Read it in… February


Oh man. I read some really long books this month! Either long in the length itself or just long-winded. So I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked, but I still had a respectable amount and read some great books.

In February I read:

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Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow. I received this book in hard copy from Blogging for Books and it is about a girl whose life is in pieces (as the title would lead you to believe). Charlie (Charlotte) wakes up in a mental hospital dealing with the affects her life and cutting have brought her to and how she is forced to leave before she’s ready and fend for herself. With no family to take her in (or that want to take her in), she finds her own way and makes her own family. This book tugged hard at my soul. I felt deeply for Charlie and all she was going through and the choices she made. Overall Rating 5 out of 5.

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen. I love Bravo TV and Andy Cohen. I also really enjoyed his first book Most Talkative about his early years. This book fell a little short for me. It read exactly like a diary, but less like an introspective one and more like a day by day journal that a middle schooler would keep. Today I did this. Joey said this to me. My dog did this cute thing. So forth and so on. I loved some of the little gossipy pieces Andy threw in and the tidbits about his life but the mundane nature of the of diary bored me at times. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa. A fictional tale about the MS St. Louis, this book flits back and forth between the past and the present and how the lives of a young girl in New York City is connected to an elderly woman in Cuba in the most unlikely of ways. Reading even a fictional story about the ill-fated MS St. Louis and imagining all the lives that were lost because the US and Cuba wouldn’t take in the refugees wrenched my heart in an awful way. At times the story was a bit slow but it picked up a lot by the end and I couldn’t put it down. Overall Rating 4 out of 5.

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda by Tara K. Reed. (Or Love Him Not: A Dating Adventure with 60 Mostly Unhappy Endings – apparently this book has two titles?) This is a choose your own adventure style book and I’ve loved those in the past so I grabbed it. However, I feel like something is lost in the digital version. It’s easy to choose the next path but it was hard for me to go back once I hit a dead end. And there are SO MANY dead ends. Hence why the book has mostly unhappy endings. If I would have gotten this in paperback I think I would have enjoyed it more, but the issues I had with the digital version left a bad taste for me. Overall Rating 3 out of 5.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Ok, I’m actually still reading this book but I wanted to include it in my February reads since I am so close to being done. I LOVED Aziz Ansari on Parks & Recreation (RIP) and am pleasantly surprised by this book. I expected something way more comedic but this is an actual in-depth study about how technology has changed the way our generation dives into relationships. From Facebook and Instagram to Tinder and more it is crazy how much our behavior has shifted from our parents’ generation. I hope he continues to write in this same vein – not only does he throw in some comedy but it’s just so insightful and well written. Overall Rating (so far) 5 out of 5.

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  1. I’m glad you liked Girl in Pieces. I had a couple of issues with it, but still really enjoyed the book.
    And I’m listening to Modern Romance right now (my first audiobook ever), so I’m excited to talk about it once I’ve finished listening along!
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    • Did you wrap up Modern Romance? I kind of wish I would have listened to it instead. I just downloaded the Trevor Noah book to listen to because I had some Audible credits to use up.

  2. Oooh, definitely adding Girl in Pieces to my list!
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  3. The story of the St. Louis is so sad. I might have to read that one!
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  4. I’ve been wanting to read Aziz’s book! I’ll have to add that to my list. I am currently reading Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. She’s hilarious!
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  5. Modern Romance was good, but I wish I’d read it before I read Date-onomics. Modern Romance was like Date-onomics “lite” with humor and other fun thrown in, but for me reading it in the order that I did was duplicative. Really impressed with Aziz Ansari for not just writing a comedic memoir, but something really interesting! 🙂

    • I do wish I would have read/listened to Modern Romance as an audiobook vs reading alone – I think it would have been even more interested read by Aziz!


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