52 book challenge

February Reads | 52 Book Challenge

Can you guys believe that tomorrow is MARCH?! This year is already flying by, I can’t believe it!

If you didn’t know, one of my goals for 2016 is to complete the 52 book challenge and read an average of one book per week. In January, I read nine books, which is outrageously high. Sadly, even with the bonus of leap day thrown in, I didn’t even come close to that in February…

This month, I read a total of four books, bringing my running total for the year to 13, so although I wasn’t reading as often in February as I did in January, I am still well ahead of my goal!

SO! Without further ado, here are the books I read in February!


  1. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys 
    This is a YA novel that takes place in New Orleans during the 1950’s. The story follows the daughter of a prostitute who has a plan to get out of the city and make a better life for herself – but instead she finds herself sucked into a murder investigation, and mystery and intrigue ensues. I flew through this one and actually really enjoyed it! It was a quick and easy read, but was very engaging and well written. I will definitely be picking up her new book, Salt to the Sea.
  2. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
    A coworker lent me two of Sedaris’s books after raving about them one day at work, and this one definitely did not disappoint! It always takes me a bit longer to read books of essays, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this one, and it actually made me laugh out loud on the bus.
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    This one was a re-read for me. I first read it for a class in high school, and I really enjoyed it, and haven’t found a John Green novel that I have liked as much since. I have been in a bit of a reading slump this month and decided that this would be the perfect light read to get me out of it – and I was right! It was just as good as I remembered it being, and even though I already knew how it ended, I still couldn’t put it down.
  4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    I have been meaning to pick this one up for awhile. I have pondered starting a blog for years, and after finally taking the plunge and doing it, the concept of “creative living beyond fear” that Gilbert talks about in this book really appealed to me. I found this book to be extremely inspirational, informative, and fun to read. Some of her ideas may seem a bit “out there,” but they can easily be translated into something that anyone can relate to and understand. This is a book I’m going to hang on to, because I know I will need to read it again in the future for further inspiration – definitely check this one out if you need that extra push to start your next creative endeavor!

What have you guys been reading this month?


    1. Thank you, Chelsea! Looking For Alaska is a great one, very quick and light but also meaningful… thanks for stopping by 🙂


  1. Such a great goal! I’ve read Me Talk Pretty One Day and Looking for Alaska and enjoyed them both! I’m on the waitlist for Big Magic at my library and am REALLY looking forward to reading that one. Some recent reads I’ve had are: The Longevity Project (great nonfiction book), The Fever, and What Alice Forgot (my favorite of the month).


    1. Hi Katie! Big Magic was seriously so good, I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing style and the book has such a great message, I’m glad you are picking it up. I’ve heard a little bit about What Alice Forgot, I will have to add that one to my list of books to read!


  2. SO jealous that you’re able to read so much! Someday I would love to be able to read a book a week! I feel the EXACT same way about Looking for Alaska. I read it for a book report in 9th grade and it was a life-changer! It’s by far my favorite John Green book. I love your blog by the way, what are your social channels? I’d like to follow you!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com


    1. Hi Kayla! Thank you so much! It’s definitely not always easy reading that much, so I try to get a bit ahead when I’m in a good reading mood so that I can slack off a bit later when I’m not… 🙂 My instagram is @the_everydayexplorer and my twitter is @evrydyexplorer, still working on getting my Facebook up and running! Definitely let me know yours, too! 🙂


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