God, what is it with the winter this year? I'm so full up with snow fatigue that I don't know what to do with myself.
February had its ups and downs. The snowfall has been terrible, but at least I got to escape a little while to head to Asheville, NC, for a book conference for work. It was amazing, what with the all-you-can-carry free book buffet and the author dinners, but frankly one of the best parts was being in a place where I could feel the warmth of the sun on my skin.
|Being outside without coat, hats, scarf, gloves, or balaclava|
1. The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry (novel). This book is as understatedly funny as the title might imply. Anybody who has grown up in the country or in Wisconsin (and other rural parts of the midwest) will probably find much to relate to in this one.
2. Moranthology by Caitlin Moran (essays/nonfiction). I treated myself to one essay/column per day over breakfast. I loved a LOT about this book and found my attention wandering in other parts. I found myself not caring very much about the pop culture stuff (except for Benedict Cumberbatch), but when she was taking on social issues in England, I found myself wanting to stand up and roar in agreement.
3. Wild Tales by Graham Nash (memoir/nonfiction). I'd had this audio book sitting around for quite some time but hadn't been too interested in it until the day I had no book to listen to in my car. I gave this a whirl, and while I didn't love it, I'm really glad that I had the chance to listen to it. Review here.
4. Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller (memoir/nonfiction). This book was excellent. Her story is a common one -- a woman with a raucous upbringing marries a man who seems to promise stability, but then realizes the fit isn't quite right -- but her writing and the setting set this one apart. I hope to review it one of these days. Definitely the best book I read in February.
5. The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (fiction). Great collection of interconnected stories. Or maybe a novel in stories? I am not entirely sure what the difference is. Review is in the can and will post later this week.
6. & 7. This One Summer (fiction) by Mariko Tamaki and Strange Fruit (history/nonfiction) by Joel Christian Gill. Two graphic novels written for younger readers. I didn't love either one and I reviewed them together here.
I think this is the only month in my own recorded history where I read more nonfiction than fiction (4 vs 3). Without really intending it, I achieved a bit of diversity, too. Only four of the authors are American, and two of the authors are non-Caucasian.
What did y'all like this month? Have you read any of these? What did you think?