Books I Read in February & March
It’s time for my monthly reading round-up, and I’ve chosen to combine both February and March book lists.
February was a slower month for reading, but nevertheless a good one! Whereas March was surprisingly jam-packed with reading – one positive of self-isolation I guess! I’m reading all the books.
Everyone has been going crazy over this book in the last few months, and I understand why. It was fantastic. I don’t want to call it a comedy, as I didn’t laugh, but as a contemporary piece of fiction, it’s brilliant. The characterisation and the sadly realistic storyline is beautiful and the prose is perfectly modern. A great read.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years and I finally got around to listening to the audiobook, which is now one of my favourites. This story is like listening to a re-telling of the Fleetwood Mac madness, but unlike Fleetwood Mac the fictional band Daisy Jones & the Six don’t stay together. Utterly addictive reading.
I sadly didn’t like this book. It was dull and unhelpful, but for a four-hour audiobook, I wasn’t particularly fussed.
I’ve been meaning to read this for a while and decided to go for the audiobook over the ebook as I simply wasn’t reaching for it. It was a three-star read for me. There were some chapters I found particularly interesting, such as the chapter on the way female minds work differently from men so that we can take on more work but are more susceptible to burnout because of it.
An Avon book I’m incredibly proud to be publishing this summer! I really cannot wait to get this book out there, it’s the ultimate psychological thriller. I’m biased, but still – really good.
I’m really not into poetry at the moment, it comes and goes. I read Charly Cox’s last poetry collection in paperback and I think I read it too quickly to really soak it up. This time I listened to it instead. However, whilst some poems were funny and moving others just felt a little patronising and condescending rather than relatable.
A non-fiction book documenting Rachel DeLoache Williams’ experience of being conned by her so-called friend Anna Delvey aka Anna Sorokin. Anna Sorokin was a major New York City con artist who made tons of people believe that she was a socialite with a trust fund, starting up a foundation and living in a hotel. This book is really gripping in places and drags a bit in others.
I don’t know how to rate this book. I didn’t really get the message that Helena was trying to push. A lot of this book revolves around her own life and her family, and whilst that’s lovely that doesn’t really affect me or my life as a girl.
I love musical biographies, but for me, this one slightly missed the mark. It was good and nice, but it was missing things like hilarious anecdotes and authenticity for me. I did enjoy it and I think that Andrew really loved George, as his best friend, but this feels like a book that martyrs a person rather than remembers them. Still worth a read if you love Wham, or are interested in 80s musical biographies like me.
Another music biography! I’ve always liked Sara Bareilles’ songs I’ve heard, but I’d not heard many before reading this book. I knew that she had written the music for Waitress the musical and she was very talented, but jeez this woman has quite the catalogue. Needless to say, I’m a fan now. She is a straight-talking Canadian woman who just got on with things, regardless of times getting tough. I greatly respect that.
After three years I have completed the Olympus series by David Hair and Cath Mayo. I was part of the team that published the first book in this trilogy, Athena’s Champion, and I loved it! Honestly, one of my favourite books of the year. This is the third, and currently, final, book in the series and I’m going to miss it. A great Greek Myth re-telling.
Part of my self-isolation TBR. I’ve been meaning to read more Daphne Du Maurier for years, ever since I read Rebecca when I was sixteen. It’s taken me eight years, and I don’t know why, I love her writing! It’s not your typical classic, it’s perfectly readable in modern days. In fact, it could have been written yesterday. This was a pirate romp set in the 17th century, very Poldark meets Treasure Island. Loved it. Just what I needed right now.
A highly literary novella set in Japan, at a Convenience Store. The main character is an oddball young woman who has always done things ‘wrong’ in society. She got a part-time job at 18 years old in a brand new Convenience Store, and 18 years later she is still there. Unmarried, happy, and a disappointment to all those she knows. She meets an angry, sexist man at the shop who ends up moving in with her in the pretence of being her ‘fiancee’ to please her friend and family. There is a lot of cultural meaning in this book, and it’s very well-written and easy to get through.
A great first-attempt a fiction from one of my favourite non-fiction writers and businesswomen. This story follows Olive, who does not want to have children. All of her friends are in the throes of having children or attempting to, and she doesn’t understand why she feels the way she does. Or why people won’t accept it as fact. An interesting look at what it means to be a woman not interested in procreation.
I have finally read a Jeanette Winterson book! Only took about ten years after first discovering her. She is a brilliant orator and her personal story is powerful, but this was the first written work I read of hers and it was captivating. Gorgeous prose and an interesting take on the myth of Atlas. Whilst not my favourite re-telling – it was muddled with non-fiction chapters and re-tellings of separate myths that confused me slightly – still a beautifully written collection.
The movie adaptation of this book is one of my favourites. I have a niche love for movies about food, but I didn’t realise it was a book when I first watched it. Before the pandemic, I found a copy of the book in a charity shop for 99p and decided to read it. It’s a lovely book, full of evocative descriptions of food and travel. I think the first half was great, but the second half – much like the character – lost its way. A shame, but still a lovely easy-read.
This was my first poetry collection of 2020. Leena is a fellow publishing professional and a fantastic BookTuber. This was her first zine of poetry, and it’s a bargain at only £3.50 on Etsy. I really enjoyed it. The main theme of the poetry is living life in your twenties, and I love reading books about people in their twenties! Poetry included.
I’ve been really into my Japanese translated fiction lately! This book made me experience all the feels. It’s a really lovely, easy-to-read book about a coffee where you can travel backward or forwards in time. But there are rules, many rules, the most important of which is that you must finish your cup of coffee before it gets cold or you will stay trapped in time forever. Split into four parts and re-written from a play, it’s a gorgeous easy read I highly recommend.
What did you read in February and/or March? Let me know in the comments below.