February: In Reading


This month has been a bit unusual for reading. I somehow managed to do nothing with the majority of the month and then right at the end I somehow got my reading hat on and went full-pelt into a page-turning marathon.

I blame the dreary weather and reduced working hours, oh and the small fact that I managed to get my hands on the last two books in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy. Even though I didn’t read them this month the prospect was enough to persuade me to actually read the books I had waiting for me rather than drop everything just to consume the end – and I’m glad I waited!


Sabriel by Garth Nix. HarperCollins, £6.74 from Waterstones.

Sabriel has been sitting in my downloads folder for months and months after winning an Instagram competition ran by Hot Key Books to win the whole series in celebration of the release of the prequel Clariel. This series has been banging around the YA world since way back in 1995 and it’s something I never picked up when I was growing up because it didn’t appeal to me at the time, which let’s face, that was a common theme when I was a teenager.

I had a long coach journey down to London and back right at the end of February and being as I still wanted to keep up reading and didn’t want to carry anything other than the bare essentials (and my massive Canon 600D…) around with me I decided to blow the dust off of my old iPad mini, spend hours trawling through updates and start reading.

Woah, what a treat this was!

Sometimes I find that I come down with something I like to dub ‘action-fatigue’. Basically when reading and watching a lot of the action/adventure genre I tend to get a bit bored from time to time and this is when I occasionally swap out my usual reading diet for something a bit more slow paced, maybe a chick-lit or even a short and simply read from the mountain of e-books and IRL books I hoard on the regular. I went into Sabriel with no expectations or prior knowledge of the series, just an open mind and a good few hours spare to dig into the story. Turns out, this was the right book at the right time for me. The story was adult enough for me to enjoy without going overboard and being too wordy for me to easily slip in and out of, the characters quite well fleshed out and the world well crafted. Better yet, the book totally cured my action adventure fatigue!

Turns out that you give me an e-book and I can demolish a story within a day because once I’d gotten into Sabriel I don’t think I put it down until I was on the last chapter. I really did enjoy this book and I’m looking forward to starting the sequel but firstly, I’m awful at charging my iPad Mini and secondly I want to get some other books dusted off before I begin.


Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. Random House, £15.29 from Waterstones.

I discovered Girls just after Christmas when I was exploring a NOWTV Entertainment pass voucher that I got free with my Chromecast and I then basically watched the whole three series within two days. I don’t think I had a solid amount of sleep since I pressed play on the first episode because that series just has this amazing hook that reeled me in with great storylines and relatable characters. As a young woman in my mid-twenties the series really does speak to me on a personal level and after watching Tiny Furniture on Netflix a while back I felt like I just had to know more about its creator and star Lena Dunham.

Popping into Goodreads to add this book to my wishlist and sneak on some reviews like I usually do when I spy a book I want to read I noticed that the feedback has been very mixed – hence I wanted to read it even more! A lot of people have really praised this book and gone bonkers over Dunham’s frank personality and writing style yet others are quite negative about it’s prose and overall layout as a novel.

So, Not That Kind of Girl isn’t a traditional story or even a biography, it’s a collection of essays of random drabblings straight from Dunham’s mind to page. Yes it’s a little confusing at time as she tends to drift from one point of her life to another, but the general book was charming and quite funny. I do agree with some of the reviews but I won’t be chucking this book out at all, I think it’s going to stay on my bookshelf for a good couple of years unless I want to re-read it when I’m a little older and wiser to see if my perception changes – it was ‘that sort’ of book for me.


The Death Cure by James Dashner. Chicken House, £5.99 from Waterstones.

I wrote last month about how disappointed I was with The Maze Runner series so far. Well, not one to abandon a book series mid-way I decided to carry on and attempt to finish the entire collection before giving it my full review.

I only enjoyed The Death Cure because it gave me some answers to plot points that had been bugging me for the other two books. Where all of my questions answered? No. Did I want to read any further sequels? No. Did I enjoy it at all? A little bit. This book was full of more plot twists and action sequences. Some characters really annoyed me and I felt like I had no input into the motivations behind their actions.

All in all I’m glad I finished the book because now I can say truthfully that I’ve read it and not just looked up the plot on Wikipedia but it was really hard work for to me finish. I hate having to force myself to read but I did with this book, for some reason I just don’t get on with this series.


The Kill Order by James Dashner. Chicken House, £5.99 from Waterstones.

I’d purchased the quartet of The Maze Runner series so I still had the prequel to read and again, I’m not one to pass up a challenge. Sequels aren’t really my thing but having read The Death Cure I felt like I would probably find more answers in this book than I did the last one.

The Kill Order was interesting because I was introduced to new characters, some I got on with a lot more than in the later series and that I actually felt more of a connection to. I don’t know, maybe I just enjoyed reading more about when this world fell apart than reading about it’s aftermath. I still don’t have all the answers of why Thomas ended up in the maze to begin with but now I have a good idea why. This book was what I would call an ‘alright’ read. I happily wasted away a few hours plugged into my iPod and into the action with this novel, it wasn’t too bad and actually the most enjoyable out of all the others I had read.

So that’s my round-up of all the books I read in February. I’ve been a little late on the write-up because I had my birthday and then a massive blog redesign at the beginning of March but I’m generally quite happy with my progress, it feels really good to be on track with the amount of books I read.

It looks like next month is going to be a bumper selection of reads. I’ve already hit my target and am now onto my fifth book of the month! I’m hoping that now the pressure to keep up with my 2015 Book Reading Challenge via my Goodreads account is eased a little I can get ahead of some of the longer books I want to finish and do some more blogging.

Are you undertaking a book challenge this year and have you read any of the books I cracked on with in February? Let me know in the comments.

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