In February I read a good mix of historical fiction, non-fiction, modern literary classics and fantasy. My goal this year is to read more literature and non-fiction, so I’m glad I’m sticking to that. And, I’m even more glad that it’s been extremely enjoyable and not at all like a chore. Here is what I read, including my rating and a brief synopsis-
Bel Canto 5/5 - This book by Ann Patchett is so beautifully written. It is the story of guests to a dinner party where a famous soprano is singing. The party is taken hostage, and the hostages and the captors live together in the Vice Presidential mansion for many weeks. Over this time the characters get to know people from all over the globe and all different walks of life, and realize that love and art can tie us all together no matter how different our backgrounds are.
A Well Behaved Woman 3/5 - This is the story of Ava Vanderbilt, who married into the Vanderbilt family before the turn of the century. The book takes us from the beginning of her marriage to the marriage of her daughter. I really enjoyed learning more about the history of New York City, as well as reading about balls and events in the Victorian age. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, however, and found the beginning rather slow. It picks up at the end however, and was worth the read.
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry 4/5 - This novel is by the author of A Man Called Ove, which I loved. I liked this book almost as much, and highly recommend it! It is the story of a little girl named Elsa who is a bit of a social outcast - she loves superheroes and fantasy novels and is tied at the hip with her grandmother. When her grandmother passes away, she leaves Elsa a quest to tell a number of people that she’s sorry. As Elsa completes the tasks her grandmother left her we meet a vibrant cast of characters and discover that there was so much more than meets the eye to the grandmother.
The Little Book of Hygge 5/5 - I loved this book! As I talked about in my post about Hygge, the book talks about the Danish philosophy of Hygge (which loosely translates into a sense of coziness and warmth) and how to incorporate it into your daily life. I loved reading about how other cultures find happiness in their daily lives. I also found the book to be very readable, unlike a lot of guides, and I can’t wait to make the recipes in it!
Tower of Dawn 3/5 - This is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. It’s a young adult fantasy novel (thought parts of it are quite grown-up) that I love. It’s not exactly literature, but it’s full of action and magic and adventure. If you love fantasy books, I highly recommend this series! This installment takes you on a side quest with some of the supporting characters, and I loved meeting the new heroes.