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: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/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).

PREVIOUS POINTS: 130
TOTAL POINTS: 200

  • The Butterfly Garden sounds super intriguing! I put Ugly and Wonderful Things on hold at the library after your review, but I think it’s going to be a while before I get it!

    • I loved the Butterfly Garden so much! It totally reminded me of an episode of Criminal Minds if that’s a show that you like. And hopefully you get All The Ugly and Wonderful Things from the library soon! That’s the one thing that sucks about the library, having to wait for books!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    My mom said The Butterfly Garden is amazing! I wondered if you’d include any baby books…hope you and those angels are doing great!!

    • Your mom was totally right! It was such a great book, even if it was a little creepy! And I was really surprised that the only baby book that I read during pregnancy besides What To Expect was this book. It was good though!

  • Hope everything is going well!!!! 🙂 Next SUYB you’ll probably have Goodnight Moon on there ;);)
    The Butterfly Garden sounds really really good! I don’t think I can do All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I had it on hold for awhile and just wasn’t too interested. I echo your sentiments about the Cursed Child – it is NOT even close to being the same but I was just so delighted to be back with my beloved characters 🙂

    • I’d love to see The Cursed Child on stage! Just from all the descriptions in the screenplay, I bet that it would be a great show to see live! And Chris has always talked about starting a tradition of reading The Polar Express at Christmas, so that might be on the list next SUYB too! The Butterfly Garden was really good, definitely creepy but a good read. I totally understand not knowing if you could read All The Ugly And Wonderful Things, I don’t know if I’d have read it if I had known the big age differences.

  • I did really enjoy Cursed Child. Of course it’s not the same as the original books but I thought it was so fun to be back in the world and to see what happened to all the characters. Ron & Hermione were so cute but Scorpius was my favorite!

    • That’s what I loved too, just being back in the Harry Potter world again and getting to be in touch with all the characters. Scorpius was such a fun character to get to know, and I love that he was Draco’s son and that him and Harry’s son were friends!

  • glad you liked the butterfly garden! i really liked it. hope everything is going well with the babies 🙂 i haven’t read the Infernal Devices series but it’s on my list. i still have 1 book left in her other series that i started over 10 years ago lol

    • Haha I have to admit that I didn’t love The Infernal Devices originally, but when I went back and read The Mortal Instruments I loved them a lot better! I want to try and read some more books in that series as well. And The Butterfly Garden was so good! I think that I remember that you had read the second book in the series maybe, and I think that I’d want to give it a try! Things are going pretty well with the babies, they’re so cute which helps with the lack of sleep that we’re getting!

  • Loved The Butterfly Garden, that was pretty unique. I also liked All the Ugly and Beautiful things.

    • The Butterfly Garden reminded me a lot of an episode of Criminal Minds which is probably why I loved it so much! I love to get creeped out! And All The Ugly and Wonderful Things was so good and really made me think a lot too.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was a hard book at times but so worth it.

    Glad you’re still finding a little time to read. It’ll keep you sane!

    • I definitely haven’t been reading as much as I did before they got here, but I’m hoping that I’ll get to pick things back up son! And All The Ugly and Wonderful Things was totally worth it, that’s a great way to look at it when it had some uncomfortable parts.

  • I have the Harry Potter book on my bookshelf and need to get into it, glad to read that review. OOh Butterfly Garden sounds right up my alley, I m,ay suggest that one to book club!

    • The Butterfly Garden would be a great choice for your book club! It was really creepy but a super fast and good read. And it took me too long to pick up the new Harry Potter book too, but I was so glad when I finally did!

  • I enjoyed the Harry Potter screenplay too! I think as long as you went into it knowing it wasn’t going to be a continuation of the original series, it was really fun to read. I haven’t read any parenting books yet, but I’m definitely going to keep that sleep one in mind. I hope you guys are doing so well!

    • That was pretty much my mindset too, and I think that’s one of the reasons why I ended up liking the screenplay so much! Although now I want to read more and totally wish that JK Rowling would write some more books! And I’ve heard great things about this sleep book, so I’m anxious to see if it actually works! And so far we’re adjusting pretty well to having the girls here, even with the lack of sleep!

  • I read the Infernal Devices series and enjoyed but it’s been a few years so I actually can’t really remember how it ended. Oh wait. I do too. And I get your love triangle comment now. 😀 And agree. I really liked Cursed Child but like you, I took it for what it was. A play, not a novel. I missed JK’s voice and details but Snape still made me cry and little Scorpious Malfoy was a delight. And I really, really want to see the play. I really enjoyed The Butterfly Garden too. I like the sequel, Roses in May, a tad more. Oddly enough, the story in BG is stronger but the girl power in Roses is amazing.

    • I’m excited to read some more books by Cassandra Clare now that I’ve finished up the Infernal Devices! Most of the time I love myself a love triangle in YA books like in The Hunger Games, but I definitely feel like the characters have to choose, and I just wish that the characters had been forced to choose in The Infernal Devices. And I loved Scorpius too, and I thought that it was super ironic, but I loved the fact that Harry and Draco’s sons were besties! I’m definitely going to want to pick up Roses in May! I loved The Butterfly Garden so much, and I love to read a continuation of the story!

  • Jen

    I’m glad you were still able to get some reading done before the girls arrived. I hope you all are doing well!

    • Thank you! So far things are going pretty well, and I think that we’re adjusting well. Both grandmothers have been in town to help out which has been awesome!

  • I just started All the Ugly and Wonderful things this afternoon on my way home from work! Hoping all is well with you!

    • I hope that you enjoy it! It was a little hard to read at parts, but it was worth it as Jana said! And things are going great so far, and I feel like we’re adjusting!

  • The Butterfly Gardens sounds really good!

  • I’ve heard good things about The Butterfly Gardens. Congratulations on your daughters!

  • Laura

    Adding the Butterfly Gardens ASAP. Sounds so interesting!

  • I’ve barely read since the baby was born, too! Though I’m trying to read more while nursing now. Haha. I really liked The Butterfly Garden, too.

    • I loved The Butterfly Garden so much! I was a really good read and I couldn’t put it down! We’ve been basically glued to the TV since the girls have been born, I think just to have noise in the background, so I’m thinking that I need to use their nap time to try and read more.

  • Great job on the challenge! And you had so many 4 and 5 star books this month. That’s awesome!
    I definitely did NOT like the Cursed Child, but I’m happy for people that enjoyed it 🙂 Haha

    • Thank you! I was so glad that I completed the challenge before the last day, which is usually how I roll. And this month was a really good reading month for me in number of books and how good they were too! Hopefully I’ll get to read some more good books before the end of the year!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I really loved Cursed Child; I think a lot of people that didn’t like don’t like reading plays, or never have, so that will be a huge shock. I personally love reading plays so I think that helped, and I just love all things HP. Plus, I got to see it live and it’s MADE for the stage. I really want them to film it live and release that – I think more people would love it.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • That would be so awesome to get to see The Cursed Child live! I bet that it was fantastic! And reading plays is definitely a lot different than reading a book because there’s just not a whole lot of descriptions included and it’s mainly dialogue. I guess that’s where you can imagine how things would actually look on the stage.

  • Congratulations on the birth of the twins! I haven’t read the Cursed Child but would like to eventually. I just finished reading the Harry Potter series, so obviously I’m not in a huge rush! LOL! I really enjoyed All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I’ve heard good things about The Butterfly Garden and it’s been on my to read list.

    • Thank you! We love them so much already. And yes, definitely give yourself some time before reading The Cursed Child. It’s very different from the original books because it’s a play, but it’s definitely worth the read. And The Butterfly Garden might be one of my favorite books from this year, so I hope that you get to read it soon! It’s a really good thriller!

  • Biana Perez

    I haven’t ready any of these books before but definitely adding All the ugly…especially after reading your detailed review!!

    • I hope that you get the chance to pick it up! It’s definitely hard to read at parts, but it’s totally worth it! And if you’re in the mood for a thriller, definitely pick up The Butterfly Garden. It’s a really good read, and I couldn’t put it down!

  • butterfly garden is on my TBR, but it sounds so dark!

    • It was really dark and kind of reminded me of an episode of Criminal Minds. If you like that show, definitely give The Butterfly Garden a try!

  • Butterfly Garden sounds right up my alley… Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Great job finishing the challenge! I lost interest in my books and ran out of lots of time to read. Oh well! Glad you enjoyed the Infernal Devices series, I want to read it someday! I also have Butterfly Garden on my list, and HP of course. Glad to hear you liked that one! I have had it on my shelf since it came out! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Nadine

    I have All the Ugly and Wonderful Things on my TBR, need to get around to that. Last year for my birthday (I think??) Chris got me that HP book and I still haven’t read it. I really need to get around to it! Netgalley usually wins out lol.