Things I am really good at:
1) deciding to read the longest books ever.
After Anna Karenina and February, I’m thinking deciding to read The Longest Books Ever has turned into a talent and a skill. Yes, two of February’s books topped 700 pages. But, thanks to throwing in a couple of shorties I managed to average a book of weak (leaving me only two books behind in my 52 books a year goal).
After the toil of Anna Karenina I found February’s reading to be fun. Easy. Fast. I was able, for a few days, to return to my pre-kids reading pace and burn through chapter after chapter.
But it meant I stayed up until 2 a.m. Problematic when your baby gets up at 7 no matter what time she or you go to bed, but it felt good to be so into a book that reading it was more important than sleep and sleep? It’s REALLY important around here.
Even better, I LOVED two of the four books I read this month (and liked the two others. Of course, I never read a book I don’t like. I have a hundred page rule).
I don’t think I would have opted to read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoot on my own. It was well regarded, but the premise sounded…well..boring. However, I was hooked by the first chapter when we’re introduced to the midwife Orita and while it wasn’t an overly fast read, I was engaged.
Alice I Have Been and The Passage were two books that I wouldn’t be surprised making my top five of the year list. They were THAT good. You can read a bit more about my thoughts on these books of my Books-2011 page as well as at my Good Reads profile. (Are you on good reads? Are we friends?). Both books are vastly different, but were similar in that I couldn’t read them fast enough and I got a serious case of book hangover. I LOVE that feeling and I love that two of my four reads this month caused it.
What did you read this month? Did you find any new favorites?