I’ve slowed down my reading this week, because all the work and being sick and other things going on finally caught up with me and I’ve been feeling a bit burned out. So I’ve been focusing on sleeping enough, getting some exercise and enjoying my time at home with my fiancé and my cat! I’ve been planning on slowing down anyway, but now it’s really happening. Despite that, I finished 2 books and made progress on another 2 this week.
I’m changing the Sunday Snuggle to Monday (and perhaps just call it a weekly wrap up – Monday Snuggle doesn’t have the same ring to it). I often forget to update the wrap up post on Sunday evening when I’m busy doing something else, and remember hours after the post is live. So Monday it is! That way I can update it on Sunday night instead.
How do you do wrap up posts, and which day of the week?
February Wrap Up
The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton / Review 3 stars
This is an eARC I’ve received from Edelweiss – it’s a noir thriller about women who make a living out of blackmailing men by gathering damning proof about their affairs or worse. It was a very entertaining and quick read and my first read for #FFFeb.
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir / Review 4 stars
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and, unfortunately, it disappointed a little! This is also an eARC from Edelweiss, and I LOVED book 1. I believe book 2 is setting the scene for book 3, but by itself the book left me feeling like I wanted more out of it. Still, it had really great moments and I enjoyed going back to the world! This was the 2nd book for #FFFeb.
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan / Review 4 stars
My 3rd F/F read was another eARC from Edelweiss, which tells the story of Ava, a young woman from Ireland who lives in Hong Kong and starts an affair with a man and a woman. This was really good! The writing is cynical, dry and funny, which reminded me of My Year of Rest and Relaxation.
Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner / Goodreads 3 stars
The writing was so choppy and the chemistry just kind of wasn’t there… so in the end I was quite bored. It felt quite amateurish, really, and maybe it’s because I don’t love the age-gap romance, and also I am so tired of main characters who can’t communicate in a decent way. Still, I thought this was cute and relatively low stakes, which is such a nice palate cleanser kind of novel. This was my 4th #FFFeb read!
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith / Goodreads 3 stars
My last #FFFeb read is a classic I wanted to pick up a long time ago. I think it unfortunately didn’t quite live up to my expectations, because I LOVED The Talented Mr Ripley and I think I expected a bit more of a mystery for this one, and it’s not quite it. There’s some tension added to the story when the ex-husband of Carol has her and
Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir / Goodreads 4 stars
This was actually a surprise addition to my #FFFeb list and a great way to finish the month and the readathon! It’s a F/F noir set in Iceland, the story about a woman who is trafficking drugs to Iceland from Denmark and the UK in order to save up enough to fight for custody of her son – who was taken away from her when her husband found her in bed with her lover. I really enjoyed this and now I need to read the other 2 books in this trilogy because I CAN’T not know what happens next. I think it’s very fitting to have started FFFeb with a noir expected to love and didn’t, and finish with a noir that I didn’t expect to even be F/F and love it!
The King of Crows by Libba Bray / Goodreads Ongoing
The fourth Diviners novel is out and I’m so excited to listen to it! There are two F/F characters, so I am not sure it counts as a F/F read? I’m not counting this for #FFFeb because there are many main characters, not only those two, so it counts… a little bit? Any way, I did not finish it in February. This will go on for March!
Apartment: A Novel by Teddy Wayne / Review 3 stars
I was really excited for Apartment, a story about two boys going to the same writing program and decide to move in together, which highlights their social differences to light and feelings of jealousy. But it’s been just a couple weeks and I’m starting to forget this book already.
Final Girls by Riley Sager / Goodreads 4 stars
This is a thriller my sister highly recommended, and with good reason. Riley Sager writes such amazing, twisty stories, I absolutely did not see the end of this one coming! It tells the story of Quincey, a girl who survived a knife attack that left all her friends dead, just like a horror movie – the last girl standing. There are two more girls who survived attacks just like hers, and when one of them commits suicide, Quincey gets an unexpected visitor: the third girl, who had long ago disappeared from public view.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James / My Review 5 stars
My only 5 star this month is a really good ghost mystery! I am so excited to read more from Simone St. James, the book is so addictive and atmospheric. I loved it.
A Hora da Estrela by Clarice Lispector / Goodreads Ongoing
I’m so excited to pick up a book in Portuguese, for a change! This is The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector’s most famous book, that I somehow haven’t read yet. It’s too early to tell if I love the book yet, but so far it’s good!
March Reading Plans
There are several hours of book left on audio of The King of Crows! I’m excited/nervous to finish this series, and I want to give it a re-read at some point. It’s so good! As for The Hour of the Star, I’m going into it without knowing much, but I’m excited to go back to Brazilian lit!
I will not add any other books to my TBR for March because the Women’s Prize longlist comes out very soon and I will attempt to read it before the shortlist is announced – so you know, setting myself up for failure.