What I’ve Been Reading Lately ~ February, 2018

I’ve been thinking about my reading habits and one thing I’ve noticed is that I tend to read a lot in January; and this January was no exception.When the weather gets really cold outside, I tend to want to stay at home more and not get out into the cold. And what better way to escape the cold weather than with a good book! 🙂 I will only highlight a few titles here (with a note for ones that were for the MMD reading challenge).


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Mark Haddon

Category:  A Banned Book

When looking for books for this category, I came across this title and was intrigued. It’s a story about a 15 year old boy with autism (who is also the narrator of the book) who finds his neighbor’s dog dead and is determined to find out who killed it. One of his teachers tells him he ought to write a story and so he begins to write about solving this mystery. In the process, the reader gets a lot of insight into his life. I read that this book was banned because of profanity. So heads up, there is a good bit of language, including strong language. His story drew me in and I felt that the author created a character that could help readers understand a little bit more about the world of autism.


The Duel

The Duel
By Anton Chekhov

This was a book chosen by one of the members of my classics book club for our February read. The Duel is a novella which probes the depths of human weakness and the ability for people to change. This short novella is a quick read, but packed with depth.


The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux
By Kate DiCamillo

This was a re-read for me and I was reminded of how much I really like this children’s book. Despereaux is not your ordinary mouse. He has big ears, is born with his eyes open, and loves to read. He ends up committing the ultimate no-no in mouse life….he talks to a human. And what ensues is a story of adventure for the little mouse that didn’t quite fit in to his mouse community.


Great Expectations

Great Expectations
By Charles Dickens

I have a great appreciation for the works of Charles Dickens. But I admit I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to working my way through this book even though it has been on my list of classics to read. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked this novel! I think Dicken’s writing ability shines in this novel and it is by far my favorite. Great Expectations is a coming-of-age story of the main character, Pip. We follow his life from youth to adulthood, as the adult Pip narrates the story of his life. There’s convicts, a bitter lady bent on revenge, love and love lost, and of course an intricate weaving of various threads in the novel.


Rebecca

Rebecca
By Daphne Du Maurier

Category:  A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read

I had been wanting to read this classic for months and promptly chose it for the reading challenge category “A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read”. I had seen the Alfred Hitchcock movie production of this novel before and really liked it so I couldn’t wait to read the novel. The author succeeded in crafting a good suspense story. It also makes a great book club selection because there are many topics that could be discussed. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the novel and definitely like the movie much better.


Other Books I Read in January

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1:  The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meidert Dejong
The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave


What have you been reading lately?

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8 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Lately ~ February, 2018

    • I’ve not read any of those. I’ve got the huge reading pile too…not just a growing TBR list, but a number of actual books sitting around waiting for me to read them! I am making progress with those actual books though. So that’s good! And I was excited to see that I actually was able to cross out a number of the titles on my TBR list this past year! Of course, it just keeps growing……

      I’ve also compiled a list of classics I’d like to read as well as ones that I feel I should read at some point.

      So many books…..it’s a good problem. 🙂

      Some books I’m currently reading: A Wrinkle in Time (plan to finish today), You Learn By Living by Eleanor Roosevelt (started this one last night and really liking it so far!), and getting ready to start Americanah by Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie for book club. I’m also reading The Green Ember by S. D. Smith as a read-aloud right now.

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  1. Great reads, Karen. I too love Desperaux, Rebecca, and Great Expectations. The dog book sounds interesting. And The Poisonwood Bible too, Amy. I wish I could read all that my friends read. (The Great Divorce is one of my favorite C.S. Lewis titles.) I need to read Chejov again, I agree, he packs a lot in his short stories, they say he is the master of them.

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    • I can see why they say Chekhov is the master of short stories. The Duel was really good, well-written. I’m interested in reading more that he’s written.

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  2. I’m intrigued by the Duel. I haven’t read anything by Chekhov before and that might be a good first one to try if it’s not too long.

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    • The Duel is a novella so it’s not long at all. This was the first Chekhov title I’ve read and after having read it, I’d like to read more that he’s written.

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