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?