My February Bookshelf

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Good morning and happy Friday! Welcome to the February edition of the bookshelf featuring the books I have devoured throughout the month in order to reach my Good Reads challenge total.

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

I bought this and Bryony’s debut ‘The Wrong Knickers’ at the same time but as I didn’t really like TWK, I ended up tossing this one aside. I finished The Hunting Party earlier than I thought and didn’t have a spare book with me so grabbed this one from the husband’s house – I found Mad Girl much easier to read and I loved Bryony’s upfront and honest account of how her mental illness has affected her.

Educated by Tara Westover

I didn’t think I would like this book but as I’ve seen a lot of hype around it I picked it up from Amazon for £5.99. I was immediately suckered in by Tara’s writing – She’s a natural storyteller and I felt like I was in rural Idaho with her. Brilliant, brilliant book.

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper is a phenomenal writer who manages to nail the intelligent and brave yet broken hero character every time – First with Aaron Falk in The Dry and Force of Nature and now with Nathan Bright in The Lost Man. The way she writes about the unforgiving Australian outback is mesmerizing and this book had me hooked from the get-go.

Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell

After some heavy going books I wanted something a little bit fluffier and this fit the bill perfectly. A bit soppy but perfect for flushing out the misery and depth of the other books I’ve been reading lately. It took me a while to get through it as I didn’t really feel like reading but I got there in the end.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The first fifty pages of The Silent Patient were a bit of a slog to get through as I found the writing style quite stilted but once I got into it I read it in an afternoon. I had a feeling it would END how it did but I had no idea about how we would get there – When I realised it made me say ‘Ohhhh of course’ out loud. It’s a decent enough read but not one that I would be in any rush to read again.

Hastag Authentic by Sara Tasker

Sara Tasker’s debut book is all about Instagram (of course). The tips in the book are pretty straightforward if I’m being brutally honest but Sara’s writing is beautiful and the imagery is aswell. The tips may have been fairly obvious (if you have a slight interest in photography) BUT it did a great job of inspiring me to whip my camera out more aswell finding magic in the everyday and in the mundane.

Pick of the month?

A toss up between Educated and The Lost Man.

Good Reads challenge total?


Have you read any of these? Did you like them?


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