What I Read in February 2022

This month was a little more chaotic than last month…

With getting sick at the very onset of February, that really sent my normalcy into a tailspin. So I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked, but I still got through four. There was a wide range of genres and contexts that I covered, and I really enjoyed the breadth of variety. Looking forward to what I’m going to read next month!

So here are the books I read in February 2022…

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts – Holley Gerth

As a self-proclaimed introvert, this book spoke to me. Holley Gerth masterfully captures the uniqueness of introverts while also spurring them on in their specific giftings. This book does have a spiritual element to it so if you aren’t Christian, this may not resonate with you as well.

Research shows what introverts may see as struggles can be their greatest strengths! Rather than wondering if you need to change, what if you could be yourself with nothing holding you back? You are exactly who God created you to be! Gerth shares everything you need to know, from brain science to the psychological, relational, and spiritual aspects of being an introvert. 

Easy read with fascinating excerpts from varying resources. Her uplifting voice and delicate writing make for a fun, motivational read. Highly recommend for all my fellow introverts who need some encouragement. God created you to be thoughtful, mindful, inquisitive, and strong. I hope you see your introvertedness as a strength because it truly is a gift not hindrance. 

In a Dark, Dark Wood – Ruth Ware

Set in England, this book has all the spooky nuances of a mystery while being set amidst a hen party for a bride-to-be that everyone appears to have a twisty relationship with. Truly a great read for when you want something that keeps you guessing and also just a little bit anxious when you turn the lights off at night.

This psychological murder mystery novel tells the story of an unreliable, amnesiac narrator Nora Shaw as she attempts to recall the events of a bachelorette/hen weekend. Nora has a pretty significant past with the bride-to-be as they used to be childhood friends, however as time passed they grew apart. As it turns out, her childhood friend (Clare) is actually marrying her childhood crush. The guy who broke up with her via text 10 years ago and has since severed communication with her. And Clare thought that the bachelorette weekend would be an appropriate time to reveal this news to Nora.

I will say I’m pretty proud of myself for guessing who was behind all the drama of this mystery, but it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. I gave it four stars, because it was more predictable than I’d anticipated but it still was entertaining. Definitely a great mystery to read, especially in the colder winter months!

Reminders of Him – Colleen Hoover

The only Colleen Hoover books I’ve read thus far are “It Ends With Us” and “Reminders of Him”. And admittedly, I liked the plot of this book better because the pilot of this book better because it felt more realistic and plausible. Also physical abuse wasn’t a key theme. Good, quick read!

After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year old daughter who she has never met. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. However, the only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

Told through the voice of both Kenna and Ledger, this book offers the reader two unique stories/perspectives. Loved the plausibility of this book, and the hope amidst tragedy theme was strong.

The Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

This book did not pick up for me until about halfway in. And if I’m being honest, I don’t like reading something for 200 pages JUST to get mildly intrigued. It’s longer at around 450 pages but I wanted to try something new. Glad I read it, but ultimately fantasy is just not my bag.

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the wolf and killing something so precious comes at a price…Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, is hiding something. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose her captor forever.

First of all, fantasy is a big step outside my comfort zone. I’m more of a fiction/self-help/mystery kind of gal. Did I love it? No. Did I hate it? No. Was it too much fantasy for me? Yes. If you are into this genre, you’ll likely love the book. But if it’s not your norm, then I’d give this a hard pass. I wanted to explore this genre and so I did. Will I read the rest of the series? Absolutely not haha, but I’m happy I tried something new even if I didn’t love it.

What books did you enjoy reading in February?

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