Sunday, March 8, 2015

What I read in February

I did not read as many books as I had planned to during the month of February. My excuse is that it is the shortest month - so I had three less days to read. Plus snow days with young kids in the house are different than snow days pre-kids. Basically they are just as exhausting as non-snow days with the added bonus that schedules are off because of cancelled activities. Hopefully the snow is done for the year.
Now without further ado, the books I read last month:


  • You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan - I love everything I've read by Francis Chan, and this is another book by him I would highly recommend. It's about marriage, but different than any other marriage book I've read. Skip the Dobson and Rainey books on marriage and read this one instead. The Chans are complementarians rather than egalitarians In their marriage but I knew this before reading it. My marriage wouldn't look exactly like theirs because of that fact, but there was still so much to gain from this book. 
  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler - I had high hopes for this book. I think Amy is hilarious on tv. Everyone I know who has read this book loved it. It was just okay to me. It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. (And maybe I shouldn't compare, but I loved Tina Fey's book when I read it a few years ago.) I got about 70-75% through Yes, Please before I had to return it to the library. Maybe it wasn't the right time in my life to read it, but I found it just so-so at best. 
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell - Such a fun novel. I loved her book Eleanor and Park, and I liked Landline almost as much. The characters were enjoyable and relatable. Plus there was a time-travel aspect to the story ... and I love time travel stories. 
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - There's a reason this book won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Beautiful, beautiful writing. I went through this book as slowly as I could. (I'm a speed reader AND I had a three week limit on it from the library.) An elderly man writing to his very young son about several things, but mostly it is him wrestling with some of questions most of us wrestle with. There is a scene near the end of the book that is still staying with me, days after reading it because it was so powerful and beautiful yet simple. My blogger friend, Brandee, told me about this book, and I'm very glad she did. 
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney - This is a children's picture book. (We read a lot of those. I should start reviewing that genre as well!) Lovely read. Even if you don't have kids in the house, read this simple book. You will be inspired. 

I'm already a good portion of the way through three books I hope to review/recommend at the end of this month. What are you reading? What should I read this spring?

2 comments:

  1. I think I would agree with your assessment of Yes, Please. It wasn't really that funny, it was much more introspective, and I think she comes from a very different place than I do. I liked that instead of chronologically narrating her life that she grouped stories under 3 different subjects. Bossypants was much funnier and also more in line with how I perceive the world, etc. Also want to read You and Me Forever.

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    1. Yes - introspective, and i wasn't expecting that at all. I did like the way it was arranged like you described.

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