Best In Books | February 2018


Best in Books is a monthly feature created by BookTuber Hope Ortego
A playlist of her Best In Books videos can be found HERE.
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Best In Books is back!
It's been a long book-slumpy five months since my last Best In Books post. And I've missed it! The reading slump is a thing of the past and I'm excited to bring back my favorite feature. Now let's chat it up about the best of February. 

Best in Books was created by my friend Hope and she was kind enough to let me join in on her feature (because she's awesome that way). Her BookTube channel is linked above and I hope you'll check her out. Now on to all the best bookishness in February...



Evelyn from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
What a character! I never knew quite what to make of Evelyn. She was ambitious and manipulative, single-minded and selfish. She was also capable of great love, true friendship and compassion. One thing I liked most about Evelyn: she was no quitter. And she didn't take no for answer. This woman was going to always find a way. She suffered for some of her choices but she had few regrets and was a fascinating woman.


Blake from Good Boy
Yes, I did refer to Blake as an overgrown man-child in my review of Good Boy, but that was just part of his charm. He could be a goofball, he had crazy theories, and he had a habit of giving terrible nicknames. But Blake also had a heart of gold and did so much for others. He was so selfless and was always there when others needed a hand and did so much for everyone around him. His goofy demeanor meant that many missed out on how kind he truly was. I really loved the funny guy with the big heart.


Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
This cover! It caught my attention even before I knew anything about the book. The colors (swoon), the starry sky, the two figures standing together on the book spine. Gorgeous. And now, having read the book, I appreciate all the elements on the cover that have meaning in the book. Love, love, love this cover.



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


“No one is just a victim or a victor. Everyone is somewhere in between. People who go around casting themselves as one or the other are not only kidding themselves, but they're also painfully unoriginal."



Matt Eriksson: Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Bowen and Kennedy are just magic at creating characters that are likable, lovable and yeah, downright hot. Matt is a perfect example. He's a hockey star but he's neither cocky nor arrogant. He's down to earth, kind and thoughtful, and a doting father to four year old twin daughters. He was so great with main character Hailey - flirtatious without being sleazy, honest about his past, and what he could offer with his crazy schedule.  What I loved most about Matt was that despite his lifestyle and money and fame, he was truly humble and kind and tried so hard to make his new relationship work. And that made him a seriously swoony character.

Lucian De Vincent: Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The de Vincent family may be considered American royalty but they also have quite the reputation. And Lucian is dubbed in the press as Lucifer. I mean, does it get any more "bad boy" than that? :) Obviously there are Reasons (aren't there always?) but I totally enjoyed Lucian's cocky sarcasm and lecherous charm. 

Royally Matched by Emma Chase
I know, I know, who would think that a book with cutesy title and a bare-chested man on the cover would deliver all the feels? But it did deliver. I've learned that Chase's books, while lots of fun, also pack an emotional punch and surprise me with the way her characters kind of burrow in to my heart. I was totally invested in Henry and Sarah's story and just when I thought I knew the direction it was going it took a turn that amped up the emotion and made the characters even more likable. I admit to shedding a few tears by the end of this one!
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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Seeing as how this was my first 5 star read of the year, picking this as the best book of the month was a no-brainer.  I loved everything about Autoboyography. Tanner was a main character that  I liked from the very start. Smart, funny, self-aware. I enjoyed his perspective and his voice. Sebastian was a complicated character and his conflict was presented so well. Christina Lauren did an amazing job of  showcasing family, friendship, religion and sexuality in such an honest way, with both humor and heart.

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Now it's your turn: 
What is the best book you read in February? 

15 comments

  1. I read a bunch of YA graphic novels that I loved: Monsters Beware! and League of Lasers are just two. I also read Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Painfully beautiful and heart wrenching.

    I also love the cover of Autoboyography! Such a cool concept.

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    1. That's awesome that you read so many great graphic novels! I wish I could get into them but I've tried and tried and finally had to admit they just weren't for me.

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  2. I love the cover for Autoboyography. :) Must get around to reading Royally Matched... And Chased. And all of that series, lol.

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    1. LOL Yep, the list of books is never-ending, isn't it? When will someone pay us to stay home and read? :)

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  3. I am so incredibly, INCREDIBLY excited for Autoboyography! Like you, the cover was the first thing that caught my eye - also, I love the title, it's kinda clever - but the premise sounds epic, as well. NEED TO READ IT FINALLY. And, of course, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is another novel I'm massively excited for, because the hype, especially on twitter, has been HUGE. I love the way you described Evelyn, AND that quote you picked from the book is amazing. I don't have this yet, but I'm about to order the paperback copy.

    As for my favorite February read... hmm, perhaps, Poison Study. It was an exceptionally good book, imo, but the series as a whole definitely had its ups and downs.

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. I hope you'll be able to pick up Autoboyography soon, Veronika! I'll be excited to see what you think of it. *fingers crossed that you love it as much as I do* And Evelyn Hugo... such an amazing story. I love stories that span decades like that one does. I always hear such rave reviews about Poison Study!

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  4. Ooooh! I love the cover of Autoboyography as well!

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    1. They really hit the jackpot with that cover!

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  5. Whoo hoo! I love seeing Autoboyography in your best list, because that book was so good! Looks like you had a pretty good month. It's always good for me when I read a lot of romance.

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    1. Yep, I was all about the romance last month. :) Only one YA book the whole month and even it had a romance. Give me a good romance and I'm a happy girl. LOL

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  6. I do love the cover for Autoboyography, and I have to tell you that I bought a copy!! I just need to find time to read it now. haha

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Yay!!! So glad you picked up Autoboyography, Lauren! Hope you're able to get to it soon!

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  7. Boy you are definitely making me read Autoboyography ! You have been so enthusiastic about it! Glad to hear the reading slump is over! I love that The Seven Husbands's quote!

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    1. Autoboyography is a must read! I have no doubt it'll be among my favorites at the end of the year.

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