Reading Round-Up: February

Hello Loves!

First of all, let me wish you a happy March. March is the month that gifts us with Spring 🌻. It’s a month that is bringing us all hope for the future too. We definitely have light at the end of the tunnel after a difficult winter. Nevertheless, the evenings are lighter and there is a lot to celebrate. ☀️

I really enjoyed writing my round-up last month so I thought it would be something I do every month now. February was a shorter month (my excuse anyway?) but I did manage to read 15 books which I’m quite pleased with. It’s a little less than last month but that’s really ok. It is the joy of reading that matters more than the numerical amount. There’s been some personal challenges for me this month so once again the writing left me but the reading remained. Regardless, I’ve read some brilliant books in February and I can’t wait to share them with you. Let’s check out the shelves!

As I say, there’s some fantastic books here and some reviews I really need to post. Picking a top three has been difficult. However, my top three books of February are:

  1. Breathtaking by Rachel Clarke. I don’t have the eloquence or the words really to explain how sublime this book is. Like I said in my previous post, we have all been affected by the pandemic, myself included. This book shows us inside the beating heart of the NHS at the start of the pandemic. What the NHS staff have seen and experienced this time is incomprehensible. My heart broke when I was reading about how they make sure nobody dies alone.💜
  2. All On The Board by Ian Redpath and Jeremy Chopra. Based at North Greenwich station two underground workers, Ian and Jeremy, try and make the day a little better by leaving messages and poems on the board for people passing through the station. This collection shows some of their work. It’s a really uplifting book and you can see more on their Facebook page here.
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. This book kept me gripped from start to finish. It’s been doing the rounds recently so it is clearly a popular choice and I can totally see why. It was also a book where I didn’t work out the ending either which can happen with thrillers. A great, pacy book. (Mind you, Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh was just as pacy too.)

Also, there was a new focus for the reading challenge this month and I read my first John Grisham book. Some of you lovely people also recommended other Grisham books that I have added to my ‘never ending and will probably out live me’ reading list. Thank you so much. If you missed it, you can catch up with it here.

I wish you a happy, bright and healthy March. I’m hoping to share with you more books I’ve loved as well and to keep catching up with you all. Happy Spring everyone! 🌸 🌺 🌻

Big love all xxx

37 thoughts on “Reading Round-Up: February

  1. Happy March to you as well, let’s hope you are right about spring arriving soon (where I am it still feels a bit cold). I like these monthly wrap-ups, so keep them coming. 🙂 15 books – very impressive! Breathtaking sounds amazing, but not sure I can bear to read it just yet.


    1. You’re so kind! Thank you. It’s still chilly, you’re right. Yeah, I’m glad I read it when I did but if I’d been affected by a recent loss, I absolutely know I wouldn’t have been able to read it. It was really comforting though. I’ll be glad when we can go about our lives safety again and the pressure is off everyone. X

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  2. Hi Books and Bakes! I’m so glad you liked The Silent Patient – I loved that book and I’m looking forward to reading more by the author. I have a copy of The Rooster Bar and I’ve been meaning to read it – did you enjoy it? Glad to see your post – hope you have a great March!


  3. You’re really adept at summarizing books! It tends to be an underrated skill. Thanks to your reviews, I’ve added a few of the books you’ve read (not only from this post) to my book bucket list.


  4. Good Morning Books and Bakes! I enjoy your blog posts so much as a reference for my TBR. I noticed this month you said you were “pleased” with the 15 books you read and added the jacket covers (this helps with my selections!). As I value your opinion and reviews, my question is, do you ever post pictures of books that you would not recommend reading? I know you do not have time to post reviews for all of your books but is there a way to place them in order that you recommend, first to last? This is a tall order and you might have already addressed this in past posts! Thank you for your consideration!!

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    1. Hi! What an amazing comment. I’m so grateful, thank you.
      I don’t tend to finish the books I’ve not enjoyed. I firmly believe that life is too short so if I find that I can’t get into it, I pass it on. Don’t worry about asking. I’m just not sure how helpful I’ve been! If there’s any you want to know more about, please say. I’ll help if I can! 🙂

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