February Reads

Lots going on in February, but also got a bit of reading in. Besides these, I’m nearing the end of two other books, so I’ll reveal those in March!

Writing Gifts: Poetry presented by Naomi Shihab Nye and Austin Bat Cave

This book of poetry was compiled by Naomi Shihab Nye from a poetry class she taught through Austin Bat Cave. It was given to me by my friend Jerri Yager, because some of her poems are included in the volume! It’s a really delightful little book of poetry about everyday things. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s available through Austin Bat Cave, which is an organization that promotes writing education for both adults and underserved students.

Romancing the Rake by Nichole Van

This is book 2 in the Brotherhood of the Black Tartan series. These Regency set romances all have a strong Scottish flavor, which is awesome! Loving each story and anxious to learn more about the mystery thread running through them all. Number 3 is up on my list for next month!

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredric Backman

Another delightful Backman book! Britt-Marie is quirky. The cast of characters in the town of Borg are quirky. But, oh, what a great story about community! Note: If you have watched the movie (subtitled) on Amazon, it pales in comparison to the book. They left out so many of the important layers of the story. Warning: some of the characters use profanity.

The Colors of Truth by Tamera Alexander

The second Carton novel does not disappoint! I love the way Tamera infuses truth through every part of her novels—both historical truth and Biblical truth. Her stories are not only enjoyable reads, they always make me think more deeply about myself and how I live my life.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Another great read by Amor Towles. He tells amazing stories with beautiful language and imagery. While I still love his A Gentleman in Moscow best, this one was right up there. Set in New York in 1937, it’s a fascinating glimpse into many of the sub-worlds of Manhattan as we follow several characters from January through December of that year. Which doesn’t sound like much of a story, and yet it is a page turner, a roller coaster ride of ups and downs and twists and turns. Warning: one of the characters uses profanity.

How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith

It’s always a pleasure to spend time with Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi, Mr. JLB Matekoni, Charlie and Fanwell. They feel like old friends after 21 novels! I’m amazed that there are more stories to tell, and yet there always are.

That’s it for February! Come back next month for more!