This month, I knocked out 4 letters: E, G, O, & W.
Etta by Gerald Kolpan
I really enjoyed this novel - a fiction story about a real woman with a larger than life reputation. Kolpan certainly takes liberties in this telling of the Wild Bunch (famous members include Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid) and the little known female companion of Sundance, "Etta", adding in a mix of truth here and there to give life to the unknown parts of her story. I felt it was very believable and made for an interesting read that I couldn't put down.
Girl with all the Gifts
I wanted to give this a 3.5. Not a true 4 star for me, but a good read and a really interesting take on the subject matter. I don't want to give too much away. The way it was written, I think that Carey wants to keep the reader in the dark about Melanie and the other kids in her class. So you'll just have to read it to find out more!
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
Love. Love, love, love. I don't even know where to start with this one. First off: Joshilyn Jackson can do no wrong in my eyes. She has this amazing ability to create characters that are so real, so alive, that you find yourself thinking about them when you're not reading her book, and wanting to ignore all other things to delve back into the pages of the story. The character Paula Vauss does not disappoint. She is one badass, broken lady. But Jackson gives her the ability to handle whatever comes her way in life, maybe with some stumbles along the way, but I was truly rooting for her in the end. Typically Jackson does not give her characters happy endings - perhaps the endings that they deserve, but not always tied up with a neat little bow. So I was surprised and quite happy with how Opposite of Everyone ended. I'm sad that I got this from the library, because I want to reread it to pick up some things that I'm sure I missed.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I am also a huge fan of Liane Moriarty, and What Alice Forgot did not disappoint me. An intriguing topic - losing 10 years of your memory - coupled with a complete personality change makes this book a page turner. Can you imagine waking up one day with three children and a busy social calendar, when the last thing you remember was being pregnant for the first time as a newly married wife? Some of the ending was predictable, and yet surprising all the same. I really enjoyed this novel - and I think I need to add more Moriarty to my reading list!
So there's my list for February. I just got an email that my first March book is in at the library, so I can't wait to start it!
What are you reading right now?