062/2024 – February Book Recap

Book fiction was a bit of a disappointment for me in February. I sent some of the books I read already on to be re-sold, because I know I won’t want to read them again, so there is no proper photo this time. 

Screeshot of the last four books I've finished
Excerpt from my Storygraph

The “Dale Detective” audiobook series is the “lull me to sleep” one and I’m on the third or so round through all of them, so they will appear on my Storygraph stats page. 

I had started another book earlier in the month – Lucky Girl – but I just didn’t feel in the right mood, so it went back to the shelf after a few chapters to be read at another time. Maybe. 

Other than that I clearly have been on a Bryony Gordon spree this month. Her new one was out mid- / late February and of course I read that as well. But only finished it today, so it’s going to be in my March recap.  

The Roughest Draft (Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka, 2022)

DNF after about halfway of the story. To me it just dragged on and on. The two main characters were too boring and whiney for me to care about them in any way. I also had a hard time keeping track of the different points of view and past/present timeline, even though it always was clearly stated. I just didn’t care

Read this as part of the Storygraph Onboarding Challenge.

The Perfect Marriage (Jeneva Rose, 2020)
I rushed through the last third or more of this book, because I thought it dragged on and on. What mostly turned me off and bored me was the style of writing to be honest. It’s written in alternating first person narrative. They didn’t seem so different, both just rather unemotional and flat. Short sentences and a lot of I did this and then I did that. Also they kept having the same thoughts over and over and going in circles and while I agree that that’s human nature, it doesn’t make good literature to me.

The plot was interesting enough at first, because there were enough of possible suspects, but that all started to muddle a bit after a while. A lot of the police and law procedures also felt highly unprofessional to me, which also turned me off.

I admit the ending came as a surprise, which adds another 0.25 to the rating. I just also found it too far-fetched and unrealistic.

All in all clearly not my kind of book.

Forever Hold Your Peace (Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke, 2023)
This book proved a disappointment for me. One of the characters was a bit of a creep in my eyes (and NO, even a long lost love doesn’t make that ok). Their child had no spine and in generell I thought all of them just whined a lot. The emotional side of it all felt too cheesy and the plot too much of a cliche. Sorry, that was just not my cup of tea.

The Book of Beginnings (Sally Page, 2023)
This was a nice story about friendship in all it’s forms and about finding oneself and starting over. I sort of liked it, thought it was rather slow in parts. For some reason I sadly couldn’t really get overly interested in these characters.

No Such Thing As Normal: What My Mental Illness Has Taught Me About Mental Wellness (Bryony Gordon, 2021)
Another great book from Bryony. I’ve been working on my own mental health issues for a while now, so I’ve known about many of the techniques / advice in this book. But it definitely helped as a reminder.

Mad Girl (Bryony Gordon, 2016)
This was difficult to read at times, because Bryony was and still is so open about all her mental health issues: the OCD, the depression and what it all did to her. Although I think it might be even more painful to read in the follow-up book “Glorious Rock Bottom”- I’m glad and grateful that she shares her story though because it made me feel less like a freak with all the mental health issues and weird thoughts and ups and downs I had in my life so far. Every once in a while I had wished she’d dial down the colloquial, self-deprecating humour, but I guess that’s just her way of telling her story.

Glorious Rock Bottom (Bryony Gordon 2020)
I’m in awe of Bryony Gordon and how openly she speaks about her addiction and mental health issues. Always have been, always will be, so this is not an objective review. She’s kind of a role model for me in so many ways. In this one she not only delves into how the addiction made her behave appallingly, but also how she used the alcohol and drugs to quiet all the other stuff going on in her mind. OCD, anxiety and all the other crap human minds can torment themselves with. And that’s something I could very much relate to. Ignoring / masking the real issues and emotions by other mindless/useless behaviour. Reading this book definitely made me want to work on my own issues / battle my own demons a bit more.

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