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Reading is one of the best hobbies anyone can have. Not only is it highly entertaining, but it is also good for you. Additionally, no book lover can say they are bored if there is a book in their hands. Personally, I like to carry one wherever I go, be that the bank, the waiting line to pick up my little one, or the bathroom 😉

What a book lover can find hard, is to decide on what book to read. There are so many choices! And if you (like me), enjoy different genres, then you can multiply that problem X 10.

It is with that in mind that a monthly list of book recommendations is coming your way. I’d like these lists to be of use to you, which is why I am including a bit of what I think of each book, in the hopes that it helps you decide what your next reading venture will be.

To make it more helpful still, I am including links to the books on Amazon, in case you wish to purchase any of them. If not, then explore your local library, the Goodwill, or any other book sales. The most important thing is that you grab the book you want to read, no matter how.

During the month of February 2017, I read the humble amount of 9 books! In addition to those 9 books, I have 2 books “in progress”. I’m including them on the list but not offering my opinion/review just yet. I will do so as soon as I finish them.

February 2017 Book Recommendations

What to Read: February 2017 Book Recommendations

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

From the author of If I Stay and Where She Went (great books-also available as a boxed set), comes this YA novel. Just One Day describes what a young girl goes thru from the time she meets and falls in love with a young man while on a high school graduation trip. Discover what she learns about herself and how she grows as a young woman after they part ways. This is a young love story, but also a self-discovery journey.

Just One Year (Just One Day Book 2) by Gayle Forman

Now told from the guy’s point of view, Just One Year is part 2 of the Just One Day Collection. It presents the other side of the same coin, a story of emotional growth and self-discovery. Engaging and very well written and detailed.

Just One Night by Gayle Forman

A conclusion to the Just One Day Trilogy, Just One Night is a short novella. It brings the lives of the main characters from the Just One Day Collection back together, and gives the reader the sweet taste of an imperfect but hopeful happily ever-after.

How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Very well written by one of my favorite bloggers, Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less. This book is a must-read for those starting out a blogging adventure. Or if you’re simply curious to find out how is it done and why so many have resorted to blogging as a means to earn a living working from home. How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul is very detailed and offers easy to follow steps.

Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life by various authors, including Jodi Picoult

*Will update when I finish it* However, if you still want to check it out, you can get it here.

31 Days To A Clutter Free Life: One Month to Clear Your Home, Mind & Schedule by Ruth Soukup

Another great book by Ruth Soukup. This time, the author delves into the art of organizing our lives. She offers simple, detailed instructions to make our life much more enjoyable and our spaces more functional.

Before I Fall  by Lauren Oliver

The movie preview is what moved me to look for the book and read it. While I am sure the movie is good (I haven’t seen it yet UPDATE: I have now seen the movie, and loved it!), there’s something deeply personal about reading the original story, from the person who created it. And well, I do prefer books to movies anyway 😉

This is also a YA novel. After the main character dies in a car accident, she finds herself literally re-living the last day of her life over and over for a week. That “week” turns out to be a road to emotional growth and self-discovery, while she figures out how that she can improve the path her life was following and takes the necessary steps to make amends.

We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth

Less of a book and more of a pamphlet, this was a special offer for the Divergent Series fans. As far as I know, it is not available for sale (***UPDATE: We Can Be Mended is now available for sale as a Kindle book, so if you’re intrigued to learn how it all “ends”, go grab your copy now!) It was a “freebie”, mailed to those who purchased (and emailed proof of purchase) Veronica Roth’s new book Carve the Mark. I haven’t read Carve the Mark yet (it’s on my to-read list) but if it’s anything like the Divergent Series, I am sure I’ll love it (despite the terrible ending to the series!).

We can be Mended offers Divergent Series‘ fans a “post-epilogue epilogue”. It provides a sort of closure for those who felt there was an emotional cliffhanger. While I can appreciate why the author concluded the story the way she did, I am not entirely sure I like it. But then again, I am among the many fans who were heartbroken at the end of the Divergent Series. If you wish to read the fantastic series, check out the 4-book collection!

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup

Along the same line as 31 Days to a Clutter-Free LifeUnstuffed offers a more in depth view of how we get ourselves into the messy, cluttered life that most of us wish to escape from. Not much of a detailed de-cluttering to do list on this book; the author offers her personal experiences with stuff and how she has worked on or continues to work to live an unstuffed life.

Blogging For Dummies by Amy Lupold Bair

*Will up when I finish it. However, Blogging For Dummies figures as a must-read in most of the blog posts I have read in regards to blogging. If that interests you, you might want to check it out 😉

The Pretender by James Patterson

A short story, written under the new Bookshots series of novellas by James Patterson. Bookshots are really short books that can be finished in just a few hours. Ideal for busy people who still love a good book but find it hard to commit to 600+ pages, due to lack of time.
I got this book from my local library and it came in a collection of 3 Bookshots called Triple Threat. This collection includes Cross Kill: An Alex Cross Story and Zoo 2 as well as The Pretender, but I had already read those a while back.

Short and to the point, The Pretender offers the story of a diamond thief, who is on the run for his life and how that leads to different people who impact his new life in different ways. And of course, with a surprise ending.

*** Word of Mouse by James Patterson

I am currently reading this book to Miss Emma at night. We haven’t finished it yet but both of us are really loving it. Since it’s our bedtime book of choice at the moment, the going is a bit slower, as I only read her 2 chapters per night. I would still recommend it, even though we are not done yet. Go ahead and check it out. You will not be disappointed!

***UPDATE: We have finished Word of Mouse and are in love! Even though I started reading chapter books to Ms Emma a few years ago, I can honestly say that Word of Mouse really got her to embrace chapter books! She has stopped begging for picture books, and often stays up late to continue reading. (No, Mommy isn’t happy about that, but is really proud of how strong of a reader she has become 😉 )

Hope this book list inspires you.

Or you can share with us which books you read last month in the comments.

Read on my friends!


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