Tuesday, March 1, 2016

ABC Reads: February

Time for an update on my reading list so far on the ABC Reads Challenge!  Here's my updated list for February:

A:  (The) Atlantis Plague, by A.G. Riddle.  Completed January 2016.

B:  Broken Grace, by E.C. Diskin.  Completed January 2016.
C:  (The) Color of Secrets, by Lindsay Jane Ashford.  Completed February 2016.
D:  Daughter of Sand and Stone, by Libbie Hawker.  Completed February 2016.
E:  E, by Kate Wrath.  Completed February 2016.
F:  Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell.
G:  (The) Guardians of History, by Elisabetta Cametti.  Currently reading.
H:  (The) Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson.
I:  (The) Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
J:  Jackaby, by William Ritter.
K:  (The) Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
L:  (The) Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman.
M:  My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout.
N:  (The) Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.  Completed January 2016.
O:  Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.
P:  Paper Towns, by John Green.
Q:  (The) Queen of the Damned, by Anne Rice.
R:  Regret, by Dan Dawkins.
S:  (The) Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.
T:  Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
U:  Under the Blood-Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury.
V:  Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann.
W:  Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.
X:  (The) X, by Lorena Bathey.
Y:  You, by Caroline Kepnes.
Z:  (The) Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman.

I completed three books this month, though I had hoped to finish at least four.  They were all pretty interesting and all about strong women dealing with grief and adversity.  So February was pretty much the month of girl power.  Woo hoo!

The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford
This was a WWII historical fiction book about a white woman named Eva (who's husband goes missing and is presumed dead) who falls in love with a black American GI named Bill.  Eva (who already has a son by her husband) ends up getting pregnant by Bill, who get shipped off to war soon after.  The beginning of this story was okay.  A lot of romance, which isn't really my thing, but once Bill was gone the story started getting interesting. 

Daughter of Sand and Stone by Libbie Hawker
I really enjoyed this book as the main character was a headstrong young woman named Zenobia who knew exactly what she wanted and went for it.  The story takes place during ancient Roman times and I of course loved the history of it.  Some parts in the story I could have done without, mainly the romance parts again, and I thought it was odd that Zenobia seemed like such a cold and distant person to everyone around her especially since her father seemed like such a loving and caring person.

E by Kate Wrath
Okay, so this one wasn't a historical fiction book but I loved it anyway!  It's set in a dystopian world where people live in poverty and if you're caught doing something illegal, you are taken by the sentries and your memory is erased.  The beginning of the book is confusing as you're trying to understand what is going on and how that world works, just as Eden is when she is dumped on the street with no memory of who she is or where she come from.  It really didn't take me long to get through this book because I was so caught up in it.  In the world that Eden lives, there is always something happening, someone fighting for survival, something threatening their safety so it was hard to put it down!

I'm currently in the middle of The Guardians of History and up next I'll be reading the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry because I've heard such good things about it.  What about you?  What have you been reading?


  1. i love that you are doing them in order! these all sound super interesting so i am adding them to my list (and i happen to not mind romance, so.... LOL).

  2. Ooo, E, by Kate Wrath looks like my kind of book! Can't wait to hear what you think about Fangirl! I'm currently reading Firestarter by Stephen King. I can't believe how much he's written in his career. I like this one, like Carrie, because it's a psychological story. I'm also slowly reading Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks. It's non-fiction, so slow-going.

  3. I haven't read any of these and they sound interesting. I will have to check them out!

  4. I missed this one back in February! But glad I found it because The Color of Secrets and E look really interesting to me. E sounds somewhat similar to The Divergent Series. Definitely intriguing! Thanks for sharing!


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