What I Have Been Reading Lately : February

The month has just flown by and it’s already the end of February already. So that also means it’s time for me to share with you what I have been reading lately. Three of these books I read at the end of December/January, but didn’t include them in lasts months book review post, as I shared quite a few in that post. So I thought I would save them for this post. This month I have read 2 books and I am near the end of my 3rd, which will be shared in next months post.


The Self-Care Revolution by Suzy Reading

This is one of the books I have just finished reading.

This book talks about why self-care is important and how we need to look after ourselves. The author uses a metaphor of us being like a cup. We need to keep our cupped filled in order to give some of ourselves to others. If our cup is empty we have nothing to offer others. So, we need to keep our cup topped up with little things that help take care of ourselves and makes us happy.

This book focuses on 8 different areas :

*Sleep, Rest, Relaxation and Breathing
*Movement and Nutrition
*Coping Skills
*Physical Enviroment
*Social Connection
*Mood Boosters
*Goal-Setting and Accomplishment
*Values and Purpose

You don’t have to read the chapters in order and you can pick and choose which ones you want to focus on more. At the end of each chapter are some yoga or breathing exercise you can practice along with space to write down your notes.

I really enjoyed reading this book and found it really interesting. I like each chapter and took something away from each one. A great book to read if you are on the journey of self-care discovery
4.5/5 stars.


A Maker’s Guide : Patchwork & Quilting and Embroidery

These are two books I received a while ago. Each one contains 15 projects to complete for all crafter levels. I actually found that most of these projects were a little too hard for me and also found the instructions a little hard to follow. Both these books felt a bit old-fashioned for me and much more suited to crafters that are already quite good at their craft and are not beginners.

Each books does go into detail at the beginning about what thread to use and how to do certain stitches which is really helpful. But these books weren’t for me.


The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I had heard so many good things about this book and couldn’t wait to give it a read. But I had read some reviews that did mention the ending was a bit iffy.

When a couple’s baby goes missing while they are next door at a dinner party the police are called but you can tell straight away the expected the parents had something to do with it.

Even though I guessed who had taken baby Cory the story was still exciting to read and it has some really great twists. It goes to show you what one bad decision can lead to and how lies get bigger and harder to get out of.

I can’t say too much without giving anything away, but the twist near the end was really great and I actually think I would make a great detective as I also guessed this before it happened too. As I was getting closer to the end of the book I was wondering where all the reviews about a rubbish ending where coming from as it seemed brilliant to me – until I got to the very last page. To be honest, I don’t know why the author added this part in as it would have been much better without it.

I did really enjoy reading this book and would love to read more from this author. 4/5 stars.


Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

I really loved the sound of this book and couldn’t wait to start reading it.

audra is trying to get away from an abusive husband who is trying to take her two kids off of her. That’s when she decides to take her two kid’s and run. She plans on staying at a friend’s house the other side of the country but half way there she is pulled over by a police man who said her car is overloaded. he says he will help her remove some of her stuff and when he is on the boot he finds drugs. he arrests Audra and calls for another police officer to collect the children.

When Audra arrives at the police station she asks the sheriff where her kids are. only for him to reply “what kids?”.

according to the sheriff Audra was alone in the car. But now he wants to know what she has done with her 2 kids. the media and FBI are all over the case and everyone wants to know where the children are. they all believe that Audra has killed them and dumped there bodies out in the desert.

this book was really gripping and I really felt for Audra. I loved this book from start to finish and the ending was really great too.

I give it 4.5/5 stars.


Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

I really like the sound of this book and couldn’t wait to read it. But I had a lot of others books that I need to read first, so this one took a back shelf. But it was well worth the wait.

This follows Amber Reynolds and she is in a coma. the story is told in three perspectives. Amber now, as she is in a coma, Amber as she was just a few weeks ago, and an 11-year-old’s diary entries from years ago. Amber doesn’t know how see ended up in a coma and the story’s unravels it all.
Besides Amber the other main characters are Paul, Amber’s husband, who she thinks is having an affair with her sister Claire is already married with twins.

I can’t really go into much without giving something away, but the first part of the book was quite a good read, the last part was amazing! There are plenty of twist towards the end and normally I am really good at guessing ‘who done it’ but this book filed me with surprise. I really couldn’t book the book down as I was reading the last few chapters. Really gripping!

I think this might actually be one of my favourite reads. Brilliant. I can’t wait to read more from Alice Feeney. I give this book 5/5 stars


So there you go. Have you read any of these yet? Or will you be putting any on your to read list. Let me know in the comments.


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