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February Reads

I’ve been horrible at writing lately, so I decided to just group my recent books together on one post! I’m finishing out February with four books of various genres and am excited to share them all! Also, where did February go?!

First, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I know I am well over a decade late in reading this memoir but I’m glad I finally circled back to it. If you’re not used to reading memoirs, it’s definitely a different read that other nonfiction and especially fiction. It’s a little meandering at times and sometimes feels a little disjointed, but at the end it all fits together. I felt the same way when I read Educated. And both books have a similar feel – both women who grew up with very nontraditional living situations and it is fascinating to me that a) children can be raised this way and b) that they are resilient enough to come out stronger and better as an adult. I also watched The Glass Castle movie after I finished the book but don’t bother – they had to leave a LOT out and tweak actual events from the book.

Next was Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister – a riveting historical fiction about a women who becomes a female detective in the mid-1800s when, obviously, women did not have such jobs or really any jobs at all. She works hard to prove herself as an independent and very successful part of the private company she works for. Even more exciting is the time she and her colleagues spend working for the government during the Civil War. This is very loosely based on a real woman and true events, though the details of Kate Warne’s life are very vague and sparse. I highly recommend this one!

Happy And You Know It by Laura Hankin was, as I sent to some friends, a great nonsense read or sometimes I refer to as a beach read (though that term seems to not fit so well in February). You don’t have to think, you can sit back a be entertained and you fly through the pages. After a rough patch, Claire is trying to get back on her feet in New York City when she falls into a job as the weekly musician for a play group. She quickly becomes entangled in the mommy drama and has to figure out if she is willing to sacrifice her new friendships or stick to the truth.

Last, was The Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. You may recognize the author’s name from her well-known Divergent series. I felt like this is the book that would result if Divergent met Harry Potter and Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter. A group of teenagers is chosen to save the world from a supernatural evil (the Dark One), but 10 years after his supposed death, they are summoned into a parallel universe that has it’s own Dark One. While this book was definitely entertaining, it was a very predictable (though a few surprises still popped up) and the main character, Sloane, is kind of annoying. That said, I will continue reading the series whenever it is available and it seems very movie appropriate.

These four book options really have something for everyone, so check one or all of them out and let me know what you think!


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The Silver Star

This was a great, quick read and a welcome hiatus from the historical fiction I seem to keep picking up! The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls takes place in the early ’70s, following a family made up of Charlotte, the mom, and her two daughters, Liz and Bean (nickname for Jean). Charlotte disappears occasionally and this time the girls make their way from California back to Virginia to Charlotte’s small hometown of Rye. They find their uncle in the large family house and ultimately end of staying there a while.

The story hits on a lot of issues and is a little heavy at times, but keeps moving along and seems to be fairly accurate of small town life at that time. There are major class issues between the higher ups of the cotton mill, the main employer of the town. Race issues abound as the high schools desegregate. Pride issues flare as the the girls break tradition of their family being at the top of the totem pole, at least for appearances sake. And a major justice issue of one man taking advantage of anything and everything because of his race, gender, and position of power. But does he get what’s coming to him? You’ll have to read to find out!

Again, this was a great quick read – I think I sat down 3 times from start to finish. Great for small reading breaks to break up the monotony of working/living/being at home 24/7. Enjoy!