February 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

Two months down and I am way ahead of my #2019ReadingChallenge goal with 14/52 books completed. See below for my thoughts on the eight I read this month! Books are listed in order of rating, from highest to lowest. As always, if you’re new to my wrap-ups and are worried about spoilers, read my short disclaimer post here.

This month’s quick stats:
8 books (1 audiobook)
2,290 pages
8 authors (7 female)
4 nonfiction | 4 fiction
Year-to-date quick stats:
14 books (1 audiobook)
4,426 pages
12 authors (8 female)
6 nonfiction | 8 fiction

Book Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Thriller/Science Fiction
# Pages: 342
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Brief Summary: The main character, Jason Dessen, is a seemingly average dad and husband out for an ice cream run when he is suddenly kidnapped and knocked unconscious in an abandoned warehouse. He awakes to find out that his life is no longer as he knew it to be- no wife and no son. Jason then has to find out who did this to him and how to get his life back to normal.

My Thoughts: The hype is REAL when it comes to this book! It was highly recommended to me and did not disappoint. I’ll be thinking about this story for many days/weeks/years to come, and I highly recommend this book if you like mind-bending psychological thrillers with lots of twists and turns.

Book Title: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Contemporary
# Pages: 352
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Brief Summary: We follow three main characters in this book, all individuals who go to the same high school. They all start as acquaintances, but their storylines interweave as they each deal with their own internal demons.

My Thoughts: This book is actually around a 4.5 star rating for me – I really got into the storyline and felt connected to the characters. Heavy book and definite trigger warning for anyone sensitive to stories dealing with rape and rape culture, but an impactful story that again left me thinking about it long after I put it down.

Book Title: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Self-Help
# Pages: 0 (audiobook)
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Brief Summary: Elizabeth Gilbert describes her take on creativity in the world: how it comes to people (in the form of big magic), how to listen to and let go of new ideas, and what to do when creativity seems to leave you and you feel blocked.

My Thoughts: I think this is a beautiful and original take on creativity, inspring and important even for those who do not have creative day jobs and need to find outlets outside of work. I listened to this one on audiobook, and the fact that Elizabeth’s voice is as smooth as butter definitely helped the message come across.

Book Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Genre: Memoir
# Pages: 272
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Brief Summary: Tina Fey (very famous actress, comedian, and producer) tells her own story of how she came to be so successful, starting from early childhood and going on through the production of her own TV show, 30 Rock. Many jokes included.

My Thoughts: I didn’t know I liked Tina Fey’s sense of humor so much, but I loved it in this book. Very sarcastic and self-depracating, I was entertained thanks to her jokes but inspired by her story-telling. And I love a successful female in a male-dominated industry!

Book Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
# Pages: 349
My Rating: 3/5 stars

Brief Summary: This book follows two timelines: the first is the day that Libby’s older brother Ben supposedly killed their mother and two other sisters. The second is 25 years later, Ben still in jail for the murders and Libby trying to figure out if he really did it. The book bounces back and forth between stories and perspectives until the true events of that day are revealed.

My Thoughts: I was really expecting to love this book, but ended up pretty disappointed. The book kind of dragged for me, partially because of the slow storyline (meant to be ominous, I think) and partially because I don’t particularly enjoy stories told from multiple points of view. I was unsatisfied by the ending, but I know lots of people really enjoyed this book – so it may not have been my cup of tea, but I recommend trying it if it sounds like it could be yours!

Book Title: Girl, Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
Genre: Self-Help
# Pages: 220
My Rating: 3/5 stars

Brief Summary: Blogger and media company CEO Rachel Hollis writes about 20 lies she has told herself throughout her life, why none of them are true, and how her life would be different if she had listened to any of them.

My Thoughts: I think the format of this book is great and most of the advice is sound. I also enjoyed reading about Rachel Hollis’s life, family, and career since I didn’t know much before this book. There were some things I was a little confused about after reading this book though, the biggest being her intended audience. It seemed to change every chapter – going from saying that you don’t need a man to make you happy (which is great advice for middle- or high-school girls, for example), and then the next chapter would be advocating to raise your kids in the way that works for you (clearly intended for other moms). I just found myself thinking that I was too old for some of the advice and too young for other parts.

Book Title: You are a Badass
Author: Jen Sincero
Genre: Self-Help
# Pages: 272
My Rating: 3/5 stars

Brief Summary: Pretty self-explanatory – Jen Sincero walks you through several lessons on how to get your butt into gear and your life into action, with emphasis on topics like the law of attraction (“the force” as she calls it) and how your output energy impacts opportunities that come your way.

My Thoughts: Motivational, but overall not super original or ground-breaking. If you’ve never been exposed to the law of attraction before, this book would probably be a good introduction without being too overwhelming.

Book Title: The Roar
Author: Emma Clayton
Genre: Dystopia
# Pages: 483
My Rating: 3/5 stars

Brief Summary: This dystopia follows Mika and Ellie, two 12-year-old twins living in a post-apocolyptic world caused by an “animal plague” 30 years ago. Ellie was kidnapped one year prior to the book’s starting point and is trying to get back to her family; Mika is trying to win a competition at his local arcade that he thinks will lead him to finding Ellie.

My Thoughts: I LOVE a good dystopia, and especially one with a game or competition element to it. I was thoroughly entertained by this story but unfortunately was left with more questions than answers and a lot of too-good-to-be-true coincidences that made the ending frustrating. I know that this is meant to be more of a childrens/middle-grade-level book, so I’m sure 13-year-old me would have loved it, but 24-year-old me will not be continuing the series.


All in all, February was a great reading month for me! I’m feeling very motivated for March, which is good because I’ll be taking part in my first ever readathon!

What did you read in February? Let me know what your goals are for March and if there are any books you’ve read recently that I should add to my TBR! Thanks for stoppin by!

18 thoughts on “February 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

  1. Seems like you had a great reading month!! I read Dark Matter a few years ago and absolutely loved it! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it. I’ve also been meaning to read The Female of the Species for a while now so it’s nice to hear you felt connected to the characters. I love character-driven stories so I’m definitely going to be bumping this one up on the TBR!

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    • I know a lot of people love it, and it wasn’t a bad book – I personally had just heard a lot of the stuff before! It’s a quick read, so worth a shot if you think you’d like it 🙂

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