I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but things got a *little* out of hand last month. Between a big ol charity book shop with a friend, being sent a couple of books and coming across so many that I needed, this is going to be the biggest book haul I've ever done on here. So grab a tea, and let's chat books.
'Between the Lies' by Cathy Macphail is one that I was very kindly sent this month. I'd totally not clicked Cathy's name, but I remember reading her Roxy's Baby as a teen, which I loved. This book is all about a girl that goes missing, and the search to find her.
'Stalker' by Lars Kepler. This was recommended to me by the lovely Aimee. It's a thriller all about a murderer who sends videos of him watching girls from inside their home to the police. Once the police have seen it and worked out where he is, the girl is already dead. This definitely sounds like one not to read whilst home alone!
'Based on a True Story' by Delphine de Vigne. This was the book in my Reading in Heels subscription box this month (which you can read all about here). It's another thriller, this time about a girl whose new friend starts to take their friendship a little too far. What would you do when someone takes copying you to the extreme? Dressing like you, acting like you, and even using your name? This one sounds creepy AF.
'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven. I bought 'Holding up the Universe' last month by the same author, and whilst I may not have got around to reading it yet, I've heard fab things about both books. It's a classic boy meets girl story, but with a dose of mental health realness and an eye-opening look into the life of modern teens. I am SO excited to give this one a go.
'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' by John Green and David Levithan. I've always been a bit sceptical of reading dual-authored books, but after giving one a go in December, I've come to realise that it is a thing that can be done well. I love both of these authors, so I'm really hoping that they come together to make a fab book.
'Truth or Dare' by Non Pratt. Here we have another YA love story, because I am HOOKED at the moment. This book is split into two parts. You read the first half of the book, flip it and read the second half from the other end (if that makes sense?). It means that there's no side you have to start from, and I love the idea that different people would come away from the book feeling differently about it depending on whose side they read first.
'Body Positive Power' by Megan Jayne Crabbe. I absolutely adore Megan and what she stands for. If you don't follow her Instagram or Youtube and want to get to grips with the body positive movement, then I really recommend checking her channels out. I cannot wait to get my teeth stuck in and read a whole book of Megan's content and discover more about different ways to help myself love myself.
'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' by Gail Honeyman. This has been on my mental TBR pile for the longest time. It's been doing the rounds on so many book blogs for months and I finally caved and bought a brand new copy. Dreamy. It's all about a woman who seems perfectly fine on the outside, apart from the fact that she's totally not okay. It's a book all about mental health and love and learning who you really are, aka my favourite kind of book. Can this be a genre already?
'Sofia Khan is Not Obliged' by Ayisha Malik. Sofia feels pretty done with dating after her last less-than-spectacular go at it. That is, until her boss asks her to write a big ol' expose on Muslim dating. Sofia needs to immerse herself back in the pond, but will it maybe, just possibly, help her find the One?
'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding. I'm pretty sure we all studied this at school. Y'know, alongside The Great Gatsby and Jekyll and Hyde? Anyhow, this is the book that first really made me want to study English more, so I picked it up to re-read and discover again why this really made me fall in love with analysing books. It's all about a group of boys who end up lost on an island, and the disturbing lengths they go to to survive.
'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' by Milan Kundera. I feel like this is one of those books that everyone's heard of, but no one *really* knows what it's about, especially me. Having done a little research however, it's a great love story. It's regarded as one of the greatest novels, and it's something that I've only seen good things about.
'Rip van Winkle and Other Stories' by Washington Irving. This is technically a children's book, but I read Rip van Winkle as part of a uni module all about early American literature, so I wanted to see what else Irving had to offer. It's a cautionary tale all about a man that falls asleep pre-American revolution and wakes up after it.
'The Power' by Naomi Alderman. I feel like everyone and their nan is reading this at the moment, and after reading the blurb omg I can see why. This is all about a world in which teenage girls have the power to inflict masses of pain to anyone they want. It's a world in which roles are reversed, and men become intimidated by women, and wow I cannot wait to see exactly how this plays out in the book.
'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' by Stieg Larsson. I know I'm about 12 years late to this one, but the original copy I had of this had something wrong with it that meant the pages were absolutely not in the right order at all. I've finally picked up a new version, so I'm reading to hop on this band wagon.
'Swing Time' by Zadie Smith. It's all about dance and heritage and what it means to find out who you truly are. The two main characters are mixed race, and as they journey through dance, they begin to learn more and more about who they are, and what they want in life.
Did you pick up any good reads in February? (Not that I need any more encouragement to buy new books, ha!)