February was a month filled with a delicious number of books. It’s no accident that this coincided with the arrival of a lovely hand-me-down armchair in the house and a lack of good TV (no, I haven’t yet got with Breaking Bad; sorry!)
After a winter of stormy cold reads, I turned towards warmer climes with Fried Green Tomatoes. This book was filled with charming characters whose southern drawl just leapt off the page. The small-town-small-drama still touched on bigger issues: Alabama’s race relations, the desperate poverty sweeping the country, and the uplifting persistence of Railroad Bill. I enjoyed how people helped others in simple, unexpected ways. Everyone had something to give; even the very old, who can sometimes seem on the fringes of mainstream society. A sunny uplifting read for a rainy month.
I also read Wool: a much bleaker story; cold and steely with a dark centre. This post-apocalyptic vision is not my usual choice (and I’ll admit I first picked it up thinking it was about knitting). But the main character is a brilliantly strong woman who stands up to some intimidating shit. I was hooked and read it super-quick. A good holiday read!
I picked up Stoner purely because we had a brand new copy on the shelf and it always feels a terrible waste to not read a full price book (incidentally, another book I first picked up thinking it was about something else). Initially slow going but well worth the time. It got me thinking about a lot of things, and now I just want to find someone else who’s read it. A good book group read.
The Rosie Project has been getting a lot of press, and I’ve seen several copies in #theyearinbooks. I fell in love with Don Tillman. What a brilliantly quirky guy. Lots of fun to be had with someone who leads life so methodically and literally. This is a perfect rainy weekend read; sit in your armchair with a pot of tea and devour it in two big bites.
So, what lies in store for March? I’ve just started reading The Tiger’s Wife and also want to read some non-fiction. What’s on your March reading list?