Recently Read: February 2015

February didn’t start out great for me, reading wise, but towards the end of the month, things finally started to pick up. Also, don’t let 6 books up there fool you – 3 of them are short stories, so I didn’t actually read as much as it looks like I did.

I hope you’re able to add something new to your reading list after reading this post!

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This is the sequel to If I Stay, which I talked about in last month’s recently read post. I liked this book a lot – it was told from the perspective of the boyfriend of the main character in If I Stay and it took place a few years later. It was a quick read (it took me about 2 days to finish), and I liked that it gave a little more insight into another character.
The verdict: If you read If I Stay, then reading this one is a given.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
This is the book that gave me the most trouble this month. I’ve read several other books by Liane Moriarty, and I’ve loved them, but for some reason, I was having a hard time making myself read this one. When I did make myself read it, I liked it a lot, but it wasn’t until I was about 3/4 of the way through that I got really into it and had a hard time putting it down. The book revolves around a group of kindergarten moms and a mystery crime that occurs during a school trivia night.
The verdict: I would recommend this book for sure, because, like I said, I did really enjoy it – just don’t be surprised if it takes a while to get super into it.

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
This was my favorite book of the month. The novel follows a 27 year old wife who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and sets out to find a new wife for her husband. The story was full of emotion, and at times, I felt like I was living her journey with her. I don’t really get too emotional while reading, but there were several times that I found myself deeply sighing from the weight of everything this character was dealing with, and I think it will be a book that stays with me for a while. This was a super quick read that only took me a few days to get through.
The verdict: Definitely add this one to your list and let me know if you like it as much as I did.

All is Bright, Love, Accidentally, and Beginning Again by Sarah Pekkanen
Since the month was almost over when I finished Before I Go, I wanted something quick to read to finish off February, so I opted for a set of three short stories. The first, All is Bright, is about a woman named Elise whose longtime boyfriend/childhood friend has recently moved on with another woman named Ilsa. Love, Accidentally is told from Ilsa’s perspective, and Beginning Again is told from Ilsa’s sister, Corrine’s perspective. I’ve been a fan of all of Sarah Pekkanen’s novels, and all three of these short stories were great. I enjoyed reading from each of the three different perspectives, and they were so short that you could easily read them all in one afternoon.
The verdict: Absolutely read these, especially if you’re looking for something quick to blast through. Bonus: All is Bright and Love, Accidentally are both free on Amazon Kindle, and Beginning Again is 99 cents, so you really have no reason not to read them!

What’s the best thing you read in February? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on short stories?

  • Nadine
    March 5, 2015

    Big Little Lies has been on my “to read” list for awhile now and I haven’t gotten around to it. Before I Go sounds amazing but so emotional! I am sure to lose it if I read the book, but sometimes I like a deep one like that. Most of the books I have read lately are much lighter. I will have to add it to my list!

    • ashleynevis
      March 9, 2015

      You’ll have to let me know if you read Before I Go – I think you’ll really like it! And when you read Big Little Lies, let me know if it takes you a while to get into it too. Happy reading!

  • chelsea jacobs
    March 5, 2015

    I’m having the same issue with Big Little Lies! I know I’ll be glad I read it, but right now I’m having a hard time making myself pick it back up.

    • ashleynevis
      March 9, 2015

      Glad it’s not just me! I can’t put my finger on what it is about it, but I am glad I ended up finishing it – it was good!

  • Erin Gray
    March 5, 2015

    I just picked up Big Little Lies at a seconhand bookstore. I’ve heard great things about it…good to know to give it time for the story to develop.

    • ashleynevis
      March 9, 2015

      You’ll have to let me know what you think of it, and if you had a hard time getting into it too. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Megan @ Semi-Charmed Kind of Life
    March 7, 2015

    I just read my first Moriarty book (The Husband’s Secret) and I enjoyed it! I definitely plan on reading Big Little Lies soon. 🙂

    • ashleynevis
      March 9, 2015

      I really liked the Husband’s Secret too, and I also liked The Hypnotist’s Love Story – check that one out too, if you get a chance. You’ll have to come back and let me know your thoughts on Big Little Lies once you read it!

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