Monthly Motif February Highlights {New To Us}

One month done for the Monthly Motif Challenge and both of us took it down to the last few days before we finished our reads! The theme was “New Releases” so here’s at what we read – and our favorites from the link up.

Kim – My pick was Winter, Marissa Meyer. I’m still working on finishing the audio of it. I misplaced my Ipod earlier in the month. I looked for it for two weeks before my husband found it in the most obvious place, the bottom of my purse. {insert face palm} Now that I’m back at it, I can’t wait to hear where this is headed. Can’t say enough good things about this fun series.

Winter by Marissa Mayer

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Tanya – I meant to read Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, but sadly, I’m still on my library’s hold list for the audiobook. So instead, I listened to The Vegetarian, Han Kang which was published Feb.2, 2016. 2 This is one weird book, and while Andi (Estella’s Revenge) liked it, I didn’t. At first, I didn’t know if Yeong-hye (the main character) was actually crazy or not, and that kept me reading. Then it seemed obvious that she was suffering from some sort of mental illness, but no one treated it as such and maybe that was the point. But although I got a sense of the characters and the family dynamics, and the extent to which Yeong-hye was deep into … something bizarre … we never really got a story or a plot. And maybe that’s how it should be. Except that this is a book and I expect to get something out of it. At the end of it all, I felt like – what was the point?!.

The Vegetarian

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy.

Our Favorite Reviews From You

It’s been fun checking out some new releases this month. It looks like you all had a good month of reading too!

Kim – I’m a dog lover so Dreamz and Clouds review of Fluffy and Me really appealed to me. I think I’ll be checking out Where Secrets Sleep after reading Marta’s review at Canadian Bookworm. I’ve been craving a good mystery.

TanyaCinzia and Chased by My Imagination both had 2 reviews this month (and last month too). Way to go!

Thanks to all those who participated! The theme for March is “Take a Trip.”

What books would you recommend for this theme?


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  1. thanks for the link-up! 🙂
    And I am so glad to be a part of this challenge….thanks for hosting! 🙂