February in Review

Over the last month I’ve come to realize that writing an in-depth review for each book I read in unnecessary. As mind-boggling as it seemed in the beginning, it’s honestly saved me gobs of time throughout February. (How is February already over??) I was finding it challenging to write an honest, heartfelt review of each book, when quite a few of them just haven’t been that great.

Even though February is a short month, I am absolutely killing the reading game. I’m five books ahead on my Goodreads 2018 challenge and right on track with the ATY challenge. I just love that I have found so much more time for reading this year — In the in-between stage I’m living in right now, it gives me comfort to accomplish a solid task each week.

Below are the books that I read this month:


American Sniper by Chris Kyle

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Premise: Chris Kyle is a US Navy SEAL with the most recorded sniper kills in United States military history. This is the book that he wrote about his time as a Navy SEAL.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoughts: This was a good book if you don’t think a lot about war and how many people have died from our overseas excursions. I may not agree with all of his perspective, but it’s his perspective from his experiences. And I’m thankful for his service to our country.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

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Premise: A journalist and a girl with a dragon tattoo work together to solve the mystery of what happened to a rich man’s niece.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoughts: HOLY COW, WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK.

The first ~80 pages are a little slow, but are completely necessary to set up the rest of the novel. But once it gets started, wow does it get started. There are twists and turns, love and loss. I’ll admit that I tried reading this book about 5-6 years ago, but never passed page 45. I wish I would’ve powered through the first little bit sooner. I can’t wait to read the next books in the series and I hope that they are as enticing as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

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Premise: “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.”

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoughts: Brené Brown hit the nail on the head with this one. In the beginning, it looked like it was going to be written from a privileged perspective, which in reality, it was… but from a researchers perspective.

The quest for true belonging is a journey that each of us in on, even if we think we know our true belonging. It’s ever-changing and looks different to each of us. Brené Brown defines a way to help us on this quest with using the letters B-R-A-V-I-N-G. Boundaries. Reliability. Accountability. Vault. Integrity. Non judgment. Generosity.

There’s a difference between lying and bullshitting. I wonder how many people truly pretend to be educated on any topic brought up when it doesn’t hurt to ask questions to try to understand.

Common Enemy Intimacy. We’ve gotta stop this. I have to stop this. We all have to stop binding to people and having relationships based on gossip and hate. This doesn’t bring us together in a time when we need to be brought together.

The Practices:
– People are hard to hate up close. Move in.
– Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil.
– Hold hands. With strangers.
– Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart.

Recommend? 10/10 would recommend to anyone who can get their hands on it.

Twist of Faith by Ellen J. Green

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Premise: Ava doesn’t know who her real mother is. There’s a big conspiracy within her adoptive family. A lot of people die.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoughts: I really, really liked this book until the end… There was mystery, relationships, never-ending questions. It was everything I needed in a thriller novel. However, it seemed to have ended abruptly. According to Ellen J. Green, there is going to be a sequel titled Absolution which may help to further explain the ending of Twist of Faith, but I felt like it was very rushed in the end.

Bonus: I received this book for free through Amazon First Reads for the month of January 2018.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

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Premise: The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoughts: I was moved by how Diane Guerrero continued to grow up and power through the seclusion and difficulty of having her family deported as a teenager. It brings up important issues around immigration and deportation that need to be discussed in our current political climate. I just didn’t particularly care for Diane’s writing style.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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Premise: The spirit of fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family’s grief, efforts to find the killer, and attempts to come to terms with what has happened.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thoughts:  I truly wonder how this novel became such a wide success. It’s slow and boring. As a reader, you are waiting to see where there is going to be a twist in the story. After all, you read the best part of the entire novel in the first chapter. I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it.


What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for what I should read in March? 

Arguably Alexis

I never thought that I would want my own blog. Aside from the years throughout high school and college when I was an angst-y Tumblr user, I never understood the appeal of wanting everyone to know my thoughts — That is until I found myself with way too much time on my hands post-graduate school with my Master’s degree in hand and more thoughts than seconds in the day.

Nine months ago I found myself waiting (and waiting) for a job to be mine in a field that was relevant to having a Masters of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Honestly, I’m still waiting. *humph*

I am not the type of girl who sits around doing nothing, so I’ve found myself a handful of jobs to keep me busy. You can find me at Georgetown University School of Medicine Admissions Office, or at Paper Source. Other times, you’ll find me sitting at the circulation desk of the library or serving frozen daiquiris to crazed baseball fans outside of National park. Sometimes I even help set up flowers for weddings.

I’m a pretty busy girl.

In all of my extra free time, you’ll find me with a book in my hand and my bullet journal not too far away. Surprisingly, I have a lot of extra free time (another excuse to start a blog!)

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I’ve decided that the purpose of Arguably Alexis is going to mainly be about reviewing books, but sometimes a little bit of extra life stuff will thrown in here.

I am a friend, sister, daughter, cat-mom and girlfriend. I am Florida State and Georgetown educated and have a lot running through my brain. I really like to talk about books and the impact each book has on my life, but I also like to think about all of the things that are haunting us in the shadows. The world is an interesting place + I’d like to think that I’m an interesting person.

Welcome to Arguably Alexis.