February has come to a close. The month was short, however, that didn’t stop me from getting plenty of reading done. Back in January, I decided to share my thoughts on my monthly reads. In doing this, I hope to inspire people to read more, while tackling my large TBR. I have to say, I’m pretty happy with how much I read in February given that it’s the shortest month of the year. February in books
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (Books 1-8)
This was a series that my son read and wanted me to read. Well, the joke was on him because I had wanted to read this series before he even got around to it. This series is quick to read and has a strong plot. I thought that the world building and character development was where this series shined the most. The artwork is wonderful and truly brings the story to life. My only regret was not realizing that I have to wait a year until the final book comes out, had I known that ahead of time I probably would have waited to read it.
Horde: A Good War by Robert Brooks & Alliance: Elegy by Christie Golden
These two short stories were in a bind up included in the Collectors Edition of World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth. I had planned to read this right away, but I focused on the game first. Finally, I made time to read these two stories. Both stories occur during the pre-expansion Darkshore quests that lead up to the burning of Teldrassil. These stories do expand some aspects of the in-game storylines, but overall, it’s not a new story. I think that’s where I felt disappointed with this book, is that I didn’t get enough new information to make it really worth reading. So, unless you care about the 5% new story content compared to the Darkshore questline, then this one isn’t really worth reading, sadly.
In The Corner Of The World by Fumiyo Kouno
I had watched the anime of this a year ago and quite enjoyed it. I figured I would pick up the manga since usually, manga have more story than the anime. Though I can’t say for sure that there was indeed more story, I still enjoyed reading this one. Probably the only thing I liked more about this than the movie was that I didn’t have to hear the constant stream of air raid sirens like in the movie. I do think it does a great job of showing the struggles that families and cities went through during the war and how even in those times, there could be happiness, despite all of the hardships. All in all, I think this was a good story and anyone who enjoys manga, especially those set in times of war, will enjoy this one.
World of Warcraft: Traveler: The Spiral Path by Greg Weisman
This is the second book in the Traveler series. I must say, this one was a lot better than the first, although I really enjoyed that book as well. It is in this book that we get to see a lot of character growth, which was somewhat lacking in the first book. The plot is pretty fast-paced and the artwork scattered throughout the pages adds a special element to the story. As someone who has played World of Warcraft for many years and has read all of the canon books, it’s nice to get to experience the world through characters that aren’t seen in the game, though there are some appearances and mentions of them. This means that even if you don’t play World of Warcraft, you can read and enjoy this book.
The Twits by Roald Dahl
A short book about horrible people who do horrible things but in the end get their just desserts. I can’t really say much more than this, or else I will give the story away.
Xena Warrior Princess: The Thief of Hermes by Ru Emerson
A few years ago I discovered that there were novels written in the Xena universe. Having loved that show, I, of course, picked up whatever books I could get my hands on. This book was one of them and it was an okay read. I felt that this book was more about the side characters than Xena, which was a bit of a letdown. That being said, if you want to experience more Xena then these books may be a good choice. I have read a few others and enjoyed them, it’s just that this one wasn’t as good as those.
Bird & Squirrel: All Tangled Up by James Burks
Two years ago, I read the first four books in the Bird & Squirrel series at the request of my son. I quite enjoyed these friendship centered books and had believed that the series was over. But then my son found this book at school, so he checked it out from the library and brought it home so that I could read it as well. This book wasn’t as good as the others in the series. I still think it had it’s good qualities to it, but the story itself fell a bit flat compared to the others. Overall though, I would recommend this series to kids and adults alike because it has a great story of friendship within it.
Wires And Nerve Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer
Having finished the main series last month, it was time to dive into the follow-up series. Unlike The Lunar Chronicles, this series is a graphic novel and not a novel. While it was nice to truly see the characters, I feel like I would have enjoyed it more had it been in novel form. That being said, it was still a fun and quick read. I will be sure to read the next and final book in this mini-series, as it would be wrong to leave it unfinished.
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Much like all Roald Dahl books, this one is quirky little read. George is driven by his dislike of his grandmother and wants her gone, so he concocts a place to do so, which leads to a whole new set of interesting troubles and triumphs. A great quick read for kids and adults alike.
Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
I will admit, that I haven’t been keeping up with reading the Star Wars canon books. I guess I am still disappointed that they scrapped the Expanded Universe (now call Legends) books. However, I am now making an effort to read them. This was a great book to return to this new canon universe. Leia: Princess of Alderaan is set before the Orginal Trilogy movies. This allows us to see Leia before she is fully set into working with the Rebellion. This book did a really good job of bringing the entire storyline together, from as far back as the Prequels and even has plenty of foreshadowing when it comes to the Original Trilogy and beyond.
I admit that sometimes Leia’s character didn’t match up with what I know her to be. However, it also reflects on who she was before the Rebellion hit. She may be a Princess, but she is far from perfect during this novel and her mistakes shape who she eventually becomes. One of my favorite things about this book is that it includes Leia’s mother, Breha, who has next to no appearances in the Star Wars books or movies prior to this (her 15 seconds of screen time in Revenge of the Sith don’t give her character justice).
Danny The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
What can I say, I love Roald Dahl books, so yes I read three this month. I don’t think I had previously read this one. This was a fun book to read, even if half of the premises was about poaching birds.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
I have been wanting to read the Earthsea series since watching the Tales of Earthsea anime a few years back. This is a very short book, only 200 pages long, yet it packs one hell of a story. The writing style made this a slow read, as it forced me to absorb every single word so as to not miss a single detail. The journey of Sparrowhawk from boy to wizard was an enjoyable one. I look forward to seeing where the rest of the series goes and also finding out how the anime relates to the original story.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff…And It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
I listened to this book after my husband suggested it to me. This is a very short book, I believe it was about 2 hours long, so it’s easy to get through in a single sitting. I will admit, that this one didn’t really stick with me, something I often experience with audiobooks. He seemed to make some good points along the way, but for the most part, I have already forgotten the bulk of the book. It may come back to me later or it may remain lost.
Yona of the Dawn Volumes 13-16 by Mizuho Kusanagi
I have really been enjoying this series. It’s hard to really give my thoughts on these ones because it’s so far into the series. I have to say that the character development has been wonderful all along, but in these four volumes, there was even more of it. The storyline has been strong right from the beginning but now it’s even richer than before. With so many volumes left in this series I really look forward to seeing where everything goes.
February in books stats
- Books read: 24
- Books purged: 5
- Books purchases: 6
Did you get any reading done in February? What was your favorite book from the month?