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February Reading Wrap-up

Last month, I was blown away but the number of books I read and told myself, “Well, that’s never going to happen again.” 

Well, guess what? It happened again. 

I started reading books on the Kindle app on my phone and it has seriously been a game changer for fitting reading into my schedule. I’m able to read while I’m in the car (not driving, don’t worry), if I can’t sleep at night, or if I’m stuck waiting anywhere. I honestly think that this has made me read more books. Which is so exciting!  

Here is a wrap-up of all the books that I read in Febrary! 

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Dissolve by Sherwin Bitsui (4 stars)

This is the first collection of Bitsui I have read and I was impressed. His poems are super rich in imagery based on punctuation and body parts, which I really loved.

His poems aren’t ones that you can read quickly. They take a while to digest and think about, but they are very rewarding and powerful to read.

That being said, I know that this collection isn’t for everyone. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to analyze and take a deeper look into poetry.

He explores themes of addiction, the earth, and the past and future.

 

Sea Prayer by Khalid Hosseini (4 stars)  

This book packs a punch in a very short amount of space. I love how lyrical and poetric Hosseini’s writing was (not something I expected).

The illustrations were gorgeous and a perfect fit.

I only wish that this book was a little longer. I felt that some parts could have been developed a little more to create an even deeper emotional response from the reader.

 

The Kingdom Of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty  (4.5 stars)

Ahhh! I loved the character development, the plot twists, and political complexity of this book!
I felt like it could have been about 100 pages shorter, I truly can’t wait for the next one! So brilliant. One of the best fantasy series I’ve read in a long time (so far)!

 

These Girls Are Like Lions edited by Cole Swensen (2 stars)  

*ARC of this book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to Chronicle Books*

The stars of this book were the gorgeous illustrations.

However, as a collection, this did not work for me. Although I enjoyed some individual poems, I struggled to find any sense to the organization of this book. To me, the threads connecting these poems together were loose. It seemed as if they just googled “poems about women” and put them together.  

This book comes out on March 5.

 

 

Online Marketing for Busy Authors: A Step-By-Step Guide by (3 stars) 

I’m not sure if I was the intended audience for this book as I already knew the information, but I would say that it is objectively a great reference book.

Burke provides a lot of information that is well-organized, easy-to-understand, and gives you space to do your own work.

I would recommend this to first-time authors or newbies to the marketing/branding world.

 

Bianca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (4 stars)

The writing in this book was absolutely phenomenal—I adored it. It was such an ethereal and lyrical fairy-tale retelling. It also had great gender identity representation as well as sexuality, which was not something I was expecting.


As much as I enjoyed reading this, I did feel like some of the main conflicts just weren’t...that big? I didn’t feel worried for the characters as I felt like not much was at stake for them.

Regardless of that part, I would definitely pick this one up if you’re a fan of re-tellings.

 

The Most Powerful Woman In The Room Is You by Lydia Fenet (3 stars)  

*ARC of this book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster *

Overall, I enjoyed reading this and I think that it did what it set out to do. It was empowering and gave actionable steps towards becoming a powerful woman.


I highlighted a lot of points in the book that I found insightful as a freelancer. However, I thought that the book was too heavy on the memoir part and not heavy-enough on the teaching part. I ended up finding myself disinterested in a lot of the stories she told, but I did appreciate her insights.

This book will be published on April 9.

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Melmoth by Sarah Perry (5 stars)  

This book was absolutely brilliant. It’s a book that is going to stay with me for a long, long time.

It is brilliantly written in a gothic and romantic style which creates such an atmospheric experience that leaves the reader fully immersed.

It’s a beautiful exploration of guilt, depression, and hope.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (3.5 stars)

This piece of historical non-fiction looks at both the making of the World Fair in Chicago and the horrid murders that were taking place at the same time.

H.H. Holmes created a world fair hotel that in reality, was a torture palace. It is unknown how many people Holmes murdered during this time, but it could be up to nearly 200.

Firstly, I would like to say that I really admire and appreciate how much research went into this book. It’s something I can’t even fathom. 


The story of H.H. Holmes absolutely captivated me and I wanted to know everything. The author told the story in a way that read more like a novel than like a work of non-fiction, which I appreciated. 

The part that I didn’t enjoy about this book were the chapters about the world fair. I just didn’t care. Nothing about it interested me and it was so hard to get through.

However, all of that being said, I am SO excited for the Hulu series with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese (OMG).

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

What books did you read this month? Tell me in the comments below!