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What I Read This Month: February

You ever have a month where you just flat out kick butt on your to-do list? And manage to do it at home and at work? Isn’t it an amazing feeling?

Spoiler: I have not had one of those months so far.  Honestly, I’ve managed to keep my head above water at work, the laundry done and the dog fed, but beyond that? Not a whole lot of long-term goal success. Which is why I’m so surprised that I managed to read so much this month! But somehow finding time to read a chapter or two a night made me feel better. In fact, I’d argue it was my sanity-preserver.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby: “Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters.”

I picked this up and put it back on the shelf twice prior to actually taking it home from the library. It didn’t rock my world by any means, but it was entertaining enough.  There was a pretty significant cast of characters and I found that I liked the majority of them.  However, this one was definitely my least favorite read of the month.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom “Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.”

This was a recommendation from Laura and I absolutely loved it! It’s a very intense look at life on a Southern plantation from the point of view of both a white indentured servant and a slave. Once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down.

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan “A new memoir that examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and daughters.”

This was a Christmas gift from my mom and oh my heavens, was it good. Kelly’s story is a pretty relatable one for a lot of women, I think, and I’m no exception. I loved how her relationship with her mom changed as she got older and started to go through many of the same life events.  I’d highly recommend this one!

Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund by Ryan Beauchesne “This is Crusoe’s New York Times bestselling book debut, and he’s so excited to share it with all of his adoring fans. Now everyone can stare lovingly into his big brown eyes and admire his wit and many costumes any time they choose. Crusoe is certain that his book, featuring hundreds of photos, will make the perfect gift for dog-lovers of all ages.”

A and B got this for me for Christmas and clearly, I loved it. I mean, it totally is going to backfire on poor B as I try and match Crusoe’s level of celebrity.  Poor B.

The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor “On June 19, 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiring to commit espionage. The day Ethel was first arrested in 1950, she left her two young sons with a neighbor, and she never came home to them again.”

I love historical fiction so this one was bound to be right up my alley and it did not disappoint. I had zero background knowledge of the Rosenbergs prior to reading this book, but was fascinated by their story (so much so that I’m trying to find a pure non-fiction account of the whole thing!). I really liked the way the author blended the fiction and non-fiction elements. It was a page-turner and I’d definitely recommend it.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler “Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.”

Another historical fiction novel…can you tell it’s my favorite genre?  I loved the back and forth between Isabelle and Dorrie as they took turns narrating the story.  There was a minor twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, but was very glad happened.  I’m not sure I liked this one the best out of all my books this month, but I don’t think you’d go wrong reading it.

What have you read lately?

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