Video: February Wrap-Up

Hooray for February! It brought some grade-A reading. Here’s my February wrap-up with rapid-fire reviews of books I read during the month. Click each title to read the full review.

Books about love (and the opposite)

In case you missed it, check out this infographic with a handful of books about love to read during February. Includes selections for contemporary and adventurous love, plus a few with toxic love for the romance-haters out there.

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

This one got some mixed reviews because the main character, Stephen Florida, is such a misanthrope. It’s hard to spend so much time and energy on someone this abhorrent. But then again, it’s also brilliant, seeing his manic downward spiral.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

What happens after the apocalypse? The author does some beautiful and inventive world-building with this look at the aftermath. My main qualm was that we didn’t follow the character I would have preferred. I wanted his story.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkannen

The story revolves around Richard, a rich and seemingly loving man. Nellie is the fresh-faced incoming love and Vanessa is the departing, embittered, possibly alcoholic wife. Is Richard really the Prince Charming he presents?

 

Books for Black History Month

With so many great authors across so many genres, it is almost impossible to narrow down this list of notable African-American authors to read for Black History Month. So I suggested one for each genre.

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Cassie is VERY flawed, but otherwise holds her life together as an excellent flight attendant. When she wakes up next to a bloody dead man, she must figure out whether she killed him during a drunken blackout and, if not, who did?

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

The kid recommended this children’s book to me. It follows a fictional family to Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, just in time for the real-life church bombing that killed little girls. It handles a sensitive subject in a way kids can relate to.

So Much Blue by Percival Everett

We follow our main character through three different periods of life that at first seem disjointed. It took a while for this book to grab me. But then the three stories came together to paint a portrait of this man in an extended blue period.

Looking forward to the bounty of March books. Let me know if you’ve read anything great lately – I’m always happy to get reading recommendations. Catch you next time!

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