Here’s What I Read in February 2021

Not gonna lie, you guys, February had me in a bit of a reading slump! I only got through two books this month! I just feel like I’ve lost my reading momentum and need something to get me back in the swing of things. In the meantime, here’s what I read in February and to hoping more better reading days ahead:

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

I went through a little bit of an Elizabeth Gilbert phase this month where I read Big Magic and watched Eat Pray Love in the same weekend. To be fair, the woman has had a lot of lives! Did you know she wrote the original short story that inspired the Coyote Ugly movie? On top of having Julia Roberts play her in a movie?! The dream. Anyway, I picked up Big Magic per Bad on Paper podcast’s recommendation and after reading Untamed (Glennon Doyle mentions Elizabeth Gilbert several times in the book) in hopes of finding a little bit of creative mojo in it. The book focuses on harnessing your creativity and, essentially, how to get out of your own way when it comes to living a creative life. There were definitely sections I appreciated – I loved her sections on cultivating curiosity and letting the seemingly mundane guide you – but in general I didn’t walk away from it with the spark I was hoping. Maybe it will strike you differently, though? People seem to love it! For me, it was good not great.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

My other book this month was Jasmine Guillory’s first romance in the The Wedding Date series. I’ve been trying to get hands on one of her books for ages, so I’m very excited to tick this one off my TBR list! This book was super light and flirty with some light spice (I would consider this more of a romantic comedy than a true romance) and has a ridiculously fun elevator meet-cute, so I was hooked from the start. The main female character juggles a consuming romance with a career she adores, which I really connected with, and there are candid moments about interracial romance sprinkled throughout that add even more dimension to the story. While it does drag a little bit in the middle with a lot of back-and-forth travel between the main characters, I think it’s worth the read and I’ve already put the next book in the series on hold at the library!

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