february2017reading · Quick Lit

February Reading

Even though we’re into March and I’m dying to start my post about the book I finished last night, I just read too many great books in February not to do a quick round-up!

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

This is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series.  I liked the first book, liked the second book a little more, starting loving the series with the third book, and then bam – the author threw in a romance out of nowhere that I personally hated and it ruined the book for me.  I think I’m in the minority because according to a lot of reviews I’ve seen, people didn’t dislike the romance as much as I did, although I did find a few fellow souls who hated it too.  Now, I’m torn between continuing the series and cutting my losses.  Time will tell.

Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

I read this for the MMD book club I’m in.  It’s short and sweet.  Lots of great quotes, but overall, nothing life-changing in my opinion.  However, I may not be its core audience, as I don’t consider myself an artist.  I just love beauty and creativity but I’m not actively trying to create much.

Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

THIS BOOK.  I haven’t given a book 5 stars on Goodreads in over 2 years.  But if there was ever a book that deserved all 5 stars, it’s this one.  Absolutely charming and beautiful story about a man who is sentenced to spend his life under house arrest in a hotel.  I fell in love with the characters (especially the count) but it was the writing that drew me in.  I don’t normally love “flowery” writing; I prefer dialogue and action, but this book was just lovely.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This book was right up my alley.  A sci-fi book about alternate universes?  I mean, come on.  It was practically tailor-made for me.  I didn’t love the ending; it made me kind of sad, but overall it’s a fast-paced, interesting book that is full of action.

Columbine

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever read.  I cannot even begin to talk about how fascinating this book was.  It sounds a little morbid to love a book about mass murder, but there are so many aspects of the book that make it so good.  From the myths perpetuated by the media to the families of all involved to the killers’ motives, this was just a remarkable piece of journalism.  I cannot wait to read A Mother’s Reckoning later this month by Dylan Klebold’s mother.

Well, that’s it!  It was a great month for reading.  Stay tuned for my review on Caraval!