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
Hamlet & 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 Lord
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
I 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 Séaghda
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
My 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
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
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 Daniels
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
The 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 Broadway
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*
I 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.
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