This month was… a lot. I know it’s the shortest month of the year, but it felt SO LONG. The month started with a massive work project that made me feel like my brain was melting (seriously, even when I had time to read, my brain could barely process anything). Luckily, I followed it up almost immediately with my first international trip in over a decade (it was awesome, and I will post about it soon!). I returned from the trip with infections in both of my ears and my throat and a pinched nerve in my lower back (thanks lady on the twelve-hour flight that needed to recline in front of me for the entire flight and also tried to steal my favorite sweatshirt). And that’s where I’m at now. I read four books this month and am currently three books behind on my Goodreads goal. I still kind of feel like I’m dying, so I am honestly glad this is a short wrap up.
What I Read:
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ★★★★★. This was a reread – I read and loved the book last year – so I decided to go with the audiobook. And I loved it! Check out my review of the book here and the audiobook here if you want to find out more about why this book is so amazing.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera – ★★★★☆. I read this in preparation for my trip to Prague – I wanted to read a few Czech authors before I went. I actually really liked this one. But it also cemented my belief that Czech literature is weird.
Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls – ★★☆☆☆. I’ll be honest: I don’t really remember much about this book. Which isn’t great considering I read it less than a month ago. Obviously, it wasn’t a favorite since I gave it two stars.
The Holdout by Graham Moore – ★★★★☆. I loved the last Graham Moore book I read, The Last Days of Night. Honestly, I did like his historical fiction a bit more than this courtroom mystery, but I did like it. It was a fast-paced quick read. And if you like courtroom dramas or murder mysteries, you might like this one.
What I’m Currently Reading:
(Basically the same as I was reading at the end of January)
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. Everything I was reading got pushed to the side during this month because I was so busy, but I am really looking forward to finishing this one. I’m definitely a fan of Yangzee Choo’s writing, and, so far, this one is great.
Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I am really enjoying this book, but I had to put it on hold because it was honestly depressing a bit. Reading about some of our country’s greatest leaders makes today’s political climate look worse. And it was pretty bleak to begin with. Can we have Lincoln back please? Or one of the Roosevelts?
The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. I picked this up as part of my reading for Prague and just never got around to finishing it. It’s pretty weird, and kind of a slow read, but I do want to read it. I actually picked up a copy in Shakespeare and Sons in Prague – I needed a book souvenir and thought it would be cool to pick something up by a Czech author – so I will hopefully finish it soon.
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel. Since I needed a book to read on the plane (and my under-the-seat carry-on was out of reach thanks to the mean lady in front of me (yes, I’m still angry about it, but I’m literally on prescription meds for my back because of her twelve-hour seat recline, so I’m allowed to be) I decided to pick up one of the digital ARCs on my phone. Which I could get to, thankfully. I haven’t read much of it, but I am very intrigued.
What I Watched:
I watched a lot of things this month – mostly in the twenty-four hours spent on airplanes – so I’ll just talk about a few of my favorites, and a few series I’m currently enjoying.
Joker. Yes, I finally saw Joker (thanks to the kind of awesome in-flight movie selection). And I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I thought it was a great commentary on society’s treatment of mental illness.
Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer (Amazon). If you don’t know already, I’m kind of a true crime junkie, and the Ted Bundt case will always hold some sort of fascination for me. This one was unique because it’s told from the point of Elizabeth and Molly Kendall. Elizabeth was Ted’s girlfriend pretty much the entire time he was on a killing spree (unbeknownst to her) and Molly was her daughter. I enjoyed the new perspective, and thought it was a clever choice to interview mostly women for this documentary.
McMillions (HBO). If you’re not into violent true crime, here’s another one I’m currently enjoying. This one is about how a group of people scammed the McDonald’s lottery out of millions. And how they got caught. I’m hooked.
Avenue 5 (HBO). I feel like Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad should be enough to sell you on this one. If not, just know that I have not laughed this hard in a long time. It’s one of those ridiculous sitcoms, but with the novel quality of being set in space with some brand new issues. I won’t spoil anything, but this is definitely worth watching.
What I Did
Took a Trip to Prague! Prague has been on my bucket list and I finally got there! It was magical. I’ll share more later, but highlights were definitely all the museums and palaces and cathedrals and also getting to hike Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland (hiking is NOT my thing, but I HIGHLY recommend the Saxon Switzerland Bastei Bridge trail – it wasn’t too difficult and the views are absolutely stunning). If you want to find out more about Prague and what to do there, definitely check out Honest Guide – they make videos all about tourism in Prague. I got a lot of great tips from them (including how we got literally an entire abandoned palace to ourselves for an hour).
The Franz Kafka Museum in Prague. Prague LOVES their Kafka. Seriously, I saw at least three Kafka statues and went to both the Kafka Museum and another museum-like experience thing (we literally walked down a mysterious staircase and ended up in underground ruins with a sort of Kafka museum – it was weird). Anyway, the official Kafka Museum was a surprising highlight of my trip. I’m kind of a museum nerd, and that one was just so well done. Even my cousin, who has only read a little bit of The Metamorphosis (after I told her she had to) loved it. Would definitely recommend it if you find yourself in Prague.
Upcoming TV & Movie Adaptations I’m Excited About. This month, I shared some upcoming adaptations I’m excited to watch. There are a lot of great ones on the list, so go check it out if you missed it, and add yours in the comments!
That’s it for this month! Honestly, my reading so far this year has been kind of disappointing, both in quantity and quality. So here’s hoping March will be a better reading month!
What was your favorite book in February?