What the heck happened to February? It was here, then it was gone. I love every second that gets me closer to summer, but I felt like I blinked and February was over. My reading showed the month’s length too.
I only read eight books in February. Of those, I gave two fiction books perfect grades.
My Favorite Books of February
I gave two really different fiction books perfect grades in February. But I’ve noticed lately that I have some themes I really seem to enjoy reading about — vigilante justice (especially by women) and odd characters, though not necessarily in the same books.
My friend Shannon encouraged me to read this book after she listened to it. For some reason, I couldn’t find the book, so I listened to the audiobook. I usually don’t listen to fiction, but this one was totally worth the effort to pay complete attention.
The Collective is about a group of women who all have one terrible thing in common — they all have dead children. But that’s not where their similarities end. The person responsible for killing their children got away with it in every case. So, they’ve united on the dark web to bring their own mother-style justice to the people responsible for killing each others’ children.
No one in The Collective knows who any of the other women are. They go by numbers as their screen names. And while there is a clear leader, no one knows who she is either. But one thing is clear. If you cross The Collective, you’ll pay for it. Maybe even if you’re a member.
Molly Gray would like to “return your room to a state of perfection.” That’s what the quirky maid who is the subject of The Maid says when she enters a room in the hotel. “Would now be a good time to return your room to a state of perfection?” And, if allowed, Molly does just that.
Molly’s late grandmother taught her how to live a life of cleanliness, order, and virtue, and that’s what she does. She’s proud of her ability to spot details that others don’t, even if it doesn’t carry over to her people or social skills.
Molly, 25, already has a difficult time without Gran to help her make sense of the world. But it’s compounded when she finds one of the hotel’s richest, most distinguished guests dead in his hotel room.
Soon Molly finds herself accused of murder and wondering who she can trust. The cute hotel bartender she has a crush on? The murder victim’s young second wife she thought was her friend? The mean head housekeeper who steals her tips? The hotel cook without a legal work permit? The grandfatherly doorman?
Who will help Molly when she has no one?
There they are! My favorite books of February. I hope you read and love one or both of them. Given how different they are, it seems many of you may like one or the other.
What are you reading and loving lately? You know I want to know!
As always, happy reading!