February 2023 Wrap Up

A very solid reading month! Although there were no 4 star reads this month, which is super rare for me.


  • Read: 6 books
  • One 2 star read, one 3 star, two 5 stars, two unrated
  • Favorite book of February: The Kite Runner

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake

This story is the epitome of “go girl, give us nothing!” This book gave me literally nothing I wanted and the complete opposite of everything I did want. I tried to get past the pages and pages of psychoanalysis and internal monologues, hoping for some semblance of plot or even just deep character interactions. But that did not ever happen! This book was extremely slow paced, and almost nothing ever happened in terms of actual plot. There was an attempt made to explore philosophical and physical ideas about nature, but those ideas were so convoluted that I eventually stopped trying to understand the meaning of anything. I was looking forward to seeing some character relationships develop in meaningful ways, but we did not really get that either. The whole book consisted of certain characters avoiding/ignoring each other for a whole year, and there were approximately two scenes with all of the main characters together. My last reason for disliking this book is very personal and selfish, but NONE of the romantic pairings that I wanted to happen ever came into fruition. Alas. Truly disappointing. Rating: 2 stars

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This was a book I chose to read for my AP Lit class. I normally don’t rate those, but this story was just too beautiful to not give 5 stars. This book was so emotional and character driven; I cried a million times. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Rating: 5 stars 

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (no rating)

The Co-Op by Tarah Dewitt

I couldn’t connect with this book at all. The hero and heroine were both pretty immature and unlikable, and I could not feel their chemistry. The plot seemed new and exciting at first glance, but its execution was fairly dull and repetitive. This book has been compared to You Deserve Each Other (one of my all-time favorite romances), but I am offended by that comparison. This was way less funny and swoon worthy than that masterpiece. There were also a lot of words that were needlessly italicized. It was weird. Rating: 3 stars

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

 I’m pretty sure this was my first time reading historical romance. I never thought I’d be too fond of the genre, but this book is making me question my tastes! It was such a good slow burn, forbidden romance with a delicious amount of angst between the two characters. There was really good banter and chemistry. The whole romance reminded me a lot of the Bridgerton show, and the love interest was a mix of the two heroes from Bridgerton Season 1 and 2. I also appreciated the women’s suffrage movement subplot. I can’t wait to continue the series! Rating: 5 stars

Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (no rating)

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