Let’s travel back in time and see which books I was reading during the month of February of the past three years. Where they amazing? Or not very memorable?
So, grab your preferred time traveling device (time turner, phone box, car, etc) and let’s go!
2017 — Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
I was very fortunate to join a book club while I was living in Mexico and this was the second book we read after I joined. Homegoing is an epic family story of two women and their progeny through decades, during the time that people were taken from villages in Ghana as slaves, to their journey to the United States, and the following generations as they lived free, but still chained by their history (or lack thereof). This was my favorite book of 2017 and I still find myself thinking about it from time to time. If you’d like you can read my full review over at Goodreads.
2016 — The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
In 2016 I was doing a doctoral stay at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and I was also checking out many books from the library. This was the first book I read by Patrick Ness (followed last year by More Than This), and it was pretty good. Reading back on my Goodreads review it seems like I really liked it at the time but it wasn’t super memorable because I don’t remember much now. What I do remember is that it was a fast read and that it wasn’t like other YA books that I’d read so far.
2015 –La Casa de los Espíritus by Isabel Allende
Even though I read this book three years ago I still vividly remember many of the images and feelings that it evoked for me. I don’t even need to go back to my Goodreads review (Warning, it’s in Spanish!)! It was the first book in Spanish that I read in a long time and my first book by Isabel Allende. I fell in love with her writing and the magical realism that is ever present in the book. The characters were rich and magical, some good and inspiring, others evil and yet super interesting. I haven’t read more of her works but now I really want to revisit Allende’s writing.
So that’s it! Back to the present!
I’ll probably do these once a month and hopefully it’ll inspire me to read some of the other unread books in my shelves by the same authors or of the same genre.
Have you read any of these books? What were you reading in February of last year?