Monday, March 7, 2016

Books I read in February

Hello! I am back, sorry for the little break but my husband was out of town for work again and when he is gone it is just a lot harder to get things done during the week and blogging is usually the first thing to go. I really enjoy blogging but it is just a hobby. I am back with another books I read post. If you missed my first one go check it out. I hit my goal of reading 3 books in February and actually read 4 so I was pretty proud of that. I didn't read any of the books that were part of the online book clubs that I am, I just pick and choose which ones I want to read so February books were something that wasn't really interesting to me.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

There aren't enough words to describe how incredibly awesome Harry Potter is. So the first book was published in 1997, I was 9 and in 5th grade. The last book was published in 2007 and I had just finished my freshman year of college. I literally grew up with Harry Potter. I know people always say this but from the time I was in elementary school all the way through high school Harry Potter was apart of my life. I remember going to the theater and seeing movies opening night and waiting at Barnes and Noble at midnight to get the next book. Re-reading the books every year is a thing for me, and I can get through them pretty fast now.
I re-read this one in about 3 days and I loved every minute of it. The character that stuck out to me most this time around was Hagrid. Usually Hagrid is just in the background, but I feel like he plays a really important roll in this first book as well throughout the entire series. Hagrid was the one who brought baby Harry to the Dursley's. He was also the one who helped them get past fluffy (although unintentionally). He was cheering at Harry's first quidditch game, and was always interested in his well being from the beginning. I loved reading into Hagrid's character more and I think it would be really fun if J.K. Rowling did a spin off of each of the characters in the book so we could get more of a background story. I know we learn more about Hagrid in chamber of secrets and later on in the 7th book as he talks about his family but it would be interesting to see how he ended up at Hogwarts.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

This book. I don't even know where to begin with it really. It was so good. A brief  synopsis of the book I got from Amazon:
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.
I think one of the main reasons that I loved the book is that he does own a book store and is all about preserving the sanctity of reading a paper novel. He lives above his book store and his entire life is revolved around it. I can't say to much about his life because it will spoil the book but I highly recommend reading it. Especially if you love stories about how people change through a single instance of doing something good for someone else.

A Shade of Vampire books 1 and 2 by Bella Forrest




A vampire story very reminiscent of twilight. It's about a girl who gets kidnapped and offered up to the vampire king as food, cause you know vampires drink human blood. Well the king ends up falling in love with the human girl and spares her and her friends. She doesn't really have a family because her mom left her when she was little and her dad left a few years after that. She ended up staying with the neighbors who have a boy her age. Of course a love triangle is formed between the human boy, the human girl and the vampire king. It was a pretty quick read and I heard that there is something like 25 books in the series. I don't know if I'll read anymore because they contain a lot of sexual violence, and other things that I don't really like reading about. Anyway if you are looking for another vampire love story this could be your cup of tea.

So there you have it. On my list for March:
The Girl on the Train. I am apprehensive about reading this so I'll have to see how it goes.
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking. I am excited to read this as I am an introvert.
something off my bookshelf. I haven't decided yet but I have so many books that I have purchased but haven't read yet so I am going to get to one of those and just start chipping away at them.
What's on your list to read?
XO
Caitlin





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