My reading game has been pretty on point for 2018. Audiobooks are helping me get to a ton of books on my “To Be Read,” or TBR list, and thanks to the Overdrive app they are free from the library. In February I listened to 3 audiobooks. Two of them were excellent and one of them had me wondering if I would have like the book better if I had read it in print.
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Here is what I read in February:
I must admit I have not picked up much poetry since college but my friend suggested we read this collection for a reading challenge we are doing together. I really enjoyed this collection and found myself very impressed with Millay’s knack for putting unusual words at the end of the lines. I really loved the sonnet on p. 153 about chaos. I have revisited it a few times since finishing the collection. If you want to try picking up a collection of poems I recommend taking it slow. I think I would have been able to enjoy the poems more if I had read 1 poem a few times before moving on to the next.
I got this middle grade book for Christmas and could not wait to read it. I love Speare’s other work and had somehow managed to have never read this book. This is historical fiction set during the Roman Empire and Jesus’s life. While Jesus does appear as a character in the story most of the things he does and says are in the Bible and inform the choices of the main character who is struggling under the Roman rule. Since I work at a Christian school I read this book through the eyes of a teacher and determined this would be a great book for our 5th-6th graders to read and discuss. It really captures what it may have been like for the Jewish people waiting for the Messiah while paying taxes to a foreign government.
Since reading The Devil in the White City, also by Larson, I have had all of his other books in my TBR. I figured I better start with the one about WWI since I am pretty obsessed with that time period. I knew a little about the sinking of this ship by a German U-boat from my WWI history classes in college but I had never given a thought to who was on the Lusitania or U-20 the sub that sank her. Larson does such a good job of memorializing the people aboard both vessels. I was riveted by this book and spent a great deal of the last part crying, especially over the captain on the Lusitania who survived the sinking because -yikes- I would not want to be him. Also, I was saddened to learn their were some very special Dickens and Thackery works lost in the sea. This is a great nonfiction read if you like WWI. I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it.
I read this book for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club and thought it was interesting. It tells the story of how a reclusive actress and a college professor found each other and what has happened to lead them to where they are now. It is told from many different points of view and while I did not listen to it on audio I bet it would be good. I wasn’t sold on all of the characters (particularly the main ones) but did enjoy a few of the side characters.
I have a readerly confession to make; my comfort reads often contain a murder. When I am looking to jump-start my reading or to just want that feeling you get when you can’t turn the pages fast enough I often pick up thrillers or mysteries. This King book has been sitting on my kindle for quite awhile and we had been getting random little snow flurries here in the Pacific Northwest so I thought it seemed like the perfect time to curl up with a creepy book. I enjoyed the pace and the characters a good deal. The book is set in an amusement park which makes it creepy and nostalgic at the same time (of course King can pull that off). There was one scene I could have done without so if you are sensitive to “love making” scenes sit this one out, or just skip that part.
This was my favorite book in February. I came across it when looking for a new audiobook to listen to after Dead Wake and the description caught my eye. The main character dies in the first scene and then in the next scene she is born again on the same snowy night over and over again. Each time her life gets a little longer and her feeling that she knows what might happen next grows stronger. She is born right before the start of WWI so her time as a young adult happens during WWII. I loved the historical backdrop (of course) but I also loved how Atkinson successfully kept me interested in the same story with minor details that change the outcomes drastically. I can’t stop thinking about this book. I think it would make an excellent book club pick.
I own four copies of this book but had never read it, until now. I really enjoyed the beginning as Jane describes her childhood. It was very vivid and melancholy. I’m not going to lie, I was a little underwhelmed with Mr. Rochester and was kind of glad when she peaced-out of that situation. I listened to this book on audio and think I would have liked to better if I had read a physical copy instead. I loved the style and the tone and was pretty upset about some of the happenings, but there was just something about hearing the story that made it seem juvenille…I think. I am still processing my feelings on this one and definitely think it is worth a reread and a discussion.
What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books. Let’s banter about books in the comments.
Until next time,
I love you more than reincarnation and U-boat devastation,