What I Read in February

I feel like I read more e-books this month than usual because there were so many titles on my TBR (aka, “To Be Read”) list that went on sale for under $5 if I bought the Kindle version. I also find that it’s so much easier to carry my Kindle with me everywhere. Aside from reading on the cardio machines at the gym, I read while in the waiting room of both my doctor and my therapist, in line waiting for my take-out order, and while waiting for my car to get an oil change. It’s easier to throw the thin device in my purse and (because my purse is usually full of junk) I don’t have to worry about destroying the cover or pages of a physical book.

Audio Book
Still working on When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris

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Kindle
The Last Days of the Romanovs – Helen Rappaport 
In the last year or so I’ve become increasingly interested in the Romanov family so I finally decided to dive into something other than Wikipedia. I felt like the writing was very balanced and tried to avoid any sort of bias or romanticizing of the family. There are two more books about the Romanovs by Rappaport that I’d like to follow-up with.
PS Reading Prompt: Book about a family

Almost Missed You – Jessica Strawser
I really feel conflicted about this read. I enjoyed the first half of the book despite being able to figure out the twists before they were revealed, but I felt like the story kind of fell apart in the second half. It was an easy read and I didn’t hate it… but I’ve read a lot of pretty good books recently so it was just sort of… flat. I bought it on sale for $2.99 but I don’t think I would suggest someone paying more than that.
PS Reading Prompt: Book told from multiple characters POV

Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences – Catherine Pelonero
As someone who is fascinated by true crime I had learned of the murder of Kitty Genovese years ago but aside from knowing she was a woman whose murder had been witnessed by many neighbours, almost none of which called the police, I didn’t know any details. This book was very in-depth, learning about Kitty’s life, her murderer’s life, what neighbours witnessed on the night of the attack, and more. I felt like the author was very thoughtful in placing such an emphasis on Kitty and her life rather than just her death and the person who took it from her. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in true crime.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – Balli Kaur Jaswal
I was surprised how much I loved this book. I mean I shouldn’t be considering it’s been highly talked about, but it had a little bit of everything I love – complicated families, finding your way, romance, and a thriller to boot! Plus, I found myself actually smiling to myself reading some of the passages.
PS Reading Prompt: An “own voices” book

Her Last Word – Mary Burton *****
I bought this one in 2018 after I first received my Kindle because it was only $1.99 and after 30 pages I created a “Did Not Finish” shelf on Goodreads and quit. I don’t need to know about the female detective’s “chiseled frame,” the “tall, slim,” death investigator, or a victim that “arched her full breasts (side note: as a woman I’m not sure it’s possible to arch my breasts?) as the water glided over her nipples.” No, thank you.

Before I Go To Sleep – SJ Watson
I’ve had this one on my To-Be-Read list for years. While scrolling through the Kindle store I noticed it was on sale for $1.99 so I jumped on it. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I had theories along the way but the author kept me guessing the entire time. It was a fairly easy read and I’m interested to see how the movie compares.
PS Reading Prompt: A debut novel

We Were Mothers – Katie Sise
It was alright but it felt like a rip-off of Big Little Lies. There were almost too many characters that I didn’t care enough about. Every time a new chapter started from a new perspective I had to remind myself who everyone was and what their relation was to the other characters. By the end I was annoyed with everyone.
PS Reading Prompt: A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters.

Physical

Becoming – Michelle Obama
This was a beautiful memoir. I liked that such a big part was focused on her life, her education, and her career. I also loved her honesty when talking about her hesitance regarding her husband’s political career, her struggles as a mother, wife, and career-woman, and all the lessons she has learned along the way.
PS Reading Prompt: Book recommended by a celebrity you admire (Oprah’s book list and Obama’s Best-Of 2018)

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Beautiful seems to be my favourite adjective because that’s how I also want to describe this book. I think Ng did such a good job of telling this story because it made me remember how complicated life can feel as a teenager. I had seen some people describe this novel as slow-starting but I think that’s essential to the story. You’re provided with an in-depth introduction to the characters, understanding their motivations, and this made it very complicated for me to “choose sides” as I truly felt for each character in the story.
PS Reading Prompt: Book you meant to read in 2018. (I had this on my shelf for months as I didn’t do much reading last year)

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