February was such a fun reading month and full of many firsts! I got my first library card as an adult, and started listening to audio books. I mean really…what took me so long?! I LOVE our library (free books!) and audio books make a fairly long commute really wonderful.
My reads this month were light and fun, but Jesus used them none the less to bring me closer to him.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: You’re probably all going to start yelling at me when I tell you this, but this was the first time I’ve ever ready any of the Harry Potter books. I know…it’s ridiculous. I don’t really have a reason for this other than the fact that the longer I went without reading them, the more determined I was not to. Then, my lovely friends chose it as our book club read for February as a way to force it on me. In all fairness, I did tell them that I would ready anything…
Anyway, I loved it of course, and can’t wait to dig into the second one. My recommendation is not to just to read this one, but to listen to it on Audible. The reader does a great job, and really makes the story come to life. However, I do think the story loses some of its magic when you read it as an adult. I’m not saying that it’s not good, but I imagine that I would be way more into it if I had read them as a child.
Bossypants by Tina Fay: I had originally planned on reading Amy Poehler’s book, but so many people told me to read this instead. I listened to this one on Audible as well because Tina Fey reads it, and it definitely makes it a lot funnier. However, I was kind of disappointed. I just didn’t think it was as funny as I expected it to be. There were definitely interesting parts, but I didn’t really laugh out loud like I’d hoped. Who knows…maybe my expectations were too high. You should go ahead and read it though if you’re interested, especially if you like her or SNL.
A Paris Wife by Paula McLain: I’m a little late to the party on this one too, but I really loved it. It’s a fictional story based on true events of Hemingway’s first marriage. I found it intriguing, heart breaking, and a little too much like real life than I’d like to admit. I wrote an entire post about it, so I won’t say much more here. You should add this to your reading list if you haven’t read it already. And then talk to me about it, because I want to know what you think.
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl: This was a random library find, and I quickly fell in love with it. The writing isn’t the best, but it’s one of those stories that once you’re invested, you just can’t put it down. In fact, I stayed up until 2 or 3am reading it one Saturday night and was late for church the next day…oops.
This novel follows a few diverse characters who work for a popular food magazine. When the magazine suddenly closes, they are forced to face what brought them there in the first place, and the people they have become. As they process the loss, and their own real life hurt and trauma, they come across World War II era letters that lead them on a meaningful and enchanting journey. You definitely want to pick this one up.
What have you read lately? Because of course I need more titles to add to my never-ending list…
Happy Saturday, friends!