Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Books Read in February 2011

Wow, March 1.  February sure is a short month.  The good news is that spring is definitely on the way, which is good.  I've had enough of snow days and sick kids.

It was also a very busy month for us, with two weekends in a row away.  I'm building up to an excuse for only reading five books this month!  Well, it IS a short month, right?  Those missing 2-3 days really make a difference.

In February, I read:
  • Between Home and School by Bill Harley
  • Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson
  • The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  • Blank Confession by Pete Hautman
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Well, in my defense, February did include two books over 500 pages!  That's three nonfiction (one of which was a memoir), one grown-up novel, and one teen/YA novel.  That's a lot more nonfiction than I usually read and a lot less kids/teen books than I usually read - an unusual month.

I would have to say that my favorite book of February was probably The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, though Stones Into Schools was a close second.

And, embarrassingly, I haven't written a single review yet of the books read in February!  Yikes.  I knew I was behind, but I didn't realize it was that bad.  Well, I plan to catch up a bit this week since some of these are due back to the library!

Hope you had a good February - I'm ready for March!


  1. Don't beat yourself up--sometimes reviews overshadow books read in a month or vice versa. Five is actually pretty well-rounded, and The Hour I First Believed was around 700 pages, wasn't it? :)

  2. I have Stones into Schools on my wish list Sue. A friend just said it was good as well. You had a nice month in books.

  3. I only read 5 books in February too, and none of them were anywhere near 500 pages! So I think you did pretty well!

  4. I enjoyed the two Wally Lamb books I read (esp. SHE'S COME UNDONE!), so I have THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED on my wish list.

    Did you read THREE CUPS OF TEA? I didn't care for the writing style, and have avoided STONED INTO SCHOOLS. I'll have to give it a try, though, based on the high marks you give it.

  5. Hi, Dawn -

    She's Come Undone is still my favorite of Lamb's books, too!

    Stones Into Schools is definitely better written than Three Cups of Tea - everyone in my book discussion agreed. Mortenson had a co-author, a journalist, for the first book, and I agree the writing wasn't very good. The second book is better - I'll post a full review soon.