My 2018 reading challenge: What I read in February
I managed to read seven books in February, yay! I’m hoping I can keep up this momentum for the rest of the year, if I can, then I’ll be able to hit my target of 50 books!
So, carrying on my list, here’s what I read in February…
6. The Good Daughter (Karin Slaughter) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book was sent to me by Abbey for February’s Blogger Book Nook prompt, so there is a more in-depth review in that post. The Good Daughter is tense, exciting, fairly grizzly and graphic at times (not one to cosy up with before bed) and very well written. The story begins 28 years ago, when two young sisters, Sam and Charlie, are caught up in a horrendous crime. Fast forward to present day, and the sisters are all grown up, living very different lives from one another. Charlie witnesses a terrible event at the local school, and circumstances lead to her contacting her big sister, Sam. Past and present are mixed up together, as the sisters try to deal with the events occurring, as well as come to terms with their past. If you enjoy crime books, I’d really recommend it.
7. I Heart New York (Lindsey Kelk) ⭐⭐⭐
After reading The Good Daughter, I decided I needed something more light-hearted and a few people recommended Lindsey Kelk. I Heart New York tells the story of Angela, who jumps on a plane to New York when she discovers her fiancé is cheating on her. She meets Jenny who takes her under her wing and she has a whale of a time dating, writing a blog for an online magazine and spending ridiculous amounts of money on clothes and make-up. It made me miss New York, and it was a nice, easy read.
8. Chasing the Dead (Tim Weaver) ⭐⭐⭐
Holly recommended Tim Weaver to me, and Chasing the Dead is the first of Tim Weaver’s series about David Raker, a missing persons investigator. Dealing with the death of his wife, David Raker is hired to find Alex Towne, a boy who went missing six years ago, and was found dead a year ago, but his mother is convinced she saw him just a month ago. The investigation leads Raker into Alex’s dark past and he finds himself in the midst of a group of killers who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets. I wasn’t quite sure where the book was heading – there were so many twists and turns. I found some of it a bit too graphic and felt a bit overwhelmed by it at some points as there was just so much going on, although there is a good twist at the end.
9. I Heart Hollywood (Lindsey Kelk) ⭐⭐
Again, I wanted something easy and not gruesome after Chasing the Dead, so I read the next in the ‘I Heart’ series. Angela (see above!) has been asked to go and interview a famous film star (who obviously requested her after reading her blog) and so she jets off to Hollywood, and spends a few days hanging out with celebrities, drinking a lot, and juggling her love life and career. This was…I’m sorry, but it was just a bit too cheesy and silly. I’m all for chick-lit, and I enjoy reading it, but I don’t think I’ll be reading any more from the series.
10. The Magpies (Mark Edwards) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Magpies was recommended to me by Kate, and I really enjoyed it – although I HAVE to stop reading psychological thrillers before bed! Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together and everything seems perfect – they’re madly in love and full of plans for the future. They meet their neighbours, including the Newtons who live in the flat below, and they all seem lovely. However, while everything is going well at first, strange things start happening, and they find themselves the target in what is fast becoming a nightmare. This book goes from creepy to heartbreaking and back again, and I loved it. It was really well written and I raced through it because I couldn’t put it down.
11. Because She Loves You (Mark Edwards) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’d loved Mark Edwards’ writing so much in The Magpies, I thought I’d read his next book. Andrew meets Charlie who seem like the perfect woman. The two of them begin a passionate relationship that moves pretty quickly, but Charlie’s jealousy of Andrew’s friendships starts to emerge. Odd things begin happening and Andrew starts questioning his relationship. I really enjoyed this book (and I loved the little references to The Magpies in it) and would definitely read more by Mark Edwards. It was fast-paced and suitably creepy when it needed to be, but I don’t think it was overdone.
12. The Humans (Matt Haig) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I absolutely loved this book. I’d seen a few people talking about other books by Matt Haig, and my friend recommended this one to me. An alien is sent to Earth to destroy an important mathematical breakthrough. He takes on the appearance of Professor Andrew Martin who has made the discovery, and at the beginning is anxious to complete his mission, especially as he observes the primitive species of humans. As the story goes on however, he starts to understand humans more, and begins to understand emotions and feelings. It’s such an interesting book, and actually gave me a lot to think about. Towards the end, the alien shares some advice for humans, including: “You shouldn’t have been born. Your existence is as close to impossible as can be. To dismiss the impossible is to dismiss yourself” and “Laugh. It suits you.” This book is really entertaining, completely unusual and very funny.
What have you been reading lately?