February 2024 Reading Wrap-up

February was a surprisingly strong reading month. While I set out to focus on my February TBR, I mostly fell into a trap of rereading books. Even so, I was able to get to quite a few of my TBR books, along with a few surprise loans from the library that I wasn’t expecting to get for several more months. This February 2024 Reading Wrap-up goes over all the books I read this month and shares my brief thoughts on them.

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February 2024 Reading Wrap-up

The Choice of Weapons by Alex Valdiers

This is a novella I picked up last month. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I got it based solely on the cover of the next book in the series.

As short of a read as this was, I found myself forgetting the story as fast as I read it. A lot of the book focused on duels between two main characters, while the war with AI aliens ( I think that’s what they were, honestly I can’t remember) seemed to be there only to keep putting the two characters together to have yet another duel.

While I didn’t particularly love this story, I will read the next book in the series and hopefully, it’s more memorable than this one was.

Silver Spoon Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

I read this book a few years ago and wanted to revisit the series. This is a fun start to a series of a high school kid choosing to go to an agricultural school simply to get away from his old school and life.

Watching Hachiken explore his new surroundings, learn that farm life isn’t an easy life, and come to terms with where food comes from and what it takes to raise animals, makes this an entertaining read. The other characters are a mix of personalities and interests but they all have one thing in common, they are farm kids who are going to school so they can continue their family farms.

Voices of A Distant Star by Makoto Shinkai

This was another reread.

I enjoyed diving back into this story about friendship, love, separation by distance and time, and finding one’s purpose. Though half of this novel is set in space, the sci-fi aspect of it is small.

The ending does leave the story open, so you don’t know exactly what happens, but you can assume things go well. However, it does make me want to check out the light novel version of the story which, from what I have heard, expands on the story.

We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

I picked this book up on a whim. I’m not sure what I think of it.

It was an odd story and I considered at times not finishing. However, because of the short length of the audiobook, I ended up sticking with it. I’m sure there are people who would love this book but I found it simply too strange to keep track of what was happening.

Honestly, within a couple of hours of finishing it, I couldn’t tell you a single thing that happened in this book.

A Silent Voice Vol. 1 by Yoshitoki Oima

Another reread.

I’ve been wanting to revisit this series and decided this year I would do just that. This story can be hard to read at times, especially with the bullying aspect. However, I have to applaud the author for tackling such a difficult subject and doing it in a way that makes it feel real and shows how the effects of it can be felt by many – not just the one who was bullied.

I look forward to continuing my reread of this series.

She And Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai

This was one of the few Makoto Shinkai books that I hadn’t read yet.

While I am not a huge fan of cats, I couldn’t help but get absorbed into this story. This book contains 4 stories about four different cats and their humans.

Though the focus of the story is on the cats, their humans also play large roles in the book.

The Lost World by Micahel Crichton

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one. I read Jurassic Park a few months back and while I had enjoyed it, I didn’t love it as much as the movie.

The Lost World truly surprised me. I was pulled into the story quickly and despite me not being a big fan of Ian Malcolm in the movie, his character was more enjoyable in the book. The mystery of the island, dinosaurs, and what certain characters’ motivations are really helped to propel the story.

I honestly wish the movie had been more true to this book because this story was fantastic.

Breaker by Amy Campbell

Before reading this book, I would have never imagined that the fantasy and western genres could mix well. Yet Breaker proved me wrong.

From the characters to the world-building, the western gun fights, and the strong magic system, this book had it all. Honestly, it’s hard for me to go into too much detail at the moment as to all that I loved about this book. So, you will have to wait for my full review in the near future to hear all my thoughts.

But, I will say, if you have been considering picking up this book, do it now, you won’t be disappointed.

Ranma 1/2 Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Another reread.

It’s been a few years since I read Ranma 1/2 and I had honestly forgotten how entertaining this series was. From its humor to the martial arts aspects, this book was so fun to read.

I cannot wait to continue rereading this series.

Read or Die Vol. 1 by Hideyuki Kurata

Yet another reread.

I was really looking forward to this one and yet it kind of fell flat. I remember enjoying it more the first time around. Yomiko can be a bit much at times with her absolutely obsession with books, yet it makes sense for her to be that way. The story has some very weird moments but all in all is okay.

I will be continuing on with the series as it is only 4 volumes long and I’m hoping they get better as they go.

What You Are Looking For Is In The Library by Michiko Aoyama

I picked this one up because it sounded interesting and I had seen quite a few positive reviews for it.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book and the cast of narrators was great. I think my only complaint about this was that the “voice” of Komachi was different in each person’s story, but otherwise, it helped to bring each character to life.

Seeing how visiting the library and chatting with Komachi had an effect on each person’s life and allowing them to find their purpose again was great and the main attraction of this story.

It does get a bit repetitive but overall it’s an interesting story about the unexpected ways you can find your purpose in life.

Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Having read and watched Memoirs of A Geisha many years ago, I decided it was time to read this book. After all, Mineko was one of the Geisha who were interviewed for that story.

It’s hard to review biographies, since anything you say will be seen as judging that person’s life and choices. However, I appreciate her sharing her story of how she became a Geisha, the struggles she had along the way, the triumphs she had, the changes she tried to make in her life and career. It was quite fascinating.

Plus I could see the moments of her life that made it into the other book/movie, but with her biography, we get the real events, not the Hollywood version.

Fly Me To The Moon Vol. 1 by Kenjiro Hata

Another reread.

I have been meaning to continue on with this series, but wanted to start from the beginning – as I only previously read the first 3 volumes.

Nasa and Tsukasa are so dang cute together. The way they love each other and yet are awkward together as they work through learning how to navigate their newlywed life makes this story so enjoyable to read.

Suzume by Makoto Shinkai

Having watched this movie a few months back, I was eager to dive back into the world.

This book has everything you expect from a Maktoto Shinkai story. A connection between two strangers, challenges placed on them, a journey to discover oneself and the one in life that matters most. Plus there is a certain fantastical element in his story that makes me love them.

If you have seen the movie, then you know the story. However, I still enjoyed getting to enjoy this story once again.

Came The Mirror & Other Tales by Rumiko Takahashi

I have been looking forward to reading this one for a while. As a fan of Rumiko Takahashi’s works, it was interesting to dive into a book that wasn’t a series.

This is a collection of 5 manga stories, plus one bonus manga about Rumiko’s career including a fellow manga writer.

They are supposed to have a horror element to them, and I can sort of see that, but as someone who doesn’t find horror very horrifying, they weren’t scary at all. I did like the unique feel of each story

Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol. 1 by Yuki Midorikawa

I went into this one blind and it made discovering the story much more enjoyable.

The story certainly was interesting. Natsume is a unique character who can see yokai and it has caused him plenty of problems. However, a chance encounter at a shrine changes his life immensely.

From here, the story picks up quite a bit and while the yokai are still causing him problems, he has learned ways to deal with them. The book of Friends is not all what I expected it to be and I am really curious to see how the rest of the series progresses.

February 2024 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 16
  • Books purchased: 9
  • Books unhauled: 4
  • Books DNF’d: 3

I hope you enjoyed my February 2024 Reading Wrap-up. What did you read in February?

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