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February Reads

Does anyone else feel that February seems to pass quickly compared to quite a lot of months, and not just because it is the shortest month of the year?

It’s crazy!

I don’t think it helps that Easter is super early this year, because then mine and my sister’s birthdays will only be around the corner and I want to stay 25 for just a little bit longer. I vowed I’d be able to land a job by 26 and that’s not happening. Yikes!

Oh God.

Anyway, I’m here today with the monthly wrap up.

I managed to read quite a bit in February, thanks in part to some audiobooks, although I did have a couple of unfortunate DNFs. I’m quite happy though because all the books I finished were brilliant!

Let’s just dive right in.


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Medieval Lives by Terry Jones:

It was interesting and I do want to know more about life in the Middle Ages but I found the writing to be dry and boring. To me it read like a text book and I wasn’t expecting that from this at all. I think I’m just a little underwhelmed with it.

Rating – 3 out of 5 stars



Image result for witchborn nicholas bowlingWitchborn by Nicholas Bowling

I was really excited to read this because it has witches and it’s historical fiction set at the time of Elizabeth 1st. It was also a cover buy because, wow, it’s gorgeous! However I felt really down by Alyce and the world building. Her constant skipping from place to place made it hard for me to get a feel for her surroundings. It’s a shame because the concept sounding like something I would truly love.

Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars


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A Second Chance, Roman Holiday, A Trail Through Time, and No Time Like The Past by Jodi Taylor:

Books 3, 3.5, 4 and 5 in the Chronicles of St Mary’s series.

Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that this series is the definition of crazy and action packed. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride at the moment and one that might give you some whiplash. I certainly felt bombarded by all the feelings! Luckily No Time Like The Past ended on a laughable high so there’s no crisis to find the next book in the series for a couple of days.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Some of you might be wondering why the hell I re-read a book I wasn’t that keen on in the first place, but Obsidio is coming out and I wanted to jog my memory on what happens across both Illuminae and Gemina. All I can say is that thanks to the audiobook, all my opinions regarding the story, the multimedia format, and the characters have completely changed. The audiobook was phenomenal, and it is arguably the best one I’ve ever listened to. The use of different narrators and sound effects instantly transported me to the Hypatia and the Alexander and I was on the edge of my seat with every listen. I’m still not the biggest fan of Kady and Ezra as characters but I felt more in tune with them this time and I wasn’t as infuriated by their actions. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I loved it!

Rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars


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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. 

I might as well direct you to my review of this crazy and twisted book because I don’t know what else to say about it at the moment. All I know is that it completely surprised me, especially in regards to the ‘revelation.’ I knew it was going to come at some point as I was already vaguely aware of it, but due to the slow buildup I didn’t expect when. It was only after it that the speed of the novel went from 0-60 in an instant and I was thrust into a whole whirlwind of occurrences that I didn’t anticipate. It’s also certainly made me very conflicted about my feelings in regards to the relationship between Maxim de Winter and the current Mrs de Winter. It’s incredibly problematic but I can’t help sympathising with their insecurities and status.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I did also start reading This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada but I don’t know if I’m going to finish it by the time this post goes live. I’m also wondering if it is worth putting it down for now because I’ve lost all motivation to pick it up, even though I’m intrigued by what I’ve already read. Hmm.


That is that.

What books did you read in February?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!


5 thoughts on “February Reads”

  1. Glad you enjoyed Rebecca. It’s one of my faves. If you haven’t seen Hitchcock’s film adaptation you should also check it out. There are some changes from the book, but I feel like it got the atmosphere very right. Maybe the black and white helped with that?!

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    1. I’ve not seen that adaptation but I’m not sure if it is still available in the UK or not. I’ll have to take a look. Thanks for the recommendation though.

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      1. It’s old. I think it was made in 1940. There are a few made for TV films as well. I saw the 1997 miniseries, which I thought was just OK in spite of the fact that it was more faithful to the book plot-wise. The Hitchcock film took some liberties with the plot in a few places but I felt that it was far superior atmospherically.

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      2. I can understand that because In terms of adaptations for gothic and atmospheric reads like Rebecca, the overall feel has to be authentic. As well, a film often has to take liberties with the plot and some of the details because they don’t always translate very well onto screen.

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