Bookish Thoughts for February
I’m living in a sweet spot with Christmas and birthday books filling my to-be-read pile. Not to mention, I’m notorious for stocking up on library books and borrowing from friends. 2022 has been a year of plenty to read and I love always having a new book to grab. This month was also the kick-off of the book club my friend organized. We had our first meeting on Friday and my list of book recommendations grew considerably! This book club is unique because instead of everyone reading the same book, each mom comes with a book to talk about (any book she wants). It was very interesting to hear what others enjoy reading and talking about books just happens to be one of my favorite pastimes!
In February, I completed the works of Roseanna M. White. I had read a majority of her books already, but not her Biblical Fiction. I will admit that I enjoy her British/American Fiction way more than her Biblical Fiction. Her Biblical works were some of her first books and you can tell that her writing style as changed with time. A Stray Drop of Blood and A Soft Breath of Wind reminded me of The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. Personally, I found the cultural treatment of women and slaves to be a bit too intense for me (even though I know it was accurate to the times). I would recommend her other works without hesitation, but I would probably give a disclaimer to anyone interested in her Biblical Fiction.
Final bookish thought, I’ve started following some of my favorite others on Instagram and through their newsletters this last month. While I love hearing about new releases, I’m wondering if ignorance might be bliss. I’ve seen four cover reveals this month and, of course, all of the books will be released many, many months in the future. I know this is strategic for marketing, but I am seriously impatient. I’m starting to wonder if it’s best to be pleasantly surprise by a new release after it’s out or to know about a book in advance and be ready to pounce right when it’s released. What do you think?
Top Picks for February
Non-Fiction: At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor by Carey Nieuwhof. This book is best suited for those in leadership or business, but I found it so practical for personal/home life. I’m all about healthy boundaries and living a life that validates your priorities. In a world that is overwhelmed, overcommitted, and stressed out, this book offers tools to shaping a life you love. My biggest takeaway was that most people have 3-5 hours were their energy is at it’s best. How you use your best hours greatly impacts your day. I honestly thought most people had 8 hours of peak energy and I was just a low energy person. This book normalized how I view my daily energy and gave me insight into why I structure my days the way I do. I could see myself returning to this book as a resource in future seasons as my commitments change.
Fiction: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I’ve now read four books by Sepetys and each one has been so eye-opening. I read Between Shades of Gray in January and I liked it better than Salt to the Sea, but I wanted to highlight this author specifically this month. Salt to the Sea is a companion novel to Between Shades of Gray, so I recommend reading Between Shades of Gray first. I will warn that these books are intense. Sepetys writes about history that is often glossed over or commonly unknown. Salt to the Sea is about a maritime tragedy greater than the Titanic or the Lusitania. It’s a piece of WWII history that I’d never heard of which is shocking due to it’s magnitude. I appreciate Sepetys determination to share hard truths while walking the fine line of not being overly graphic. Her books have haunted me long after I finished them, but they have also left me with hope as her characters build meaningful lives in the wake of tragedy. I have one more of her books to read and then I will have completed her works! I’m enjoying the challenge of reading entire collections by my favorite authors.
The Book List for February
1 Star = I did not like it. 2 stars = It was okay. 3 stars = I liked it. 4 stars = I really liked it. 5 stars = It was amazing.
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – 5 stars
- 8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences by Kathy Koch PhD – 4 stars
- Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace by John Mark Comer – 4 stars
- Space at the Table: Conversations between an Evangelical Theologian and His Gay Son by Brad Harper and Drew Harper – 4 stars
- At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor by Carey Nieuwhof – 5 stars
- Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown M.D. with Christopher Vaughan – 3 stars
- Falling for Your Best Friend by Emma St. Clair (Love Clichés Series) (Rom-Com) – 4 stars
- Falling for Your Enemy by Emma St. Clair (Love Clichés Series) (Rom-Com) – 3 stars
- The Twelve Holidates by Emma St. Clair (Love Clichés Series) (Rom-Com) – 4 stars
- Royally (Re)arranged by Emma St. Clair (Rom-Com) – 3 stars
- Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown (Sensible Shoes Series) (Christian Fiction) – 3 stars
- The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons (Friendship Fiction) – 3 stars
- I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (YA Historical Fiction) – 4 stars
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (YA WWII Fiction) – 4 stars
- A Stray Drop of Blood by Roseanna M. White (Biblical Fiction) – 3 stars
- A Soft Breath of Wind by Roseanna M. White (Biblical Fiction) – 3 stars
- Giver of Wonders by Roseanna M. White (Biblical Fiction) – 4 stars
- Jewel of Persia by Roseanna M. White (Biblical Fiction) – 3 stars
- A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle (Children’s/YA Sci-Fi) – 3 stars
- A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle (Children’s/YA Sci-Fi) – 4 stars