Tuesday, March 5, 2019

What I Read: February

February was an okay reading month. Only one of the books I read was one that I truly enjoyed. Also, this is one of those months where the physical books I read slowed me down so much that audiobooks saved the day! As always, click on the titles for my Goodreads reviews.

Chronicles of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery. (Audiobook.) This was pretty cute. None of the stories stood out particularly to me, but they all have that cozy L.M. Montgomery feel. Some of the characters sounded familiar from the Anne series, and Anne herself even makes a couple of appearances.

Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton. (Audiobook, not pictured.) My first Edith Wharton book. It was okay! It reminded me of The Great Gatsby in that it's short, has a tragic ending, and involves marital infidelity, which is not a subject I enjoy reading about but it still features sympathetic characters and nice writing. One of those train wreck sort of books.

Names for the Sea, by Sarah Moss. I thought I would love this because it's a travel memoir about Iceland! Sadly it wasn't what I expected, though I did still enjoy it for the most part. It took me way too long to finish. She mostly focused on the city aspect of Icelandic living, which I'm not that interested in. I did learn a lot though.

Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell. (Audiobook.) This was by far the best book of the month! The 27 hour audiobook was very intimidating (though obviously not as intimidating as the physical book or I would have already read it, ha). But I got sucked in and surprisingly never got bored with its extreme detail of the everyday lives of fictional families living in the English countryside. :) I was familiar with the main plot thanks to the BBC mini series, but the book itself was much better than I expected!