books I read in February 2018

February was heart month, and I organized and hosted my annual fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. It was stressful and exhausting and I need about a month of vacation to recover (luckily, that’s coming up quickly).

duo trapeze circus couple
Photo credit: Lily Shmil

Anyway, my point is that I didn’t feel like I got to read a lot (although, in retrospect, I did), and most of what I did read were fun, easy, page-turning murder mysteries or YA novels.

Don’t judge me.

Books I read in February:

  1. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
    Good lord the main character was annoying.
  2. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
    I do love books with great parallelism. This one really pulled me in.
  3. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1), by Philip Pullman
    I can’t believe this is supposed to be a young adult novel. It’s pretty graphic.
    Also, if I had a daemon, it would basically be Russell.
  4. There’s Cake in My Future, by Kim Gruenenfelder
    And I thought I had a complicated last name. This book was adorable, and fluffy, and it was Valentine’s Day so don’t judge me, okay?
  5. The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman
    This was so 90s… the writing was so overly sincere and stiff that it was unintentionally funny. Despite the writing style, the concepts of the book were great.
  6. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2), by Philip Pullman
    This was so dark! Not at all for kids. I can’t say that I’m in love with the series, but it’s good enough that I plan to finish it.
  7. Artemis, by Andy Weir
    The main character in this was really, really irritating. Which is unfortunate, because otherwise it was a great book (though The Martian was better). Still… I love Andy Weir’s books. For me, they’re a really enjoyable nerdy engineering throwback read. And I hope, for girls, they’re an inspiration to go into the STEM fields.
  8. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
    Reminiscent of The Rosie Project, but a little darker.

The DNF list:

  1. Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
    I’m mildly concerned that I’m becoming addicted to the book equivalent of trash television. The fancy literary stuff just doesn’t grab me the same way… or I’m just too exhausted to focus.
  2. The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown
    I think I’ll enjoy this more when I’m middle-aged.

YTD books read: 17
Goal: 80
Books to go: 63

2 thoughts on “books I read in February 2018

  1. I thought the Golden Compass particularly odd for kids because of the HEAVY anti-religion theme to it. If I’m not mistaken, somewhere in there they basically set out to kill God. >.>

    1. You are not mistaken at all! That’s exactly what they do. I’m not religious, but I’m still surprised it seems to be such a famous/popular book…

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