February is my least favorite month of the year. It’s rather nasty, brutish, and short, is it not? I often joke that the reason my oldest boy was born early is that God got tired of listening to me complain about how nothing good ever happened in February. I don’t know about you, but it’s been pretty darn cold here and I am OVER it.
That being said, I’ve been able to read a few good books, so here they are:
1. Attachments: A Novel, by Rainbow Rowell. My friend Crystal recommended this book, and because I do pretty much everything she tells me, I read it. I fell instantly in love. The story has a unique format. It’s told through a series of emails between two women named Beth and Jennifer, coupled with the story of the security person who is reading these emails and slowly falling in love with Beth. It’s cute. It’s poignant. It’s timely and adorable. It took me all of 48 hours to read. It pulled at my heartstrings and I am so excited to read more by this author.
2. On Wings of the Morning (Beyond the Blue Horizon Book 1). Full Disclosure: Dan Verner is a fellow eLectio author and has become a dear friend. That being said, I would not recommend this book unless I loved it, and I DO. I read it most of last month while my husband was out of town, and the story of strong, courageous, and stubborn Otto Kerchner captivated me. I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and Otto was a total treat: He is a young man of German descent living on a dairy farm, dreaming about being a pilot, who winds up going to fight in WWII. The side characters are also well-developed (I felt a strong affinity for Otto’s sister Mata) and the love stories, while not the main plot, were carefully crafted. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you enjoy historical fiction, this is a MUST.
Annd…aside from the books I read to my kids, that was it. Why? Well, a couple reasons. I finished Anabel 3 and got it off to my beta readers. Aaaaannnnd….
Yes! With two of my favorite people ever, I contributed to a humorous memoir-type book called 50 Shades of Frayed: Three Moms Talk About What Happens When ‘I Do’ Becomes ‘Not Tonight’. I was so honored to be asked by Jackie and Crystal (who are both hilarious women) to join in this project with them, but I didn’t have a lot of time to do it so I had to give up a lot of writing/reading time last month to work on this. We hit #13 in the Amazon Hot New Releases the other day and we are so thrilled that people are enjoying this book, which, I’m gonna warn you right now, is laced with a rather high dose of Amanda TMI.
What are YOU reading? Tell me in the comments:)