February Reading Diary

Hi! If you’re reading this then it is probably around March and I have decided that my writing isn’t too bad.To explain, I began this draft at the beginning of February because I wanted to put together some of my ideas on the books I read in February but as you all know I have problems with writing proper reviews, I just really suck at it, so I made this instead. Enjoy 😊(Post writing Cherry here, just to say that it may all seem a bit all over, its because I was adding to it as I read the book. So for example if I say I like the book and then come back and say I don’t, it’s because I was writing this post during my reading, so I may have liked the books before and then something happened to stop me liking them. Its a bit like my experience reading that book,and my thought process behind it. Ditto?)

Oh, and quick note, this is your official spoiler alert. I pretty much cannot talk about books without giving spoilers, and sometimes I just have to rant about everything in the books. Proceed with caution, although I will put more spoiler alerts in the specific book sections depending on whether I’m about to ruin it for you.

Martyr|Rory Clements ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

How in all of the world will I tell you just how much I adore this book? I cannot. It was probably the best book I read in February and for good reason too. Let’s all just take a little trip to 1587.

Haha I just read over this and little did past Cherry know the books I was going to read this month πŸ˜…

This book focuses on John Shakespeare (who by coincidence, or not, has a brother named William who may or may not be part of a group of actors, but thats all irrelevant until the end) who has to be one of the best written characters I have ever read. He is an investigator working for Mr Secretary, and I just love him to death. Why did I want to just fight with everyone who so much as glared at him? He’s just bold and fortright and down to earth and just written with so much depth.The writing of this book was amazing, the descriptions bold and vivid, the characters written with so much depth and feeling. It was a little confusing at first because there’s a lot of characters with a lot of side storieos, which I know some people don’t like, but I personally really enjoyed it. I like seeing all the stories of all the characters rather than focusing on just one main character, especially with historical fiction. And of course, I am a sucker for old, formal English. The amount of times someone said “I jest!” was a lot but still not enough.I feel like this is one of those books that you just treasure and keep to yourself because you don’t want anyone to say something about it that will ruin your perception of it, if that makes sense.

And now, for what I like to call the spoiler section of this book talk:

  • Catherine and Shakespeare are everything. I love them together. She is so witty and funny and they’re perfect together. Except the fact that they both become teachers and have a child. Other than that, the fact that they got married is amazing and I am here for it πŸ’™
  • Let’s take a second to remember Slide and Harper (who I guess doesn’t deserve it but still) who died for the cause (ok not Harper but I still liked him)
  • I don’t know who likes Woode but whoever it is, we need a talk, because he and Catherine together gave me a heart attack, and made me cry because she left Shakespeare to go look after that dirtbag. No.
  • When Shakespeare almost died, I almost threw the book across the room. By almost I mean that I chucked it at a wall and now the corners are slightly bent. Not my fault. It was Topcliffe.

If you haven’t read the book yet and read this section, I did warn you.
In conclusion, I have found me a new favourite, which I’m so happy about. Only thing is I won’t be reading the next 6 books anytime soon. Maybe. Anyway, I loved this book with every fibre of my heart, even if it gave me a major book hangover *still sniffling occasionally*

Murder On The Orient Express- Agatha Christie ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Agatha Christie is a genius. I think reading her books is more of an experience than simply a story. You have no choice but to try and play along and figure out the murderer. Most times you will get it wrong. Change that to all the time. Never will you ever get it right.So, Murder On The Orient Express is one of the Poirot books, who is a genius detective. They are all on a train called the Orient Express (how surprising) and they all wake up to find out that one of the passengers has been killed, and the murderer is one of them.So we go on a journey through each of the characters, as they’re all interviewed by Poirot.The pacing and writing is just perfect. Beyond perfect. As soon as I started reading it I was trapped, which may be why I read this book in 1 day. Its just so so clever and dynamic, I couldn’t help but love it.Let’s take a second to also talk about the movie because I also watched that. First off, some of the characters are different. Why? It would have been just as easy to keep the same characters as the book. In fact easier. Also the Count. The actor is Sergei Polunin, and the very first time we see him he beats up a bunch of guys.( that bit was hilarious btw) One thing I didn’t like was how they tried to push his dance career onto the character. It changed the solid downright character, and countered the whole reason Polunin was even acting. Just leave the character the same, its better for all.Thats all imma say because I don’t want to ruin it, but if you do get around to reading it, I hope you like it 😊Overall though, the book is amazing, and one of her most famous for good reason.

The Night Stalker- Chris Carter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sooo, I found this book while looking for The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo, which covers the life and crimes of Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, and on my hunt for that book I found this. Here goes nothing!Omg. I just finished this book and I came straight here to write because it was beyond any other mystery book that I’ve ever read. I think it was because the author was a criminal psychologist that it was so good. Let me explain.Most other mystery books that I’ve read had the killer as a distant sort of person that we were always on the hunt for, and they usually had a motive. This book however builds us up a character before we’re even introduced to them. And the way its done makes you really think about the killer. Most other mysteries have the killer as the obvious bad guy, the character you hate and are glad they’re caught. This book however delves so deeply into the mind behind the act that it makes you think so hard about it.Was I happy with the ending? Unexplainably so.

Spoiler alert:

I just have to talk about this book for a second, particularly about the killer. Usually you read mysteries or thrillers, and the killer is the obvious bad guy. In this story, however, you almost feel bad for the killer? He has a traumatic life, and end up repeating history in essence. Basically his dad killed his mom, and he ends up killing women who look like his mom. His mom told him when he was young that he would one day find someone like her to love. So he finds women who are artists (like his mother) and who look like her, and he tries to love them, but since they’re not his mother he can’t. So, he kills them out of anger and frustration. But the way he kills them is also different. He previously asked them on interviews what love feels like to them. They all said different things. One said it felt like a knife in your insides, another said it felt like a flame. So thats how he killed them. He truly thought that he was showing them what love felt like.See what I mean about it being different to other thrillers?Its hard to talk about mystery books because there’s so much that I could be here for the next decade, its more of an experience than it is just a simple story. I don’t know how in all hell I’m going to find another book to read, because there’s nothing that can compare to it πŸ˜” I’m just going to now go and stare at nothing while contemplating this book.(Ps. The only way I could find a book as good was to read more Chris Carter 😁 So smart)

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Yes I put 6. What about it? It was beyond perfect.

Hey ok, so since this book is a million pages long I thought I would split it up and write mini updates every now and then.23% in:So far I’m on the chapter called Book of Fire, and all I can say is this book is good! The way it’s narrated is so freaking unique; it’s narrated by Death, which I think is crazy cool. Him as a character is just so surprisingly different to how he’s normally viewed. Take this bit for example:

I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.

If that doesn’t sound like a book you want to read there’s nothing more I can do for you πŸ˜¬πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ44% in:What am I going to do about Max? I love him so much, he just seems so sad I want to give him a hug and not let anyone hurt him. He’s so precious, he’s one of those characters you hang on to, but inevitably they die. Imagine being an author and writing a character like Max, you just can’t help but give them a sad ending. But I’m saying it now, if anything happens to Max I will personally make it my mission to find the author and make him rewrite the entire book and give Max a happy ending.

Spoiler Alert Number 2:

Keep scrolling if you haven’t read this book yet. I warned you.What is this about Rudy dying? I’m so confused, and I would be sad if I wasn’t so worried about Max. Actually scratch that, I love Rudy too and its just sad πŸ˜₯Ok spoiler over.63% in:You guys, I just died. I am no longer alive. (Post writing Cherry here: OK I just said that like they don’t mean the same thing smh) How? I’m not kidding this book gave me a mini heart attack so many freaking times 😭 I don’t want to spoil it, but WHAT THE HELL MARKUS ZUSAK? Ok, but it’s fine now. Sort of. Not really. Max?!80% in:I am now barely even a ghost. I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but Markus Zusak seems to have it in for me. Maybe next time look after a few of the characters I like? I dunno, just a thought?

Spoiler Number 3:

Keep scrolling if you haven’t read the book yet:Max! First he almost dies, and then he just leaves! I don’t know if I should be happy that Hans helped the man, and gave him bread, or be super pissed that now Max left. I hate this book. No I don’t.Ok, spoiler over 😌94% in:I will now kindly excuse myself from society for the next few days WHILE I GET OVER THIS BLOODY FREAKING BOOK! HOW?! OK YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE ME THIS SAD, AND EXPECT ME TO BE FINE WITH IT! WHAT THE HELL? WHY DO THINGS KEEP HAPPENING? LIKE YOU TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS TO MAX, AND THEN YOU MOVE ON TO RUDY? NO!100% done:I can’t think of a single thing to say right now. I don’t think there’s anything to say. I’m just going to leave this here, and all of you who have read it will understand. If you haven’t, I beg you to read it.This has to be one of the only books that got me really crying. I know I say a lot that I cry about books (which is true, no doubt about it) but this book really brought on the waterworks. I don’t think I have bawled this hard over a book since Will Herondale happened.

You Must Be Layla- Yassmin Abdel Megied ⭐⭐⭐

This was such a sweet book! I don’t normally laugh out loud at books. Maybe sometimes I smile or have a little chuckle, but this book made me just straight up laugh out loud πŸ˜†Its about a girl called Layla who is from Sudan but lives in Australia. She moves from her Islamic school to MMGS, where she is the very first Muslim hijabi to attend. So she has to learn to deal with islamophobia and racism, but honestly she’s such a queen! She’s funny and witty, and just so smart.Probably the best bit though was how much I could relate to this book, and how I understood all of it. Layla had become one of my absolute favorite book characters because she’s such a boss and I just love her to death πŸ˜„Just a note about my rating- for enjoyment I would have rated it a 4 or 4.5, because I really did enjoy it, it fresh and light and heart warming and super sweet. I only rated it a 3 because I think of this as another book I read. While I did enjoy it, and it definitely made me feel good to be able to relate to it, it doesn’t feel like one of those books that I treasure. The other books this month all had a charm, or charisma that made me really love them, and made me feel.I guess this is one of those books that I read, enjoyed but didn’t feel any specific emotion for. Don’t get me wrong, I adore it, it just isn’t one of those that I treasure and don’t let anyone crap all over if you know what I mean.

Revenger|Rory Clements DNF

So, as you have seen I read Martyr ar the beginning of this month, and loved it so much! So, up next I’m reading Revenger, the next book in one of the best historical fiction series I have ever readSo, uh, update: I’m 20 pages in and its just not the same. It doesn’t feel much like Martyr. We have the same characters and all, but it just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t have the same charisma and charm that the first book had. I really hope it gets better, because I am going to be so disappointed πŸ˜”Yeah I’m dnfing. I just don’t like it quite like I do Martyr, not even close πŸ˜• All the characters feel so wooden compared to Martyr. I don’t know, I just think I could be reading something so much better rn. I might come back to it later, but now is not the time.

The Death Sculptor- Chris Carter ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since the success of our good friend Chris Carter in The Night Stalker, I have decided to read another one of his books, this one by the name of The Death Sculptor. Here we go:AGH! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THATS HOLY! WHAT THE HELL? This one was so good! Not as good as Night Stalker, because that one was just wow, but still amazing.Just a word to the wise, this book is incredibly gory, and I would strongly advice looking up the trigger warnings before reading it.I don’t really know whay else to say πŸ˜… It’s a great book if you have a thick skin for crime, and a really cleverly put together psychological thriller.

THIS IS A HUGE SPOILER, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Olivia? Really? Seriously? Ok, it makes sense, but I have to say I was kinda disappointed. I was expecting it to be Ken Sands, and he would be the son of Roxy, and getting revenge for the death of his mother. Olivia being the Sculptor was just too much, its too complicated and it’s trying too hard. However, I wish Olivia didn’t die, because seriously she didn’t deserve to, the other 4 she killed deserved to.

So, I’m also starting Gallery of The Dead (again by Chris Carter) but since I will definitely not finish it this month, I’ll just include it in my March reading diary.And that’s all, ladies and gentlemen! A months worth of writing all in one. I really enjoyed this kind of thing, I’m probably going to do it again in March. I’m probably still going to do a wrap up, just because there’s a few more things I did this month beside read. I hope you all liked that, and

23 thoughts on “February Reading Diary

  1. Your review makes me regret not picking up Agatha Christie yet 😭Oh it’s interesting to know the author of The Night Stalker is a criminal psychologist! 😲 Why staring at nothingness while contemplating the book is so relatable?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ That’s literally me after every book πŸ˜›

    Okay I am officially hooked to The Book Thief! 😲😲😲

    I am sorry you didn’t like Revenger as much πŸ₯Ί

    This was a great way to tell us about your impression of these book! πŸ₯Ί

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    1. Thanks! Gosh you have to read Agatha Christie, she’s one of the best thriller authors out there! Ikr, I think that’s what impressed me the most about The Night Stalker, how the author considered exactly the reasons behind the act, and the backstory and the mentality.

      The Book Thief is amazing! Its long for sure, but it’s so worth it, its beautifully written and out together πŸ’™
      Yeah, Revenger was disappointing, but I’m glad the first book was good anyhow πŸ˜„ Thanks so much!

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      1. You’re welcome! πŸ’– I’ve been meaning to pick up her book Then There Were None but haven’t so far πŸ₯Ί. Reading from someone with that background is sure going to be a different experience tbh!

        I’ll try splitting up The Book Thief and read since I shy away from long books πŸ˜…πŸ™ˆ. But I’ll definitely get to it!

        Again you’re very welcome! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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