While January seemed to go on for ages, February felt like it was over in a heartbeat. I blame it on those three days we didn’t have. I didn’t read as much in February as I did in January, but I did have a ton of fun reading! I read what is now a new favourite classic, and I finally read Landline, which had been sitting on my shelves for a good long while.
I also really enjoyed doing these mini reviews wrap up style last month, so I think I’m going to keep on doing that! Although, I’ll still be doing occasional full-length reviews for books I really have a lot to say on (I’ll be finishing On the Come Up by Angie Thomas later today – you can bet I have a lot to say about that!).
Anyway, on to the books!
Landline by Rainbow Rowell ★★★⭑☆ (3.5)
After my fantasy-heavy rotation in January, I really felt like reading a light contemporary novel at the start of February and Landline was the perfect pick. Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite writers, but I have to say I’ve loved her YA novels much more than her adult ones. Fangirl and Eleanor & Park are both favourites of mine, but Attachments and now this one, while definitely enjoyable, weren’t that memorable to me. I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing, especially her dialogues and she also writes amazing characters. They’re always interesting and Georgie and Neal in Landline were so well-rounded and vibrant. I loved getting to know them and their relationship better throughout the book. It was a wonderful, flawed, realistic love story. Apart from the magic phone – that’s the one thing that just didn’t really do it for me.
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson ★★★★⭑ (4.5)
This is the second book in the Truly Devious series, which is a YA mystery series focusing on Stevie Bell and Ellingham Academy – a secluded, private boarding school. I read the first book in the series last year, and I was a little disappointed back then. While I thought it was intriguing, I was annoyed that nothing got resolved in the first book: it was all just set up for the next books in the series. I also didn’t really connect to the characters that much. However, that all changed in The Vanishing Stair! We got a lot of answers and much time truly getting to the know the characters, I felt. Stevie’s struggles with anxiety were also very well done, as was the LGBT+ representation. I fell in love with many of the characters, and the twists were amazing. I can’t wait for the next book!
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace ★★☆☆☆
Yeah, this wasn’t really my cup of tea. I started reading it on a whim when I had to wait at the hairdresser’s for my hair dye to do its thing and came across the Ebook on my Storytel app. I’d heard good things and I really liked the title, so I gave it a go. I didn’t like it much, though… To me, it felt more like intensely personal, fragmented diary entries interspersed with inspirational slogans with a bunch of enters added for artistic effect. That’s not really my kind of poetry, I guess. However, I did really appreciate the feminism and social criticism and I agreed with Lovelace’s messages. But I’m not going to be reading more of her work, I’m afraid.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
★★★★⭑ (4.5) ★★★★★ !
This was my favourite read of the month! I’m actually now debating whether I should bump this up to a full five stars. Yep, I’m going to do that, brb. …Okay, I’m back. I loved this book so much. The Brontë family has always been intriguing to me, and I love Wuthering Heights (my favourite book!) and Jane Eyre by Emily and Charlotte. This was the first book I read by Anne, though, and I was completely surprised and totally blown away. In fact, were it not for my nostalgic personal connection to Wuthering Heights, I would tell you this is my favourite of the Brontë novels. It’s said to be the first sustained feminist novel and I totally see that. Anne had some nerve, guys, but in a very good way. She’s written an unapologetically empowering novel in a period when women did not have an easy time of it. I love it!
What books did you read in February? Any ones that stood out in particular? Or did you read any of the books I mentioned here? Let me know in the comments so we can chat about it!