I read six books in February, but I don't feel like I did a lot of reading. Quite honestly, I just didn't feel like it. I picked up & started a bunch of books but nothing really kept my attention - even the ones I finished. After reading 11/22/63, which was great but really long, I guess I just needed a little break. Here's what I did made it through this month - & better luck in March!
11/22/63 by Stephen KingThis was my first book by King, weirdly enough, & what a first book to choose! At 800+ pages, it was a beast of a read, but it was also totally worth it. Jake's dying friend Al leads him to a rabbit hole that goes to the past, urging him to go back in time & prevent Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating JFK. But how will it affect the future if he does? Time travel, murder, romance... yes, please. ★★★★☆
After Anna by Alex LakeApparently this author is a well-known, bestselling British author writing under a pseudonym & I want to know who because this book felt too predictable for an experienced storyteller. It was enjoyable enough to read, but I'll be damned if I didn't know a third of the way in exactly who it was that kidnapped 5-year-old Anna & returned her unharmed to her family for reasons mysterious & unknown. And yet, somehow, I still want to read Lake's next...★★★☆☆
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren GrahamAs much as I love Lauren Graham & the way she played the character of Lorelai Gilmore, this wasn't my favorite celebrity memoir. It made me really like her, yes, more than I already did, but it just didn't compel me much beyond that. It did, however, compel me to rewatch all of Gilmore Girls, which is the best decision I've made in awhile. Her season recaps, complete with outfit critiques & technology analyses, were straight-up hilarious. ★★★☆☆
Wreckage by Emily BleekerWhy do I keep reading books about airplane crashes? As a kid, I was weirdly obsessed with the book Flight #116 Is Down by Caroline Cooney, in part because I was absolutely terrified of it. And now, here I am, reading Wreckage, about a romance that blossoms between two plane crash survivors on a deserted island. I really enjoyed this book until the second half, when it became unbelievably corny bordering on the absurd. Somehow, I'm still thinking about it, but I wouldn't necessarily call it good. ★★☆☆☆
March: Book One by John Lewis with Andrew Aydin & Nate PowellThis was our latest book club choice, & damn, was it a good one. It also marked my first time ever reading a graphic novel, which I thought I'd dislike but actually loved, at least in this case. Congressman John Lewis is a giant for social justice, a civil rights legend who has been putting his values into action for decades by working to desegregate the South &, in turn, the nation. This was a fascinating way to read his personal story, & I look forward to moving on to Book Two soon. ★★★★★
Right now I'm reading The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, among other books; I started this one because it got so much play on early episodes of my current favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder. Review of this one & others to come in March!
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