The months go so fast! Especially February, being the shortest month and all. I can’t believe this is now the 2nd March we’ve been in lockdown. The last year has been so stressful and upsetting for so many people, but I am confident we are now on our way out of the darkness and I hope everyone reading this is coping OK, and if you aren’t, please reach out to someone.
This March also marks a year since I came back to blogging regularly (OK, I posted a little bit in February, but it was a bit half-hearted), which is shocking for me. It really doesn’t seem like a year has passed, and yet suddenly there’s over 200 posts on my blog that were almost all not there a year ago! I’ve definitely noticed in this third lockdown that my reading has slowed down and I’ve been feeling exhausted a lot of the time. I’ve been getting out for regular walks though because I’ve been sure to make that a priority, so I’m happy about that at least. So, that being said, how did I do with my reading in February?
Books on the February TBR: 5
Books read in February: 5
Books left on the TBR: 1
As you’ll have worked out, I went a little bit rogue and read a book that wasn’t on my February TBR! My plan was to read Republic with my boyfriend, but he’s still reading another book he wants to finish first, so I’ve postponed that one and I picked up a poetry collection instead. Without further ado, let’s see what I thought!
February Wrap Up
- Kudos – Rachel Cusk. 4 stars.
The end of the Outline trilogy, which is, as a trilogy, worse than the sum of its parts. I found each of the books enjoyable and engaging, but as a series, it felt like a worn-out trick by the end. Kudos was a great read, though, and I’d definitely recommend this series, but I would recommend treating them as standalone books and probably reading them at different times. You can find my review of Kudos here.
- Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan. 4 stars.
I’d heard mixed things about this book, but on the whole, I enjoyed it. And, bisexual representation that I wasn’t expecting is always a pleasant surprise, especially in F/F February! I love Irish literature generally, and I definitely think Naoise Dolan is a writer to watch. I think she’s still really young, so I am definitely excited to see where her career goes. You can find my review here.
- Why Marx Was Right – Terry Eagleton. 4 stars.
Political theory is not something I’m as au fait with as I’d like, so I picked this up to hopefully rectify that a bit. While this doesn’t really explain Marx’s ideas as such, it takes popular criticisms of Marx, and aims to refute them. In that sense, this was really interesting to read. Marx is an extremely controversial political figure, and many people hate him, but this book aims to show people that they may well hate him based on a misconception of his ideas. It was a very educational read, but perhaps not entirely what I was hoping it would be.
- [I have previously received PR products from Penguin, who own Simon & Schuster]. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid. 4 stars.
Another book with bisexual representation! I didn’t really take part in F/F February, but I am glad that I picked up a couple of sapphic books this month. I really enjoyed the style of this book, and was totally gripped by the scandal and glamour of the life of Evelyn Hugo. If you like sapphic relationships, turmoil, angst, and Hollywood glamour, this is the book for you. You can find my review here.
- Stranger, Baby – Emily Berry. 2.5 stars.
I picked up this poetry collection as a quick read to round off the month. I have to admit, I was pretty disappointed by this collection. It had something of the Rupi Kaur vibes (and I hate Rupi Kaur’s work) in that it seemed as though there were just line breaks all over the place in order to make the poems look a certain way on the page rather than because the words called for it. Some of the themes it explored were interesting to me, particularly the loss of a mother. While the themes used cropped up throughout the collection, it just seemed like it never really explored any of them deeply and instead just touched on them over and over.
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (Let’s Get Classical Book Club)
- The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett
- Keep On Keeping On – Alan Bennett
- Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera