29 Feb February Wrap-Up
Happy Leap Day!
Not sure if that’s a thing, but I’ll say it anyway. It has been almost a month since I’ve posted, but I’m here now, so let’s talk books 📚
Recently I was reading a blog post by Carol, @readingladies concerning things to have on a blog to improve it. One area is the ‘About Me’ section. Without hesitation I can say I easily skipped over this section when I started this blog. I didn’t want to write about me, I wanted to write about books. Well, short story long, or long story short, Carol made a great case for putting something in the AM section. So, mine is no longer empty and is there for your perusing if you so choose.
Since March is only hours away, I thought I’d share the books I’ve read this month. The wishful and hopeful (heart) side of myself is hoping to squeeze in one more for the month of February, but the realistic and logically (brain) minded part is telling the other side to shut-up and focus on what’s actually been read.
The ever-present battle of the heart versus the brain!
February Wrap-Up (as of 9:07 am):
1. The Devil’s Aspect by Craig Russell, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ & 1/2
📌 I posted about this one a few posts back if you are interested.
2. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, ⭐️⭐️ & 1/2
📌 This book was translated from Japanese, which may account for some of its quirkiness, which is fine. I like quirkiness, but I feel it relied a bit too much on this aspect as a whole. It had some good thoughts throughout, but over all I feel like the focus was on the main character being so different than everyone else. Newsflash: Be different, but don’t put yourself on a platform because of it. Truth be told, we are all different, so really, it’s not the unique to be different, is it? Chew on that for a bit 🍔
3. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, ⭐️⭐️⭐️
4. The Body in Question by Jill Climent, ⭐️⭐️⭐️ & 1/2
5. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
📌 This book has been getting a lot of hype recently. It is one that will pull your heart strings. Two of the main characters are YA, which is usually enough to make me skip over books (I’m not a YA fan), but the overall tones of the book are adult, in my opinion. It’s pretty deserving of most of the hype. I am glad I took the time to read this book.
Books I am in the middle of:
1. Indiscretion by Charles Dubow.
📌 This book came from an article titled, 12 Books One Librarian Always Recommends. That title alone caught my interest. Every book lover can’t help but know what great resources librarians are. The list was such a fine mix of old, new, and in-between choices. Some were slightly obscure, but not in the hipster-trying-to-look-like-I-read-random-books way. Readers pick up on these things and have a canine-like sense to smell pc-curated pseudo favorite lists a mile away.
I am about halfway finished and am loving it. It has an interesting style where a narrator comes in near the beginning of the story and weaves effortlessly in and out between the dialogue between incredibly real sounding characters.
2. Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell
📌 My neighbor Frank, who I have spoke about on here a few times, and I were recently discussing Jack the Ripper. Frank is a voracious reader. Quite often my husband and I spend time with Frank and his sweet wife Karen, either sharing a meal and/or drinks, or playing poker (my two boys have become avid poke players!). Probably to my husband and Karen’s dismay, the conversation always turns to books at some point. Over dinner recently, Frank mentioned that A.H. Holmes, from The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson has often been thought of as being strong candidate for being the infamous Jack the Ripper. Isn’t that interesting. As far as I know, an official suspect has never been named.
The conversation between Fank and I made me think of the book by Patricia Cornwell concerning JTR. Her claim is that she has solved the case of his identity, which is quite a claim! I found a used copy recently and began reading it. I am a fan of true-crime, so this is up my alley. In this book you learn early on who is suspected, but I am interested to see/read Cornwell’s path of evidence, which led to her ultimate conclusion. I have read many of her fiction books and I think she is a terrific writer, although my one caveat with her is her main character in many of her books. If you are familiar with Cornwell, then you know who Kay Scarpetta is, as well as her niece, Lucy. After reading so many books with them in it, they began to get on my last nerve, especially Lucy. In fact, it would have been quite favorable (to me) if Lucy were to have fallen victim to one of the many killers Cornwell wrote about. But I digress. Maybe those two chicks can be the subject of a ranting blog post another day 😉🤔
Look in to Portrait of a Killer, Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell if you like true crime.
On that note, I will close.
Two of my favorite quotes from Dear Edward:
“The man says, “What happened to you is baked into your bones, Edward. It lives under your skin. It’s not going away. It’s part of you and will be part of you every moment until you die. What you’ve been working on, since the first moment I met you, is learning to live with that.” — (Edward’s therapist speaking to Edward), Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward
“What do we live for, if it is not to make less difficult to each other.” —George Eliot