February in Books

We’re back! I read some more books in February, and since I posted my TBR for the month in January, let’s see if I stuck to it!

Book cover: Gork, The Teenage Dragon by Gabs Hudson. Gradient yellow (top) to orange-pink (bottom), with a dragon hand doing the "rock on" bull horns.

Gork the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson

I got this book from a Goodreads recommendation, and I feel personally attacked. This book was a total abomination! While I can usually read a book in 2 days, especially a 380 page book, but this one took me over a week because I was so miserable reading it. I’ve got a full review where I got all of my gripes out.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Wow, this made me fell all sorts of ways. It’s a book about Aza Holmes, a girl who struggles with compulsions and intrusive thoughts. It lays mental illness bare on the floor, and I think it destroyed and recreated me. Grab a copy here now, please.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

This was such a neat concept; a group of high school friends get together for the first time in ages, and end up dead; there is the opportunity for one of them to survive, only if everyone votes for the same person. They work together to figure out how to manipulate their time loop (a la Groundhog Day) and how their best friend died in high school. It’s powerful and wild, and you should pick up a copy here. Bonus: here’s a piece on Marisha Pessl & the playlist she created in accordance with her book’s release!

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

I was recommended (and given) this book by a coworker, who said she knew I would love it. Danielle, you were right! I adored The Rook; it’s about the supernatural secret service, where there happens to be a traitor. You learn about the Chequy along with the main character, who has lost her memories. It’s an action and mystery book, and I recommend you grab a copy as well!

Power to the Princess by Vita Murrow

If you like badass lady-types and fairy-tale retellings, you need to read this book. It is chock full of 12 stories that show just how strong each princess is in her respective story, and shows them in a much less whitewashed light. I absolutely adored reading this; I had it as bedtime stories for me this month. Grab a copy for you and your friends here!

The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz

Next is yet another book that took me ages to read. While I enjoyed it, it wasn’t a favorite. And now that I’ve gotten through it this month, it can leave my collection! The Lost Night is about a woman who realizes that she has no idea what she was doing the night one of her close friends committed suicide. Be warned, it may be triggering for some folks, and it definitely has a spooky vibe. I thought was an interesting read. If that sounds like your vibe, pick up a copy here.

Karate Kid illustrated by Kim Smith

This book was just so fun! I received this (and the next book) from Quirk, the publisher. For quite awhile, I have loved reading (and reviewing) kids books, because they tend to be a lot of fun. This one is no different; it’s a gorgeously illustrated book of the movie The Karate Kid. Grab a copy here!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York illustrated by Kim Smith

Much like The Karate Kid, this book was great! I wasn’t planning on reading either book this month (I was hoping to wait for an even slower reading month), but I realized that I could give them to a coworker for her son, and didn’t want to delay. But I’m so glad I finally read this. I haven’t read the first book, but I have seen both Home Alone movies, so I am super familiar with the source material. Check out Quirk and grab a copy here!

This month was far less productive, reading-wise.

I only read eight books, which felt pretty slow after the eleven I read last month. Obviously I didn’t make it through all of my TBR goals for the month, so some of those books are being shoved into March. Here’s my full March TBR:
#futureboards by Sarah Centrella
Sissy by Jacob Tobia
Seafire by Natalie C Parker
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Girl Squads by Sam Maggs
The Antidote by Shelley Sackier
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Join me next month for quick (and long!) reviews of these books. Until then, feel free to check out some of my older reviews!

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