february books, part 1

Happy Valentine’s Day!

No reader recipe poll this week, since we’re headed to Florida on Thursday morning.  But please leave a comment with some reader recipe poll requests!  I’d love some fresh ideas!

I’ve gotten through a good number of books so far this month, with the promise of lots more thanks to our upcoming Florida vacation.  Therefore, I thought it would be good to do this month’s books in two parts.

So far this month I’ve read:

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Grade: A.  A fun classic, but easier to read than some of the heavier-language classics.  It was entertaining and light but really well written.  Felt way more modern than 1900.

  • Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Grade: B-.  I loved loved loved McEwan’s Enduring Love in January, but this one fell short for me.  Characters are well-developed but the whole storyline just didn’t hook me in, and I found the ending disappointing and dark.

  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

Grade: B.  A decent book with an plot that kept me reading.  Not the deepest book and a little corny at times, but I wanted to know what was going to happen.

  • Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott

Grade: B+.  This was my first time reading fiction of Lamott’s (I love her nonfiction).  Great book, great characters, if a somewhat sad take on the typical American family life.  I was annoyed by the obvious pro-choice agenda that was pushed rather overtly.

  • Peony in Love by Lisa See

Grade: A.  I haven’t met a Lisa See book I haven’t loved.  She writes so well and I feel like I learn about Chinese culture while I’m being entertained.  Loved this and read it really fast.

  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Grade: A.  Wendy recommended this book to me when I posted my January reads and I’m so glad she did!  Crazy good.  My only beef with the book: it really bothers me when adultery is played off as no big deal.  Still, it’s unbelievable this is the author’s first book.  Dang.

  • Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (audiobook)

Grade: A.  Did you read this book as a kid?  Dave and I both did and had a total blast re-listening to it on audio!  So fun!  And a great way to kill 4 hours going two and from the Chicago airport.

Here’s the stack of books I picked up on Sunday to take to Florida.  But you’ll have to wait til the end of the month to see the other side of them!


6 thoughts on “february books, part 1

  1. I love your book posts! Glad you liked Mudbound. I know Shanghai Girls was on your reading list, I finished it last week and really enjoyed the book.

    Just curious if you (or Dave) have read The Shack. I am reading it for my adult school class and we just have the first of three discussion sessions on the book. It’s not the kind of book I could read on my own, but am glad to do so to benefit from the discussion. It’s making me think, which is good.

    Reader recipe poll ideas: sandwich/wrap, salad, stew, greens (e.g., kale)

    Hope you and Dave have a great time in Florida! Am looking forward to the posts already.

  2. wohoo florida!!! the weather is going to be amazing this week!! hope you have a great time, i’m taking a little vacation this week since my parents are visiting and i’m excited

  3. I have P. in Love but haven’t read it. And you don’t believe in nooks or kindles? 🙂 (I have decided to take an active stance against . . . hahaha And I don’t care if I need an extra suitcase for books on vacation).
    And HOORAY for the baby heartbeat. 🙂

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