NYC had a lot of snow this month- 8th highest total ever for a February. Here’s what I read from January 27-February 24:

TitleAuthorHow I heard about bookRating
The House in the Cerulean SeaT.J. KluneI don’t know1
The Thursday Murder ClubRichard OsmanI don’t know2
Send For MeLauren FoxJenna (Today Show)3
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins ReidGoodreads Newsletter4
HamnetMaggie O’FarrellIRL book club (college alumnae)5
The Art of Stopping: How to be Still When You Have to Keep GoingDavid KundtzShannon Ables The Simply Luxurious Life6
The Four WindsKristin HannahJenna (Today Show)7
Tomorrow Will be BetterBetty Smithone of my besties8
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance during the BlitzErik LarsonI don’t know9
The SanitoriumSarah PearseReese’s Book Club10
Simple Organizing: 50 Ways to Clear ClutterMelissa Michaelsemail from Barnes & Noble11
Good NeighborsSarah LanganBarnes & Noble book club12
The Tea ChestHeidi ChiavaroliIRL book club (tea society)13
The Discomfort of EveningMarieke Lucas RijneveldIRL book club (college alumnae)14
This is the order that I liked the books. It does not mean that the top are the great American novel, a page turner or the feel good book of the century. It just means that some books made me feel more than others this particular month.
I am happy to say that I got BINGO this month! 25 books to get one line across! Next month there will be a new BINGO card!

78 thoughts on “My Month in Books- February

      1. It’s about love, and acceptance, and not judging people by how they look. But practically it’s about a social worker who needs to check out an orphanage to make sure the kids are being treated properly and all things are above board. And there may be magic involved….

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  1. Clearly you do not sleep..wow!! My husband and I started The Thursday Murder Club (audiobook) but he had a hard time staying with it..maybe the British accent of the female reader. I keep waiting for him to want to re-start it..but I may have to go it alone.

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      1. Yeah, I mean I was enjoying it..I think I need to just decide and announce that I’m listening alone. It’s like watching a NETFLIX series..when you break out and watch by yourself without your spouse it’s almost like you’re being unfaithful..haha

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      2. I think she may be right.. consider the divorces and break ups (in some way) due to fall out from the Pandemic..also..I mean the bar scene, theater, church? ..ew..cooties?..for many still a bridge too far.

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      1. It’s what I think of with personalities and leaders in all arenas. Like, thank goodness Babe Ruth played in a time when reporters didn’t scoop all his wild nights. Totally different dynamic. And Churchill? He was blunt force trauma when cornered. Today’s British press wouldn’t let him be.

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  2. Oh my! You’ve read three times as many books in February as I’ve read this year! Admittedly I’m doing a lot of work on my coaching business which means I’ve less time to read, but I’m also working on editing my co-written fiction work in advance of getting it beta read and I struggle with keeping in the right “voice” if I read fiction. Instead, I’m making notes on more to add to the TBR.

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      1. Mailed it out yesterday. I hand drew the entire comic with mouse (not a stylus) on a Mac with a monitor on the brink of failing (hence why there is not the best color continuity), also one page from “the best worst kiss” story was bound out order. I signed it too. It is the original, I had no problem parting with it. I hope you enjoy it.

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  3. That is a lot of books! Inspired by how much you read, and having been a very avid reader a few years ago, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought 8 books!! It felt so great to wander about and pick them out! Can’t wait to get started reading tomorrow!!

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    1. Ok. It totally talks about tea…😉 this is a case of a “light” book trying to take on too much. The narrative switches from historical fiction (Boston tea party) to modern day. However, the author keeps the same tone in both parts, just adding a few ye oldes to the historical part. It was fine. Nothing special

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  4. I haven’t posted my review yet, but I am working on The Thursday Murder Club with my book club. It ranges from humorous to laugh out loud funny in parts. I enjoyed it, and thought the mystery and the characters were great. I understand he is already under contract for the next one. Can’t wait.

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  5. I have been lent the Thursday Murder Club but haven’t started it yet – hardly read a boom this year. As a hint – buying books on decluttering is counter-productive 🙂 (I know because I’ve done it too. Just gave it away with a load of other books.

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    1. Sorry- this ended up in SPAM! I think i just googled reading BINGO 2021, but feel free to copy the one I used. It’s a really fun way to be involved with books!

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      1. It’s alright- Sucks how that happens sometimes! (And I really should’ve thought of google.) 😂
        Thank you so much, it really does look like fun! 😊🌹

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  6. I find it interesting that several of the books I had considered reading myself for various sundry and assorted reasons landed in the middle of your rankings. I will still be keen to read some of them anyway and also to check out some of those at the top of your list.
    Hamnet Maggie O’Farrell IRL book club (college alumnae) 5 – this was on the list for my nonfiction group but I am pretty much over anything re: Shakespeare and his life and times at the moment. I always keep the list of selections I haven’t read so maybe sometime down the road I’ll give Hamnet (though not Hamlet ever again) a whirl!
    The Four Winds Kristin Hannah Jenna (Today Show) 7 – Read the Nightingale and, while I find the subject matter in Hannah’s historical fiction to be generally interesting, I’m not a fan of her story-telling style.
    Tomorrow Will be Better Betty Smith one of my besties 8 -I thought I’d heard about a long lost book by this late and product of her times (and place) female author. Given the foregoing limitations, I enjoyed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn with my Classics book club. Based on the blurb re subject matter and a short review of this one, I think it might give me the same pleasure.
    The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance during the Blitz Erik Larson I don’t know 9 – I like Larson’s style of telling mostly historically factual stories. I’ve read several of his works and have one on my shelf to start sometime. He has not disappointed me yet.

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    1. Ok…here’s my reasoning on these books. Hamnet is fiction first off. This is the author’s interpretation of what could have happened because little is known about Hamnets death. I thought the first half of the book was a little inconsistent, but I thought the second half was excellent. Here’s my thing with The Four Winds. For the most part this was a solid book. I like the way KH displays female characters as fully fleshed humans who make mistakes and aren’t perfect. She also doesn’t rewrite history…she uses the historically appropriate settings and has obviously researched. My problem is that all her books are starting to resemble a certain pattern. I don’t like the same story being used very again in different settings. I liked the splendid and the vile. I just thought other things were better. A tree is one of my favorite books of all time. However this new one does not have the sparse elegant prose of ATGIB. It’s courser and less hopeful, and I didn’t like the ending

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      1. Thanks so much for sharing your reasoning. I will still read them with an open mind someday and maybe even be able to go back to see if/where we agree (and I bet we will!).

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