Monday, March 11, 2019

On Sophie's Shelf | February Reads

I know it's only been a few weeks since I posted my January reads, but I thought I'd get my February reviews up before we get to the midway point of the month. February was a slower month for me when it came to books, and I am a little behind my current target for the year. Here are the three books I read last month!

The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom by Beth Miller ★★★★

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is out now.
This was such a wonderful book, and I actually finished it the same day I started it. The story follows Eliza (Aliza) Bloom, who grows up in an orthodox Jewish family. She meets and shortly after marries Alex, who introduces her to a world outside of what she knows. I loved following Eliza’s journey of self-discovery, and it was just so heartwarming to read. It opened my eyes to a culture that I didn't necessarily know a lot about previously, even though it was set right on the doorstep of where I grew up.

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston ★★★★

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is out 2nd April.
Even though this is a companion novel to Geekerella, I didn't feel too lost having not read that, other than not knowing the back story of some characters. In all honesty, I loved it so much that I couldn't put it down. As a modern-day Princess and the Pauper, the story focused on actress Jess, who was at ExcelsiCon with the cast of her movie Starfield, and her look-a-like and con attendee Imogen, who accidentally ended up taking the place of Jess on a panel. When the audience didn't realise, and after Jess got in a spot of trouble that she had to figure out, they decided to swap places. The novel was written from both sides, and I loved hearing the adventures of both Jess and Imogen, who got more than they bargained for in the swap. It was a novel that touched my fangirl heart, and I laughed, smiled and cried the whole way through. I'm definitely going to have to pick up Geekerella soon to read!

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton ★★★★

Sometimes in life you just need to read a book that completely speaks to you. This what that for me. As someone who knew little about Dolly before this book, other than her being a journalist, I enjoyed this more than I expected. This memoir is full of stories about Dolly's experiences growing up on MSN, falling in love and the power of female friendships. It is honestly one of the most heartwarming and funny memoirs I've read, and I laughed and cried throughout. It was relatable, and as a single twenty-six-year-old it was definitely something that I needed to read at that exact moment in time.

So those three take the total for the year up to seven out of fifty-two books. Have you read any of them? Let me know your thoughts!
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