What I Read This Month | February 2021

It’s that time again! Another round-up of all I’ve read this month.

I’d finished my dissertation at the end of last month and so hoped to read much, much more. Instead I got side-tracked and my reading was a bit slow to start with but in total I read 16 books, 7 of which were novellas.

Also, just want to add that after I wrote my January Reads I read another novella just before the start of February; People From My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami and translated by Ted Goossen.

Anyways, February’s reads are (in no particular order):

The Odyssey by Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson | Goodreads

I finally finished this! After buying and starting the book last summer, I finally found the time to finish the last hundred pages.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (proof) | Goodreads | Review

Still haven’t decided how I feel about this book… loved the world but found it quite political at times, which is not something I rather want to read during this time (see current UK politics)

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford (proof) | Goodreads | Review

I’ve found that I don’t normally read contemporary fiction much but I’ve read historical fiction and enjoyed it and so thought I’d give this a go. Very human.

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon | Goodreads

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon | Goodreads

The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon | Goodreads

I’m going to lump the above three in to one as I was determined to finish the series this year (I also have The Mask Falling to finish but that can wait a little while). A fab series, not sure if I could pick a favourite although it may have to be The Song Rising…

Toffee by Sarah Crossan | Goodreads

This was a birthday present from a dear friend and I’ve only just gotten round to picking this up. It’s written in prose so makes for a quick read (I read it in a day!), but did make me nearly cry numerous times!

Hyde by Craig Russell (proof) | Goodreads

A creepy, murder mystery set in the underbelly of Edinburgh. Perfect for cold nights.

The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell | Goodreads

Hazel and Gray by Nic Stone | Goodreads

The Princess Game by Soman Chainani | Goodreads

The Cleaners by Ken Lui | Goodreads

The Wickeds by Gayle Forman | Goodreads

I’m going to cheat slightly and put these 5 novellas into one section, these 5 novellas are the Faraway Collection released by Amazon last year, where classic fairytales are given a modern twist by authors. Out of all 5, The Princess Game was my favourite but all were a pretty good read!

Ark by Veronica Roth | Goodreads

Ark is a part of another Amazon collection, the Forward collection which is ore science fiction. There’s another 5 in the series but this one stood out to me because I’ve been meaning to read Veronica Roth for a while.

How to go to Work by Lucy Clayton & Steven Haines | Goodreads

I was listening to this on audio whilst highlighting key parts in the book. I bought this with my uni money and found it super insightful – definitely a book I’ll be dipping in and out of during my career!

The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane | Goodreads

I finished this today after borrowing it from a work colleague last year. It’s taken me so long to get to, a few days to read but it’s fabulous and I’m a new fan of non-fiction writing like this. More please!

Do let me know in the comments below what books you read this month? Did you read any you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

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