Ah February, the month of unpredictable weather and general feelings of being “over it” when it comes to winter. The short days, dreariness, and cold have had their moment, but thank you, we’ve had enough. Where is the sun?!
One bright spot of February is that it’s the shortest month of the year, if only by a few days. And before you know it, it’s March! That means we’re inching closer to Spring, folks. Nevermind that it’s currently snowing in Louisville. ANYWAY I DIGRESS.
Here’s what I read in February:
The Current by Tim Johnston
I love true crime podcasts and Netflix documentaries. I love Mary Higgins Clark novels, Cormoran Strike and Flavia de Luce. Last year I read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and could. not. put. it. down. Despite all of that, I don’t consider mystery my go to genre of choice. I’d rather read something that’s likely to make me cry than a whodunnit. However, when I heard about The Current on one of my favorite podcasts called ‘From the Front Porch‘ I had to pick this one up. It’s about a car accident, a small town, and how the past often repeats itself. It was really good! I will definitely be reading Johnston’s.
The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg
I picked this one up out of the blue from my local bookstore and ended up downloading the audio version. I sometimes find that translated books are more enjoyable over audio? Sometimes, not always. I read and *loved* Auntie Poldi last year (the sequel comes out THIS WEEK) and it’s a translation. This book tells the life story of Doris from childhood until her 96th birthday. It is sweet and charming. It would make a good beach read because it’s easy to follow without being cheesy or cliche.
The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
I loved this one because it reminded me of YA without being YA. It was funny and dramatic. It’s told from two different perspectives, which I don’t always love but it worked for this story. Also, it’s partially set in Louisville! I’d love to read more books set in Louisville — send me all your recommendations! If you like Joshilyn Jackson or Jenny Colgan, I think you’d like this one too. And, I mean, that cover. *heart eye emoji* (Unrelated, the author liked my post about her book on Instagram so basically we’re best friends now.)
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
This book is funny! It’s 267 pages, but it could have been about 200 in my opinion. It contains helpful stuff, but I wouldn’t say it’s *full* of helpful stuff. However, I really appreciated a lot of the concepts, especially how she talks about what we believe about money without really thinking about why we have those beliefs. It definitely reframed some of my assumptions. I got this one at Wal-Mart for $11. #worthit And it was the only non-fiction book I read all month! My non-fiction consumption this month consisted of this on Netflix (warning: I had to take a few breaks while watching. It was rough.) and this podcast from Wondery.
What did you read in February??