I'm still a little confused that February is over, but I sure am glad spring is coming soon. Seattle has had the wettest winter on record and I am so over it. My reading was interesting this month because I didn't fully enjoy all the books I read, which is rare for me. I tend to choose books well for myself and if I don't like something, I follow the wise words of my spirit librarian Nancy Pearl: "...live by the 'rule of fifty," which acknowledges that time is short and the world of books is immense. If you are fifty years old or younger, give every book fifty pages before you decide to commit yourself to reading it, or give it up." (Book Lust - Nancy Pearl).
5/52 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
6/52 Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart - Carrot Quinn
7/52 The Tiller of Waters - Hoda Barakat
8/52* The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
I truly enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; I'm looking forward to reading more works by Junot Diaz, like this one and this one. Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart was my favorite read from the month. Northwest winters are hard on my California-grown body, so reading outdoor literature is part of my survival. The Tiller of Waters was read for my book group, in which the majority of us didn't finish it. This was one of those books that I would have applied Nancy Pearl's "fifty rule" to, but because it was for book group I powered through and almost finished it.
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was okay; not bad, but not incredible either. I decided not to write an independent post on this book because I honestly didn't know how to fill it with content. This is a young adult book and an easy-breezy read; I think I read it in a day or two. It was funny and told an important story of cultural and racial reconciliation between whites and Native Americans, but I wish I would have chosen a different title from the author that was not a young adult novel. The author, by the way, is Sherman Alexie, a Native American writer and poet who lives in the Seattle area. I definitely want to try his collections of short stories, perhaps this one or this one.
So those were my books for February! Since March is International Women's Month, I'm looking forward to reading a few feminist books to share with you all!