Despite being cold and rather strange, February was a satisfying month in my reading life. I finished 11 books, although two were comic books and one was a deluxe edition of a comic. Without those, I finished eight prose books — about average for me, I’d say. Here’s the list:
- Fathi, Nazila: The Lonely War (nonfiction)
- Vaughn, Brian K. and Harris, Tony: Ex Machina, The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1 (comic book)
- Hawkins, Paula: The Girl on the Train (fiction)
- Jonathan Luna: Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 (comic book)
- Carey, Mike: The Unwritten, Vol. 1 (comic book)
- Morris, James McGrath: Eye on the Struggle (biography)
- MacLaughlin, Nina: Hammer Head (memoir)
- Kondo, Marie: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (nonfiction)
- Gawande, Atul: Being Mortal (nonfiction)
- Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi: Americanah (fiction)
- Ferguson, Mark Andrew: The Lost Boys Symphony (fiction)
I don’t think I can pick a favorite nonfiction read for the month. I loved The Lonely War, Hammer Head and Being Mortal all pretty equally, but for different reasons. I have reviews planned for Hammer Head and Being Mortal, so look for those in the next few weeks. My favorite fiction read was probably Americanah, although The Lost Boys Symphony came in a close second — look for more on that one near the end of March.
A Look Ahead to March
March is, historically, my least favorite month of the year. I start to get desperate for spring to arrive, which can make me antsy and a little crabby (sorry, boyfriend and family). But I’m trying to look on the upside — if the weather is terrible, I’ll have more excuses to stay inside and read!
My new feature over at Book Riot, recommending nonfiction reads for popular fiction, has me reaching out to a lot of backlist nonfiction to find good pairings. One of my goals is to only recommend books that I’ve read, so I testing out some books for upcoming posts will take up a chunk of my reading this month.
Other than that, there are a ton of great releases coming out in March. A couple that are on my radar are The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me by Sofka Zinovieff (March 31 from Harper) and That’s Not English by Erin Moore (March 24 from Gotham).
Happy almost spring, everyone! What books are you looking forward to reading this month?