I didn’t get a ton of reading done in February – two audiobooks and a physical book – but I also started 3-4 other books that I’m slowly working my way through at the moment. I just haven’t made tons of downtime to read physical books lately, but I’m hoping to wrap up a few of the books I started in February this month. I’ll finish a few audiobooks, and I’m hosting my book club in March, so I’ll at least finish those before the end of the month, as well!
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman – 1 Star
I don’t even know where to begin with this book, but overall I was completely bewildered as to why I’d seen such raving reviews about it? I hate being harsh on reviews, but this book was so confusing to me. It started out as a typical thriller-type storyline with two normal-seeming characters who quickly devolved into professional criminals who knew how to wipe security footage records and sell diamonds on the black market. It follows a couple and their relationship as they date, get engaged, get married and go on their honeymoon, where they mistakenly stumble across a plane crash in the ocean and find a duffel bag filled with cash, diamonds, and a gun. Overall completely unbelievable and outlandish. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.
Normal People by Sally Rooney – 4 Stars
This book, on the other hand, totally lived up to the hype. It’s a somewhat “coming-of-age” story of two kids in high school in Ireland – unlikely friends who become more than friends and teeter in that balance as we follow them through their high school and college years. Listening to this book was interesting because I was able to hear the accents of the characters that I most definitely wouldn’t have imagined in my head while reading. It’s a heart-breaking, honest story and I found myself rooting for the main characters many times throughout. The content won’t be for everyone (bedroom scenes and such), but it was a very different and interesting read.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – 5 Stars
Wow. Just wow. I believe that this should be required reading for every living, breathing human being. If you’re looking for a book that will open your eyes and teach you something about the justice system and humanity as a whole, look no further. I listened to this book narrated by the author, and I was captivated from the very beginning, finding myself listening through my lunch break and crying in public because it’s just that good. It’s also now a movie, so even more incentive to pick it up!
I’ll be sharing all of my monthly reads throughout 2020, and you can follow along here!
What I Read in January