Thursday, April 22, 2021

February Reading Wrap Up

Well, friends. I was looking through my most recent blog posts and realized that I haven't been staying up to date with my reading wrap ups.

Oops!

So even though I'm a couple of months late, I wanted to share with you a few details on each of the books that I read in February of 2021. Thanks in advance for not giving me grief about my absurdly late wrap up! Haha.

February Reading Wrap Up
I finished 7 books this month

1. Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite contemporary authors. I felt like this book was different from her others, but I liked it just the same. It's about a mother and daughter who experience tragedy when the father is killed in a car accident.

In a way, this book was slightly hard to read because there was so much hurt and lack of communication between the main characters. But I enjoyed their story because it felt really realistic. It's not all that similar to Colleen's other works, but I think fans of her work will find this book enjoyable.

5 stars

2. You Have A Match by Emma Lord

This is a contemporary YA read about a teenager who realizes that she has a secret sister, thanks to her participating in one of those mail away DNA tests.

I'm not super into YA anymore, but I wanted to give this book a try because I follow the author on twitter and quite enjoy her tweets. It took me a little bit to get into it but it was an enjoyable story. A lot of the book took place at a Summer Camp which is super fun. Makes me nostalgic for my own camp days!

4 stars

3. Cupcakes & Chaos by Lisa Siefert

A fun cozy mystery about a young woman who finds her new boss murdered in the back of their cupcake van. Oh no! This is the first book in Lisa's Frosted Misfortunes series and I quite enjoyed it. The first three books are available on Kindle Unlimited so I'm hoping to read the rest of them soon.

5 stars

4. The Dog Share by Fiona Gibson

The Dog Share was one of my favorite reads of the month because it had a cute dog in it. What can I say? I'm obsessed with dogs.  The main character Suzy was a delight to read about. She's on a journey of self discovery after going through a break up and finds herself having to right a lot of her ex's wrongs.

It's a really heartwarming story and I loved how Scout, the rescue dog, brings everyone in the story together. It felt like the kind of story that would be a good rom com.

5 stars

5. Write, Publish, and Promote your Novel by Amy & Ellie

I was hoping that this book would share personal experiences from the authors, but it really just covers the basics of writing and self publishing. Nothing is talked about in great detail. I did really enjoy chapter 6 which is 50+ promo strategies. I thought that section was filled with some great ideas.

3 stars

6. When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal

Such a great story! It's about a woman named Kit who is at work one night (she's an ER doctor) and she sees a news report on TV about a nightclub fire in New Zealand. She sees someone who looks like her sister in the news footage, but that can't be. Her sister died years ago in a terrorist attack on a train.

After discussing the situation with her Mom, she decides to take some time off work to go to New Zealand and try to track down her sister. If it even is her sister. I liked this book because it's told from two different perspectives, so the story unravels little by little.

I also enjoyed reading about the scenery. New Zealand sounds like it would be a cool place to visit!

4 stars

7. Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Peggy Ehrhart

My second cozy mystery of the month! You can read my full review here. My biggest takeaway from this book was that I want to read more of the Hayley Powell series by Lee Hollis. I like Hayley as a main character and the other side characters in her stories are really amusing.

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What did you read in February? Let me know what your favorite book that you read was in the comments section.

xo Marian

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