My January reads left me absolutely motivated to continue to read ALL THE BOOKS. I might be even more excited for my list of books for February! I plan to read some bestsellers and award winners from 2017, as well as some challenging non-fiction. Here’s a list with a brief description of each books for February that I hope to complete!
Non-Fiction Books for February:
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron is my non-fiction pick for this month. Since I read Reading People last month, I’ve wanted to dive into Enneagrams more in depth. The book has been incredible. My type (#5 – The Observer) is pretty rare. I’ve had many moments of surprise as I realize there are other people out there like me! Some of the feedback on Enneagram study is that it can be focused on the negative. However, this book encourages growth as a way towards spiritual transformation. I’ve read the chapter on Fives already, but I still want to work through the other types. I will probably be reading through this one slowly in February.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is another non-fiction pick for me that I actually began in late January. Bryan Stevenson is a young lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative. EJI is dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children. I am floored by this book so far. Our family cares deeply about justice issues, but even so, this book is incredibly challenging.
Top Fiction Books for February:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a Modern Mrs Darcy pick for a “Book recommended by a librarian.” My library’s website actually included a page of recommendations from many librarians in our entire library system, so I found this book on the list. It came up over and over again! The reviews are incredible for this book. I can’t wait to find out why so many librarians recommend it!
Perhaps the book I am most excited for: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Everything about this book makes me want to read it. It’s about several generations of a Korean family in Japan, beginning in the early 1900s. I love a good family saga! I’m also really excited about the setting, because it’s incredibly different from anything else I’ve ever read! It’s a National Book Award Finalist for 2017, among many other awards.
Is everyone getting excited about the film version of A Wrinkle in Time? I plan to wait for it to be available for rent but I want to reread it in anticipation of the film! Unfortunately, I first read it as a young child and I don’t have any memory of what it’s about. I’m excited that Gene is reading this one too, so we can talk about it together. He was hesitant but my one sentence explanation hooked him. I said something about time “wrinkling” and the phrase “time-space continuum” (which I’m not sure is actually relevant at all). Did you know that A Wrinkle in Time was once on the Banned-Books list? That qualifies it for another book on the Modern Mrs Darcy list. Score!
Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom is a continuation of The Kitchen House, which I really enjoyed as a bonus book in January. It’s a stand-alone novel, but includes characters from The Kitchen House, most notably, Jamie Pyke, son of a slave and the master of Tall Oaks plantation. The Kitchen House was one of my favorite books in January so I’m very excited about this one!
Bonus Fiction Books:
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie begins with the inauguration of Barack Obama and follows a wealthy immigrant family in Manhattan. That’s all that I know about it! It came recommended by a podcaster who has similar taste in novels as I do. The opening line hooked me:
“On the day of the new president’s inauguration, when we worried that he might be murdered as he walked hand in hand with his exceptional wife among the cheering crowds, and when so many of us were close to economic ruin in the aftermath of the bursting of the mortgage bubble, and when Isis was still an Egyptian mother-goddess, an uncrowned seventy-something king from a faraway country arrived in New York City with his three motherless sons to take possession of the palace of his exile, behaving as if nothing was wrong with the country or the world or his own story.”
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is a YA novel that also came recommended by two podcasters that I enjoy (Sorta Awesome podcast). Hear more from these ladies here. Rainbow Rowell comes highly recommended by them, so I look forward to my first book by her. It should be a fun, light-hearted read… which I may need since I have a few heavy non-fiction reads this month!