The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

Happy Show Us Your Books Day with Steph and Jana! Life has definitely been a whirlwind around these parts with the addition of our little girls, but I couldn’t miss the chance to talk about books today! Last month was definitely a good reading month for me, which is a good thing considering I haven’t been able to read much at all since the girls arrived. Hopefully that will change in the weeks to come so that I actually have something to talk about next month, but we’ll have to wait and see! Anyways, let’s get on with the book reviews!

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare ★★★★★ 5 stars

This was the last installment in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, and I thought that it did a great job of wrapping everything up. The only thing that I didn’t really love was actually the epilogue. Usually that’s one of my favorite parts of books, but I hated the love triangle part of this series, and I thought that the epilogue was kind of a cop out to make everybody happy. It was really cool though to see how everything tied together from the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices as well though.

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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling ★★★★ 4 stars

It seems like everybody and their mom had negative opinions about the Harry Potter screenplay, so when I started to read this book I definitely went into it with really low expectations. Maybe that’s the reason why I ended up liking it. It definitely wasn’t an original Harry Potter book, but I really enjoyed the storyline and how you still got to see what the other characters were up to like Ron and Hermione. Now the screenplay definitely didn’t have all of the details that we’ve all grown to love about the Harry Potter series, but when you take it for what it is, I think that it’s a pretty good sequel. Just remember to go into it with an open mind and I think that you’ll enjoy it.

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All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood ★★★★ 4 stars

I wrote a pretty detailed review of this book here for the Beyond Words Book Club last month. This book was really tough for me to review. It definitely kept me entertained and flipping the pages, but there were a few things that definitely bothered me about this book. The two main characters are quite a few years apart and they meet when Wavy is 8 and Kellen is in his early 20’s and they fall in love and develop a relationship, when she’s like 13 years old. While I definitely did care for the main characters and thought that they really did love each other and care for each other, it was hard to see past the age difference, especially since Wavy was SO young. Although, you could definitely make an argument that by the age of 13 she’d lived through way more than most people live through their entire lives. Anyways, it was a story that tugs at your heart strings and really makes you think twice about what relationships and love can look like.

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Twelve Hours’ Sleep By Twelve Weeks Old by Suzy Giordano ★★★★ 4 stars

I have to admit I didn’t do a whole lot of book reading about babies and pregnancy and birth while I was pregnant. I mainly stuck to the What To Expect When You’re Expecting, a few apps, and a lot of blog reading. But one book that a lot of people recommended to me, especially for getting sleep with multiples was this Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old. The book was really short and I was able to read it one afternoon, and the best part is that included a lot of really good ideas. Obviously we can’t try them out right now, but I’m hoping to try them out within the next month or two.

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson ★★★★★ 5 stars

I had originally selected The Horse Dancer as my last book in Erin’s Challenge this time around, but I just couldn’t get into it. The Butterfly Garden had been sitting on my Kindle for forever and after hearing so many people rave about how good it was, I decided to switch this one out for the “animal on the cover” category. I’m so glad that I decided to make the change because it was so good and probably my favorite book of the month!

The Butterfly Garden tells the story of young women who are kidnapped and turned into butterflies for The Gardener. Even though they are cared for by the garden, they know that they aren’t safe for long and subjected to repeated rapes. I’m a huge fan of shows about serial killers, so this was right up my alley, plus it had me on the edge of my seat a lot. I thought that it was really interesting how the author told the story and flipped between the present time and Maya’s story of her time in the Garden. It helped to keep my interest up because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next during both sides of the story!

Overall this was a really good reading month for me. I read a lot of books that I really liked and I was able to finish up Erin’s Book Challenge as well! After not finishing up last challenge, I was determined to finish up this one, and I’m so glad that I did. Even better that it wasn’t on the last day of the challenge either! Hopefully I’ll have some books to linkup with next month, but no promises as we seem to be watching a lot of TV lately in between taking care of the girls! But one can hope, right!

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My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Results:

5 points: Freebie: Read a book that is at least 200 pages
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages, 5 stars).
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, 4 stars).
10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages, 3 stars).
15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover (submitted by Mattie)
The Horse Whisper by Jojo Moyes (518 pages) Changed to The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchnson (288 pages, 5 stars)
20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages, 4 stars).
20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages, 4 stars).
25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America:…/List_of_mo…… (submitted by Christina)
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child- Parts One And Two by JK Rowling (343 pages, 4 stars).
30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages, 3 stars).
30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc. (submitted by Bev)
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (567 pages. 5 stars).
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages, 4 stars).