February 28, 2017

February Books

In the only other post I've written this month, I mentioned that I'm feeling really behind on life. True to that, I'm writing my February Books link up post three four days after I was supposed to post it with Carolann and all of the other members of our little book club!

My goal this February was to read 5 books and, if I finish the book in reading now by tonight, I'll have read three books. Luckily, I have more than just one book to write about today! Here's a look at what I've been reading:

The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins -This book was fascinating. Historical fiction mixed with magic? Sign me up! It's essentially about the Vatican's quest to destroy all of the magic in Ireland. It was a long read and I enjoyed it and was surprised that the reviews on Goodreads were pretty negative. I'll admit that I bought this book because if the cover but I'm glad I read it.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff - This was a weird book. Throughout the entire first half, I had no idea what it was about but I was drawn to keep reading (whether that was because I started 3 days before my book club was meant to discuss it, or because it was actually an engaging book, I don't know). The book is about a couple who gets married very young and almost immediately after meeting. He tries to make it as an actor and she supports him. The first half of the book is namely Lotto's story, the second is Mathilde's and I was shocked to read the second half. It made me want to go back and read the first half again but it connects the pieces together in a very interesting, yet calculated way.

Our bookclub pick for this month was "A Man Called Ove," which I read a few months ago and never got around to posting about. 

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman- I read this shortly after finishing My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry which I adored and I was worried I wouldn't love this 2nd book by Backmann as much but oh I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was heartbreaking yet so sweet and funny. It follows a curmudgeonly old man after his wife passes away. Ove isn't just a curmudgeon, he's well, kind of a dick and, of course, there's a reason why. When his new neighbor, an Iranian woman moves in across the street, it seems like she makes it her mission to knock on his door every day and through their surprising relationship, you learn all about Ove. Frederick Backman is quickly becoming my favorite author. I just picked up the sequel to My Grandmother and I can't wait to read it. If you aren't currently reading his books, you should be!

There you have it! What have you been reading this month? Have you read any of these? What's next on your to read list?

I'm hoping to catch up on my reading in March. Carolann sent me a box of books from my top read list on Goodreads for my birthday which was amazing! I've got a long international flight ahead of me in March and I'm hoping to catch up on some reading then...if I don't watch movies the entire flight! 

As always, Happy Reading!

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