wrap up: February 2020

  1. Long Bright River by Liz Moore ★★★★☆ | review
  2. Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey ★★☆☆☆ | review
  3. The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall ★★★★☆ | review
  4. Saint X by Alexis Schatkin ★★★★☆ | review to come for BookBrowse
  5. The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams ★★☆☆☆ | review to come
  6. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ★★★★☆ | review to come
  7. Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza | review and rating to come

Omitting my favorite of the month section because honestly, there wasn’t a stand-out, though I thoroughly enjoyed everything I 4-starred (and I’m enjoying Optic Nerve as well – I’ll finish it by the end of the day).


Other posts from February:

February was an excellent month!  I just got back yesterday from spending a week in LA – one of my favorite cities – with some of my favorite people.

Highlights included:

Spending the day at Universal with Will and Jess, the dream team behind one of my favorite blogs, Books and Bao.  If you don’t follow them, you need to rectify that immediately, because they are genuinely wonderful, delightful people who shine a light on translated fiction from around the world in their excellent blog.

Attending Brandon Taylor‘s book event at Skylight Books for his debut novel Real Life.  Brandon is one of my favorite personalities on Twitter, and he was such an engaging and intelligent speaker.  If his book tour is coming to your city, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Spending four straight days with my friend Abby going down a BTS rabbit hole.  Honestly it’s the most fun I’ve had in ages so I’m not even going to apologize for how silly this is.  If you’re into BTS, comment and tell me who your bias is!

Anyway, due to the fact that I was gone for a week and didn’t take my laptop, I am VERY BEHIND on blogging and replying to comments.  Bear with me!  Also comment and tell me what you’ve been up to lately!

And the next post you can expect to see from me is my Women’s Prize 2020 longlist prediction.  I’m finishing that up as we speak.

Currently reading:


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

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5 thoughts on “wrap up: February 2020

  1. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is one I’ve been curious about so really looking forward to hearing what you think of that one. I wasn’t crazy about LA the one time I visited but it seems like a place worth giving more chances. Gorgeous photos from there!!

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    • Ahhh Ren I am ADORING Fatherless Girls. I’m listening to it on audio which as you know doesn’t always work for me, but I keep trying to find excuses to listen to it. I only have an hour and a half left and it’s really really really brilliant.

      If you ever do return to LA hit me up for recs! I think it helps that one of my best friends lives there and grew up there so I’m able to have a slightly less touristy experience when I visit. None of the Hollywood shit appeals to me at all.

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      • Ooh that’s good to know that it’s so impressive even on audio for you! That really does a winner make 😊 I’ll definitely hit you up if I make it to LA again, it’s been like, more than a decade ago. I was there with a friend who’s from Northern California and she doesn’t love LA so maybe it colored my viewpoint a bit. Plus we went to a fairly gross college party at UCLA and I always have that strongly in my memory, I guess. The Hollywood shit also has no appeal for me whatsoever, that’s part of the turnoff too, it seems SO all about that. It sounds like just a lot more to it if you know where to look!

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      • I’m originally from southern California (my family moved to Vermont when I was young) so I have a major SoCal bias! I’ve never been to Northern California though and I’d LOVE to go – San Francisco in particular! Oh god college parties were the WORST, I can hardly blame you for having tainted memories. But yes, there’s so much to see if you know where to look!

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      • Where in southern California? I loved San Diego and Santa Barbara, and we were in Irvine for quite awhile visiting another friend who was at the UC there. But I don’t know, Northern California was something different, just so gorgeous and tree-filled and these windy roads. I loved it. San Francisco was amazing and I’d LOVE to visit it again, and I really liked Santa Cruz too. You must do a trip to the northern part, it’s kind of incredible how different it feels from the south. At least to me it did.


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