February didn’t FEEL like it was as productive as January was, but apparently it was. Book hangover are freakin’ real, man… I could of swore that The Aurora Cycle series was a duology so I flew through those audiobooks real quick… and that cliffhanger will be staying with me for awhile. I couldn’t listen or read to a book for what felt like two weeks. I got a lot of reading done at the very end of the month, so that was a plus.
Let’s see what I read…
Beat The Backlist 2021 Challenge – Blog/Instagram ~ 14/40
2021 Goodreads Yearly Challenge – Goodreads ~ 16/50
2021 Audiobook Challenge – Blog/Instagram ~ 10/25
Finishing The Series Challenge – Blog/Instagram ~ 2/5
Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge – Blog ~ 2/5
Read Christie 2021 – Blog ~ 2/12
What’s In A Name Challenge – Blog ~ 2/6
OCL Adult Winter Reading Challenge – Library ~ 16/5 (1/2/21 – 2/28/21)
Aurora Burning was my second five star read this year. The audiobook was everything! Each characters point of view was voiced by a different narrator and I absolutely LOVE those types of books! The plot was great, the characters are relatable and lovable… the cliffhanger ended RUINED me! Please read this YA sci-fi series if you haven’t yet.
Shielded was a book I saw on Instagram and thought it was interesting. I finally forced myself through it and thought there was better out there. Yes, the intriguing magic system was what drew me in, but I didn’t like most of the other elements of the novel. Everything seemed too easy, which is a big turn off. I gave it two stars on Goodreads.
Challenge was a free ebook I found online… something smutty to get me through my reading slump. I gave it three stars because I was a soccer player for almost 20 years and I have a soft spot for soccer books. I liked each main character and their chemistry. I stayed up till 3am reading so I was into it enough to not sleep and that’s why I gave it three stars instead of two, lol. It’s part of a series where the next book focuses on two different characters from the previous book (Camden’s brother and the girl he likes) so I will not be continuing with this series.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the first book in the Hercule Poirot series, and I wanted to read it eventually. It was a good book, but not Hercule’s best. Yes, its the beginning of a series so I usually skew my rating. Poirot is famous so I’m sure the books in the series get better. I gave it a two stars on Goodreads but would probably put this at a generous 2.5 due to the plot twist.
I found The Controversial Princess somewhere online. I’ve read Jodi Ellen Malpas books before and enjoyed them. This book was just okay, as I found myself skimming pages towards the end. of the story just to see how it played out. The ending wasn’t that predictable but when it was happening I was like ‘I see where this is going’ and I was right. A 400 page erotica/romance novel is just long to me, sorry not sorry!
Oh my goodness, the hot mess that was One By One! I knew it’d be like And Then There Were None type mystery, but predictability is all over these pages. I knew “who dunnit” so early on it was sad. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters and didn’t care who was killed off. Could they all of just been thrown off the cliff and ended the book early!! One star given on Goodreads.
Before She Knew Him was just an okay read. I did the audio version through my library, and I think it’s just the style of writing that wasn’t really gripping me. The story was interesting… a serial killer living next door. But, I don’t know… I kept listening though, so I gave it two stars on Goodreads because I didn’t see the ending coming.
Parker Pyne Investigates was a different sort of Agatha Christie book that what I am used to. I enjoyed the little short stories. Overall, I gave it 2.5 stars on Goodreads.
I read 1,666 pages. I listened to books for 38.62 hours.