My February Reading Wrap-up

February wasn’t the easiest month, but as it ends, I’m feeling optimistic – winter is nearly over and I’m starting to feel better.  In a month or two, I’ll be planting my garden and reading in the sun.

February was an up and down reading month.  I picked up and put down four books, I struggled with a few that I expected to love, and I leaned toward some lighter reads.  I didn’t do too well writing reviews this month, but I did write about literary podcasts, books that too few people are reading, and comfort reads.

Here’s what I read in February:

  1. The Glass Diplomat by S.R. Wilsher
  2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  3. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  5. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  6. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
  7. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  8. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
  9. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

My favorite read: the standout read this month was A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.  This is a book I recommend to nearly anyone, but especially anyone who loves a good, complicated (and sad) family drama.  Plus this book gave me a better understanding of the Muslim religion and Indian culture, and it’s a story about an immigrant family in the U.S.  This book checked all the boxes!  Washington Black was also excellent.  And Ghostwritten was fascinating and fun to read, even though I didn’t always understand it.  There’s no one who writes like David Mitchell.

Disappointing read:  I didn’t love Warlight or Heart Berries, though I know both are highly regarded. I suppose this was a month where I needed lighter reading, but both of these novels felt like work. I also DNF’d The Idiot and Gilead, but I may go back to them.  Would you recommend them?

Books for challenges:

  • TBR Pile: Ghostwritten
  • Nonfiction: Heart Berries
  • Read Harder Challenge: The Body in the Library (a cozy mystery)
  • Back to the Classics: The Body in the Library (a 20th century classic)
  • Reading Women: A Place for Us, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Heart Berries

What I’m reading now: Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Talents, the sequel to Parable of the Sower.

What’s coming up: I have Anna Burns’ Milkman from the library, and I also have Susan Cain’s Quiet, Jose Andres’ We Fed an Island, and Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers.

Things that made me happy this month:

  • Two shows on Netflix: Russian Doll and Sex Education.  Give them at least a couple of episodes before you decide. Russian Doll gets really good about 3 episodes in.  Both are pretty short series, so not a huge time commitment.  I just wish they both came with a soundtrack, though I’ve already downloaded Harry Nilsson’s Gotta Get Up.
  • And, in addition to my (hopefully) new and improved nose, we finally chucked our lumpy old mattress and I’m loving our new one.  We had to haul a 150 pound box up two flights of stairs, but it was worth it.

Happy March and happy almost-spring!  What was your favorite read last month?

  15 comments for “My February Reading Wrap-up

  1. March 1, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I’m curious about Washington Black. Haven’t made up my mind if I want to read it yet though.

    • March 2, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      I thought Washington Black was great — very character-driven and an interesting story as well. I’ll be interested to know how you like it.

  2. March 2, 2019 at 3:56 am

    I really love Gilead, but it probably isn’t the best thing for a month where you are leaning towards lighter reads, so I can totally see why you DNFd it.

    A Place for Us sounds fantastic and I hadn’t heard of it before, so I will definitely be looking it up! I’m also curious about whether you liked The Body in the Library – it is one of my favourite Christies.

    • March 2, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      I liked Body in the Library but I haven’t read a lot of Christie so I can’t make a comparison. I enjoyed the dialogue, and it’s always interesting to see how people’s views differed slightly so long ago.

    • March 2, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      I’m also really glad to hear you loved Gilead, and I do plan to go back to it! I think I may pass on The Idiot though.

  3. March 2, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I hope spring gets to you quickly. It snows where I live until late May, so I have a long time to wait. I’m glad you liked A Place For Us because I’m on a waitlist for that one. Have a great March!

    • March 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Well, I hope you have a slightly warmer March… and I hope you enjoy A Place for Us as much as I did.

  4. March 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Sorry to hear that warlight didn’t engage you. it was one of my best reads of recent months…..

  5. March 3, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    There’s nothing like a good Agatha Christie mystery! Congrats on getting another Back to the Classics read. If I can find the time, I might read Washington Black–it’s the only Tournament book that appeals anymore. I tried a few and just couldn’t get into them.

    Once I’m done with Medici, I may try Russian Doll. Sounds good.

    • March 3, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      I’ve read Warlight, Mars Room, There There, and Washington Black. Of those, I recommend Washington Black. I’m going to read Milkman.

  6. March 5, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    The only book I’ve heard of that you mentioned is To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I’ve not read it but I’ve heard of it.

  7. March 10, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    The only book I’ve heard of is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and I really enjoy it. Have you watched the movie?

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

  8. March 14, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I’ll have to try watching Sex Education. I was sort of on the fence about that one, so it’s good to see what other people have thought of it.

    • March 15, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      I loved it… it’s pretty racy, and disturbing at times, but also funny and warm and clever and sad.

  9. Danielle Hammelef
    March 28, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    The books you read or tried to read are all ones I haven’t heard of before, but then I’ve been focusing most of my reading this year on YA and middle grade. I did read an amazing family-centered book in Feb/March called Here and Now and Then, and it also was futurist time-travel done to perfection.

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