As February began, I found myself finishing the last few chapters of a review book: Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. Having loved Fuller's debut novel, Our Endless Numbered Days, you could say I had high expectations for her second novel, and whilst I didn't come away disappointed from the book, I did have a gripe or two. I ended up rating Swimming Lessons 4 out of 5 stars, and you can read my full review here.
The next book I found myself completing was a library borrow, and totally unfitting of the current season, however I'd reserved Monsters by Emerald Fennell way back last summer and it only just came in this year! Crazy! Monsters is a darker read, focusing on two teenagers who are a bit obsessed with death and all things morbid. When deaths start occurring in the village where they are spending their summer holidays, the two decide to play detective. The book itself is really well written and I loved the humour that was injected into this horror of a read. Monsters seems to be marketed as a YA book, however I wouldn't agree with that myself, especially the younger end of the YA scale. I rated Monsters 4 stars on Goodreads; if you're looking for an alternative to the typical 'beach reads' this summer, then I recommend this title.
I picked up a non fiction title in February: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I've had this book on my radar for while, having been intrigued by some of the techniques I'd heard from others who'd read it, and so borrowed a copy from the library. Whilst I didn't agree with all the sentiments that go into the KonMari method and definitely won't be implementing it into my own lifestyle, I did find the book to be very motivating and I have decluttered a little more since my reading experience.
After two library books, I took to my Kindle and got stuck into Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris - I'd heard so many positive reviews of this book, and it was definitely one of the titles I was most excited to get round to this year. Behind Closed Doors ended up being my first 5 star read of 2017. It's close to two weeks since finishing this book and I'm still thinking about it! You can read my full review here.
Our book club pick of the month was A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart. I had expectations for this title, after hearing some glowing reviews, however unfortunately I wasn't able to connect with the narrator of the book and so it ended up being a DNF for me. There are others in the book club who completed the story and absolutely loved it though, so I wouldn't let my experience put you off if you were thinking of reading it.
I'm ending February on page 359 of my February reread, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I started my reread quite near the beginning of the month, however I've been savouring it and I just adore this story - I've loved every minute of revisiting Henry and Clare. I'm writing this on Tuesday morning, so there is a chance I'll get more reading in throughout the day, however it's unlikely I'll complete the book as a whole.
Happy reading to you all in March!