Why is it that January goes so slowly and then February pass in the blink of an eye! It is ridiculous. I’ve read 9 books throughout February from a variety of genres and I’ve loved some more than others. So, I’m back with another post what I’ve read this month. In this post you will find a bunch of mini reviews for the books I’ve read in February. Here they are!
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawagushi
In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.
But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . .
I’ve been looking to read this one for ages so I got myself a copy with a gift voucher I got at Christmas. I’m so glad that I picked it up because it is incredible. It is told in such a captivating way and the concept is so interesting. I’m hoping to pick up the next book in the series soon and would highly recommend giving it a read.
The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels by Janice Hallett
Everyone knows the story of the Alperton Angels: the cult-like group who were convinced one of their member’s babies was the anti-Christ, and they had a divine mission to kill it – until the baby’s mother, Holly, came to her senses and called the police. The Angels committed suicide rather than go to prison, and Holly – and the baby – disappeared into the care system.
Nearly two decades later, true-crime author Amanda Bailey is writing a book on the Angels. The Alperton baby has turned eighteen and can finally be interviewed – if Amanda can find them, it will be the true-crime scoop of the year, and will save her flagging career. But rival author Oliver Menzies is just as smart, better connected, and is also on the baby’s trail.
As Amanda and Oliver are forced to collaborate, they realise that what everyone thinks they know about the Angels is wrong, and the truth is something much darker and stranger than they’d ever imagined.
I’ve seen so many amazing things about Janice Hallett’s books but hadn’t picked up one myself until this month. I saw this one at one of the libraries I work at and took it home and started it the same night. A couple of days later and I’d read the entire thing. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and it well and truly captivated me. I completely understand the hype now.
Here is a little snapshot of 5 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones, some more than others but I still enjoyed them. I’ve written full reviews for one of them too, so be sure to check that out.
- Love to Loathe You by Ali Hazelwood – ★★★
- The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams – ★★★★
- Book Love by Debbie Tung – ★★★★★
- Five Survive by Holly Jackson – ★★★
- A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers – ★★★★
Happyhead by Josh Silver
When Seb is offered a place on a radical retreat designed to solve the national crisis of teenage unhappiness, he is determined to change how people see him and make his parents proud. But as he finds himself drawn to the enigmatic Finn, Seb starts to question the true nature of the challenges they must undergo. The deeper into the programme the boys get, the more disturbing the assessments become, until it’s clear there may be no escape…
I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this one earlier this month. I read it almost immediately and it is a truly captivating book. It is thrilling and tells a dark story that had me on the edge of my seat. I will be writing a full review of this one and sharing it very soon!
In at the Deep End by Kate Davies
Julia hasn’t had sex in three years. Her roommate has a boyfriend—and their sex noises are audible through the walls, maybe even throughout the neighborhood. Not to mention, she’s treading water in a dead-end job, her know-it-all therapist gives her advice she doesn’t ask for, and the men she is surrounded by are, to be polite, subpar. Enough is enough.
So when Julia gets invited to a warehouse party in a part of town where “trendy people who have lots of sex might go on a Friday night”—she readily accepts. Whom she meets there, however, is surprising: a conceptual artist, also a woman.
Julia’s sexual awakening begins; her new lesbian life, as she coins it, is exhilarating. She finds her tribe at queer swing dancing classes, and guided by her new lover Sam, she soon discovers London’s gay bars and BDSM clubs, and . . . the complexities of polyamory. Soon it becomes clear that Sam needs to call the shots, and Julia’s newfound liberation comes to bear a suspicious resemblance to entrapment . . .
I bought a copy a couple of years ago and it got lost in my TBR pile so I was happy to give it a go after it was recommended to me by a friend. It is excellent! I flew through it and the story it tells. I loved the characters and the discussions that this book brings up. I would highly recommend giving it a read.
Books read this month: 9
Pages read this month: 3,071
Books read this year: 17
Pages read this year: 5,902
There you have it, that is everything I read in February! What have you read in February and what are you looking forward to reading in March? Let me know in the comments!