February 2019 was the month of the reading slump for me. I’m so ashamed to say it but I read a pitiful two books this month. TWO. That’s basically one a fortnight. Let’s all sit back in our chairs, cross our arms, shake our heads and judge me. Ready? GO!
Ok now that that’s over with, let’s get on with the wrap-up, shall we?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
The first book I read this month was actually a re-read of the first book in the Harry Potter series. This series has been my favourite book series since I was a child, back when my mum would buy each book as soon as it came out and we would take turns to read a page each before bed. I was gifted the set for my Christmas and this is the beginning of me re-reading the entire series. You might be shocked to see that this is only a four star read, since it is my favourite series and I love each and every book with all my heart. However, a five-star book for me gives me a certain feeling – the five star feels – and, though I love this book, it doesn’t make my heart flutter like others do.
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
The second book I read was my first Matt Haig book – I know, I’m a shambles for only just getting round to his writing now. However, I can safely say, after that experience, I have purchased my membership to the Matt Haig fan club. I don’t want to say too much here as I will be posting a review on Sunday evening with my full thoughts but I loved this book. Matt Haig is a very talented writer and it is clear that he is also a very intelligent human being – both academically and emotionally. He packs so many important issues into his writing and challenges them appropriately while also including some beautiful imagery and excellent character development. Big fan, I am.
So there you have it! My two reads for the month of February. I promise to do much better in March! I have already started a Manga – my first ever! – and I am racing through it. I think this will be my new way of pulling me out of a reading slump – a tip I’ve seen others mention before.
Have you read either of these books? (I sincerely hope you’ve read the first one.) What were your thoughts? Are you adding either to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!