February 2019 Reading Recap

This is my February 2019 Reading Recap, a chance for me to share what I’ve been reading and highlight one or more titles that made the Best of My Reading List.

Looking at the statistics, there were fewer days in the month, but similar results from January to February. I’ve developed a routine of having three titles going simultaneously: a novel on audio to listen to at the gym and in the car, a novel to read at other times, and a nonfiction book (currently diving deep into writing and story structure) to read and type up notes during lunch.

Feb 2019 Statistics

Books Read: 15
Fiction: 12
Nonfiction: 3

Feb 2019 Best of My Reading List

The Book Thief - DopeyRunr Chris Smith February 2019 Best of My Reading List

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
This was one of the best books (if not the very best) I have ever read. I wanted to stay with Liesel and Rudy and Papa and Max forever. For days after finishing I would think about this book and cry. Incredible.

 
Monday's Not Coming - DopeyRunr Chris Smith February 2019 Best of My Reading List

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
Emotionally draining. Not a thriller but lots of twists. I was totally immersed in this world which was as foreign to me as any fantasy or sci-fi realm.

Grit - DopeyRunr Chris Smith February 2019 Best of My Reading List

Grit by Gillian French
This 2018 Edgar Award nominee is a well-written page-turner. Darcy’s voice is so well done, and the settings are so unique and described so well without being over-written. So much tension built into every scene and interaction. I’ve already started Gillian’s The Lies They Tell. It’s OK for me to call her “Gillian” because she follows me on Twitter.

 
The Hate U Give - DopeyRunr Chris Smith February 2019 Best of My Reading List

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
This was great (and also a 2018 Edgar Award Nominee), but I’m not sure I can say that I “enjoyed” it. The subject matter is difficult to deal with, but well worth the ride. I found it interesting to watch Starr balance the difficult and tense relationships she has in her two worlds. Lots of internal and external tension throughout. I’ve got a hold on Thomas’s On The Come Up which I hope arrives soon.

What books did you read in February? I’m really hoping The Lies They Tell is as good as Grit, and I can’t wait for On The Come Up. What upcoming books are you excited about? Let me know in the comments below, or tweet at me @DopeyRunr.

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