Thursday, March 6, 2014

February Books

Hey y'all! So at the beginning of this month, when I published my February Goals, I mentioned that I wanted to read four books, and surprisingly, I was able to follow through with that. I tried to write short and spoiler-less reviews, so enjoy! 
*fyi, didn't read the Portuguese version- it was all I could find, photo wise 
I definitely didn't like this as much as Catching Fire, of the Hunger games series, plot-wise. It was too focused on the love blossoming between Tori and Four. (not that I'm some kind of sadist, but I'm reading dystopian fiction, not thinly disguised romance). The action scenes were written well- I dried out my contacts two nights in a row staying up late to finish this! Ultimately, I was a little tired of Tris's internal conflict by the end of the book. The ending was a cliffhanger- I was ready to start Allegiant right away. (Rate: 4/5)

 1. I hated the back and fourth between Tris and Tobias. Too much going on ,and it was hard to follow since the other tow books didn't follow the same model. 
2. Too many plot twists: I think Katy Perry summed it up pretty well in Hot N Cold!
3. The ending....seriously? This is not okay (Rate: 3/5)

This book is not something that you will tear through in a night of feverish page turning. It's the kind of book that needs to be picked up for twenty minutes here and there, the kind of book that takes a couple of weeks to get through. It's also the kind of book that will leave laying in bed, content, and looking up at the ceiling when you're finally finished.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly close is hilarious at times, and absolutely sob-worthy at others. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and felt a deeper understanding of two things when I finished:
1. The devastation that 9/11 brought to New York specifically and to America as a whole.
2. How not everyone has a happily ever after at age 25-love takes years to cultivate. (Rate: 4/5)

Smiles, chuckles, tears, and outright sobs: all things that I experienced as I read this book. This personifies the love that dogs and owners cultivate SO very well, and I viewed my Bella in a completely different way after reading it. (Rate: 5/5)

Well, that's it! What books have you read this month? Have you read any of the above ever? What did you think? Also, I'm in need of suggestions- hit me up in the comments below!!

xo, Hima

P.S. Remember that election I was talking about? I won. :)


  1. congrats on the win! And those books look. I have wanted to read the third on for a long time but I didn't want to be sad.

  2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close looks like a good read.
    Awesome that you went through with your February goals!


  3. Congrats on your win. Enjoyed hearing about the first two books you read. Hoping Divergent will be better then those since I really need to get readng that. For a quick read, check out "Labor Day".
    xo, Dawn

  4. Congrats on your win! I really wanna read divergent soon! thanks for sharing your books!

  5. Hi there. Just browsing through the Happy Kids, Inc: Bloglovin' Blog Hop and found your blog. Now following you via Bloglovin' and would love if you popped along to my blog and maybe even followed back!

  6. Thank you Erica! I would recommend reading it- it took me a while to get through, but I learned a lot!

  7. It's actually incredible! ;) Thank you- just barely made it!

  8. I really liked Insurgent, but Allegiant- not so much! I wanted to watch the movie a few years ago, but I think I'll definitely appreciate it more now that I'm older. And thank you! :)

  9. Thanks Dawn! Divergent is a lot better than the second two!

  10. Thank you! :) Come back next month to see my March books!

  11. GAHHH CONGRATS!!! I knew I'd get to it haha. These are great book reviews - to the point and no spoilers. That dog book sounds like it's too much for me to deal with though, I'm so obsessed with my dog and she's getting old...I can't.

  12. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! (P.S. I just noticed that I only type in all caps when I'm responding to you...weird.) Girl, you have to read it! Honestly, you will just love her 10x more!

  13. omg "a dog's purpose" is a wonderful book, i read it a few years ago... sweet memories <3
    have you read "the fault in our stars"? cried my way through that one


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xo, Hima