February Reads

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Happy March 1st! My area still has a bit of winter left, but March always brings a gentle promise of the green to come. February was a busier month for me, so I didn’t finish as much. I think I have heavier books on my stack genre and topic wise. What did you finish? I’d love to hear!

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (***) – This is the fourth book in The Invisible Library series.  I’m a speculative genre fan and I’ve just recently learned that there is a lot that falls under this heading, depending on who you ask. Sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, magic realism, and so on. I love the fantastical world Cogman has created with the Librarian’s and library being a portal to other worlds to collect rare books to keep the worlds “in balance”. The dragons and fae are intriguing and mysterious. This title was slower, more conversation between Irene, Kai, and Evariste, another Librarian. A dragon throne comes up empty after a mysterious murder and dragon factions are wanting to fill the coveted position. Irene must keep neutral while searching for a rogue Librarian who may have crossed professional lines. Irene is finding neutrality increasingly hard with her assistant Kai, as he is a dragon himself. Vale, the mysterious human police detective wasn’t really in this title, which was strange, as he has played big roles in the previous other three titles. The romantic tension between Kai and Irene, picked up, especially in Irene’s head. Cogman did a really good job of that tension, although it’s been dragging along in the same fashion and I’m sick of the snide “get you into bed comments” from Kai. Overall, I found this to be an entertaining, fun read. I think there is to be a fifth book in this series and I’m looking forward to seeing how Cogman ties everything up. Are you a speculative fiction reader? I know it might seem odd since I write memoir and poetry mostly here, but in fiction I like strange escapism generally.

Stillmeadow Sampler by Gladys Taber (*****) – This title I’ve been reading for about a year and a half. She split this memoir into four parts following the seasons and I read it slowly, making myself read only in what season I currently was in. So with a few months of setting it aside, it took me awhile. Gladys did not disappoint. I found this last bit of reading through the winter chapters of life on her Stillmeadow farm, housework, neighbors, reflections on nature to be charming, meditative, and just beautiful. Taber is one of my five favorite all time writers. I’m still chuckling to myself, because she is pretty much the POLAR OPPOSITE of the above fiction title I read.

The Market Square by Miss Read (*****) – Another of my favorite genres is British family-ish type fiction. Miss Read is the master of beautiful settings and lovely characters that you come to love and care about. Sometimes not much happens, but you still keep reading anyway. This title was a bit different from her Thrush Green and Fairacre series in that it was a bit more sad and darker than those. Two friends grow up together and their families are inseparable until a change in the economy forces a wedge. Misunderstandings, class, race, morality, the World Wars, all test the true friendship between these two men as their lives move on. This was slow start for me and it took me awhile to get into it, but once I did, I loved it. So much to think on and consider and I won’t forget this story! I think this might be a series, but I haven’t checked into it yet.

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart (***) – I have mixed feelings about this title. Jake Palmer has it all on the surface, until a freak accident, leaves him burned from the waist down. His wife leaves him and he has to face his demons. Through a series of events, he ends up follow a legend about a portal that will heal and give you your wildest dreams. I found this title intriguing, the writing beautiful, and it did make me think. However, there was just something about it that struck me weird or forced. This was written for the Christian market and it made me think sort of a retelling of Jacob wrestling with God mixed with a magic realism approach.

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (*****) – I absolutely loved this book about a bus ride between Heaven and Hell and the conversations between “Ghosts” and “Beings”. I found it just lovely and amusing that George MacDonald was Mr. Lewis’s Being. The theology and thoughts were thought-provoking, challenging, and absolutely beautiful.

The Holy Bible (*****) – 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and continuing to dip in and out of the Psalms.

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15 thoughts on “February Reads

  1. I finished Parnassus on Wheels (Morley) , and the Lord God Made Them All (Herriot). I was just looking at the shelves and wondering what to read next. I have Mere Christianity but have never started it. Also the last Herriot book. But the Chronicles of Narnia Series I haven’t read since 5 years ago, and those looked enticing too 😉

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  2. Gladys Taber was always one of my favorite writers. I read her pieces in my mother’s magazines. My sister-in-law adored Miss Read, and she normally preferred only non-fiction. I read all of them, I think, and found them delightful. I wish I’d had time to reread them when we lived in England.

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      1. I was in a secondhand book store a few days ago and spotted a Miss Read book. I don’t buy books, so I wasn’t tempted. John is a book owner, having filled four rooms of our house with books. I prefer library books and free downloads.

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      2. Later today I will probably write about my new hat. The selfie I took shows John’s office in the background. That is one of the four rooms he has stashed his books. I can understand your buying books, since you are a voracious reader. I’m too much of a miser to pay money for books. Looks like I’d learn that I hardly ever get around to downloading anything. Oh, well.

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  3. I hope you never stop writing your reading lists, Amy! I so enjoy them.

    I just got my first Gladys Taber, a hardcover copy of The Stillmeadow Road, from a rummage sale for $1. I will probably wait to read it until winter. One of my February reads was one I normally read in winter, too, and that is my beloved Kristin Lavransdatter. I’m not sure why, but she always seems to call to me in winter. 🙂

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    1. Aww. Thank you, Sherry. I enjoy recording what I’m reading also. Keeps the books alive a little longer, doesn’t it? Sort of a narration! Yes, Gladys is a slow read, definitely good for winter. How LOVELY that you found a HB of Stillmeadow Road! ❤ Yes, I enjoyed the first in the Lavransdatter books, have to take time for the other two soon.

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  4. This is a very interesting and varied collection of books! Thanks for sharing.

    I’m intrigued by The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. You’ve prompted me to do some research on the book and I think I’ll add it to my list!

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