feb 2015

Reading Wrap-Up: February 2015

feb 2015

Oh, February…you were a strange one. The reading definitely picked up, but things just felt very unsettled. With the crazy weather, traveling, a weird blogosphere, and a short month, I had a hard time getting into a good groove. Still, ten books seems to be average for me lately, so that didn’t change. I’m still kind of jumping around, reading what I feel like based more on mood than publication date and it seems to be the best way to go for me. The good news is there are SO many great books to look forward to in March!

The Monopolists by Mary Pilon
I Am Radar by Reif Larsen
Gold Help the Child by Toni Morrison
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
This House Is Not for Sale by E.C. Osondu
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Slim and the Beast by Samuel L. Barrantes
Spinster by Kate Bolick
My Sunshine Away by M.O.Walsh
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Best Book of the Month

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum


How was your February reading?

  • Anita LeBeau

    My month was weird too. I finished eight. Now with broken arm I can read more blog less. Ugh

  • 10 books is an awesome average! I average about 5 – can I blame it on the kids?! Haha! Anyway – I’ve got Hausfrau coming up soon and I’m really looking forward to it after your comments! Still deep into A Little Life for now and WHEW!

  • I’m glad to see that Hausfrau was your fave of the month. Loved that book. I’ll be glad to put February behind me. It’s the longest short month…and was especially weird this year. On to March, hooray!

  • Debbie Rodgers

    Hausfrau beat out Half of a Yellow Sun? Hmm . . . I’ve got to get Hausfrau on my reading list pronto!

    You read a LOT in a short month. :-)

    • It was REALLY close (I just finished Half of a Yellow Sun yesterday and it was wonderful), but Hausfrau ticked off every one of my boxes when it comes to what I’m looking for in an ideal read.

  • Emily@Asthe Crowe Flies

    I am pretty much constantly amazed by the sheer amount of reading you accomplish! The Toni Morrison was admittedly a slim and fast read, but I AM RADAR more than made up for it. I’ll be looking forward to your feelings on both, as I loved one and couldn’t finish the other.

    • Ugh, I wish I hadn’t finished I Am Radar. There ended up being one main storyline with offshoots injected as alternating sections…loved the main story, didn’t need the rest. It could have been a 300 page book that I would have really enjoyed, but boy did it need a big chop. LOVED Morrison, of course ;)

  • I agree with Debbie – need to put Hausfrau on my list as well! What did you think of I Am Radar? I got a review copy but didn’t get to it – it’s a chunkster!

    • I’m a total sucker for beautiful writing and Hausfrau fit the bill. I Am Radar had so much potential to be great, but I didn’t love some of the offshoots from the main story. It ended up feeling unnecessarily long (and I’m someone who usually loves a good chunkster).

  • LOts of excellent reading!

  • I just barely squeaked in at eight on the last day of February! It’s my average so far this year (out of two months… yep, clearly a reliable trend). I’m happy to say that 7/8 were between 4- and 5-star reads for me!

    I hope life settles down some for you in March, though there is that pesky “madness” approaching. ;)

  • Man, so many good books this month Shannon! I’m curious about Spinster, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it this month or not.

  • What a fantastic month! I ended up with five books completed in February, but I feel like I spent too much time on All the Light We Cannot See, which I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped.

  • So many great-looking books! I’ve been hearing great things about Hausfrau, and I can’t wait to dive into Spinster soon.

  • February has been slow. How did you find Half of a Yellow Sun? I’ve been reading it for a few weeks now. I like it, but it’s apparently not a book I can rush through.

    • I really loved Half of a Yellow Sun, but I get what you mean about needing to slow down with it. I read it for book club and needed to set everything else I was reading aside in order to finish it.

  • I have to get that Toni Morrison book!

  • I’m happy to see that Hausfrau was your best book this month – I have it waiting for me!

  • Oh I want to know very much about Hausfrau. What makes it #1 for Feb. — the suspense? or the intrigue? or what? thx

    • It’s definitely not a heavily plotted book (though there are a few twists), but I loved it for the gorgeous writing. I’m a sucker for style.

  • Now I’m itching to get going with Hausfrau. I’d delayed it, as it wasn’t entirely dissimilar to Second Life by SJ Watson (Before I Go To Sleep) but you make it sound MUCH better. Half Of A Yellow Sun took me ages to read, too – there’s a lot to it! Probably could’ve been three different books tbh, although I did enjoy it – some great characters!

  • I’m so glad you like Hausfrau! I’m still reading it because I’ve had a hard time settling down to read. I’m definitely going free range at the moment and picking up whatever I’m interested in.