28 Feb January and February Book Review: If You Come Softly
I am a huge reader. I have been my whole life. In elementary school, I was the kid who preferred reading to running around on the playground. In middle and high school, I always had a book in my backpack. I would read in my room after homework. Before bed. I was even the nerdy kid who voluntarily did the summer reading program at the local library. Things haven’t changed much since becoming an adult. It’s still the only way I can get my brain to turn off before bed! I don’t have as much time for reading as I did when I was a kid, but I still find time every day.
One of my 2019 goals is to read at least 2 books a month. I know it’s only the end of February, but I’m happy to report that I have already read five books this year! I usually have a book on my iPad, an audio book going for walks and editing sessions, and an actual, real book with paper pages. Digital is great, but I can’t give up the smell of a good book!
I want to share what I’m reading, in case any of you are the bookworm that I am. So without further ado, here are the books I finished in January and February:
168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
I picked this book up in the Apple Book Store at the start of the year. I had a big problem with work/life balance in 2018, and I am determined to make better use of my time this year. This book completely opened my eyes to the amount of time that we actually have to get things done. By looking at the amount of hours in a week, rather than a day, Laura gives practical ways to make just about anything possible with the time you have.
I’m actually planning to go back through this book and make some notes so that I can continue to refine the way I’m spending my time. It was a life changer!
Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
I love a good detective series, and I have been a huge fan of Connelly’s Bosch books for years. I’ve read them all at least once, and some of them twice. I love his honest look at police work and his way of making what could be a far-fetched plot line into something completely believable.
Bosch actually appears as a supporting character in Dark Sacred Night, alongside main character Reneé Ballard, and I love the way they team up and compliment each other. Ed and I started listening to this one on Audible during a road trip, and we both finished it when we got home. It’s a quick, entertaining read (or listen)!
If You Come Softly by Jaqueline Woodson
This one was my physical book during January. I love everything John Green creates, so when he started the Life’s Library Book Club, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. This was the first book he sent out, and I completely loved it!! Definitely my favorite of the books included in this post.
The story is as old as Romeo and Juliet, but the time and place are more current. When a white teenage girl falls in love with a black boy in New York City, they discover ugly truths about love, culture, and racial prejudices. Though the book was written over 20 years ago, all the struggles are still very relevant today. I highly recommend this book!
The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
I got this free Kindle book through Amazon’s Prime Reading program. If you are a Prime Member, I highly suggest checking it out. It’s a great way to get lots of reading done for free!
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is set back in post-World War times and has a lot of relevant detail. I learned a lot about Spanish gypsies that I never even knew existed! The book paints a vivid world and beautiful characters.
I realized about halfway through this book that it is long (it’s hard to tell how “thick” a book is on Kindle!). There were a few scenes that I thought were not necessary to the main storyline and could have been left out. I was left wondering, “what was all that about?” because it didn’t progress the story at all. In contrast, the ending came very suddenly, felt rushed, and left me feeling a bit unsatisfied.
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
This is the second installment of the Life’s Library Book Club. The very first chapter of this book had me running for my highlighter! There are so many good quotes and ideas I want to remember. My paperback copy is already dog-eared, tattered, and annotated. It’s full of beautiful thoughts and ideas in a lovely scripted language.
Part memoir, part inspirational, this book doesn’t necessarily instruct you on how to get lost, but rather explains why you should. Both literally and, even more so, figuratively. It’s not exactly an easy read, even sometimes unclear and obscure, but the beautiful words betray the author’s gift for writing. I have so many quotes to share from this book!
I hope this post gave you some ideas if you’re looking for a good read. What should I read next month? If you have suggestions, please let me know in the comments below, or on Instagram.
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