So now we’re getting into the part of the hiatus where my life starts changing quite rapidly. I left my old job at the end of January, finally having had enough and ready to be unemployed for a stretch while continuing to search. In a weird twist, I was actually offered a position about a week after my last day. I would be moving and starting a new job in March.
So February was the only month when I was entirely unemployed. I tried to do a lot of reading and writing, since I was afraid I would have less time to dedicate to them once I started working full-time. I read 10 books. Not too shabby for a short month.
- The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth (February 3)
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Feb 5)
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Feb 6)
- Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (Feb 8)
- The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (Feb 10)
- The Distance from Me to You by Marina Gessner (Feb 11)
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Feb 18)
- Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (Feb 22)
- All Fall Down by Ally Carter (Feb 24)
- A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (Feb 28)
Standouts from the month of February: I’ve had Ready Player One described to me as “great if you love video games or the eighties.” This didn’t really get me interested, since I was born in 1992 and I’ve never owned a video game console (shocking, I know). So I was pleasantly surprised when I loved Ready Player One. It really has a broad appeal. It was one of those rare books I recommend to my boyfriend. We have such different tastes that we rarely get to have a conversation about a book we both liked. I think the last time it happened was with The Hunger Games!
Crimson Bound I liked. It was a little overshadowed this month by my two favorites, but the concept of the forest really appealed to me. I ended up reading Rosamund Hodge’s other book, Cruel Beauty, later in the year and I definitely preferred Crimson Bound. Plus that cover is epic.
Are people talking about A Thousand Pieces of You? Please tell me that people have been raving about it during the seven months I’ve been away from the book-blogosphere. I was obsessed with this cover long before I read the book (the rest of the series’ covers are just as beautiful, but the first cover is my favorite), but it turns out the story is great. I loved the concept and the alternate realities were creatively executed. I’ll be so mad if it turns out that people haven’t been talking about it.