Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting my Monthly Reads for February 2018. I managed to get 6 books read over the course of February which I’m pretty pleased with. The workload at university is really piling up now, but I’m still trying my best to make time for reading. Keep reading to find out which books I read in the month of February…
Friend Request by Laura Marshall.
I won’t say too much about this book now as I have a full review coming soon – keep your eyes peeled for that! I’d heard so many good things about this book so had really high expectations, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! A truly fantastic Psychological Thriller, full of plenty of suspense, mystery and excellently-constructed characters. Slightly disappointed by the ending, but still highly recommend this novel.
The Book of You by Claire Kendal.
I actually read this book a couple of years ago, but I re-read it as I’m using it for “research” purposes for my Creative Writing Project/dissertation at university. My thoughts about it didn’t change much. I think the premise to this novel is highly intriguing, and the fact that the protagonist’s situation is mirrored in the court case she is on jury duty for is fascinating. But it definitely has a lot of flaws, and could be executed a lot better.
The Caller by Chris Carter.
I was really excited to read this book, but was very disappointed with the outcome. I had a lot of problems with this novel: Firstly, it was FAR too long. I ended up getting bored so many times, and had to force myself to finish it. Secondly, the characters were pretty poorly executed in my opinion and there was nobody that I connected with whilst reading. And finally, I felt that overall the situation was way too far-fetched and had no sense of realism. A disappointing read.
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris.
I won’t go into too much detail about this book in this post, as I’ve already reviewed it in full (you can find that post here). This is a phenomenal Psychological Thriller that I couldn’t fault if I tried. I’ve read all of B.A. Paris’ novels now, and this one is by far my favourite. A must-read – pick it up today, or you’ll regret it!
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard.
I read this as part of my Creative Writing “Extreme Fictions” module at university – I’m writing a feminist creative piece about sexual assault. This book is a really good read for anybody who wants to learn more about the issues facing women today, and it’s written by the amazing (and controversial) Mary Beard. I did really enjoy this book, although it wasn’t quite as hard-hitting as it perhaps could have been.
The Mother Of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit.
This is another collection of essays I read for my Creative Writing “Extreme Fictions” module. I enjoyed this one much more than the Mary Beard text, especially the ‘A Short History of Silence’ essay, which is phenomenal. These essays are really moving and powerful, and I’ve definitely taken a lot of inspiration from them in my own creative writing.
Happy reading 🙂