What I've been reading | February

I'm doing really well with my challenge to read 25 books in 2015 - I'm already 8 books in! I'm thinking about upping my target to 50, but I don't want to put too much pressure on myself as I'm really enjoying it. What do you all think? Anyway, here are some reviews of the books I read in February. After a month of mostly fiction in January, I mixed it up a bit this month and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling


I have to admit that I didn't know too much at all about Mindy before picking up this book. I ordered it after seeing a lady laugh out loud while reading it on the train and I thought "I could use me some of that!". I didn't regret it! Mindy's book was hilarious - so honest and revealing without coming across as too heavy or patronising. Quite a nice antidote to #GIRLBOSS actually. The tales of her college days with her girlfriends made me feel nostalgic and giggly and I basically now wanna be Mindy's best friend. You should definitely read this if you're looking for something lighthearted and honest.

Looking for Alaska - John Green


Having previously read The Fault in Our Stars and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I kinda knew I would enjoy John Green's debut novel. I love how he writes, how he weaves the stories and characters together, and most of all how captures the complete innocence and frustration of teenage life. I particularly loved the language used in this book - the phrase "I go to seek a great perhaps" evoked a lot of emotion and nostalgia for those feelings of teenage ambition for me. Certainly worth a read in my opinion.

The First Phone Call From Heaven - Mitch Albom


For me, this book didn't live up to the precedent set by "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", but I have to admit that I didn't really expect it to (especially as that is one of my all time favourite books). What I love about Mitch Albom is how he can weave heavy, intense, debatable subjects like the afterlife into a familiar and engaging story, without causing much offence. I love his different take on the imaginings of heaven and it's fun to read along and debate internally how you feel about the worlds he creates within his books. On top of those themes, the narrative is strong and you genuinely want to keep reading on to see what happens to the characters. A nice one if you're looking for a bit of an easy read that still makes you think a bit.

The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin


I've owned this book for years now and had just struggled to get round to reading it. I remembered it randomly a couple of weeks ago, and I'm really glad I picked it back up and gave it a read. I'm thinking about doing a more in depth post about this one as I may have been inspired by Gretchen to start my own mini happiness project - I really like the idea of actively working to make myself happier rather than expecting happiness to just show up. I love how Gretchen had put this book together - ideas, backed up with research, intermingled with her own resolutions and experiences. I also saw a lot of myself in her depiction of her flaws - a typical Type A personality with nowhere near enough patience! I think this kept me reading and keen to understand what worked for her. A really good read if you're into self-development or generally being a more joyful person!

What have you all been reading this month? I'm always on the look out for new books to add to my "to-read" list, so please feel free to leave recommendations in the comments box!