February was a quieter month when it came to reading. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into my audiobook or e-book choices, and I felt like I was a in a little bit of a reading slump. I’ve picked up some good books for March, and I hope to get back into the groove of things, but for now, let’s get started with what book I read in February!
one | The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson killed her husband, and now, she’s refusing to speak. Theo is obsessed with Alicia’s story, so obsessed that he gets a job at the hospital she’s being treated at. Theo is determined to get Alicia to talk, but is he ready to deal with the consequences? Ultimately, this was a relatively boring thrilled until the last thirty pages or so. If you’ve got a quiet weekend and you love thrillers, it’s worth a read, but if you’re new to the genre, I would skip it for something a little more gripping.
two | Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert has a unique approach to creativity and inspiration that I think most people can benefit from reading. Rather than viewing creativity as this painful, elusive entity, Gilbert thinks of it as a gift that flits in and out of your life only if you let it. To fully embrace a creative life, Gilbert argues you must have the courage to pursue it, the wistfulness to let it enchant you, the willingness to give yourself to permission to follow it, the persistence to keep at it, the trust that it will always come back, and the belief that creativity is divine.
three | The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes is at it again. Mary Morsten has employed him to help her figure out why she is receiving gifts once a year in the same form. This leads the dynamic duo of Holmes and Watson on a path to discovering a lost treasure, a dead man, and apprehending two criminals. It was an exciting story, but I ultimately like the first one best.
four | Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Audiobook
In a letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates answers the unanswerable questions about what it’s like to be a Black person in America. He talks about the struggles when a member of the community is lost to unnecessary violence. He talks about the sense of family when you learn about shared experiences. He talk about the beauty of experiencing a new culture through fresh eyes. It’s a beautiful book the illuminates the past, confronts the present, and hopes for a better future.