving the Green Book | Non-Fiction, 4/5

I, like many, had not heard of the Green Book until the 2018 movie. I found this look at Black history to be extremely informative and educational as a white reader. I highly recommend it.



Us Against You | Fiction, 5/5

I normally have mixed thoughts on sequels but this one might have been perfect. The writing is lyrical and heartbreaking. There is no one I trust more to look at the interior messy lives of people than Fredrik Backman.



Yellowface | Fiction, 4/5

This book is geniusly meta. As much as I found the main character insufferable, I could not stop reading it. The cultural commentary in this book is so well done. And I loved the insider baseball look at publishing.


I really enjoyed this book on audio.



Ready or Not | Rom-Com, 5/5

I adored this book. It is everything I love about a romcom. It was funny, the characters had depth, and the story was filled with hope. Reading this book feels like stepping into the golden age of cinema (aka 2004). I loved this book!!



So Fetch | Non-Fiction, 4/5

As someone who quotes Mean Girls at least once a week, I thought this book was so grool. Perfect if you love a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process. I enjoyed learning about all of the many quotable side-characters who make this movie the gem that it is.



XOXO, Cody | Memoir, 3.5/5

I am a lover of memoirs but often have a hard time reviewing and rating them. This book is really fun to listen to on audio, and I loved the humor and the lighthearted way Cody talked about difficult experiences.



The Resort | Thriller, 3/5

This book didn’t pull me in as quickly as I had hoped, but the last 100 pages I could not put down!! This was a fun setting for a thriller, but I wish the setting would have felt more immersive.


This book is not for you if you need all of your characters to be likable.



The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard | Historical Fiction, 3.5/5

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I found the plot of this one to be fascinating. I wish this book would have focused on one woman instead of a family story. I often got lost or held up trying to remember who the different side characters were. This book is beautifully written, and if you are looking for a unique Historical Fiction book, I would recommend this one.

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