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February 2017 Reading Log

What even happened this month? The days are starting to blend together, but not necessarily in a bad way. My daily life revolves around nap times and walks and errands and trying to squeeze in some time to myself. This month we officially instituted Bedtime, so Amelia goes to sleep around 7:30-8 and I stay up for a couple more hours. Such a simple concept, but it’s been a nice change of pace from the newborn days of desperately hoarding as much sleep as possible. What else happened in February? We spent a week in Auburn with my parents, we celebrated Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, I got my sewjo back by working on a few guild projects, and… I managed to read a couple books. That’s about it!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Reading Log

February 2017 Thoughts

Finished:

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon Winchester

The Amateur Librarian // January 2017 Reading Log
Start date: 1/19/2017
Finish date: 2/11/2017
Genre/Format: Nonfiction / Audiobook
Source: Modern Mrs. Darcy
Grade: B+

I chose this book for the “book about books or reading” category of the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge after my Dad bought the audiobook when it went on sale (thanks Dad!). The subtitle says it all: it’s the true story of two men involved with the first edition of the Oxford dictionary, the managing editor and one of the dictionary’s most prolific contributors who happened to live in an insane asylum. I love a deep dive into one of history’s side stories, and all that goes into the making of a dictionary is fascinating; it’s definitely one of those “truth is stranger than fiction” tales. The author narrates the audiobook, and his British accent is delightful.

The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2), by Tana French

The Amateur Librarian // January 2017 Reading Log
Start date: 1/20/2017
Finish date: 2/15/2017
Genre/Format: Mystery / Library book
Source: Friend (Sommer)
Grade: A

Very strong sequel; in fact, I’d say I liked it much more than In the Woods because there was a proper ending that didn’t completely infuriate me. Maybe I just enjoyed a female protagonist more, or maybe the author is just better at writing one. Whatever the case, I enjoyed the writing and characters. The premise is pretty far-fetched: detective Cassie Maddox’s doppelganger is found dead, and the victim was using the detective’s old undercover identity; to find out who killed the girl and how she came to use an alias, Detective Maddox must go undercover yet again; I know, it’s confusing, but if you go with it, it’s fun. The next book in the series follows the head undercover detective, but I think I’ll take a break for now.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

The Amateur Librarian // February 2017 Reading Log
Start date: 2/1/2017
Finish date: 2/3/2017
Source: Friend (my Mom)
Grade: A

One of the true indulgences of vacation is reading a book from start to finish, and that’s exactly what I got to do while visiting my parents for a week. At first I didn’t think I could handle the reality of modern day life on a Native American reservation, but the main character and the writing is so irreverent and funny that it completely won me over. Junior’s decision to leave the reservation school and attend an all-white high school has repercussions for his entire family, but his take on the world around him, especially through his art scattered throughout, was both heartbreaking and hilarious. I can see why it’s landed on the banned books list for the complicated issues it raises, but it’s a fresh perspective that I haven’t read much about; it really makes me realize that most of the books I read are in a small bubble of what I know I’ll like, and maybe I should expand my horizons.

Ghost World, by Daniel Clowes

The Amateur Librarian // February 2017 Reading Log

Start date: 2/23/17
Finish date: 2/25/17
Source: Friend (Zach)
Grade: B

I have to admit that at first, I didn’t get this at all. The episodic stories of two jaded teenagers seemed too disjointed and painfully hipster, but as this graphic novel went on it became more coherent and thought provoking. I can certainly relate to the close friendships that you form in adolescence that don’t always survive the transition to adulthood, even if I was nothing like Enid or Becky. I saw the movie a long time ago but I barely remember it, and I don’t think it follows the source material very closely, but now that I’ve read the source material I might want to take another look.

Still Reading:

 

The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today’s Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats, by Damian Mogavera

The Amateur Librarian // February 2017 Reading Log
Start date: 2/18/2017
Source: Blogging for Books
Genre/Format: Nonfiction / Hardcover

I’ve never worked in the restaurant business and I don’t have the time or money to eat out much anymore, so I’m probably not the target audience for this book, but I like food writing and the more I read the more interesting it gets.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

The Amateur Librarian // February 2017 Reading Log
Start date: 2/19/2017
Source: Friend (Sommer)
Genre/Format: Young Adult Fantasy / Library book

So many people are obsessed with this series, but I never picked it up because: Fairies. It just seems too high-fantasy for me. But I’m putting this one in the “book recommended by someone with great taste” category of the MMD Reading Challenge and giving it a go!

Books read in February: 4
Books read in 2017: 10
Still reading: 2

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of February, the second month of 2017. I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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