Anyone who read last month’s wrap-up will know this year hasn’t quite got off to the start I wanted. I was so optimistic that February was going to be my month and it…well, it failed.
This is definitely a case of reality being a b*tch and a few health scares in the family that led to a lot of stress and worry – still are, in fact.
I did manage a little bit of a social life though! Admittedly it was all crammed into one weekend, so the result ended up being a haze of exhaustion, but it was still enjoyable. I failed on the book club front: I wasn’t 100% and didn’t want to wait around for two hours and then have a late night. Who knows where this is going to lead!
I seem to be back in the swing with reading again – yay. I’ve drawn level with my Goodreads challenge – now to keep it there. I’ve got some really positive reviews due in the next few months.
This is what I’ve got through in February:
Insatiable Machine by Zoe Robertson and Jesse
Building tension, interesting characters and a clear fight against the bad guys – I loved it! The opening chapters were a little slow, but after that, I couldn’t put it down. There’s a review coming shortly, so stay tuned!
Enchanter’s Endgame by David Eddings (5*)
I’ve been reading David Eddings for a while and finally finished the series. Pretty predictable in places but these books are utterly charming. If you want to get swept up in a fantastical adventure, I can’t recommend anything more!
Eagles at War by Ben Kane (5*)
Another book with a review coming shortly, so I won’t spoil it. But it felt so good to get back into Roman fiction, including a battle lasting for half the book, one of my reasons for loving Ben Kane. Great read!
Night Rise by Anthony Horowitz (5*)
This was as far as I reached when I read these as a child. I remembered snippets of it, but not the bulk of the plot which meant this was an engaging and enjoyable read. Not exactly challenging reading them ten years after I started, but I’m loving it.
Eifelheim by Michael Flynn (4*)
This should have been the book club book. It’s technically science-fiction, but also full of philosophy, physics, religion and foreign languages. It was challenging, but really well written and ultimately enjoyable. Not a light read though!
Hunting the Eagle by Ben Kane (5*)
Now I’ve started this trilogy, I didn’t want to hang around! Great character development this time around; you definitely learn who you love and who you hate. I’m really looking forward to finishing the trilogy.
Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz (5*)
Look at me storming through these series for once! This was the first “new” one in this series for me and, no kidding, I was gripped. I love the characterisations, I love the powers and I love the blend of reality and magic. The character development from book one is fantastic. I can spot where this inspired the younger me!
Gray Wolf by J.W Webb (3*)
I struggled with this one a little because of a lack of character development, but it was a short and snappy read in a world that I hadn’t visited for a while, so still enjoyable. A review is coming later!
How about you? What have you been reading lately?