What I Read in… February

February has FLOWN by. I mean I know its a short month but sheesh! I did get a good amount of reading done in the beginning of the month, finishing up February with a respectable seven books read – more than half that were non-fiction!


In February I read:

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Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt – The subtitle of this book is “The inspiring story of transgender actor-activist Nicole Maines and her extraordinary family” and it’s so true. Wyatt, now Nicole, had known since she was a toddler that she was a girl, but she was stuck inside a boy’s body. The book dives deep into background on her family, how her parents handled her being trans, and also gave some scientific and historical background on the trans community. While Nicole’s story was certainly heartwarming and gut-wrenching at varying times throughout the book, I was most impressed by her father’s turnaround and how he became such a strong advocate for the community.  Rating 4/5.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – This was a Book of the Month selection for me and it was SO GOOD. Emma has been living with a secret and the repercussions of her actions since her one summer at sleepaway camp years ago. Now she’s invited back by the owner and she decides to go so she can unravel the truth about what happened that one night her three cabinmates disappeared. This book was SO suspenseful and I guessed “whodunit” wrong about five times before the ending smacked me in the face with shock. I can’t wait to read more books by Riley Sager! Rating 5/5.

KIYA: Mother of a King (Book 2) by Katie Hamstead – I read the first book in this series back in 2016 (review here) and have had the second book sitting on my kindle “shelf” for a while. It picks up immediately where the first left off, with Kiya/Naomi fleeing Thebes to escape from Nefertiti with her children and Malachi the guard/her love interest. I love the historical fiction tale that the author weaves and how Naomi’s life back in her village was forever changed – she wasn’t always seen as a hero for volunteering her life instead of her sisters, and had to constantly defend herself all while preparing to give up her son to still become king of Egypt. Rating 5/5.

Pinch Me by Adena Halpern The Ten Best Days of My Life is probably one of my top 10 chick lit books and I’ve read a few other books by Halpern. However, this one fell flat for me. Lily has been raised to not let good men into her life (by her mother and grandmother who have had horrible luck with men) – she then meets an amazing man named Gogo (worst nickname ever) and when she gets engaged her family is so upset – and lets her in on the family secret – that they’ve been cursed and can’t fall in love without disastrous results. Things take a turn when Lily and Gogo elope and she asks him to pinch her, instantly transporting her to an alternate world where they aren’t together. She has to get back to her current world to get back with her life with Gogo and the whole story was just ehh. Yes the premise is far fetched to begin with but just stretched the limits for me and dragged on and on. Rating 3/5.

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold – I really appreciated this book, written by the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine HS shooters. Writing was her outlet in the aftermath of the tragedy and it’s from her journals that she created her book. Her honesty in the signs she missed in her son is refreshing, as so many parents tend to have a blind eye turned to their children. I did feel that she leaned a bit heavily on placing more of the blame on Eric Harris and his family, but overall she understood that Dylan was responsible for his actions. Rating 4/5.

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini – holy sh*tballs. This book was INSANE. I had watched the first season of Leah’s show, “Scientology and the Aftermath” and that was crazy in itself. The book goes into detail about her upbringing in the church and her decision to leave along with her family. I did feel that although she says she doesn’t blame Tom Cruise for her leaving, she sort of does and that if his wedding wouldn’t have been the beginning of the end for her, she would have stayed and continued to bask in the special treatment that those around him were afforded. Rating 5/5.

Shrill by Lindy West – I had no idea who Lindy West was before reading this book but I had picked up it when I was in the midst of a feminism kick. Lindy is pretty awesome! I did think the book was going to be more political since Shrill was a reference to the Hillary Clinton campaign of 2016 but it was more about Lindy’s experiences as a woman in this gender biased world. She battles sexism in comedy, body image in the workplace and Twitter trolls (pre- Trump rants taking over our lives.) She has a great voice and I’m glad I’m now aware of who she is! Rating 4/5.

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  1. I have The Last Time I Lied on my to be read list!

  2. Klebold’s book was HEARTBREAKING. Have you ever read “Columbine”? Together, they packed a real wallop. And I love Riley Sager! I definitely want more from him, like, ASAP. How fast can he write?!

    • Yes, same for Riley Sager! I can’t wait to read more. And I have the Columbine book on my kindle – just needed a break from that heavy subject for a while. I know she also gave a Ted Talk that I’m interested in watching.

  3. Mother of 3 says

    I just finished Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty and am focusing on reading just the books I have available on my Kindle. I think I have almost a years worth of Kindle First reads on there that I keep putting off in favor of “real” books but I know I picked some good ones. I just started River Bodies today and it’s pretty good. I see a few books that I’d like to read here. Pinned.

    • I am trying to do that too! I have over 100 unread books on my kindle because I shop a lot of kindle deal sites – so I’ve been working my way through them all vs picking up new stuff to read.

  4. I also enjoyed The Last Time I Lied. I currently have Troublemaker from the library and need to get started with it. Sounds like a good one. You had a great reading month! Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

  5. Looks like you had a really good reading month. I want to read The Last Time I Lied and Troublemaker too. Both sound great!

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  6. That’s a good amount of 4 or 5/5 so I’d say you had a good reading month! I haven’t heard of any of these before.

  7. Man, I loved Troublemaker. I listened to it on audio and loved Leah Remini’s voice. The whole scene was Tom’s wedding was WILD.

    I’ve read both of Riley Sager’s books and loved them! Highly recommend giving Final Girls a read!
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  8. I had strong, STRONG feelings about Sue Klebold’s book. It mostly pissed me off.

    Shrill was excellent and I am very excited for the Hulu show.

    (Also, my dad called me a JIT MANY times)

    • Ooooh I didn’t know there was going to be a Hulu show! I saw that Aidy Bryant was going to play Lindy but I thought it was for a movie. And yay another JIT! lol

  9. I love a good suspense book since I can’t stand the movies (I’m such a wimp! LOL) Adding The Last Time I Lied to my list!! I love how you read such a variety of genres!

  10. Great wrap-up! I loved The Last Time I Lied as well!!


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