Where the hell did February go? I know it’s a short month but this is ridiculous. The fact that I’m so late posting this today is evidence of how caught off guard I’ve been. I only just realised I need to post something. Then when I eventually sat down to write this rundown but I realised that I had no memory of what I read this month. It’s like I haven’t read anything. Although, I did. Not as much as last month. I’m gonna blame the fact that February has fewer days. If this month were a normal length, I’d have got one more and matched my number for January. Wait, does this mean that I’ll be one up in March? Depends on how distracted I get by my birthday I guess. It feels like I’m already way behind where I need to be but let’s not worry about that yet. What did I read over the last 29 days?
Number of books read: 7
Number of books on hold: 0
Number of physical books: 2
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 5
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
I’d never read this book before. I was obviously familiar with the film but I don’t remember ever reading or hearing the original story. Though I was always intrigued. I mean, the writer of James Bond writing about a magical car is an interesting concept. So, when I managed to get a copy of an audiobook narrated by David Tennant, it felt like the right time. Thankfully, it was a lot of fun and super charming. A great listen on a lazy Sunday.
The Child Book by Sebastian Fitzek
This was an Audible dramatisation that I’ve had sitting in my library for a long time. It had a pretty interesting cast and I was drawn in by the story. A boy of 10 believes he committed a murder 15 years ago. He confesses to a lawyer who then helps the boy discover what’s going on. It sounds great, right? In the end, it was a bit lacklustre. The twists are pretty obvious and the story isn’t that engaging. Still, I’ve read worse.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
I didn’t post a review of this book for a few reasons. The first was that I wanted to write something about the criticism I’ve heard against audiobooks. The second was that this book was just too good. I knew that any review I tried to write would just be a gushing of praise and nostalgia. Not just for the stories themselves but for the cast of the audiobook I listened to. It might be weird hearing someone other than Jim Cummings play Pooh, I thought the British cast did a great job.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
This was the first book that I started reading in 2020 but it took me until the middle of February to finish it. Anyone who also read my January Wrap-Up will know that I put this book on hold. This month I finally went back to it and, boy, am I glad. It was such a beautiful read. So well written and telling such a human story. It’s haunting in its own way and I’d recommend it to everyone who loved complex character studies and beautiful writing.
The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater
I got this audiobook from an Audible daily deal because it sounded great. Two young girls get accused of a horrible crime and, when they are interviewed by the police, they both stop talking. It had a lot of potential but it just ended up being dull and obvious. It’s just family melodrama and feels like the kind of storyline you’d seen in a soap opera or something. Definitely not something I’d recommend anyone waste their time with.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I listened to this short story last weekend so I could take an Instagram photo of it. I had a bunch of button-shaped chocolates and thought it would be cool to use them as a prop. It was also good to go back to this story. It’s such a well-written, funny, and sad tale. It is full of humanity and really delves into mortality. Considering how short a read it is, I’d suggest anyone who hasn’t already read it does. Hell, if you already have, why not read it again?
My last completed book of the month was a super disappointing one. I really liked the look of the cover and mostly bought it so I could recreate it on Instagram. However, it had the potential to be a really thrilling read. It wasn’t. It was uninspired, badly written, and incredibly silly. I was so angry by the end. Angry at myself for buying it. The writer used to be a barrister so her knowledge of the law profession is great. Her writing ability? Less noteworthy.