Reading with Raquel: February 2014

Hi dears! Another month has come and gone and I can't believe it! Is it just me or has February seemed like the fastest one yet? Maybe it was because my calendar seemed to be extra super packed this month, ahh the life of a college student. February was full of birthdays, blogposts, scrumptious food, and lots of pink. All these fabulous things also explain why I didn't get as much reading done as I anctipated! I still hit my NYE goal of reading two books a month though, go me! The books that I did read though were kind of amazing and I couldn't wait to share them with you, not to mention the one I am currently reading! Grab your coffee/tea/reading drink of choice and lets get going bookworms! image #1. HOLLOW CITY by RANSOM RIGGS Ah! This book! In my January RWR I talked about how I was starting this book and gave a brief description about the first in the series (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children). To summarize both novels are about a boy who finds out he is "peculiar" and discovers others who are like him and have their own powers. They embark on a journey to save their own kind when people who want to destroy them take over. Now, I waited for this book to come out for almost two years and my anticipation levels were shooting through the roof! I didn't know how this book was going to be, how could he match the perfection of the first book? He did. Sometimes I feel like when a first book is really good its hard to recreate that suspense and surprise again in the second book. Riggs definitely kept me interested and on my toes in this book. The new characters that were introduced were so dynamic and had really interesting "peculiarities". But what really killed me was the end, around the last three chapters or so. Not one surprise but TWO. If you read the book you will know what I am referring to; I was so flabbergasted and surprised and never saw the ending coming! I can't wait for the third! P.S. Millard is my favorite character! 2. INSURGENT by VERONICA ROTH This book was totally insane, but in a good way! I read this book so fast and was so excited to start the third one after this. This is the second installment to the Divergent series and I think that this was even better than the first. There are a lot of secrets uncovered about the faction system and even more about people that Tris thought she knew. There is so much drama within all the relationships within Tris' life and many of them are tested. I liked that this book really went more in depth with the characters and less about training for the factions and other things that the first book talked about. This book was so suspenseful and it really was like watching a movie. There were so many instances where I was seriously freaking out because I didn't know what was going to happen! I liked that in this book it seems like Tris really discovers who she is and what she wants in her life. Whereas in the first book she seemed very confused and not sure of who she was. In Insurgent I found her continuously making stupid decisions, but at the same time really sticking up for what she believes is right. WHAT I'M READING NOW: 3. ALLEGIANT by VERONICA ROTH Unfortunately I have to say that my non-intrigue by this book is what has forced me to not finish this for my February picks. Although I have been super busy this month, if I really loved this book I would have found a way to finish it (like in the wee hours of the morning!). It isn't even one of those situations where you read and then it gets good later...because I am on page 183. I was super amped up to read this after reading Insurgent and received it in the mail two days after I finished. So far the book has been eventful but for me dull and un-exciting. I am disappointed in the book so far and am really hoping that it does end up getting better. The big "secrets" that they are finding out in this book are sort of just like, oh, to me. If that makes any sense. Nothing has been super crazy or plot-twist wild yet. But, I am only halfway through so you never know! Fingers crossed that something really awesome will happen! For me it seems that third books are always my least favorite! I didn't really enjoy the third Hunger Games book at all and this may be a repeat! WHAT I WILL BE READING: 4. BOSSYPANTS by TINA FEY I am so super duper extremely excited for this book! I know it is kind of a random pick and definitely not everyone's style but I encourage you to give it a chance! If some of you didn't know, Tina Fey wrote Mean Girls so it is kind of like that in a book. Last semester I took a Women in Literature class which I thought was going to be the most horrible thing of life. So wrong! My teacher was absolutely amazing and had us read and watch really interesting shows and books written by women. She also played Beyonce during our break...so awesome. She had us read a few excerpts from Bossypants and I was cracking up in the library when I was reading them! From what I have read so far this book has been so funny and at the same time so relatable. Tina talks about going through her career as a writer on SNL and for other things while being a woman and other instances in her life. I have never really been one to be into feminism, but this book touches on it ever so lightly. I really like the way Tina brings it about in this book, with truth and humor. She talks about confidence and other serious subjects and lightens it up considerably with sarcasm. Although her book is meant to be witty and a little on the joking side with all the personal experiences she shares, she still manages to get her point across. I am so excited to start this book, hurry up Allegiant! I can't wait to share my March favorites with you next month and I hope you are all having a fabulous Friday! P.S. 1) Make sure to let me know what your favorite books are this month either on my Instagram (@simplyraquelcollette) or in the comments! I'm always looking for new suggestions! 2) How are you all liking the new layout of my blog? I may change it back or make other adjustments, suggestions and feedback will help tremendously! xoxo, Raquel

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  1. Abby says:

    Love love! I’m reading Looking for Alaska by John Green because The Fault in our Stars was so fabulous. So I’m thinking his other books have to be great too!! Hope you’re feeling better & have a great weekend!
    Love, Abby

  2. Abby says:

    Love love! I’m reading Looking for Alaska by John Green because The Fault in our Stars was so fabulous. So I’m thinking his other books have to be great too!! Hope you’re feeling better & have a great weekend!
    Love, Abby

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