What’s New On My Bookshelf: February

I am on a true reading binge right now. It’s been a combination of finding good books available on Libby and finally catching up on some of the TBR books that have been sitting on my bookshelf. I’ve also just realized that I matched my count from last month: 6 books each month! I’m almost halfway to my meeting my 2020 challenge of 30 books 🙂 Keep on reading to see what I read in February and what I thought of each book!

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.

This was a cute little palette cleanser after the book I ended January with [Catch Up: “What’s New On My Bookshelf: January”]. Quick and easy to read, I really enjoyed it because it takes place in Los Angeles and I loved the strong female lead!

★★★

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.

Written entirely in interview-format, this was such an innovative and entertaining read. The characters and the band felt so real that towards the end, I wanted nothing more than to listen to their album. This is apparently turning into a movie and I can’t wait to watch it!

★★★★

Lionel Shriver’s resonant story of a mother’s unsettling quest to understand her teenage son’s deadly violence, her own ambivalence toward motherhood, and the explosive link between them reverberates with the haunting power of high hopes shattered by dark realities.

Phew. This book was haunting. I’ve seen the movie which, quite frankly, does not do the book justice. At all. It also made me not want to have kids HA. Sorry mom. But if you read this book, how could you want to have kids? Anyways. I couldn’t put it down even though I was horrified pretty much the entire time. It really made me marvel at the strong bond between mother and child.

★★★★

Young juror Maya Seale is convinced that African American high school teacher Bobby Nock is innocent of killing the wealthy white female student with whom he appears to have been involved and persuades her fellow jurors likewise. Ten years later, a true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, and Maya, now a defense attorney, must prove her own innocence when one of them is found dead in Maya’s room.

My Book Of the Month pick, The Holdout was so fun and kept me guessing until the very end. The jury experience is also so intriguing to me, especially since I’ve been on a jury. I did not see the end coming, which is rare because I almost always guess it.

★★★

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, a summertime story about identical twins who couldn’t be any less alike.

So Elin Hilderbrand has a million popular books, and I’m slowly making my way through them. I enjoyed this one more than The Perfect Couple that I read last month. The characters were more complex and the story unfolded very organically. I really love her writing style and will continue working my way down her list of books.

★★★

In this New York Times bestselling thriller from the author of Lock Every Door and Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.

I’ve read some of Sager’s work before and she’s a good spooky writer, so I knew what was in store for me. This was a decent story with some obvious twists, some of which didn’t make sense. It felt a little forced, and pretty much all of the characters felt undeveloped. I wouldn’t say it was bad, but I wouldn’t say it was good either.

★★


And that’s February! Some good books, some not so good. Either way, they were all books that I have been wanting to read so I’m glad I got my hands on them. Hopefully I can continue this reading streak I’m on through March, even though I’ve bought a few games for my Switch which is keeping me a little bit more occupied lately. ‘Til next time!

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