Books I read in February.

I'm back with a monthly reads post!
But I must say February has not been a really good reading month.
I was so busy with watching films, as part of my highly-anticipated annual Oscar predictions.
Speaking of that, I will share them on Twitter next Sunday. I can't wait!

I read two books in February - and these were very good ones.

They correspond to the following reading challenge prompts:
• A book with your favourite colour in the title
• A book with a time of day in the title

▲ THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison ☆☆☆☆
I just can't believe this is the first book that I've read by this author.
I knew Toni Morrison but hadn't had the opportunity to read one of her works yet. Shame.
The Bluest Eye is her first novel and was released in 1970.
Set in Ohio in the 40's, it mostly revolves around Pecola, an eleven-year old African American girl, who believes she's ugly and prays for blue eyes. She thinks this miracle could change everything, keep her brother at home, make her mother love her, make her classmates think she's pretty and prevent her father from abusing her.
First off, the fact that a little black girl fantasizes about looking like Shirley Temple so that everybody likes her broke my heart.
The effect of beauty standards on her made me angry and so sad.
The book also addresses harsh topics like racism, poverty, alcoholism & incest - which sometimes make the reading difficult.
But despite those heavy issues, I enjoyed the author's writing style and found it powerful.
When I finished the book, all I wanted to do was hug and reassure Pecola and the two MacTeer sisters.
I'm glad I picked The Bluest Eye for the reading challenge - and I can't wait to read more books by Morrison.

TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆☆☆☆
Do I need to present this book?
Seventeen-year old Bella decides to leave sunny Arizona where she lived with her mother to settle with her father.
She thinks she'll give up everything she loves and that she'll never get used to rainy Forks.
Until she meets the disturbing and handsome Edward Cullen at her new high school...
I must admit - I watched all the films before reading the book.
I really enjoyed all of them and had even bought the book series but they just stayed right there, in my bookcase.
Let me tell you - I absolutely loved the first book.
If I hadn't been so busy, I would have finished it in a day because it's definitely a page turner.
I could have been bored since I already know the story - but Stephenie Meyer's writing style had me hooked.
From the beginning of the novel I was completely immersed in Twilight's atmosphere and really enjoyed the fluid narration.
I'm not a huge fan of vampires but found myself really attracted to them & even fall in love with Edward - as if I were Bella.
It was also very interesting to read about the vampires' human lives - especially Carlisle's.
If you haven't read Twilight yet, I highly recommend you do. Even if you have seen the films.
It's totally worth it.

What did you read in February?

I just finished The Witches by Roald Dahl and I'm about to dive into New Moon, which is Twilight's sequel. I'm addicted!