For some reason, February was a slow reading month for me. In January I was flying through books, this month I felt like I was slogging through molasses. I enjoyed my reading, but didn’t do it swiftly! I want to add more NF to my reading this year, but apparently, February was not the month for it.
I started the month with “Blue on Black” by Michael Connelly, and I got it as an audiobook so I could listen while I baked and cleaned.
2. “Gone Missing” by Linda Castillo. I hadn’t previously read any books by Linda, nor had I really read any Amish fiction books, although I know they are quite popular. I was looking for a readily available audiobook for my house cleaning time, and only book #4 was available. I took a chance that I could jump into the middle of the series and not miss too much. There were references that I might understand better if I were reading the books in order, but nothing that impacted the plot line so much that I couldn’t enjoy the story. I reviewed it here.
3. “Sweep in Peace” by Ilona Andrews – this is the second book in the Innkeeper series, definitely a paranormal/fantasy series, a type which is definitely a fun read for me. I will definitely be reading the third book in this series, “One Fell Sweep”.
4. “Ricochet Joe” by Dean Koontz – Dean is one of my favorite authors, and while some of his books are definitely in the horror genre, and make me rethink sleeping entirely, I still seek out every new book he writes. “Ricochet Joe” reminds me a bit of the Odd Thomas series, also by DK, and I would love to see more books or a longer story about “Ricochet Joe”.
5. “Artemis” by Andy Weir – to be honest, I was almost reluctant to read “Artemis”, as I so enjoyed “The Martian”, and didn’t want to be disappointed if this didn’t live up to the gripping drama, humor, and suspense of “The Martian”. I reviewed the book here.
6. “Renegades” by Marissa Meyer – this is the first book in a new series, detailing a dystopian style novel of individuals who are born with powers and abilities that are superhuman. Superhuman strength, crazy abilities like flying, strange abilities like being able to put someone to sleep instantly, anything that makes them more than human. Some of them use these abilities for good, while others make different choices. Of course, this leads to conflicts, detailed in this new series.
7. “Menagerie” by Rachel Vincent – Also the first in a new series, I wrote a review about this book, which you can find here. I love this series!
8. “Her Last Breath” by Linda Castillo – this is the book following “Gone Missing”, so #5 in the Kate Burkholder series. I WILL get to the first book in the series, I am actually on the wait list for it. This may be the first time I have ever knowingly started a series, mid-series.
9. “Stillhouse Lake” by Rachel Caine – Y’all – this book!!! One of my wonderful friends, also a reader, read this and recommended it. I have also seen this all over the place in the bookish world and finally decided to read it. I could not stop!!! I stayed up until 11pm finishing this book, the same day I started it, even though I had the normal daily interruptions – school car line, feeding of animals, feeding the family, cleaning up, etc., etc., I HAD to finish this book. Definitely worth your time!
10. “Killman Creek” by Rachel Caine – and yes, this is the second book in the “Stillhouse Lake” series – I downloaded this on Kindle about 10 minutes after I finished “Stillhouse Lake”. At 11:15pm. Knowing full well I had to get up before 6am, and lying to myself about not staying up too late. With everyone in bed and the animals asleep, I had no interruptions (except for getting snacks), and read straight through until the end, and made it to bed by 3:30am. Yes, I think it’s that good! Suspenseful, dramatic, family stuff, kid stuff, emotions, it’s all there. I’m stalking for an ARC of the third book, “Wolfhunter River” because I know that just when it seems like everything is fine, and all the loose ends are tied up – they aren’t!!! The third book is expected out in December of this year, so stay tuned!
11. “All We Can Do Is Wait” by Richard Lawson – this is a Young Adult book that tells the story of a bridge collapse in Boston that brings a group of teens together in a hospital ER. I reviewed the book here.
12. “Spectacle” by Rachel Vincent – this is the second book in the Menagerie series, and I wrote a book review here.
13. “The Cuban Affair” by Nelson DeMille – this is the first book I’ve ever read by Mr. DeMille, and I really enjoyed it. While looking up his other works I found that he also wrote (among many others) “The General’s Daughter”, which was made into a movie starring John Travolta. I will definitely be reading more of Nelson DeMille’s work!
I had hoped to get through more books this month, but March is tomorrow, and I have great hopes for this coming month. There are so many wonderful books out there just waiting to be read! What were your favorite reads of February? What are you most looking forward to reading in March?