In February I Read | 2018

Unlike January, my February reading was spread out throughout the month, and I managed to read four books, including two YA fantasy books (a genre I don’t read nearly enough). I entirely forgot that February is missing a few days, and didn’t realise it was March until the evening on the first, meaning that I did not finish my fifth book this month. Nonetheless, I am pleased with all the books I did succeed in reading.

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Firstly, I finished reading The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, which I have been reading for the past few months as part of my English A Level. It took me a while to get used to the style of writing, as it was written in the early 1600s and set even earlier, but I have really enjoyed picking my way through this play. The imagery in this play is super complex, and the Duchess herself is really kick-ass, especially considering she was a woman in the 1500s being constantly oppressed by patriarchal figures. I have been studying The Duchess of Malfi alongside A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, and I’m thinking of doing a blog post on this later on in the year – let me know your thoughts!

I decided it was time to read some more YA fantasy, so I picked up my copy of Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh, which, if you have read my review, you’ll know I absolutely loved. The characters were unique, the plot was fantastic and had me hooked from the very beginning, and it had excellent representation. Make sure to read my full review if you want to hear my thoughts in full – it’s definitely the most heartfelt review I have written in a while!

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After that, I finished another book that I had been reading for a while: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. I started reading this back in December, but as it is quite long, and I was trying to meet my goal of reading 100 books in 2017, I put it aside for a little while. I picked it up again about halfway through February, and I was immersed in the story immediately. Grace Marks was an unreliable narrator who kept me second guessing myself throughout the novel, and by the end of the story I still couldn’t make up my mind about her character. I have been wanting to read more from Margaret Atwood for ages, and now I want to read even more!

I found myself reaching for YA fantasy throughout the month, and so next I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve mentioned this book a couple of times since reading it, as it was one I had conflicting feelings over; on the one hand, I thought it was very well written, especially in comparison to other books I have read by Sarah J. Maas, and I did find the plot interesting. However, it sounds like it gets more angsty and problematic in the following two books, so whilst I did enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses, I do not think I will continue with the series.

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The books I read this month were all quite big, and I am proud of myself for getting through them – I am hoping that March will be a big reading month for me, and over the next couple of months I want to find time to read some more YA. I would love to hear about your February reading, and any recommendations you may have for the coming month!

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