February 2020

February is always a whirlwind month. It feels so much shorter and time just flies by, especially as it usually involves me getting back into the swing of things at university. However, I managed to get some reading and film watching done somehow so let’s talk about what I got up to this month.

Books:

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

I was in such a bad reading slump at the beginning of this month that I decided to pick up a short, contemporary novel told in verse so that I could actually finish a book. I loved this book. It was so insightful and realistic. My only issue is that I feel like with stories told in verse, they just lack more detail that will get you hooked and obsessed. I really enjoyed reading this but I don’t feel as attached to the characters, because I spent less time reading about their lives. I still highly recommend it though because it is a fantastic read. – 4 out of 5 stars.

My Favourite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

After that, I decided that I really needed to read a cute romance to get me back into the swing of things with reading therefore I turned to Christina Lauren books. Whilst this definitely wasn’t my least favourite of their books, it wasn’t my favourite. I thought it was cute and fun but it had a lot of lying and deception as part of the plot which I despised. It made me feel very uncomfortable as she was knowingly hiding an important factor in their relationship from him. I still think it was fun but definitely not one of my favourites. – 3 out of 5 stars.

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

This is a book that randomly turned up at my door for review one day and I decided to finally give it a go. I thought the world and the plot was very interesting but ultimately, the writing really let it down. It didn’t feel fully developed, I was constantly confused and there were constantly unexplained elements. I loved the concept but the execution was kinda poor which made me feel sad. – 2 out of 5 stars.

A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Luedecke

I finally finished listening to this book on audio. I was really enjoying this book but it took me forever to get through because I just wasn’t in an audiobook mood for a while. However, I loved how atmospheric this book felt and I really enjoyed the plot. It was a unique fantasy which is hard to come across in YA these days so it was refreshing to read about. The audiobook was definitely a great decision for this novel. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass

For some reason, I really was in the mood to re-read the selection this month for the first time in 7 years so I decided to just go with my instinct and pick it up. It was as fun and as trashy as I remember it being. These books are nowhere near perfect but they are just so fun to read. They are also very nostalgic for me so I loved remembering how I felt when I first read them. One thing I will say though is that I remember this series being very fast paced and only on re-read did I notice it was fast paced because there’s a complete lack of development. Things happen way too quickly without any development of characterisation or plot e.g. America hating Maxon and the Selection but two chapters later becoming obsessed with him. This was a bigger issue with The One when the climax of the story just felt so rushed and there was not enough time to develop their relationship further. Still great fun reads though. – 4 out of 5 stars

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

Next, I read a book that I got sent for review which I absolutely loved. It was so fast paced, heartwarming and inspiring but I’m not going to talk about it anymore because there is a review coming up on my blog very soon. – 4 out of 5 stars.

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

I decided to pick up this new release because I wanted a light and breezy romance book to read. However, it was not good. The romance was incredibly rushed and lacked development. It was too melodramatic and also unbelievable. The main issue was the pacing because everything happened so quickly. – 2 out of 5 stars

Films:

Booksmart

I finally decided to watch Booksmart this month as it popped up on my Amazon Prime recommendations and it was as wonderful as everyone said it was. I laughed my head off and had a fantastic time watching these two girls make an absolute mess of their lives. It felt incredibly relatable and I already want to rewatch it again. – 4 out of 5 stars.

To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You

Like the rest of the YA twitter-sphere, I was so excited for this sequel to release. In the end, it was slightly disappointing. I enjoyed the film but it was nowhere near as fun as the first one and miles away from how good the book was. I feel like they made Lara Jean seem very paranoid instead of focusing on the idea that the one you think you were meant to be with, isn’t always right for you. Also they did not do John Ambrose Maclaren justice and that upsets me. It was okay but just not as good as I thought it would be. – 3.5 out of 5 stars.

So that was February! I’m really happy with how much I ended up reading this month despite being very busy. I’m hoping I can keep on top of reading whilst in my finaly 3 months of university.

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