Magic, romance, fierce women, and more! Below are a few February book recommendations and links to purchase!
1. Made For You by Melissa Marr
"Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover she possesses a strange new skill—the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from her hit-and-run accident, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep their friends—and each other—from falling into the hands of a killer."
I loved this book because (as much as I love a good old fashioned serial killer novel) this was nothing like one. With a touch of the supernatural or magic, some romance, and a big plot twist - this is definitely an underrated but great read!
2. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
"Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true."
This is one of those books that you'll read more than once! Nora is such a relatable character and she's hilarious when thrown into a seemingly perfect fairytale world. It's a modern-day fairytale that I absolutely love and will always recommend!
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
"For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again."
I read this series when I was in middle school but I have reread it so often ever since. The romance is captivating and the hopelessness and desperation of Sam's life is heartwrenching. This is not your basic fantasy romance or twilight like werewolf story. It is dark and chilling and addicting!
4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
"A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy."
If you've never read a Neil Gaiman book, this is a great one to start with! He writes in a haunting, weird, doesn't make sense until it does, type of way. This book bridges childhood with adulthood making you reminiscent of simpler days but realizing that maybe they weren't really all that simple.
5. Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back by Alicia Cook
"Sorry I Haven't Texted You Back is a poetic mixtape dedicated to those who struggle or have struggled with their mental health. Divided into two parts, "Side A" holds 92 poems, titled as "tracks," and "Side B" holds the "remixes," or blackout-poetry versions, of those 92 poems."
I always include a poetry book because they are so powerful and a great way to mix up your reading routine, especially if you feel like you've been in a slump. Alicia Cook's poems are insanely creative and real. I think one of my favorite things about the book is the clever way she's laid it out and the remix poems. 🔥
Pick up one of these great works of art to cuddle up with this winter!
What are you currently reading or wanting to read? Comment below!