February Mini-Reviews

There are a few books I won’t be writing full reviews for on my blog so here are my mini-reviews for February. I’ve also decided to condense fiction and non-fiction into one post from now on.

Animal – Sara Pascoe

This was a hilarious and thought-provoking book exploring a range of feminist issues. I would recommend it as a starting point for those wanting to understand the challenges women face.

Giants Days, Vol. 4 – John Allison

Perfectly captures the emotional mess of university life. Love the friendship and humour between Susan, Esther, and Daisy.

Love Story, With Murders – Harry Bingham

Love Story, With Murders

This is the second book in the Fiona Griffiths series and it definitely lived up to my high expectations. If you like a well-plotted and twisty crime thriller, with a complex main character, then this is the perfect series.

Origin – Dan Brown

I can’t resist reading Dan Brown’s novels as I always learn some interesting new facts and they’re usually fast-paced reads. However, not a lot seemed to happen in this one and I found it rather slow at times. But it was still a fun read and I now know a little more about Gaudí!

The Darkling Plain – Philip Reeve

A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve

With the film of Mortal Engines coming out soon, it seemed like a good time to finally finish this series. It’s a fitting end to a wonderfully inventive series and saying goodbye to Tom and Hester was heartbreaking. Hester Shaw has to be one of the greatest characters I’ve ever read. If you haven’t read this series then you should pick it up as soon as you can as it’s so entertaining.

Traitor – David Hingley

Traitor by David Hingley

The third in the Mercia Blakewood series but hopefully not the last. These are fun historical thrillers featuring a memorable main character and intriguing plots.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

My second non-fiction book for February was one I’ve had on my kindle for months. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected as the writing style ensured it didn’t become repetitive. It’s worth a read if you like memoirs and autobiographies. 

Gallery of the Dead – Chris Carter

The Gallery of the Dead by Chris Carter

Another enjoyable crime thriller from Chris Carter. I love the main character but he hasn’t developed a lot over the series. There’s also a little too much explanation about crime processes etc, it’s almost a blend of fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy it but I can see why some people might get frustrated.

The Secret Place – Tana French

This month’s Litsy Whodunit was the fifth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series (apparently they can each standalone). Overall, I really enjoyed it, especially the beautiful prose. I did think it could have been cut down by at least a hundred pages though as it was slow-paced at times.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Book Review

I read and reviewed this last July (here) and absolutely loved this adorable YA contemporary. I read the special edition and I’d definitely recommend it for the bonus material, particularly the first emails between Blue and Jacques.

I was pleased to meet my target of two non-fiction books this month, and to read 4 books on my February TBR list. I’ll be writing full reviews for the other books I’ve read over the next week.

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