25 Feb 2015

BOOKS: What I Read in February


That time already?! These years get quicker and quicker as I get older. It's weird because it doesn't quite feel like the end of the month yet, February being a shorty and all, so it's difficult for my little brain to comprehend the fact that it's March in mere days. I'm in London till the weekend so it's going to totally fly by as well! If you fancy keeping up with my London adventures head over to my Instagram where I'll be snapping away. Anyway, on to the books!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely love Rainbow Rowell's work so I was over the moon when I remembered that I had never got round to reading Landline after it was released. More like Attachments than Eleanor & Park or Fangirl, Landline follows Georgie and her close-to-failing marriage through a world of magical mystery telephones. Whilst on one hand I found this a bit far fetched, it was an easy read and I did enjoy it. I got pretty fed up of Georgie towards the end though, she needed to get her shit together.
4/5

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
This was a little bit of a random choice for me but I fancied something a bit inspirational and self-help-y. The Happiness Project explores the concept of happiness and theories behind it, which are put in to practice by Gretchen Rubin throughout the course of a year. On the whole I enjoyed it, but it was quite personal to her at times and nothing all that groundbreaking. It did make me reconsider my attitude towards some silly things, like saving a perfume for that "special occasion" - I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, so I may as well use that perfume now! Okay, slightly odd I know. It's uplifting and has some good points but it was far from life changing.
3/5

The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force
I read Zoella's book back when it first came out and wasn't overly thrilled with it, but with Fleur bringing out a book of how-to's, advice and general tips & tricks I was willing to give the YouTuber book bandwagon another shot. Fleur is one of the YouTube phenomenons that I find a bit more appealing, she seems considerably more grounded and mature than some others and that shows in her book. I managed to read it in about an hour and it reminded me a lot of Lauren Conrad & Whitney Port's "guides to life" that they released a while back. I really enjoyed it and did get a good few make up tips from it, worth a read if you're interested in that kind of thing but don't expect anything you wouldn't see in one of her videos. On a side note, this book is absolutely beautifully illustrated and has some very cute pictures of her various pets.
3/5

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
This has been on my "to read" list for a while (as per usual, Hayley's fault) and whilst I was in bed ill over the weekend I rattled my way through it. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book as I didn't want to look up too much of the story beforehand - which I would recommend you do also - but I was enthralled in Vera's life after the death of her now ex-best friend Charlie. The circumstances are suspicious, there's a juicy mystery and a pagoda chips in every so often. I really enjoyed this book and the writing style so I'm going to hunt out a few more books by A.S. King to read.
4/5

The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Death Cure is the final book in The Maze Runner trilogy, which is a trilogy I've not been loving if I'm honest. This book was probably my favourite of the three as it was fast paced and very dramatic, plus it tied up some loose ends for me. I adore dystopian fiction so I had really high expectations for this trilogy but they fell pretty short of the mark. It has your typical elements of the currently ever-so-popular dystopian genre such as the conflicted-but-heroic main character, the now unrecognisable America that has been ravaged by some disaster and a somewhat faceless corporation that doesn't appear to be all that trustworthy. Whilst it had a lot of potential, I feel like the series as a whole was poorly written and full of over exaggerated clich├ęs. I can see why it's popular but it wasn't quite perfect for me. It reminded me a lot of this hilarious Twitter account.
3/5

Have you read any stand out books this month? I'd love your recommendations! You can keep up with what I'm reading on Goodreads here.
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