wrap up: February 2019

  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez ★★★★★ | review
  • The Cassandra by Sharma Shields ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman ★★☆☆☆ | review
  • The Heavens by Sandra Newman ★★★☆☆ | review
  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb ★★★★☆ | review
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde ★★★★☆ | mini review
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker ★★★★☆ | review
  • The Parting Glass by Gina Marie Guadagnino ★★★★☆ | review
  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou ★★★★☆ | mini review
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe ★★★★★ | review

Favorite: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Honorable mention: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
Least favorite: The Cassandra by Sharma Shields


Some of my other posts from the month: Women’s Prize 2019 Longlist PredictionsReading Ireland 2019 TBR and RecommendationsSome of my recent favorite book quotes.

A bit of a mixed reading month, but it did give me a new book for my ‘favorites’ shelf in Say Nothing, so I can hardly complain.  Anyway, a quick housekeeping note: you may have noticed that I’ve started using Book Depository affiliate links in my posts.  I did have a bit of a moral quandary about this as I try my best not to support Amazon (which does own BD, unfortunately), but without going into too much detail, things in my personal and professional life have not been going too well recently, so I figured what the hell.  Please do support your local indies whenever possible, but if that isn’t an option for you for whatever reason, clicking these links will give me a few cents here and there, which is so appreciated!

Currently reading: Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff (ahh this one keeps getting pushed to the side for more urgent reads, but I am enjoying it), The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

What was the best book you read in February?  Comment and let me know!

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12 thoughts on “wrap up: February 2019

  1. Yay for new favorites! My best of the month was Pachinko, which is also a new favorite. 🙂 And I’m so glad you liked The Friend. I’ve been meaning to read it but don’t generally like books about dogs (or any animals, really, nothing against dogs though I am a cat person) so have been putting it off.
    Looking forward to your review of Daisy Jones!

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    • Yay for new favorites indeed!! Pachinko is so hard to beat. I was in the same boat with The Friend – I wanted to read it but I tend to hate animal books (even though I love animals, but yes, cats are better!). But I didn’t think it was a ‘weepy dog book’ at all, it was more about grief and friendship and there happened to be a dog there, and there were some difficult discussions about animal abuse, but it really transcended its premise and I found it incredibly affecting. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. I’m insanely excited to read The Heavens, which is out here in May – but my Puritan soul approaches the task of reading proofs in brutally chronological order, so I probably won’t get to it for another month at least. Still, pretty sure Sandra Newman’s a genius, so that’s something to look forward to. And I definitely want to read Sigrid Nunez.

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    • No joke, after I read The Heavens I was still trying to get my thoughts together and the first thing I did was check whether you’d reviewed it. I think it’s something you’re going to have strong feelings about in one way or the other (but probably positive, I think?!) and I’m looking forward to it. This was my first Sandra Newman and I thought some of her ideas were invigorating – I definitely want to check out her backlist. (I do the same thing with ARCs! I used to jump around but that really, really did not work for me and now I have to go in order.)


  3. Yay for new favourite books! (I was hoping to finish Conversations With Friends in February to end the month on a high, but alas)
    I am looking forward to your thoughts on the new Taylor Jenkins Reid because reviews have been all over the place and I cannot make up my mind whether I want to read it or not.

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    • I’m almost done my review! I’ll probably post it tomorrow though because does anyone even go online on Sundays? But, it was a solid 4 star book for me – really enjoyed it (unexpectedly so) but it was nowhere near Evelyn Hugo levels for me.

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