What I Read In February

What I Read In February

Sand by Hugh Howey. This was interesting. Its set in a futuristic world where everything is covered in sand. Technology has been invented to allow people to swim in sand almost like how you would swim in water. These divers are looking for relics from the time before everything was covered in sand. Its definitely an original idea. Its started off good but the middle was rather boring. By the end it got interesting again. I’m not sure if Hugh Howey is going to write a sequel to this but I would be interested in reading it.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I enjoyed this. I though it was going to be like Ender’s Game but it ended up being quite similar to The Hunger Games. I was quite surprised by that, I think I expected there to be more space in it. But it was good.

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. So basically women are sort of expected to have babies and wear makeup and like buying clothes and to have a big fancy wedding. And this is basically Caitlin Moran saying you don’t need to do any of that and still be a woman. Also its bloody funny.

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne. So I picked up this book because I had heard it was about a blogger. It was a good story but the parts about blogging were really quite unrealistic. Basically by the end of the book the girl finds out millions of people have been reading her blog and she ends up being an internet sensation.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I didn’t think I was going to like this that much. And I ended up loving it. Basically half of the book is a typical YA story. The other half is the authors story of moving to New York and basically the year running up to her book being published. This was a really interesting behind the scenes look at the publishing world.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown (this isn’t in the photo because I’m dumb and forgot I had read it). So when I started this I described it on Twitter as “Star Trek with Roman gods“. Now that I’ve finished the book I think Star Trek with Roman gods is still a pretty good description. Though I admit there are not many space scenes, most of the action takes place planet side. There are also quite a lot of plot twists, you never really know who to trust. But I really enjoyed this. I think I enjoyed this more than Red Rising.

A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I know its only February but I think this might be my favourite book of the year. Part of the story is a Japanese girl writing in a journal about her grandmother and her life. The other part is about a Canadian woman who finds the journal washed up on a beach and reads it. I loved this book and everyone needs to read it.

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. I have to admit I didn’t enjoy The Bone Season that much. It was interesting enough that I read the sequel but I didn’t love it. This is a good enough book but again I didn’t love it. I will continue the series but yeah… very 3 star average stuff.

Books I Reviewed In February

What I Read In February
Smiler’s Fair ~ Tomorrow and Tomorrow ~ Written In The Blood
The Chimes ~ The Fire Sermon ~ Girl Runner

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39 Responses to “What I Read In February”

  1. resili0

    I loved How to Be a Woman. I also have Moran’s ‘Moranthology’ if you ever have a place I can post my copy, you can have mine. It cheers me up. Golden Son sounds good.

  2. TP Hogan

    Love your ‘quick feel’ reviews. Tiny snippets on what the book was about followed by how you felt about it. No great, long-winded essays in sight.
    Very nice.

  3. Oceane

    Hey, This was great, you summed up each book the way I would want to be told ha. Guess I have 3 new books to read: How to be a woman, The Manifesto on How to be interesting, and A Tale for the time being…I feel that last one is going to be the best 🙂

  4. shazzameena

    I saw this post on facebook and thought ‘Great! I’ve missed hearing from Emma!’ and then saw you’d reviewed other books in February. Then checked and realised that I must have somehow accicentally unfollowed your blog!! I’ve fixed that now!

  5. tomrains

    I love your blog. It’s so clean and vibrant and concise! Have you heard much about Pierce Brown, author of ,Red Rising and Golden Son? Apparently woman are throwing themselves at his feet due to his, em, writing skills, and, well, good looks. I’m not going to lie, I sort of want to be him … Maybe one day. Thanks for the post!!

    • bluchickenninja

      Wait I think I have heard of this, basically people are finding him attractive? Thats okay. What annoys me is when someone only likes a person’s work because they find them attractive. Thats almost as silly as people finding a character in a book attractive.

        • bluchickenninja

          I know!!! Its like when people say they liked a book because a character was hot. Do they not understand that the character is a figment of their imagination and can look like whatever they want.

  6. Books'N'Feathers

    I’ve got Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld on my bookshelf waiting to be picked up, it’s great to know that you loved it!

  7. Lori (Books o' the Wisp)

    I bought Afterworlds last year but didn’t get to reading it and accidentally left it at home when I came back to college >.< You've made me excited to read it when I'm reunited with it in May though! Have you read his Leviathan series??

    • bluchickenninja

      You have to wait till May to get it?!?!?! Yeah I wouldn’t be able to wait that long. I’ve heard of the Leviathan series never read it. To be honest Afterworlds was the first Scott Westerfeld book I have read.

  8. crumpledpapercranes

    Wow. Lots of interesting reads. A few days ago my friend was telling me about Sand, and how I should read it. She has the copy. I just need to actively borrow it.


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