Well, this is a bit shameful. After all of my talk of making time to read and then to come back to this list for February has me a little embarrassed. At the same time, I desperately want to remove any notion of competition, even competition with myself, from my reading life. Books are to be enjoyed and learned from and I think by sharing what we’re reading online we have a tendency to start comparing ourselves to each other, or even to ourselves at a different point in our lives. There’s no prize, so this is me officially attempting to have no opinion on the number of books I’ve read – big or small. We’ll see how that goes. (Those links are affiliate. Thanks for shopping with us!)
The House for Happy Mothers – I’m not sure where this book came from, but I came across it on my Kindle recently. Was it a Kindle First book? A NetGalley book. I have no idea, but I loved it! (In spite of this being a light reading month, it was a good one. No duds!) This book is told from the perspective of two women. Of the women is a surrogate mother in India, the other is the woman using the surrogate to carry her baby. I thought the story was just lovely and complicated.
The Mothers – I loved this so much. The story is so beautiful and so well written and I felt like I just fell right into the middle of it. The Mothers in this story are the elders in a church community, but the title refers to many other characters in the book. It’s wonderful.
The Most Dangerous Place in the World – This was my Book of the Month choice for January and while I think I liked this book it also gave me extreme anxiety. It’s about every single awful and terrifying thing that high school students are doing these days and it made me want to take my own children and run away with them to the middle of nowhere.
Tell Me Three Things – I picked this up because it was part of Modern Mrs. Darcy’s list of unputdownable books (it’s such a great list!) and I found that to be so true for this. We all know I love a good YA novel, and this one was so fun.
For each month this year I’m going to choose one book that I think would make a good book club choice. For this month I have chosen The Mothers by Brit Bennet.
I have at least six books that I’ve started and not finished for one reason or another. Do you do this? I think my goal for March should be to finish some of these books, rather than adding any new ones to my collection. Four books were returned to the library untouched last month. That makes me so mad when I have to do that!
What are you reading? You know I always love a good suggestion!