February was another great reading month. I read a total of twelve books – not bad in just twenty-eight days – and found a few books I’m pretty sure are going to make my favorites lists this year. This is a pretty long wrap up, so I’ll just jump right in.
What I Read:
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot – ★★★★☆. This is a beautifully written memoir, and I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely not an easy subject to read about, but I think it’s worth it. Check out my full review of Heart Berries if you’re interested.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – ★★★★☆. This was my second time reading Wuthering Heights, and I did enjoy it. But I don’t think I enjoyed it quite as much as the first time (it was a while ago, I don’t really remember). And, while it was a four-star read, I think it’s my least favorite Brontë novel so far (I still have a couple of Charlotte’s left to read).
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo – ★★★★★. This is such a good historical novel! I absolutely loved the characters and the mythology element. I really enjoyed reading this one. You can read my review of The Night Tiger if you want to find out more.
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte – ★★★★★. I was not expecting to love a nonfiction book about dinosaurs, but here we are. This book is fantastic! I had so much fun reading it (until all the dinosaurs died) and now have a brain full of mostly useless dinosaur facts. Highly recommend this one! Go check out my review of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.
Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. I chose this as my Shakespeare play of the month for February – because when else is a good time to read a play with love in the title – and it was not a favorite. I’ll be honest, I think I’m getting burnt out on Shakespeare’s comedies. They all kind of blend together at this point, and this one wasn’t anything special.
Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare – ★★★★☆. Naturally, I picked up another Shakespeare play this month (because I am so close to being done, I just want to finish faster), and this one I actually enjoyed. To be fair, it’s a story I’m familiar with – the Trojan War, albeit a lot more innuendo than the story is usually told with (which is saying something) – but it was still pretty entertaining. Not my favorite, but it’s pretty high up on the list compared to the other plays I’ve read so far.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ★★★★★. I was not expecting to love this one, because I am generally not a fan of the whole sex, drugs, and rock n roll thing. But it’s TJR, and she’s amazing, and this book is also amazing. I loved it so much. Go read my review of Daisy Jones & The Six if you want to find out more.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ★★☆☆☆. This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, and I was so disappointed. I remember The Hating Game being really great, but this book has me questioning whether or not it was actually good. Because this one is really not. The story was predictable and the main character annoyed me. A lot. If you want to find out more about why I didn’t like this book, I wrote a whole review about it.
Prince of Darkness by Shane White – ★★★☆☆. This is an interesting biography about Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s first black millionaire. He was really impressive, and I’m really glad I decided to learn more about him. However, this was fairly dry, and I think it was much longer than necessary, especially given the fact there’s very little historical record of Jeremiah Hamilton. Check out my review of Prince of Darkness if you’re curious.
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass – ★★★☆☆. I heard epic feminst fantasy, and was in. Unfortunately, this book was kind of slow, and not really the feminist fantasy I wanted. Sure, it deals with some feminist issues, but there were no badass female characters, and I’m still bitter about it. If you’re interested, you can head on over to my review of The Women’s War to find out more.
House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler – ★★☆☆☆. This book started out great. I actually really enjoyed the first half. And then the author decided, hey, if you like this, read this other second story, too. I’ll be honest, I skimmed, hoping the first story would return (like a weird multiple storylines situation). But no. And the first one was the only story that I thought was good. I took the bait, and it did not pay off. My review of House on Fire will be up Monday, so you can read more then if you’re curious.
Between the World and Me by Ta’Nehisi Coates – ★★★★☆. This has been on my TBR for a while, and I thought now would be a good time to read it. It was an interesting, quick little memoir. I found the insights intriguing, though not groundbreaking. Verdict: worth reading.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Einstein: His Life & Universe by Walter Isaacson. I’ve been meaning to read this for so long, and I’m so glad I finally got around to it. It is not quite as amazing as Isaacson’s biography of da Vinci, which is one of my favorite books, but it is pretty good. It’s taking me a while to get through both because it’s long and because I only have so much energy to devote to understanding the theory of relativity.
Becoming by Michelle Obama. I can already tell this is going to be a five-star read. I absolutely love it so far. It’s interesting and funny and intimate. I’ll most likely be finishing it in the next day or two. I’m excited to keep reading.
The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson. I’m pretty familiar with Lizzie Borden, but I thought it might be interesting to read an actual true crime book about the case. I’ll be reviewing this one soon (likely later next week), so keep an eye out for that.
What I Watched:
The Umbrella Academy. This was so good! I basically only watched it because of Ellen Page (and the constant promos everywhere), but I’m so glad I did! It’s like X-Men, but weirder, which is right up my alley. Can’t wait for season 2!
What I Did:
Went to the Costume Exhibit at FIDM. This was really fun! They have costumes from a lot of last year’s big movies, and it was interesting to see them in person. My favorites were the painted costumes from Mary Poppins and everything from Black Panther (which totally deserved to win the Oscar for costume design).
I hope you all had a great February! What was your favorite book this month?