I cannot believe that it is March again. This is partly because it still feels like it is still March of 2020 and partly because this month has been so busy, filled with the library that I work at having its (small) grand opening, some winter snow, some warm days out in the garden, all adding up to a very busy month.
I was able to spend some time reading however and do have a few books that I am excited to share with all of you.
Here are my stats overall for February.
I read 18 books, totaling 4,825 pages and read books that were mainly emotional, reflective, and lighthearted.
My overall rating for the month was 3.74 with a good number of books being 4 stars and above. Here are some of those books that I really enjoyed this month.
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
This book is sort of a sequel to Dear Martin, but you don’t have to have read that book first. This book shares the story of Justyce a teenage boy who is spending time in Juvenile Detention, writing letters to Martin who he knew as a child. You go back and forth between Justyce’s past and present, learning about how he ended up where he is now, and how Martin is going to help him now.
Gender Queer by Phoebe Kobabe and Maia Kobabe
This graphic novel is one that I picked up at the library on a whim and really enjoyed. This memoir is a great introduction to the life of someone who is gender queer and Maia’s story is very interesting and insightful.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
What are the decisions that you want to go back and your life and change? What if you had the chance to change them and see how your life would be different? In this book Nora gets that chance when she gives up on life and wakes up in the Midnight Library. The library is filled with books of her life if she made any different decisions from the big ones that truly defined her life, to small insignificant changes that may make a big impact. But are any of them truly better and are they without regrets of their own?
The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun and Lizzie Buehler (Translation)
I chose to read this book for my Read Harder challenge as a translated work and I really enjoyed it, though it was a very strange book. Yona is a coordinator for a disaster tourist company, when something comes up at work she has to travel to the island of Mui posing as a tourist but evaluating the trip, she ends up left behind and discovers secrets of the island and lives (including hers) may be in danger.
We’ll Soon Be Home Again by Jessica Bab Bone, Sunshine Barbito (Translation), Peter Bergting (Illustration)
This graphic novel is not a easy one to read. Through the stories of various children in World War II we see experiences of ghettos, concentration camps, and survival. The images are quite graphic and the stories are sad, but it is an important part of history to remember.
Let me know the best books that you read this month in the comments below.
Books Read: 32/52
Book Riot’s 2021 Read Harder: 4/24
A-Z Challenge: 12/26
Around the World 2/12
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