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Reading Life: February 2020

Reading took a backseat in February, but I still managed to finish a few titles and they were all enjoyable! Hopefully I can keep this streak of good books going into the next month too.

This year I’m continuing to keep a physical journal chronicling my reads, and you can check out more photos on my Instagram account @ladykatiestitchery

 

February 2020 Thoughts

Finished:

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep

Start date: 1/12/2020
Finish date: 2/8/2020

Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Instagram @barackobama
Rating: 5 stars

My favorite kind of nonfiction: a well-told, unknown story that reveals fascinating details about a mysterious series of deaths, a lawyer who defended both the murderer and the man who killed him before he could be brought to justice, and how Harper Lee was involved with it all, years after To Kill a Mockingbird was published. (Bonus points for taking place near my Alabama hometown!) The reporting was fair and nuanced, and the three-part structure allowed all involved their fair share. I especially loved learning more about Harper Lee; this quote sums it up: “even her mysteries have mysteries: not only what she wrote, but how; not only when she stopped, but why.”

The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories, by Emily Winfield Martin

Start: 2/11/2020
Finish: 2/11/2020

Genre: Art
Source: Instagram @Emilywinfield_
Rating: 4 stars

I love Emily Winfield Martin’s art, from her children’s literature to her art prints, and I own quite a few. Looking through this retrospective of the past ten years, I realized that I recognize most of the artwork; I love having it all in one place to revisit, along with an evocative idea to ponder. Each image strikes just the right mood of dreamlike whimsy that instantly conjures up the nostalgic magic of childhood.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Start date: 2/1/2020
Finish date: 2/29/2020
Genre: Nonfiction
Source: Sommer
Rating: 5 stars

The Enneagram is trendy right now, but for good reason! I was ready to go beyond the memes and this was a good place to start. “The purpose of the Enneagram to to show us how we can release the paralyzing arthritic grip we’ve kept on old, self-defeating ways of living so we can open ourselves to experiencing more interior freedom and become our best selves.” The most insightful part of this system is that you’re not stuck with a fixed set of strengths and weaknesses for your type but encouraged to evolve. I’ve never felt so seen (or exposed); It was eye-opening to read about my own type and it sparked lots of meaningful conversations with Sam, too. I wish it went more in depth (and I didn’t necessarily need the religious angle, but it was fine), but it’s a great primer and ripe for discussion.

Currently Reading:

Snow and Rose, by Emily Winfield Martin

Start date: 2/21/2020
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Source: Buy Olympia

I’ve been meaning to read some of Martin’s middle grade fiction, so I added this book onto my pre-order of The Imaginaries. It is so charming and the illustrations make it feel extra special; I can’t wait until Amelia is old enough for chapter book read-alouds.

A new addition for 2020:

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton has an amazing program that sends a free book to every child in Tennessee every month from birth to five years old. It’s such an incredible concept, and we’ve been enjoying Amelia’s books for three years. So many of our new favorite stories have come from this program, and now that Jon has joined too, I want to highlight the books we receive this year so I can remember the new books added to our library. Three cheers for Dolly Parton!

For Jon: The Pudgy Where is Your Nose? Book illustrated by Laura Rader

A sweet book that Amelia enjoyed reading along with Jon, pointing to all his body parts.

For Amelia: Milo’s Hat Trick, by Jon Agee

A silly story about a magician and a bear whose magic trick doesn’t go as planned. A bit over Amelia’s head at this point, but we’ll keep trying.

Books read in February: 3
Books read in 2020: 6
Currently reading: 1

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the second month of 2020!

 

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