This is my first monthly wrap up for Jess Just Reads, after an extensive overhaul of the website and complete revamping, including a new layout, structure, feature images, information, and new sections of the website (this wrap up section, for example, and also the giveaway section). Firstly, let me run through all the books I bought/borrowed in February 2016.
1. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
I’ve borrowed this book off a friend to read, and I’m currently about half way through it. I loved Never Let Me Go (you can read the review of that HERE) and I’ve been dying to read another Ishiguro book ever since I finished that one. The Buried Giant is about a couple who leave their small village and travel to see their son, who left quite some time earlier. The book blends fantastical elements with reality, which is what initially intrigued me about it. Plus the cover of the book is stunning. Unfortunately, I might not be able to finish this one – it’s a little slow, and I’m really struggling. But we’ll see!
2. The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
I heard so much about this book when it came out last year – Charlotte did a lot of events and signings and I heard rave reviews about how fantastic this book is. And now that I’ve read it (you can read my review by clicking on the title above), I can say that it really does deserve all the praise and all the awards. It says so much about modern society and it is so perfectly written. A masterpiece, actually.
3. When We Collided by Emery Lloyd
As a YA fan, I couldn’t pass up to opportunity to read this one. A blogger friend has lent me the proof of this book and I’m really excited to delve into it.
4. Torch by Cheryl Strayed
I loved reading Wild last year (you can read my review HERE), so I picked up Torch at the bookstore a few weeks back.
5. This Shattered World by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World is the sequel to a fantastic science fiction YA novel called These Broken Stars, which I finished reading a couple of weeks ago. The first book was fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing where Amie and Meagan take the series.
So those are the books that I acquired in the month of February, and here’s a brief list of the various books I read in both January and February (and am in the process of writing reviews for at the moment):
Books I read in January and February:
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
Eat the Sky Drink the Ocean (a collection of short stories by many different Australian authors)
The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
Lost & Found by Brooke Davis
These Broken Stars by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton