It felt like yesterday when I posted about my blogging goals and resolutions for the new year. The first month of the year seemed to have whizzed by, at least for me, as life seemed (it still does) to demand a lot from me lately. But there’s no joy in complaints, so let me welcome this month with a hearty “hello!” instead, because, hey, February is one of my favorite months!
Before I get into my reading list for this love month, here’s a quick recap of how I fared with my January readings:
- Ghostwritten: A Novel by David Mitchell. (4/5 stars.) Cloud Atlas still remains to be my DM favorite so far but I am currently gathering my thoughts about Ghostwritten and I might change my stars in the future. Suffice it to say that David Mitchell is brilliant in this book as usual and I like how he weaved 9(!!!) stories together with a result nothing short of perfection, except that there are parts which I am still trying to digest and understand. Awesome read-along with my Cloud Atlas buddies again!
- Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. (5/5 stars.) The TFG Book of the Month and this was a perfect start to this year’s reading. It’s a middle-grade story of a grieving boy who learned about loss and friendship and Billie Holiday from a strange boy who believes that pi is not just a number but a story.
Books that were not in my required reading list but I was able to finish last month are Murder on Balete Drive (Trese #1) by Budjette Tan (my first local graphic novel; 4/5 stars) and Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao (a blog tour reading; 3/5 stars).
And now for my February picks!
- Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. A read-along with some book club friends. This tome doesn’t intimidate me at all because China Mieville is always ♥.
- Love Walked In by Marissa de los Santos. The book club’s book of the month. I am already a quarter through the book and I am starting to enjoy it (because Clare enjoys the Anne of Green Gables series. I have found a kindred spirit!)
Also, The Short Story Station had a poll for its February flash fiction reads, and the stories that won are Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood and Incarnations of Burned Children by David Foster Wallace. Please join us in exploring the world of short stories. Intros and links to the stories are found here.
My heart is happy and full. Happy love month, everyone! ♥