February Reads

It's that time again to tell you what we've been reading for the past month (where did February even go; it went so fast)! We'd love to have you in on this conversation too, so if you've read any of these books, let us know what you thought of them!

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher 
(4 stars)
I was devastated when Carrie Fisher died at the end of last year. Star Wars was my upbringing and Carrie Fisher was my role model. She became more of a role model to me as a teenager when I read her books and admired how candidly she spoke about mental illness. 

Reading this book tore me up, largely due to the fact that her death is still so recent and the fact that she joked and referenced her own death jokingly throughout the book so close to its actual occurrence. The main focus of the book was her and Harrison Ford's affair and OHMYGOODNESS I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS! 

Her actual journals were my favorite part of this books, she's really a fabulous writer. Though I think that the book itself could have been organized in a more cohesive way. 

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes 
(5 stars) 
I'm obsessed with this YA fantasy series by Morgan Rhodes. This is the 5th book in a series that I can only describe as a YA Game of Thrones: no character is safe and every character is flawed is a gorgeous way. If you're a fan of fantasy, you NEED to pick up this series. 

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
(3 stars) 
I am so conflicted about this book. I've been recommended it so many times throughout the years and all of my friends gave it five stars on Goodreads, so when I started reading it and was bored to death, I was left wondering, "what's wrong with me?" 

The imagery is beautiful and the writing is admirable. But I was deathly bored for the first 3/4 of the book. Then the ending happened and my mind was blown. 

All in all, I think this would be my favorite short story of all time, but it doesn't seem to fit in a novel format.

Evicted by Matthew Desmond
(5 stars) 
This is the best book I've read in quite a while and probably one of the best fiction books of all-time. Over the course of a few years, Desmond lived in a trailer park on the South Side of Milwaukee and on the North side of Milwaukee to gather stories from individuals living in poverty and their landlords. He also conducted his own research, for there is little to no research done on the housing crisis and evictions. This book was heart-breaking and eye-opening and I wish for everyone to read this. 

What was your favorite book that you read in February?

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