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February 2024 Book Reviews!

Spring has sprung here in South Carolina! One of my favorite places to read is out on our lanai in the evenings. I can look at the pond behind our house and see all of the birds before the sun sets. And once the sun goes down, the frogs come out, and they become my background music.


Now that the temperature in the evenings has warmed back up, I'll be spending more time out on the lanai reading. So, be sure to follow me on Goodreads to keep up with what I'm reading real time! Just click here and send me a follow request.


Now let's get into the books I read in February!


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The Encanto's Daughter by Melissa de la Cruz


This is a fun fantasy that's geared towards a YA audience. A little mystery, adventure and romance. Not anything deep, but a nice and easy read that kept me interested. This sounds like it will be book #1 of a series, based on the set up at the end. I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Four out of five stars!


This book will be released March 5, 2024. To pre-order your copy on Amazon, click here.


The Cure For Burnout: How To Find Balance And Reclaim Your Life by Emily Ballesteros


This is an excellent book with lots of great, practical advice. Even if you aren't experiencing true burnout, but just stress or anxiety, this book will have some great tips for you. Nothing completely earth shattering that most of us deep down don't already know, but sometimes you have to read it or have someone tell it to you to get it to sink in. The author does a great job of making her advise relatable. Several times I was reading and said... that's me! I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Five out of five stars!


To purchase this book from Amazon, click here.


Age Of Vice by Deepti Kapoor


I thought this one started out great, then totally went off the rails. By the end, I wasn't even sure what the point of the story was. The book is about the Wadia family, who is a rich and powerful (and corrupt) family in India. The son, Sunny, struggles with having to please his father and living his own life. Ajay, who works for Sunny, makes the ultimate sacrifice for his employer. The book is just way, way too long and goes into way too many tangents. I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Three out of five stars.


To purchase this book on Amazon, click here.


We Loved It All: A Memory Of Life by Lydia Millet


I felt like this one was all over the place. And not just from chapter to chapter, but from paragraph to paragraph. Some of the stories and experiences the author shared were interesting, but I just couldn't connect with any of it. I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Three out of five stars.


To purchase this book on Amazon, click here.


With Every Great Breath: New And Selected Essays, 1995 - 2023 by Rick Bass


This is a collection of essays. All are very well written. Some are much more interesting than others. The essays all have an overall theme of our environment and what is happening to it. Worth the read, but definitely a bit hit or miss for me. I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Four out of five stars!


To purchase this book on Amazon, click here.


That's it for February. Definitely had a few longer books that were tough to get through last month, so hoping for some lighter reads this month along with some beautiful spring weather!


What books do you recommend I read next? Let me know! Did you check out any of these books? I'd love to hear what you think! Comment below or e-mail me at tips2livebywriter@gmail.com.


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