3 February 2015

Reading in February



Last month in my 'Reading in January' post, I shared the two books I wanted to finish reading that month. In the end I actually ended up reading double that amount, and you can read my full reviews of the books I finished in January in my 'Finished Reading | January 2015' post. With a new month comes a new set of books I hope to get through this month, it's time to share the books I've be delving into this February.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: (And other concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Kindle £5.98, Paperback £6.29, Hardcover £21.99
I featured this one in my recent 'A Book Haul' post, and it's a book which caught my eye purely for the title. Although Mindy Kaling is well known in the celeb and TV world, I don't actually know a single thing about her and I've never watched anything she's been in. Sometimes I find that's the best way to go about things when reading books by 'celebrities'; there's no reader bias, and when I delve into Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, I know my opinion on it will be based purely on her writing ability, opposed to whether or not I'm a fan of her latest show, etc, etc. Actually really looking forward to reading this one - let me know your thoughts if you've already read it!
"Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: comedienne, actress, obedient child of immigrant professionals and, now, writer. With a blend of witty confessions and unscientific observations, Mindy writes about everything from being a timid young chubster afraid of her own bike to living the Hollywood life, dating, friendships and planning her own funeral – all executed with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls."
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Kindle £3.59, Paperback £5.59
I actually very nearly bought this in paperback just after Christmas when using up some Christmas vouchers I had, but another book caught my eye at the time and The Invisible Library was all but forgotten about. A few days later I was asking on Twitter whether anyone had any book recommendations, and The Invisible Library was suggested! I decided it was 'fate' and that I needed to read this book after all. I actually started this one at the end of January, and boy am I hooked. A debut novel from Cogman, this is such a good read for anyone who loves books. I'm finding myself as addicted to this and love settling down to read more of it each night before bed!

"Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently...
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. 
Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own. 
Soon, she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake."
Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn - The Daisy Dalrymple series.
Kindle £5.99, Paperback £6.99
In all my recent book themed posts, I've declared my love for Carola Dunn as my favourite murder mystery writer. At Christmas I treated myself to the entire Daisy Dalrymple series, of which I'd previously owned just 3 and had read in completely the wrong order! Now I have the complete series I plan on reading them all in order, so this month I'll be digging in to Requiem for a Mezzo. I'm sure as always it'll be another mystery that has me hooked and guessing who the murderer could be until the very end!
"With dashing Scotland Yard detective Alec Fletcher at her side, Daisy Dalrymple is enjoying a splendid performance of Verdi’s Requiem featuring her neighbour Muriel Westlea’s celebrated sister, Bettina. But the show comes to an abrupt end when what emerges from the star’s gifted vocal chords is literally a dying gasp. Daisy soon learns that the doomed diva was notoriously difficult and had more than her share of enemies. There’s a philandering tenor, a burly Russian bass and even her own vocal coach husband, with whom she had a turbulent relationship. Did one of them poison the singer? Or was it someone determined to see that Daisy’s investigation ends on as bitter a note as Bettina’s last performance...".
What's on your February reading list? Don't forget you can follow my reading progress, check out what I'm currently reading and what I plan on reading in the future by adding me as a friend on Goodreads. 

All books available at www.amazon.co.uk.


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  1. I love Carola Dunn books too, although i've not read that particular one myself. Will have to find it and read it now. xxx

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    1. I hope you manage to find it - I picked it up really cheap second hand on Amazon! xo

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  2. I read Mindy Kaling's book a few months ago and absolutely loved it! I'm a fan of hers anyway but I thought the book really excelled in striking a great balance between amusing anecdotes and topical commentary. Hope you enjoy it! x

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  3. I'm currently reading the Mindy Kaling one but not enjoying it unfortunately. If you like this genre, I'd direct you to Amy Poehler's "Yes Please"! x#

    Emily - thebelljarxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I've just ordered Yes Please, so I'm pretty excited to read that one! I'm almost finished with Mindy's book now and I've actually really enjoyed it - took me a few chapters to get properly into it and get used to her sense of humour/style of writing. Hopefully by the end you'll have enjoyed it too :) xo

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