Thursday, March 3, 2022

February Reading List

I really cannot believe we are already in the month of March, but I am so looking forward to longer and warmer days, plus I just love all the spring blooms that paint a pastel landscape. I have never been able to figure out why February is the shortest month of the year, but it always feels like the longest month… I love the winter and all the holidays that come with it, but I think by February the cold weather and shorter are a little wearing… There are a few pluses to the month of February, one of which is that it is a great month to stay in on those cold nights and read a really good book! 

One// 11.22.63, by Stephen King

Over the past few years, I have heard so many positive things about 11.22.63, and finally decided to give it a go. In full transparency, I am not a big fan of Stephen King’s better-known movies {i.e. It, Pet Sematary, Misery, etc.}, they are just too much for me, so I was a little reluctant to read this book, but I am so glad I did. I love how King took his main characters not only back in time to stop the JFK assassination, but that he took Jack back far enough to create a completely new life and give the reader a sense of the late 1950s and early 1960s. I will say, for those of you who have watched the Netflix series, the book is actually a lot more tame. 


Two// Once Upon A Wardrobe, by Patti Callahan

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was {and still is} one of my favorite books growing up. I love how Callahan was able to weave one of C.S. Lewis’ most well-known books into her storyline. I will say that this book did take me a little while to get though because one aspect of the story was just inevitable. This truly is a story that pulls at the heart string and may draw a tear or two. 


Margaret, a seventeen-year-old student of mathematics and physics at Oxford University, makes the trip home to visit her brother every weekend. Her eight-year-old brother asks Megs if Narnia is real; logical tells her no, but after reading the book herself she starts to feel like it might be an actual place. At the request of George her brother, she sets out to find the answer, and on her journey encounters Mr. Lewis. 


Three// The Wish, by Nicholas Sparks

It has been a good decade since I have read a book by Nicholas Sparks, and this one did not disappoint. This book takes you on such an emotional journey and is written in a why where you feel you have become invested in the lives of the characters. 


Renowned travel photographer, Maggie, splits her time between New York, where she is part-owner of a successful gallery and travel the world to photography remote locations. This Christmas is slightly different for Maggie… she finds herself coming to grips with a medical diagnosis and not really being able to leave the city for the holidays. Over the holidays she forms a unique relationship with her newest employee at the gallery and tells him the story of her life when she was 16 years old. 


Four// The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles

I know that a lot of people have compared Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow to The Lincoln Highway, so, keep in mind I have not read A Gentleman in Moscow yet… I honestly thought this was such a well-done book. I listened to this one on Audible and each character is bought to life in such a unique way and really adds to the experience of the story. The storyline and character development is well built and developed. 


It’s 1954 and Emmet has just been released from a work camp. He and his 9 year old brother, Billy, plan to make a fresh start I California, but their plans are thrown off course when Wolly and Duchess, two escapes from the camp, show up at Emmet and Billy’s house, sending them on a winding adventure to NYC before the two brothers are finally able to make their was to the West Coast  

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