Reviewing the Unreviewed – February 2018

This was originally supposed to be a more regular feature than it has ended up being, but I’m back with my second installation of Reviewing the Unreviewed!

I went wild reading, but not reviewing, in February of this year, so this post is all the books I read in February that didn’t get a whole post of their own.

  • Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  • The Alphabet Sisters (The Alphabet Sisters #1) – 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*
  • Wilde Like Me – Robin Pentland
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
  • Motherfoclóir – Darach Ó Séaghdha
  • Accidentally Married (Married #1) – Victoria E Lieske
  • My Favourite Husband ( Romantic Comedy Duo #1) – 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*
  • Second Chances – Heather Tullis
  • The Sheikh’s Twin Baby Surprise – Holly Rayner

32365675Hamlet & Macbeth – William Shakespeare

I had never read either of these before. I’m very glad I did. Lots of plotting, lots of death, tragedies galore, and I feel like I’m a little more clued-up on a cornerstone of the English literary history canon. And actually, they were both very entertaining, and relatively easy to read.

Hamlet – Four Stars
Macbeth – Three Stars

The Alphabet Sisters – Monica McInerney

It’s been about ten years since I first read this, and cried so hard I couldn’t see the page any more. I thought that ten years and a different format (audiobook) might have changed that. I was wrong. Still gut-wrenching, but very enjoyable.

The Alphabet Sisters – Five Stars

The Names They Gave Us – Emery Lord34200229

Lovely. Interesting to read a book where religion is a big part of the main character’s life, it’s not something I read a lot of. A gorgeous coming of age story.

The Names They Gave Us – Three Stars

Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner – AA Milne

Nostalgia galore here. I have a very old, very battered copy of The House at Pooh Corner which I absolutely refuse to get rid of, despite the fact that the spine is entirely destroyed.

Winnie the Pooh – Four Stars
The House at Pooh Corner – Five Stars

Wilde Like Me – Louise Pentland

32498973I wasn’t wild about this one. It was a bit predictable, and a bit clichéd. Plus I listened to an audiobook, and I wasn’t crazy about the narrator. But this was definitely a personal preference. The sequel has recently been announced.

Wilde Like Me – Three Stars

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

This was really interesting, but not at all what the blurb suggested it would be. I was expecting a romance, which was not at all what I got. What I did get was enjoyable, but the difference between expectation and reality was jarring.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Four Stars

Motherfoclóir – Darach Ó Séaghda36198019

A light-hearted and thoroughly enjoyable investigation of the Irish language and the Irish people’s relationship with it. Packed with fun instances of trivia, it had a little difficulty deciding whether it had a narrative thread or not, which made it a little disjointed, but still very fun.

Motherfoclóir – Four Stars

Accidentally Married – Victorine E Lieske

Utterly forgettable. I have trouble even remembering the circumstances without flipping through the pages. Very run of the mill, nothing good or bad to distinguish this one.

Accidentally Married – Three Stars

23356374My Favourite Husband ( Romantic Comedy Duo #1) – Pam McCutcheon

Some ridiculous slapstick in this which actually made me laugh out loud, but really it was just too much to be believed. Toning it down just a smidgeon would have made it a surprising favourite, but it was altogether too much for me, and entirely unbelievable.

My Favourite Husband – Two Stars

Golden Chances – Rebecca Hagan Lee

Just… a terrible book. A horrendous story, a naive protagonist, a romantic lead who was utterly uninteresting, and a resolution which felt rushed. Plus the coincidences between characters having past connections was just… ugh, ridiculous.

Golden Chances – Two Stars

The Fandom – Anna Day

An interesting idea, to mix a dystopian world with a fourth-wall-breaking story of fans sucked into the book, I wasn’t really thrilled by this. It seemed like two different things mashed together, and not very smooth.

The Fandom – Three Stars

My True Love Gave To Me – (ed) Stephanie Perkins

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A bunch of sweet, but ultimately depthless stories.

My True Love Gave To Me – Three Stars

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

God, women had it hard. Thomas Hardy’s excoriation of Tess’s horrendous circumstances is harrowing at times. But seriously Tess. Stand up for yourself a bit!!

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Three Stars

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Chance for Love – Ann B Harrison

This was silly, and there was no depth to it.

Chance for Love – Two Stars

Her Favourite Cowboy – Ann B Harrison

Knowing the above, why did I read another book in the same series by the same author? Well, it was free. It was equally silly, but it passed a few hours.

Her Favourite Cowboy – Two Stars

A Mail-Order Heart – Janelle Daniels29967219

I like the set-up for this series, and the story of Sawyer and Clara was very sweet, but it all got a bit melodramatic towards the end.

A Mail-Order Heart – Three Stars

Animal Farm – George Orwell

A classic, and an allegorical tale of great importance, but not exactly the kind of thing you’d curl up and re-read.

Animal Farm – Four Stars

11491102The Lottie Project – Jacqueline Wilson*

Classic Jacqueline Wilson, with added historical (Victorian) perspectives. Charlie is a brat, but still very loveable.

The Lottie Project – Four Stars

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

It turns out that since this is often associated with Catch-22, I thought it was just a war story. It turns out there’s aliens in it. Not at all what I expected.

Slaughterhouse-Five – Two Stars

Ink – Alice Broadway32827036

This was beautiful-looking, and had a lot of good stuff in it, but it didn’t really tick all the boxes for me. The main character didn’t get into my head the way many do.

Ink – Three Stars

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame*

18680745I love this. Such a nostalgic read for me. I was entranced by the adventures of Ratty and Mole. And Toad and Badger. Love this.

The Wind in the Willows – Four Stars

Second Chances – Heather Tullis

Free on Amazon, and I’m not even sure it was worth that… Utterly forgettable.

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Second Chances – Two Stars

The Sheikh’s Twin Baby Surprise – Holly Rayner

It is not a SURPRISE when it is in the TITLE of the book. This. Was. Terrible.

The Sheikh’s Twin Baby Surprise – One Star

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