February Reads 2019

And just like that February is over and it’s time to share my favourite reads again.

This month I branched out a little, signed up for Audible and downloaded my first audiobook. Not really sure how I would feel about being read to, or not being able to hold the physical book – smell the new pages as I turn them, feel the spine soften as I work my way through the book – I was pleasantly surprised.

While audiobooks definitely won’t be replacing my love of print books any time soon, as a complement to ordinary reading and as a way to increase my book intake, they make perfect sense to me. Particularly at times when you can’t be turning pages, like on the drive to work, audiobooks are ideal.

Now it may have been the book I chose (which turned out to be my favourite for February) or the way the narrator bought the book and its characters to life, but I thoroughly enjoyed every second spent listening to Laurie Frankel’s This is how it always is. Heartwarming, funny and thought provoking; a story of a modern family – Rosie, Penn and their five ‘boys’ – and what happens when their youngest tells them he wants to be a girl when he grows up. Compassionate and complex, this is a story of love, parenting, gender identity and the lengths we will go to support and protect the ones we love. Loved this book so much I ended up ordering a print copy for my shelf just to have it near.

With ‘This is how it always is’ such a stand out February favourite, I am unsure what else to include in this months faves. So I’m going to go with three very different but equally good reads.

The first, a memoir – Educated by Tara Westover – a heartwrenching account of brutality, family ties and survival.

The second, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – a young adult fiction; romantic and so beautifully written; bought back vivid memories of first love – the many mix tapes, love letters, the initial awkwardness and fierce protection of each other no matter the consequences. Oh to be 16 again.

And the third, Get Your S*** Together by Sarah Knight. Having previously read The Life-changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k and enjoyed it’s no nonsense style of self-help, it was an easy decision to read the follow up book. Like a kick in the pants from a close friend, it set the wheels in motion for me to learn to prioritise better. Taking her ‘must do method’ and making it my own, I feel like I’m getting more done each day without all the panic about having to do and be everything for everyone.

So that’s a wrap for February – Four really good books; one of them my first audiobook and a few extra books that didn’t get a mention or are still unfinished. Possibly to make an appearance here in March.

Feel free to comment below if you have enjoyed any of these books or if you’d like to recommend any audiobooks that you have found to be amazing. Would love to here your thoughts.