How was your month in books? Which book was your favorite? Did you participate in any reading events? Work on any of your reading challenges? Here’s a look at what we’ve read this month.


+ TANYA PATRICE +

My reading really picked up this month. After deciding to give up on Goliath, Tochi Onyebuchi because it was just too random for me, the very next book was probably my favorite of the month – The Violin Conspiracy, Brendan Slocumb.

As soon as I started reading I knew I was going to be hooked. It’s about the theft of a violin … it’s about being a Black violin player … or being Black in spaces that don’t want you there … it’s about complicated relationships with family … and about being the best at something. Ooh this author had me in thrall! The way he describes when Ray was playing the violin – simply beautiful! A+ for the plot and the pacing, A+ for the character development and A+ for the mystery.

Another book that was the right book at the right time was Take a Hint Dani Brown, Talia Hibbert. This book and the entire series is a fun easy to read romance.

The characters are odd and quirky and that’s what kept me reading. Dani Brown – one of the 3 Brown sisters which the series follows – is a PhD student who has internalized a lot of past hurts and is not into have romantic relationships as she prefers the lightness of casual encounters. The security guard for her campus building is an ex Rugby player who is pretty darn dreamy, and has been secretly crushing on her. Cue the crazy antics between the two and you have the most adorable romance I’ve read all year … the only romance novel I’ve read all year – but so what!!

The other books I read the month …

  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune, Nghi Vo ☆ ☆
  • An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard ☆☆☆☆
  • When She Was Good (Cyrus Haven #2), Michael Robotham ☆☆☆
  • The Fisherman, John Langan ☆☆☆☆☆

+ KIM +

February just flew by. I was so busy that I felt like I never got enough time for reading. I was actually surprised to realize that I had still somehow managed eight books (albeit 3 were graphic novels.) I started the month by reading a middle grade novel called City Spies, James Ponti. It was pretty cute but after looking at my very large pile of library books I struggled to prioritize my next reads. I ended up reading a couple of graphic novels to break things up and that helped.

My month ended on a fabulous note when I finished my favorite book of February- Legendborn, Tracy Deonn which I listened to on audio. I haven’t read a YA fantasy that I loved this much in awhile. The characters were loveable and interesting even the so-called villains. I found myself eager to wake up each day and put my headphones in just to find out what was going to happen next. Fantastic plot twists and the pacing was perfect. Love, loved this one! I also have to mention that the narration by Joniece Abbott-Pratt was so well done. This is definitely going to make my list of best audiobooks this year and it’s propelled me to up my audio game in 2022!

Also read this month…

  • The City Spies, James Ponti ☆☆☆☆
  • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Garlic and the Vampire, Bree Paulsen ☆☆☆☆
  • Snapdragon, Kat Leyh ☆☆☆☆
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Malinda Lo ☆☆☆☆ 1/2
  • The Magic Fish, Trung Le Nguyen ☆☆☆☆
  • Boyfriend Material, Alexis Hall ☆☆☆☆ 1/2

How was your reading month?

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