Thursday, March 1, 2018

February Confessions

Oh, February. What a weird month you have been. I struggle personally with February, because it's just so dreary, but with the promise of spring on the horizon, I sort of perk up again. Looking at my reading list, it appears that I went through another reading slump, but that's not the case. I am just reading lengthy historical novels that are taking quite awhile, but what I am reading is FANTASTIC. I mean Gabaldon's books count for two, right?

I've also been enjoying reading early chapter books as a read-aloud with my son. It's been fun checking out what is new for kids in his age range.

Books Read in February:

1.  An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (Adult Fiction/Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
2.  As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4 out of 5 stars
3.  The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (Adult Historical Fiction) - 4.5 out of 5 stars - Review to come!

DNF: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (YA Fantasy)

Children's Chapter Books:
1.  Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown  - 3.5 out of 5 stars
2.  Power of the Fire Dragon (Dragon Masters #4) by Tracy West  - 4 out of 5 stars
3.  Stanley and the Magic Lamp by Jeff Brown - 3 out of 5 stars
4.  Stanley, Flat Again! by Jeff Brown - 3 out of 5 stars
5.  Billy and the Mini-Monsters by Zanna Davidson - 4 out of 5 stars
6.  Song of the Poison Dragon (Dragon Masters #5) by Tracy West  - 4 out of 5 stars
7.  Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings - 3 out of 5 stars

1.  Favorite Book:  The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah was absolutely addicting. I loved the wild setting of Alaska and the family drama. It wasn't as good as The Nightingale, but still a very entertaining read. 

2.  Biggest Disappointment: The Belles was a bit of a letdown for me. I had high hopes, because not only is it on the NYT Bestseller list, I've read some great reviews for it, but I just couldn't get into it. I've been having this problem with YA lately. (GASP!) Maybe it was the futuristic world where beauty is *so* important? I just couldn't connect with the storyline and had to add it to my DNF pile. Have you read it?

3.  Biggest Surprise: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner is definitely a book that I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. I loved the historical Philadelphia setting; I definitely want to check out her other novels in the future.

4.  Favorite Post: Children's Book Roundup: Truck Edition

5.  Favorite Part of February: We braved the cold weather and visited the Philadelphia Zoo this past month. It was my youngest son's first time and nothing beats seeing it all through his eyes!

What books did you guys read in February? Which ones were your favorites? Are you as ready as I am for March and some springtime weather? Bring on the outside reading...welp, maybe not just yet, but a girl can dream, right?


  1. I'm loving "As Bright as Heaven". Enjoying all the Philly connections - I guess being a "homie" makes it easier to connect with the areas and characters. I believe that one of my great grandparents died of the flu, so it's really hitting home. I'd like to check out some of Susan Meissner's other books, too. :)

    1. Yes, I agree. I love that aspect of the book. WOW! You can really connect on that level then. I am sure I had family members die from it as well. I think children, because when I was checking the census on at that time it appeared that not all children made it. :( I will have to ask my family members about this. Definitely a sad and scary time in Philadelphia's history. I would like to check out more of her books in the future too. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Gabaldon's books take me a month to read each one, they definitely count for at least 2 books!

    1. I know, right?! I feel like Goodreads should count them for two. haha. Thanks for visiting, Angela.

  3. I’m glad you had a good reading month. The Great Alone is on my TBR list, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I hope you have a great March!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I hope you get to read it soon. I really, really enjoyed it! Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great March as well, A.J.


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