February Reads and Reviews
February was another great month for reading- I listened to more audiobooks than usual because I had a lot of travel this month, but also read a decent amount of physical books as well. A lot of them were for book club and most of them I enjoyed! Here's a look at what all I read-
The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
This was both of my book clubs' February pick, and it was one that I heard a lot about last year and was excited to read. I didn't really enjoy it though- I found the main character to be really frustrating and lazy, and also unprofessional (after meeting her new boss, she runs into him at a club and makes out with him. What!?). I liked the ending and how the twist tied in, but overall didn't like this. On a plus side, I found it really easy to read, so if ghosts with a bit of romance sounds like something you'd be interested in I think you'd like it.
My Rating - 2/5
Beach Read by Emily Henry
My Rating - 3/5
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
My Rating - 4/5
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
My Rating - 4/5
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.
But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.
I feel bad for not liking another popular book from last year, but this one wasn't for me. I found the subject matter really hard to enjoy (lots of blatant sexism, sexual assault, tragedy, etc) and also found the characters to be over the top and unbelievable. I thought it dragged on and was way longer than it needed to be. While I loved the concept of female empowerment and breaking barriers, it just fell a little flat for me.
My Rating - 3/5
One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle - This was such a great book to listen to on a long drive. The narrator was Lauren Graham (from Gilmore Girls and Parenthood) and was very easy to listen to. The relationship between the main character and her mother was a little odd to me and too codependent, but I loved the setting and hearing all about Italy. There were some twists along the way (which I've come to expect with Rebecca Serle) but it was overall a fun read.
Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen - I also enjoyed listening to this on a drive and while traveling in February. It was a very fast paced almost-thriller about the conterfeit bag market in California and China. It was really interesting with twists and turns but ended up being a bit disappointing to me overall. It was good, but not great.
The Wife Upstairs by Racchel Hawkins - This book was definitely firmly in the thriller category and was also a great listen! I liked the narrator a lot and kept finding excuses to listen to this to figure out what's happening. The ending was a bit weird for me but overall I thought this was a really fun thriller.