Books I Read in February

Oh boy did I read some great books this month!  I honestly could not put most of these down once I began reading them!  I had quite a wide variety of genres going this month too.



1.  Out of the Easy by Rupta Speteys-- I really enjoyed this book and I wasn't surprised since Rupta's books are always favorites of mine.  Growing up in New Orleans as the daughter of a brothel prostitute in the 1950's, Josie is trying like crazy to get out of New Orleans, head to college, and leave her past behind her.  But it's not always easy living in the big easy and when she gets tangled up in a mysterious murder it looks like all her dreams are slipping away.




2.  City of Thieves by David Benioff-- Another World War II novel; which I can just never seem to get enough of!  Set in St. Petersburg as the Nazi's are trying to invade, Lev and Kolya have been tasked with finding a dozen eggs for the colonel's daughter's wedding or risk execution for their crimes.  This is probably the first time that the main characters were male; most of the WWII novels I have read have female leads so it was interesting seeing the war from a male point of view.



3.  American Royals by Katharine McGee-- I really enjoyed this young adult novel.  The American Royals is a book set in modern times on what life would be like for the Washington family if George Washington had become America's king instead of it's president.  Reading much like a soap opera with sisters that both love each other and struggle with their jealousy for one another's lot in life, two girls vying for the prince's heart, the failing health of the king, and a whole bunch of social media, plotting, and backstabbing it was a wonderful light page turner.  I can't wait to read the other books in this series when they finally come out.


4.  The Glass Castle; A Memoir by Jeannette Walls.  I LOVED this book!  It reminded me quite a bit of Educated but the author is still quite close to her parents.  She did, however, have quite an unconventional upbringing moving from place to place with her nomadic parents, dealing with her father's drinking, and erratic behavior.  I was continually amazed by what this author had overcome to get where she is today.  I watched the movie after reading the book and the two really just don't compare in my opinion.. the movie leaves so much out.



5.  Room to Breathe by Liz Talley-- Daphne and her daughter Ellery are having a hard time working together and connecting ever since Ellery lost the internship she had been hoping for.  Daphne's life has changed so much since becoming a published author and while her daughter is out of college and should be mostly self- sufficient Daphne is struggling with her new demands as a writer and her desired to help and protect her daughter.  Ellery feels like her life is not going according to plan with her missed internship, her absent fiancĂ©e, and an accidental on-line relationship brewing.  Turns out what they both need is room to breathe.



6.  Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbooks Got Wrong by James W Loewen. I am definitely limping my way through this one as I am not a huge history fan, but I am finding it rather interesting all the things I am learning that kind of make bits of pieces of what I did retain from my high school history classes click into place in a more cohesive understanding.  Since I began homeschooling my boys and stopped using textbooks completely I have gotten a very different look at history than what I was taught and have begun to realize just how much we leave out and sugar coat when trying to protect our kids from the truth of our history.



7.  Verity by Colleen Hoover-- Against her better judgement, Lowen takes on a job to finish writing up the last three books in a best selling series by the author Verity when Verity becomes incapacitated.  Lowen arrives at their home only planning to stay a day or two to sort through Verity's office and find some outlines for the last three books.  She end up unearthing an autobiography that Verity never published; one that puts family tragedies in a whole new light.  I read this book in 24 hours; I was slightly disappointed in the ending but did find it was one of those books that I kept thinking about long after I had finished.


8.  Pretty Guilty Women by Gina Lamanna-- The DeBleu/ Banks wedding was an all week affair at a luxury spa in California but when one man turns up dead 4 women come forward and confess to the murder.  I loved this book!  I was left guessing until just about the very end who actually did it and what each of the woman's motives were for confessing.


9.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr-- Marie- Laure is a blind girl living in Paris with her father.  When the German occupation of Paris looms on the horizon, her father takes her to live with family in another part of France with orders to safeguard one of the Museum's most prized possessions. Werner is an orphaned German boy living in a coal mining town.  When he shows real talent with working on radios and with complex mathematical equations he's enlisted to help the Nazi army track down insurgents who are broadcasting coordinates and information to one another over secret networks.  Seeing how their stories and experiences were interwoven was quite interesting.


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Comments

  1. I'm impressed with how many books you read in one month! All the Light We Cannot See and The Glass Castle were so good! I'm adding these others to my library list! Thanks for sharing your review!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  2. Wow! You really did read a lot of books! Your book genre interests are very similar to mine. I can't believe I haven't read any of these. I'm bookmarking to add to my shopping list. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. These are some really awesome books! I think I'll definitely check out Pretty Guilty Women and Lies My Teacher Told Me.
    It's always fun to see what others suggest to read.

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    1. Pretty Guilty Women was a fun read and I was left guessing how it all went down until the end.

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  4. You're the second person who has shared about American Royals! It's going on my list.

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    1. It was such a cute story! I can't wait to see where the writer takes this storyline.

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  5. You certainly read a variety of books and some sound quite fascinating! #MMBC

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    1. Yes, I have a pretty wide variety of books going all the time. The only genre I tend to steer clear of is horror.

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  6. Wow, a few of those sound so good. I will have to put them on my reading list!

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  7. I'm also a big fan of fiction set in the time period of WW2.
    Thanks for sharing your reads!

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    1. Wednesday's post is going to be all about my favorite WWI &II books!

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  8. I just read a Ruta Sepetys book this month. Out of the Easy sounds good. I read City of Thieves awhile back. I also read American Royals but now I requested it from the library because Gabbie wants to read it. Verity was so crazy. I want to read Pretty Guilty Women!

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    1. I have read all of Ruta's books but 1 (which I have a request on from our library; The Fountains of Silence) and just love them all so far.

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  9. Verity was definitely an interesting read! I have american royals on my reading list!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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  10. You've been busy reading! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 10, open March 1 to 26. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

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  11. Lies my teachers told me reminded me of the first day in my first college history class (I majored in history). He started his first lecture with this statement. - Margy

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    1. I definitely remember one history class in college where my teacher began by talking about all the stuff our teachers had left out... he talked about history like it was a soap opera; how this war started because this person slept with so and so's wife, etc. and I was hooked! I had never liked history up until that point.

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  12. Thanks for the book recommendations. I am always looking for new books to read. I have read "All the Light..." and "Glass Castles" and liked both of them.

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  13. I like the sound of Pretty Guilty Women and Verity, two more for my TBR list. I've not read any of the others.

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  14. I read Verity and loved it but it was crazy. I have All the Light We Cannot See and hope to get to it soon. You have some others on here that sound interesting.

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    1. It was crazy! I just kept shaking my head... even once I finished it.

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  15. All the Light is one of my all-time favorite books - but I had forgotten all about City of Thieves, I read it so long ago. It's great too. And what I haven't forgotten about is how impatient I am for the next in the American Royals series to come out... Stopping by from Show Us Your Books :)

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    1. I can not wait for the next American Royals to come out; I seriously wasn't going to read this book until the series was finished but I just couldn't hold off anymore.

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  16. Adding Easy to my TBR! The Glass Castle was a super interesting read. Didn't know there was a movie also.

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    1. Yeah, Woody Harrelson plays the dad. I thought it was pretty good but, of course, the book was better.

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  17. I still need to read something by Ruta, but I will!! I'm curious about Pretty Guilty Women and Verity.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I have one of her books checked out from our library right now and then I'll have read all of Rupta's books. So far I have enjoyed them all.

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  18. I liked Verity. I could have done without the romance part of it though. It didn't feel like it made sense in the context of the larger plot.

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    1. Yeah, I thought parts of it were a bit far fetched and just kind of weird but overall it was a good read.

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  19. I've been hoping for American Roysls for awhile. I'll get my hands on it eventually!

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  20. I loved Verity! I liked Out of the Easy too.

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    1. So far I have enjoyed all of Rupta's books.

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  21. Glad to see you liked The Glass Castle. I read that about 10 years ago and fell in love with it. It's a book I always suggest to someone asking for recs. I couldn't get enough of Verity either. That was an engrossing read!

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    1. I have been recommending The Glass Castle to everyone too.

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  22. Also read Verity in 24 hours and it kept me up at night for a week. Ugh.

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    1. It sure was one book that I kept thinking about for awhile after reading.

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  23. Verity was so good, but different than Hoover's usual books. I own the Glass Castle but haven't read it yet! All the Light was a great read too.

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    1. Very different; I'm actually reading Forgetting You (by her) right now and I much prefer this kind of emotional drama.

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  24. I love New Orleans. I think Out of the Easy sounds very good. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. If you love New Orleans I'm pretty sure you'd enjoy it.

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  25. So many books. Pinned this post. Haven't read a single one. Better get busy. Hugs, Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health. Visiting you at UNLIMITED Monthly Link Party 10!

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