Two months into the year and I’ve managed to hit fifty total books. I really have no idea how this has happened. I think it’s largely because I’ve read a lot of really rubbish romances on iBooks. I don’t know why I download these books. They’re like candyfloss for the brain. But if it’s late at night or early in the morning and I can’t get my brain to switch off, one of these books is as good as a sleeping tablet, which is probably why I’ve managed to read so many this month.
My only issue is that I’ve not reviewed as many books as I thought I might. I’m thinking about implementing a short review system, for the end of each month, so I don’t have such a massive backlog looming over me. But I’ll consider it for another while.
Some good books in this month’s list, too, though, and books I was really excited to read. Not exactly a full list of quality literature, but in general I’m pleased with how February went. And I even read two short stories! Woohoo!
- Hamlet – William Shakespeare
- Macbeth – William Shakespeare
- The Alphabet Sisters – Monica McInerney*
- The Names They Gave Us – Emery Lord
- Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie the Pooh #1) – AA Milne
- The House at Pooh Corner (Winnie the Pooh #2) – AA Milne*
- Following Ophelia (Following Ophelia #1) – Sophia Bennett
- The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
- Wilde Like Me – Robin Pentland
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
- Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling! – Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
- Motherfoclóir – Darach Ó Séaghdha
- Far From The Tree – Robin Benway
- Accidentally Married – Victoria E Lieske
- My Favourite Husband – Pam McCutcheon
- Golden Chances – Rebecca Hagan Lee
- The Fandom – Anna Day
- My True Love Gave To Me – (ed) Stephanie Perkins
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
- Chance for Love – Ann B Harrison
- Her Favourite Cowboy – Ann B Harrison
- A Mail-Order Heart – Janelle Daniels
- Animal Farm – George Orwell
- The Lottie Project – Jacqueline Wilson*
- Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
- Ink – Alice Broadway
- The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame*
- Mine – Susi Fox
- Second Chances – Heather Tullis
- Sam and Ilsa’s Last Hurrah – Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
- The Sheikh’s Twin Baby Surprise – Holly Rayner
- Almost Love – Louise O’Neill
- The Text – Claire Douglas
- The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman
Favourite Book This Month
Almost Love. I’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced, and I was lucky enough to get a NetGalley copy, so I’ve read it, even though it only publishes today. It was hard and unflinching and not altogether lovely (not at all lovely, really) but it was great! Definitely my favourite this month.
Least Favourite Book This Month
I really, really did not like The Sheikh’s Twin Baby Surprise. I know I didn’t expect it to be any good. It was free on iBooks and the whole premise was ridiculous. Plus the title gave away the big twist near the end. But it was just… atrociously bad. And looking on GoodReads, there’s a whole series that covers triplets, quads, quints, and sextuplets. I will NOT be seeking them out. Terrible book!
Favourite cover art
There are so many great covers in this month’s list, that I feel a little guilty I had no trouble picking my favourite. Even though there were some strong contenders, I was blown away by how great Ink looks. The image in this blog post doesn’t even do it justice, because it’s foiled, and you have to see it in person to see how it shimmers. I can’t wait to see what the sequel looks like, because I bet it’ll be great.
Big numbers this month for books read, but a large proportion of them were utter dross. That said, though, I do enjoy the odd romance book, so I don’t regret it. Will try increase the calibre of what I’m reading next month, though, and just keep the occasional free romance in there.