February Reading List

The last few weeks have been packed with travel, including trips to San Francisco and San Diego, so I thankfully have had some time to sit down and really enjoy reading. Reading is one of my favorite things to do on trips – even business trips – as I don’t count on airplane wifi to be anything but abysmal even before trying to VPN into my corporate network. Outside of my trips, I unfortunately haven’t had a lot of time to read this month, so this list is pretty short and was all read in the past two weeks. Thanks to Krista at Covering the Bases for the inspiration (read: reminder) to write this post!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

I decided to pick this book up after seeing it in Zoe Sugg’s book club list last summer. I read a couple of the other books from her selection, and enjoyed how light and entertaining they were and thought this would be the same. I also wanted to make sure that I read this prior to the upcoming movie adaptation as well, because I tend to be one of those kind of people who like to compare movies to the books they were based upon. Aside from the fact that this was well reviewed and well liked enough to merit a movie adaptation, I didn’t know much about the plot when I turned the first page. Similar to books like “We Were Liars” I think this is the best approach, so I won’t go into too much detail. I enjoyed this read and read it in just over two hours in one sitting. Take that as my review and run with it.

Worth the Wait by Jamie Beck

I mentioned in an earlier post how much I enjoy the idea of Kindle Unlimited. Why wouldn’t a voracious reader like a service that allows unlimited reading for a few dollars a month? Well – in theory that is true, but in practice, a lot of the books that are offered as part of the program are a little ridiculous. I’d be lying if I said I never read a free book that was about Scottish time traveling witches (true story, it was so bad that I can’t even name the book), but every once and a while you run across a good read that just happened to be free. This is the case with “Worth the Wait.” Am I smarter for having read this book? Nope. Did I feel transported to Block Island in the summer time? Yep, absolutely. I loved how this book made me feel as if I were also on summer vacation with the St. James family. It reminded me of childhood summers in Martha’s Vineyard, and I can’t complain about that as it continues to drizzle here in Seattle until June. This was a fun read, that is super similar in feeling to Emily Giffin’s “Something Borrowed”, which made it even more enjoyable and helped me to further pretend to be at the beach and not freezing cold in the Pacific Northwest.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Speaking of movie adaptations, this will make the best rom com we’ve seen in a while if it is made into a movie. As a woman who has had a crush on at least a couple of male coworkers, I could totally relate to Lucy Hutton as she slowly realized her feelings for her arch nemesis coworker, Josh. There’s something super fun about having a crush at work, and it was really entertaining to relive those feelings while reading this book. I’m not going to say that I didn’t find Lucy a bit childish throughout the story – Smurf collections? Constant (literal) games? But I’m also not going to say that we don’t all have our quirks either. I will say however that I found myself awake finishing this book at 2am on a work trip after having been up for a grand total of 22 hours straight. Thorne did such a great job of building that “will they/won’t they?” tension that I couldn’t put this book down.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

It’s 2011. I’m skipping class. I’m sitting in a twin bed in my studio apartment in Lugano, Switzerland in my pajamas. I’m live streaming the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Fairy tales exist. Prince charming is real. Dreams do come true. I decide to get my hair cut like Kate Middleton. I wonder why I didn’t study abroad at St. Andrews…

This book brought me back to that moment. If you know me even a little, you’ll probably know that I’m a little bit in love with all things British. So a novel about an American exchange student falling in love with the heir to the throne while at Oxford, that was loosely based on the real life romance of Will and Kate, is obviously right up my street. I may have read this book while sitting on a beach in San Diego, but I felt as if I were in Oxford with these characters. This month’s book theme must have been “novels that could be a rom com someday” and this one definitely fits that bill. I loved the main characters, but its supporting cast really made the story. Similar to the friends in “Notting Hill” or “Bridget Jones’ Diary” the friends of the main characters added a lot of depth to the story without adding too much fluff. I highly recommend this novel if you’re looking for a bit of escapism in the form of a modern day fairytale.

Currently Reading: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I really haven’t had a chance to start this one yet, but it is next up on my Kindle. I’ll let you know how I get on with it next month! What other books do you have to recommend?

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