Book Chat: My February Reads


I’m writing this at  9:00pm on a Sunday night.  I have a peppermint candle lit and I’m drinking a decaf coffee (cold – let’s face it) because I’m obsessed with the taste of coffee.

I’m ignoring the pile of laundry that needs folding and the dishes that are calling my name.  My to be read pile is growing, my list of ‘checked out’ library books is stacking up, and I am currently storing books in a cupboard with my towels.  Things are pretty dire in my neck of the woods.  (Cold non-coffee coffee included).

At the beginning of the year, I – along with 2,611,721 people – decided to participate in the 2020 Reading Challenge on Goodreads.  I chose to read 35 books in 2020 and I have finished a grand total of…one.  I guess you could say I have a bit of catching up to do, which is why we are here today: to discuss books like the sophisticated millennials that we are (and I won’t let any snobby Susan say otherwise).

Ideally, this post will round up the books that I have finished reading for the month.  However, on this occasion, I will be introducing the books that I will be continuing to read for the rest of March.

My “currently reading” shelf is steadily getting out of control.  Many of the books on my shelf are ones that have been ‘recommended reads’ or been highly rated by my work colleagues.  Others have simply grabbed my eye as I have been walking by.  I’ve been told you can tell a lot about a person by what they do in their spare time.  Well, I read.  All sorts of books.  What does that say about me?

My “currently reading” shelf looks like it has been chosen by a toddler in a candy store.  I’ll have one of those, three of those, and I’ll try one of those just because I can.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

1.  The Green Witch x Arin Murphy-Hiscock

This is a book I have seen around the library many, many times.  I finally picked it up and it has had pride of place on my bedside table ever since.  I’m only a chapter or so in but I am really enjoying the read.  I am a fixed Earth sign (Taurus) and I have been tapping into my love of the earth, moon cycle, and seasons in my personal life.  I decided I would like to expand my knowledge and, so far, this book has been perfect for a beginner, such as myself.

2. Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic x Lisa Lister

Another book that caught my eye a while ago, but I have only just picked up.  And put down.  And picked up again.  In all honesty, I am struggling with this book.  It is not what I expected it to be and the language itself is a bit…preachy.  I’m intrigued enough to keep it on my bookshelf but I’m unsure if March will see me finish this one.

3.  The Abundance Project x Derek Rydall

This is a book I have been holding on to since January.  Thank goodness for renewals, right?  I love a bit of self-improvement and self-development books which are the main reasons why this book has found itself in my house for so long.  The book itself has some good reviews and is highly rated on Goodreads so I’m hoping to persevere and finish it in March.

4.  Waisted x Randy Susan Meyers

I heard about this book while clicking through the internet one night.  The idea and book cover caught my eye so I thought what the hell, I’ll give it a go and it found its way to my bookshelf.  And, for the most part, has stayed there.  This is another one that I have picked up and put down multiple times simply because I can’t engage with the characters or the plot.  I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t given it enough time or because the writing style is slightly ‘out of the norm’ for me but I am willing to see how far (or not) I get with this one.

5. Talk To Me x John Kenny

This book was one of the “recommended reads” from my local library so I snatched it up straight away.  Those women (and men) know how to pick books.  I’m also making a conscious effort to pick up more books by male authors as they have a very different style that I tend to enjoy.  I’m only a few chapters in but I’m already falling in love with the grouchy old man that is Ted.  I’m sure I’ll be able to finish this one by the end of March.

6.  Who’s Who in the Zoo x Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola & Ben Robertson

This one took a lot of effort to get invested in.  There were points where I wanted to give up on it and walk away, but there was a voice in the back of my head saying “just one more page”.  That voice has continued for most of the book.  It’s not the most captivating read but, as I’m in the criminal circuit, I find the very nature of it to be interesting.  Plus, who doesn’t like getting to know more about their ol’ mates across the ditch? G’day mate.

7.  The Guardians x John Grisham

My sister’s boyfriend saw that I was a massive nerd and recommended John Grisham as an author.  And it completely changed my opinion of him on the spot.  I picked up The Guardians because it was in my local op shop and I am a sucker for a good bargain.  And a good book.  I found it took a while to get into this book but I am hooked.  Again, mainly due to the nature of my work, but I have no doubt that I’ll be able to finish this book in March as well.

8.  Juggling in High Heels x Lisa O’Neill

Sometimes, my life feels like it is a little bit out of control.  I definitely wouldn’t mind learning a trick or two to organise the chaos that is my life.  The cover of the book is beautiful and the pages inside are the same.  The whole thing is such a pretty package that it would be a shame if I didn’t try (again) to finish the book.

9.  Mythos x Stephen Fry

A work colleague told me that I needed to read this book if I was that enamoured with mythology.  I took ‘Classical Studies’ in high school for two years and completed a project on Persephone, so one could say I’m a little obsessed with the gods and goddesses.  Luckily for me, a family member owns the book and told me the same thing.  Say no more.  I’m about half way through the book but it has been a bit of a battle.  The book is slow in parts and there are a lot of names to remember but I love the subject so this is a ‘must read’.

10.  The Missing Files x Scott Bainbridge

This book is all about the missing person cases in New Zealand.  Some of these stories date back to 1945 whilst others are as early as 2015.  There is something daunting about delving into a part of the New Zealand that you’ve never looked at before.  Sure, I’ve watched ‘Sensing Murder’ before but there’s something different about watching a show on TV and having a full description of events right before your very eyes.  This is a book I have to take a break from every now and again but it never fails to make its way back to my beside table.

11.  Next Level Basic x Stassi Schroeder

I picked this book up because it boasts being a New York Times Bestseller.  That never fails to catch my eye.  I opened the book and I started cringing.  I’ll be honest: I don’t know who. Stassi Schroeder is or what Vanderpump Rules is.  This, in part, may be my downfall as several people have mentioned this in the review section.  It is an easy, syrup-y read that I have found to be less ‘self-help’ and more of a memoir with the odd lesson sprinkled in.  We’ll see if I manage to finish this one.

Now do you believe that I am a massive bookworm?  I will always try to read a book if it has been recommended by a friend or is a top seller.

Some may believe I have too many books on the go, but this is a small drop in the bucket.  If you checked out my “want to read” list on Goodreads, you’ll find 858 books.  Again, how many is “too many books”?

What are you reading this month?  I am always hunting for a new book or author so let me know!

signature, the caffeinated millennial

5 thoughts on “Book Chat: My February Reads

  1. I’ve just bought Mythos and it’s among my teetering TBR pile. The last good book I read was How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran, if you haven’t read it yet x


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