Of the 11 books read this month, two were nonfiction. One was pretty funny, I Work at a Public Library, by Gina Sheridan, a collection of short vignettes from the author’s experience working at pubic libraries. (a couple of the stories are not appropriate for young readers though) The other one was Shock the Clock by Jeanette Levellie, which was very short at 59 pages and didn’t really offer anything new about ways to get more writing done. I was glad I read it through the library and didn’t buy it.
Four of the fiction titles I read were in the Miss Silver Maud series by Patricia Wentworth, including The Case is Closed, Lonesome Road, Danger Point and The Chinese Shawl. They all take place pre-World War II, in and around London. They involve some sort of mystery and have a side of romance. I am enjoying this series very much because they are clean and almost wholesome, with no foul language or embarrassing bedroom scenes.
I also read my first Danielle Steel book, Undercover, and enjoyed it. I will probably read more of her mystery/spy books.
One of the most intense books I’ve ever read was about a gymnast who was working her way toward the Olympics and the amount of money, time and stress it forces on her and her family. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbot made me appreciate my simple life and at the same time understand more fully all the intense pressure that is put on those who go after the gold. I would never be interested in such a life, but this fictional account seemed quite realistic.
One of my favorite books this month by a new to me author was The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware. The premise is a female traveler boards a cruiser for publicity purposes. But she insists that a woman next door has been thrown overboard and wants to know who she was and what happened to her. I enjoyed the suspense of this one very much.
I also read Once Upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri and The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz, part of his Orphan X series. Both of these were good also.
That brings my February reads to a close.
What are you reading? Any good books to share with us?