What I Read Last Month: February 2020

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I do realise that I’m a bit late on my February edition of What I Read Last Month, but these past couple of weeks have been a bit crazy. If you somehow missed the January edition, you should definitely go back and read it.

February wasn’t too bad in terms of reading. Definitely much better than January. If you’re interested in tracking my reading “real-time,” you can follow my Goodreads account right here.

What I Read Last Month: February 2020

Without further ado, here’s what I read in February:

Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty

After reading The Husband’s Secret, I knew I needed to read another Moriarty book immediately. This one did not disappoint either! Though from the very beginning you know something tragic happened, you’ll find yourself turning page after page hoping you’ll get a glimpse of what exactly it was. The story is a bit slow, but your patience will be rewarded! The story is addictive, the characters relatable, and the true hero of the story is definitely unexpected.

“There is no special protection when you cross that invisible line from your ordinary life to that parallel world where tragedies happen. It happens just like this. You don’t become someone else. You’re still exactly the same. Everything around you still smells and looks and feels exactly the same.” 

Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid

This book was the January’s pick for Reese’s Book Club, and I’m so glad I got to read it! If you haven’t read my review, check it out right here.

Discipline: The Glad Surrender
Elisabeth Elliot

I adore Elisabeth Elliot’s writing, and I low-key wish I had met her. Though Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control is still my favourite, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Discipline. 

If you’re looking for some sort of a novelty that will plunge you into life of discipline, you will probably be disappointed. If, however, you are willing to die to yourself and follow Christ, this book will be a great blessing!

“In our age of instant gratification and if-it-feels-good-do-it attitudes, self-discipline is hardly a popular notion. Yet it may be one of the most important lost virtues of our time.”

The Scent Keeper
Erica Bauermeister

Another amazing book I got to read thanks to Reese Witherspoon!

The Scent Keeper tells the story of Emmeline, a young girl living on a remote island with only her father, a mysterious little machine that prints scented papers, and dozens of little bottles filled with memories in the form of scents. When her father drowns, Emmeline realizes that many of the things she believed to be true were lies or simply made-up stories. Will the scents be able to help Emmeline uncover all the secrets and bring her closure?

I can’t even tell you how much I loved this book. Smell is definitely not a sense that I ever gave much thought to…. until I read The Scent Keeper. In this masterpiece, Erica Bauermeister is able to “show” her readers even the most complicated scents. The characters are lovable and relatable. The storyline captured my attention from the very first page.

(Erica has a new book coming out in March. I will review it as soon as I get my hands on it!)

“Scents were always about what was growing and what was dying. What would last through the next season. This was just with people instead of trees or flowers or dirt. Maybe I could read them after all. The thought gave me hope.” 

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

Yes, I do realise that I kind of missed The Hunger Games boat by a couple of years. Though I usually hate reading books after seeing their film adaptions, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. I’m not gonna lie, the first person present tense freaked me out in the beginning, but it was not an issue after several chapters. 

What I appreciate the most about this book is the character of Katniss. I will be the first one to say that the world of literature needs more female characters who are strong, yet loving, kind, and empathetic. Katniss is a great example of such person. 

I have a confession to make– when watching the film, I was 100% on the board of the Katniss/Gale ship (Liam Hemsworth, need I say more?). The book, however, made me jump ship and board the Katniss/Peeta vessel. Suzanne does such a good job explaining what’s going on in Katniss’ head and why she struggles with her feelings for Peeta.

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” 

Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins

The book is wayyyy better than the film. Duh!

For real though, the second book of the Hunger Games series is simply phenomenal. Who would have ever thought that President Snow would decide to choose the new tributes from the existing pool of victors? Not me!

Just like in the first book, Katniss and Peeta’s relationship is what makes the story so likeable! Gale, however, was getting on my nerves the whole time! Also, pretty sure that Haymitch is my spirit animal.

What did I think about the ending??? The worst (aka best) kind of cliffhanger! Can’t wait to read the next one.

“No one really needs me,” he says, and there’s no selfpity in his voice. It’s true his family doesn’t need him. They will mourn him, as will a handfull of friends. But they will get on…. I realise only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.

“I do,” I say. “I need you.” 

And that, my friend, is what I Read Last Month. Have you read any of these? Do you have a book you’d like to recommend to me? I’d love to hear from you!