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February Books in Review

February was an AWESOME month for reading, stat wise. 10 books read this month (though two of those are DNF’s, because life is too short to endure bad books past 50%), which brings me up to a total of 18/26 books for 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge so far.

I think my goal of 26 was a tad too conservative. I’ll probably increase the goal to 52 or something once I reach 26, but I won’t risk jinxing it by changing it now…

I’ve also made some headway on my 12 mois – 12 livres québecois goal, which was to read one book by a Quebecois author per month. I really want to read more books by local authors, as well as read more books in french. February ended with 3/12 books read towards that goal.

The DNF’s (did not finish) this month were baaaaaaaad. The worst, for me, was Tanya Anne Crosby’s The MacKinnon’s Bride. It just drug on and on and on with circular dialogue and endless inner monologues that just. Went. Nowhere. It was actually bad enough that I googled the distance between Northumbria and the Isle of Skye, calculated the journey (on horseback) between the two, and determined that the characters could have gotten where they were going twice, if they would have just shut their yaps. *le sigh*

My absolute favourite book this month is Adrian Tchaikowsky’s Children of Time. Click through the book title to read my review; honestly, I can’t gush any more about this book than I already have. It is AMAZING and a MUST READ.

I invite you to scroll through the list below of all ten books I read this month. I didn’t write full reviews for all of them. Some are just a few lines of thought, but sometimes there’s nothing more to say than READ THIS! or GAHHHH BAD BOOK STAY AWAY.


I do hope your February reading was fulfilling! Let me know in the comments what your favourite and least favourite books were this month!

Happy Reading!

Jessica Signature | Milk Stains & Notebooks | Motherhood. Marriage. Furious Scribbling. |




Feb. 3rd | À la conquête de la haute ville (Fanette #1) | Suzanne Aubry | 5🌟
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1847. Fanette a dû s’exiler avec sa famille pour échapper à la famine qui sévissait en Irlande. Devenues orphelines, Fanette et sa sœur aînée, Amanda, sont placées chez des cultivateurs, où elles mènent une vie misérable. Pour améliorer son sort, Amanda part avec un négociant en promettant à Fanette de revenir la chercher, mais elle disparaîtrait mystérieusement. Après des mois d’attente, Fanette s’enfuit et rencontre Emma sur le chemin du Roy…

Feb. 5th | The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood | 5🌟
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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable…

Feb. 5th | Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite #1) | L.E. Waters | 1🌟
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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die. Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives…

Feb. 6th | Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin #1) | G.A. Aiken | 4🌟
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It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear–a lot–or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly, and deadly type…

Feb. 9th | La vengeance du Lumber Lord (Fanette #2) | Suzanne Aubry | 5🌟
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Dans ce deuxième volet, Fanette veut retrouver sa sœur, Amanda, disparue depuis son départ de la ferme Cloutier avec Bruneau, un négociant de passage. À l’insu de son beau-père, elle entreprend des recherches puis, un jour, elle reçoit une lettre : sa sœur lui donne un mystérieux rendez-vous. Le coroner Duchesne – qui recherche toujours Amanda à titre de témoin du meurtre sordide du négociant Bruneau – viendra bouleverser leurs retrouvailles. Les deux soeurs se reverront-elles ?

Feb. 11th | Cry of my Heart (Montana Skies #1) | Linda Ford | 1🌟
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After losing her father at a young age, Nicole Thomas has structured her life to avoid risks. She’s content running her antique store and caring for her grandmother and sister – at least that’s what she tells herself. Andrew “Ace” Conners has always planned to be alone. But when his late aunt’s neighbour insists on finding treasures among the estate’s belongings, he can’t help falling for the dynamic, compassionate woman, even though he knows she’s not for him…

Feb. 16th | The MacKinnon’s Bride (Highland Brides #1) | Tanya Anne Crosby | 1🌟
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Descended of the legendary sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad’s return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil…

Feb. 18th | Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikowsky | 5🌟
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The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.

Feb. 22nd | Les filles du Nightingale | Donna Douglas | 4🌟
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Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in January 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. The third is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life.

Feb. 25th | L’Avaleur de sable | Stéphane Boirguignon | 3🌟
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Flottant entre l’adolescence et l’âge adulte, Julien, 26 ans, vit avec son coloc Pierrot, qui tente de sortir son ami de la torpeur dans laquelle l’a plongé la mort de Florence, son amoureuse, victime d’une balle perdue lors d’un règlement de comptes au bar où elle était serveuse. “Faudra bien qu’un jour tu te décides à poser un pied dans la vie”, se dit Julien, qui croit avoir renoncé à l’amour. Mais c’était compter sans Annie…


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