It is the second month of 2020 and I have finished 11/60 books of my Goodreads Reading Challenge. This month I tried to cut down on my usual thrillers/mysteries and dive into some other types of books that I would not normally pick up. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised by some of my picks and hope to read some more sci-fi, literary fiction and romance. Here is the linked February List and quick reviews for each:
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore 5/5 Stars: Thank you Flatiron Books for the Advanced Reader Copy of this wonderful book. If I had not received this amazing book mail I probably would have missed out on this read. Every New Year’s Eve Oona “jumps” to another year of her life out of sequence. This was such a fresh and fascinating novel about what it means to live your fully in the moment. This book is truly a unique approach to writing about time travel with a modern touch. I highly recommend this read to anyone who wants to think differently about moments in their own lives.
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell 4/5 Stars: I was craving some Lisa Jewell so I decided to pick one of her older books that has been on my TBR list forever. I love Lisa Jewell for her thrillers so I thought The House We Grew Up In would be in the same genre based on the synopsis. It definitely was not a thriller, but I enjoyed very much. This book, written in the past and the present, revolved around a family with more drama than a soap opera. At times I thought the amount of drama was bordering utterly ridiculous but I was completely enthralled with the wild Bird family and everyone around them.
Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald 4/5 Stars: From the author of The Night Olivia Fell (which I loved) comes Behind Every Lie. An intense domestic thriller with so many twists you will not be able to tell what is going to happen next. McDonald’s storytelling is like riding an emotional roller coaster ride which I felt before in The Night Olivia Fell so I knew this was going to be a good one. Behind Every Lie was a highly anticipated 2020 release and for good reason.
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams 4/5 Stars: As I tried to reduce thrillers for a bit and read something out of my realm, I chose Our Stop based on a recommendation from Bad on Paper Podcast host Becca Freeman. I am not into romance novels but I totally am digging “British Chick Lit” after reading this book. It is a cute story about almost missing the love of your life after some “Missed Connections” on the London tube.
Followers by Megan Angelo 2/5 Stars: I chose this book solely because it was the Bad on Paper Podcast February Book Club pick. Followers is a story about the future of social media, privacy and the internet. I thought the concept of this book was extremely witty and relevant in regards to “screen addiction”, but I did not enjoy it too much. I am not sure if it was the character development, who were all awful people, or if I need to re-read it without any distractions, but I could not get into it. Might give it another go in the future but for right now, I would advise readers to skip this one.