Thanks to so many of you who have asked about my Lab, Jerry, and sent us well wishes. He’s doing very well and started back on his regular diet of kibble today. He inhaled it in record time so it seems his jaw has healed nicely. He’ll get his last melanoma vaccine and some X-rays in a couple of weeks.
We had a great vacation in Whistler. The kids love the ski and snowboarding school and I love that I can read and relax while they’re there! Unfortunately, the very day we came back my son started getting sick and of, course, the next day my daughter was sick too. They missed 2-3 days of school. Today we’re having our second nor’easter of the week so another day home for them. And the school has already called a snow day tomorrow. CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!
WHAT I READ
IN ORDER OF STAR POWER (CLICK TITLES TO BE TAKEN TO MY REVIEW):
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance – I Loved this novel about a boy raised by wolves. Magical realism for fans of literary fiction.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – As my first audiobook, it did not disappoint. I love quirky characters. This book was much more than I had anticipated. Oh, the feels!!
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – There’s a reason this one is on so many lists of favorites. If you haven’t read this book, you really should.
The French Girl – Decades after a young French woman goes missing, the six Oxford chums who were the last to see her alive are under suspicion.
The Naturalist – A computation biologist seeks to solve a series of brutal murders.
The Storm King – I’ve yet to finish the review for this one. (Coming soon!) A respected NYC surgeon is called home after the discovery of the body of his high school girlfriend.
Promise – In the aftermath of the 1936 tornado in Tupelo, Mississippi, two families – one black, one white – find a way to reconcile their past and present.
In Every Moment We Are Still Alive – A father must face moving on without his wife whom he lost during the birth of their child.
The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel – DNF’d at page 129. My major issues were pacing lack of connection to the characters and lack of interest in the plot. I would have never believed that a book about the 80’s NYC drag/ ball culture scene could be boring but it felt like it was going nowhere.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – I purchased this as an audiobook. I was more than half way through when I decided to DNF it. I liked Lillian well enough but I didn’t connect with the story at all. I really wanted to like this one. I may give it a go in print form at some time again in the future.
When the Moon Was Ours – 4.75/5 star Throwback Thursday mini review.
In the Quiet – 4 star Throwback Thursday mini review.
AROUND THE INTERWEBS
I didn’t do a very good job of keeping track of posts to share during the latter half of the month but here are a few I really enjoyed from the beginning:
Just reading Lory at Emerald City Book Review’s post, What’s Saving My Life This Winter ,made me feel more grounded at a time when I myself was feeling stressed.
Pages Unbound Reviews post, Trends I Think We’ll See in Book Blogging in 2018, definitely reminded me that I need to do more discussion posts.
Cait at Paper Fury posted this funny and accurate list of What Bookworms Really Want (FT. A List That’s Totally Achievable Don’t Look at Me Like That)
Melissa Chu posted a very thoughtful piece called The Definitive Guide on How to Read Properly.
I hope you had a fantastic February. Cheers!