Hello Friends and Welcome!
Here we are almost fully through March! I hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this crazy time. Today I wanted to come back to my reading life and share the books that I read in February along with my thoughts on what I liked about them. Overall, I really enjoyed the books that I read. I didn’t read as many books in February as I was gearing up to take my Business Law exam on March 13 and needed to prioritize that over reading. Luckily, I was able to take the exam before we had any confirmed cases of the virus around me. Now my entire state is under a shelter order – which is a good thing since we’ve got to stop the spread of this virus.
One: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Every year I choose to reread through a series that I loved when I was younger and this year, I’m back to reading The Lord of the Rings series. As with my copy of The Hobbit, my copy of The Fellowship of the Ring is well-loved and highly underlined and highlighted. As with The Hobbit, it is hard to review this book. If a book is “bad” we can easily dwell on its flaws, however if a book is good it is almost impossible to give any recommendation equal to the book.
Why I love it: I find myself delighted more and more every time I read this book. I fall more in love with the characters. I find myself even more engaged in the journey. This most recent reading I really let myself enjoy some of the smaller moments that can sometimes get lost.
Two: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
This was a book club pick for one of the book clubs that I belong to. The book is about how choosing to be happy and positive can give you an advantage in life. It’s pretty self-explanatory. It came highly recommended to me and I was happy to read it. There are a lot of people who really love this book.
Some favorite takeaways: Some of my favorite takeaways from this book were reminders of things that we hear often. I think the best reminder was: You can’t change reality, but you can change how you choose to process the world.
Three: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
This was the pick for my other book club. I still have not seen the movie yet – and I’ve heard that it’s very different from the book. I tend to gravitate toward thrillers and fantasy books, so this was one that I didn’t really ever expect to pick up. Full disclosure, I was getting ready to DNF the book after about 70 pages and then I found myself drawn in. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It just took me a minute to get settled in and caring for the characters!
What I liked about it: It was cute and heartwarming. It was a quick, easy read that I would recommend for anyone who likes romance novels.
Four: Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
This book came highly recommended, and for good reason. The book takes on the formula of the Save the Cat method from the screenwriting world. Brody takes the tried and true methods and adapts them for the novelist. There aren’t many writing reference books that I would keep and read again- Stephen King’s On Writing is one and this book is another one.
What I liked about it: Brody did a fantastic job of breaking down a story into the 15 beats and then breaking down several novels across several genres to show how those beats are used by authors
Five: The Confession by John Grisham
I’ve enjoyed many Grisham books over the years. This was one that I purchased at my local library’s book sale a couple years ago that I had not yet gotten around to reading. Without giving too much more away than the synopsis, this book is about a race against time to stop the execution of an innocent young man. It’s heartbreaking to read because this really happens. As with many of Grisham’s books, I found myself drawn into the story very quickly and it was hard to put the book down to do other things.
What I liked about it: Grisham is a master at creating believable characters that I really find myself caring for. He also expertly handles juggling multiple points of view and storylines that converge at just the right moment. Grisham manages to throughly wrap up and complete each of his storylines in a very satisfactory way.
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there. My thoughts are with everyone.