February Titles

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It’s been a month since I last blogged. And it’s time for my February Title post.  February, typically, is the worst month of the year for me.  It just feels like it moves. so. s-l-o-w-l-y. I felt like I read more in February, but I read the exact number of titles in February as I did in January.  Probably because the month didn’t fly by, like January did.

I note a trend in titles this month: I read a lot of creepy stories, with the exception of two. Also, all but one of these titles were library lends.  I wouldn’t be able to read the amount I do without our library.  I’m there at least twice a week getting books for me or the boys.  Go support your local library.  Walk in, browse, get to know the librarians, and leave with a book or two to read.  We’re lucky to have such a great library system for a small town.  I do use the Carnegie Libraries in Pittsburgh some, but our own library system is packed with great titles – even recently published ones!

Also…I never finished listening to The Mosquito Coast that I mentioned in my last Title blog post.  I don’t think I’m meant to listen to books.  Or it has to be a particularly good book for me to keep listening.  I think I’m just an old-fashioned reader – paper, no screen.  Oh well.

So, without further ado, here are my reads for this month!

Slade House by David Mitchell.  Goodreads recommended. I’ve never read a Mitchell novel before because I’m a bit intimidated by him.  I have Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet but they seem intimidating reads to me.  Slade House was a perfect introduction to his writing for me.  It was a wonderfully creepy story, set in differing decades of the 20th century.  Missing people, strange siblings, and a story that keeps changing.  It’s like a kaleidoscope version of a story.  4/5 stars

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay.  This was a book recommended to the host of the WSIRN podcast. This is an older novel, written by an Australian author, set in Australia.  The book has a sense of doom hanging over it.  It’s a small book, but it felt like a long read.  The story is sad and ominous.  3/5 stars

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I met someone at a party early this month who was telling me about her bookclub.  This was their current book, so I thought it sounded interesting. I inhaled these graphic novels in a day.  I started out reading just Persepolis and then saw that our library had the complete series, so I checked that one out and read the remaining stories.  Satrapi writes and illustrates her childhood and young adulthood in Iran and Europe.  Truly a gripping story. I enjoyed the first novel in the series the most as it took place mostly in Iran.  4/5 stars

The Circle by David Eggers.  Goodreads recommended. A fast-paced look at how social media can destroy the world.   Now, a major motion picture (opening in April!). 4/5 stars

The Kept by James Scott. Goodreads recommended. Loved this one.  A truly perfect novel for me.  Vast, cold landscapes and a complicated mother-son relationship.  Perfectly ended, as well.  5/5 stars

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian.  I picked this book off my shelf because I have read only one Bohjalian novel before and loved it (The Double Bind and Before you Know Darkness). He’s such a great writer – his storytelling and development of characters is masterful.  This is a courtroom-drama about a homebirth gone wrong, but it never stays in the courtroom for too long, which I was grateful for. 4/5 stars

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. Goodreads recommended. Another almost perfect novel.  I enjoyed reading 99.9% of this novel but was disappointed that my suspicions about what was going on within the story weren’t explained.  It’s obviously meant to be that way.  I still recommend it…it’s a twisted, sad story. 4/5 stars

Midwives and Persepolis were the only two that didn’t have a creepy vibe to them.  I wonder where my recommends this month will take me.  Do you have any recommendations for me?