February Wrap-Up

I’m a few (okay 5) days late with this, but work has been a bit difficult to keep up with lately.  Unfortunately, that means my blog doesn’t get as much love.  Nevertheless, here is an overview of the books I read in February!

I’ve decided to dispense with my usual format to make this a bit easier and quicker to read.

Bossypants by Tina Fey, narrated by Tina Fey
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love a good celebrity memoir, especially when they’re narrated by the author, and I love Tina Fey.  I quote Mean Girls just as much as the next person, so I was expecting to love Bossypants.

While I enjoyed this memoir, I didn’t find it very memorable.  I didn’t feel like I learned anything about Tina Fey I couldn’t have looked up on the Internet, and I didn’t find her book particularly engaging.

If you’re looking for a quick, light read (I finished this in a day) and you love Tina Fey, I’d recommend giving this a shot.  Otherwise, I’d find another celebrity to ogle over!

After You by Jojo Moyes, narrated by Anna Acton
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I found this to be a rather lackluster sequel to the heart shattering tale that was Me Before You.  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it.  But it wasn’t anywhere near as intense or earth-shattering as its predecessor.  Nevertheless, I’ve got the third in the series, Still Me, on hold at the library.

I’ll skip the synopsis for fear of ruining the first in the series for those who haven’t yet read it.

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter, narrated by Kathleen Early
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A good, if not terribly memorable thriller from Karin Slaughter, who never fails to disappoint if you’re into this genre.  I did have to go look up the synopsis though because I couldn’t quite remember it!  But once the details started coming back to me, I thought, “Oh yeahhh!  Wow!”

A young college professor is found brutally murdered in the bathroom of a local diner by none other than our main character, Sara Linton, who is both the town’s pediatrician and coroner.  Sara must work with her ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, along with the murdered woman’s sister, to figure out who the killer is.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard, narrated by Bill O’Reilly
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐

Okay, I know what you’re thinking — really?  A Bill O’Reilly book?  I got three of these for Christmas several years ago (I may have asked for them): Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus.  The subject matter was of interest to me, if not the author.  Since I’m working on the Unread Shelf Project 2018, I knew I’d either have to read them or give them away eventually.

The book is actually quite well done.  It’s told as a story, and I really enjoyed it.  What I did not enjoy, however, was Bill O’Reilly’s narration.  I’m not sure if I can stand that for the others, so those may have to be physical reads!

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely love this book and have tons of good things to say about it, which you can read here.

A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle, narrated by Angela Starling
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another cozy mystery!  Y’all know how I love these (if you don’t, check out my Cozy Mystery Post).  I’m pretty excited because I really enjoyed this one, and there are currently five in the series!  The bad news is they aren’t available on audio at my library.

Shannon Hammer owns a home-renovation and repair business (what an appropriate name, right?).  After her blind date turns up dead and one her signature pink tools is found at the scene, she’s suspected of murder and must clear her name with the help of her family and friends.

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another one of my favorites from February, and you can read the full review here.

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love how John Scalzi can so effortlessly create an entirely new world and then bring you up to speed on its rules. In this new world of his, people don’t die when they’re murdered – they come right back to life.

A dispatcher is one who intentionally murders people… to keep them from dying. As an example, if a surgery isn’t going well, a dispatcher will step in and “reset” the person so that the surgery can be reattempted.

My only complaint was that this was only a novella. I would love to delve deeper into the world and its characters and premise.

Sidenote: I originally rated this one 4 stars, but while writing this post and thinking back on it, I decided that it deserves 5!

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m a huge fan of B.A. Paris, so I was pretty excited when I scored an advanced copy of her upcoming novel through NetGalley.  Check out my full review here.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, narrated by Edward Herrmann
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the story of the 1936 men’s Olympic Rowing Team.  If you enjoy the historical writings of Laura Hillenbrand or Erik Larsen, I think you’ll enjoy this one as well.

1936 was during the time Adolf Hitler was gaining power and fame, and the Olympics that year were held in Berlin, Germany.  This story closely follows one rower, Joe Rantz, through his life up to the Olympics, and entwines the stories of his fellow rowers, their coach, and a British boat builder.

And to top it off, it’s narrated by the ever fabulous, Edward Herrmann, whose voice shall live on through books such as these.

You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana
You Rating: , Hidden Bodies Rating: ⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Full reviews here!

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audren Niffenegger, narrated by Fred Berman & Phoebe Strole
Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Audiobook rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is another one that I originally rated 4 stars, but after discussion with fellow book lovers, I bumped my rating up to 5.  I saw the movie several years ago and wasn’t thrilled by it, so I think that negatively impacted my view of the book.  I typically reserve 5 star ratings for books I want to read again, and I definitely think I’ll want to re-read this in the coming years.

Clare first meets the love of her life when she’s 6 years old.  At the time, Henry is 36.  He has a medical condition that causes him to spontaneously travel through time.  Eventually the two of them meet in the same timeline, but their life together becomes complicated.

The story was beautiful and poignant.  And as one fellow reader pointed out to me — there were so many opportunities for plot holes, and yet I found none.  To me, that’s a good sign of a time travel story.

Total Books Finished: 13

Favorite Book: How to Find Love in a Bookshop (it was a toss up between this and Life After Life)

What was your favorite February read?

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