Saturday, March 01, 2014

February: What I Read

I slowed down the pace this month and read 8 books:

8. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler:  Hated it.  All my smart book friends loved it, but I could not connect.  I just kept thinking what the fuck?  Why is the pacing so fucked up?  Because Zelda is so fucked up?  I see what she was doing there but I just could not get excited.

7.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:  A terrific YA novel about a freshman in college who writes fan fiction-- a quick, fun, touching read.  It reminded me what it was like to be that young, and  think anyone who works with first year students should give it a read.

6. Dust by Patricia Cornwell:  This was actually a terrific thriller-- I am a sucker for Kay Scarpetta.

5.  Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner:  Same as above. I love Detective DD Warren.

4. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes:  A wonderful read-aloud for me and the boys.  Kevin Henkes is one of our favorite picture book authors, and his novel did not disappoint.

3.  Wonder by RJ Palacio:  The fact that this was not the book of the month is a testament to the wonderful stuff I read this month.  This is another kid book that the boys and I did out loud.  READ IT.  RIGHT NOW.  WHY HAVEN'T YOU READ IT YET?

2.  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini:  Beautiful.

1.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt:  This might be the best book I have ever read.  Dickensian.  But better than Dickens because I could not stop reading it.  If 2014 can top this book, I will be astounded!


  1. Ah! I loved Z! Maybe in part because I listened to it on audiobook and it was read by an actress with the most delightful Southern drawl I've ever heard. But I also loved The Goldfinch. Dickensian for sure. So great.

  2. Adding these books to my read list! I did read Z and I really liked it, so I'm sorry you didn't. It inspired me to read a new to me F Scott Fitzgerald book, though, This Side of Paradise, which I really enjoyed.

  3. Lisa R.10:13 AM

    Not sure if you've read the kids book "Jack and the Dreamsack". I love, love, love it! And the book "Is There Really a Human Race?" by Jamie Lee Curtis. Also enjoyed "Peg Leg Peke" about a pup with a broken leg (...not as depressing as it sounds...I swear!). And of course, "The Lorax". I have a thing for kids book, I can never say no to a good one! That and homeless animals, but that's another story....