HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!!
If that wasn't good enough, today, March 1st marks (Justin Bieber's birthday... just saying) haha no seriously... Today is one year of my bookstagram account! I'm really not sure where the time went but such is life I suppose!
February wasn't as successful a reading month as I had hoped but with my trip to Paris and my gran being in hospital I haven't been too hard on myself for slacking.
I'm not actually bothered that I only read three books in the month but I am annoyed that out of the two novels, only one was a good read. However, it's World Book Day and I've just finished a book (that's taken me about a week to get through) so March is off to a good start and I'm hoping to catch up with my reading challenge (I'm five books behind schedule!! Ahhh!)
So, rambling's done; onto the books I read in February!
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
I was warned for YEARS to avoid this book because of the ending but I am one of those people who is fascinated with true crime and books about kidnapping and cults, and all that good mystery/thriller/murdery stuff is my faveee... So when I found this book (in English) in Paris I just had to buy it.
Side note, the bookstore I found it in is one I first discovered in New York and ADORE. It's called Bookoff and they do $1/€1 bookS!
I picked this up pretty much as soon as I got home and I absolutely loved it. Ugh it was so good and the ending was exactly what I wanted.
As the title suggests, it's a diary from our main character's time in a *bunker*. There are a lot of unanswered questions and god towards the end it gets morbid and heart breaking but overall I thought this book was genius and pretty much the exact sort of book I have been needing for a while!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Then I read this book. I had a netgalley arc but had guessed it would be the January Owlcrate book so waited until I had a physical copy to read. I wish I hadn't. I can't say if it was my bad experience with ACOTAR that put me off all Faerie books or if I just don't like them in general but someone please stop me from picking more up. I just... nopppeeeeee. I can't even tell you what happened because this is one of those books that has been written to become a series so it just drrrrraaaaaaaggg gggg gg gggg ssss ss s on and on and on and on and on and you get my point.
It's full of set up and unnecessary scenes. We get it. This guy is a dick. I don't need fifty scenes of him doing so to justify why you do what you do at the end of the book. I'm so done with series doing this. If your first book exists purely to set up the second book then either tell me so I can skip all of it bar the last 100 pages when action starts or... don't.
Full Review Here
Vincent by Barbara Stok
I love Vincent VanGogh. I mean it. To the point of tears - when I was at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC three years ago and turned the corner to see Starry Night in the flesh I'm pretty sure my heart stopped. We have a few of his pieces in Edinburgh, one being Orchard in Blossom (Plum Trees), and I found myself captivated for about an hour just staring at his art.
Anyway, another one of my great loves that I have recently discovered are graphic biographies; particularly of artists. I've had this in my collection for a few years now and it was so good. I adored this book. It was interesting to learn about Vincent's time in France and just to appreciate overall.
And that's that. A short but mostly sweet wrap up. I hope you're all having a great world book day! I currently have about five books beside me to choose from... what to read next??