Like last month, I’m going to start this post by giving a sort of life update before I get to the books. As you may recall, I spent half of January in Houston for work which ended up being a pretty miserable experience, so I decided to treat myself to a week-long vacation in Los Angeles in February to visit one of my best friends, and I had such a great time. I’m actually from SoCal originally (San Diego) but I’d never been to LA until last week, and I loved it! Warm weather and an abundance of vegan/vegetarian restaurants is the way to my heart.
Obviously, I spent a lot of time at bookstores when I was in LA. My friend and I hit up the following:
- Book Soup
- Alias Books East
- The Last Bookstore
- Small World Books
- Samuel French
- Book Monster
They were all pretty great, but I’d particularly recommend Skylight, Vromans, Book Soup, Iliad, and, if you like plays, Samuel French.
If you’ve been to LA, what’s your favorite bookstore there?
Anyway, all in all, it was a great trip, but it did end on a ridiculous and dramatic note, which involved my red-eye flight home being delayed 6 hours due to one of the passengers being arrested. We were next in line to take off, when all of a sudden this man starts yelling and becoming more and more agitated and aggressive, and eventually he assaulted one of the crew members working, so we had to go back to the gate so the police could come on board and handcuff him and drag him off the plane. After that we had to deplane and wait for another crew member to arrive to replace the man who had been injured, and then when we finally boarded again we had to wait over another hour because of a technical issue with their communications devices…. anyway, the whole thing was a very absurd and surreal experience and I was just glad to finally get home. I have the worst and weirdest flight experiences. On my flight out to LA a girl fainted mid-flight which at the time was quite scary but now seems like a totally ordinary occurrence. Anyway, I think the moral of this story is that I’ve been tempting fate and I probably shouldn’t fly again for a little while.
Ok, now onto the books!
- Himself by Jess Kid ★★★☆☆ + review
- I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell ★★★★☆ + review
- Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi ★★★★★ + review
- The Odyssey by Homer ★★★☆☆ translated by Emily Wilson ★★★★★ + review
- Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao ★★☆☆☆ + review
- The Broken Girls by Simone St. James ★★★★☆ + review
- The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh ★★★★☆ + review
Best: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Runner up: The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Worst: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
FEBRUARY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY TOTAL: 14
Currently reading: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (audiobook – I’m enjoying it but I really only ever listen to audiobooks on planes so when am I going to finish this??), Medea by Christa Wolf, Happiness by Aminatta Forna, and Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (I’m determined to finish this in March – I’ve been trying to get through this since December).
I was hoping to finish more than 7 books this month, but that was kind of an unreasonable goal given that I took a week-long vacation and barely opened a book that entire time, so I guess 7 isn’t bad. I’m also so close to being caught up with my ARCs, which is exciting – I’ve only got 2 more after I finish Happiness! I’m also doing well on my 1 classic + 1 play each month resolution… granted, it’s only February, but I made a point of reading The Lonesome West yesterday so I’d be on track with this goal.
So how was everyone’s February? And what’s the best book you read? Comment and let me know!