Each month we round up the best things we have read. February was snowy and cold. We went skiing, picked our wedding caterer, and mostly watched a lot of Netflix (The Fall, Scandal, The 100, and [for Rachel] Switched at Birth).
Blogs – This month’s links are all food related.
- Weird things you can eat in Spain [Matador]
- Breakfast around the world [Matador]
- Best restaurant in each state [Business Insider]
- Tips on cooking for one [Gimme Some Oven]
- Culinary hacks to make you a master chef [Mental Floss]
Books – I read 6 books in February.
- Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay – 3 out of 5 stars. Jeff thought the cover just said “Bad Feminist Essays” without the colon which was good for a laugh. I liked some of the essays and wasn’t as interested in others. Overall, decent.
- Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman – 3 out of 5 stars. I’ll read basically anything put out by Neil Gaiman. So a new short story collection was snatched right up. Like many such collections, I liked some stories and didn’t care for others.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 4 out of 5 stars. I guess I’m sort of into these sprawling war novels (this reminded me of The Invisible Bridge). It was quite a good read for me.
- Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker – 3 out of 5 stars. I chose this one based on the cover alone. And it wasn’t so bad! Small town politics, and a family that’s hated by the town.
- 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton – 3 out of 5 stars. I looked through this and put all the recommended restaurants and dishes on my giant “where to eat” list. As a list obsessive, I approve of these sorts of books.
- Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews – 4 out of 5 stars. Second in the Kate Daniels series about magical Atlanta. I’m definitely going to keep reading these! Thankfully the library obliged me and ordered the whole series after I requested this one!
Books – I read 6 books this month.
- Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman – Full disclosure, I really just read a smattering of the stories. They were decent, but I was not overawed. I loved many of the first Gaiman works I ever read like American Gods, Sandman, and Good Omens, but more recently I could take ’em or leave ’em. I don’t know if I’ve changed or he has. I’ll probably still pick up his books now and again.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Speaking of things I’m sort of tired of: WWII settings. Nevertheless, I loved this book. It’s well written and contains nuance, but I’m not sure whether I liked the ending or not.
- Magic Burns and Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews – I realized while reading these books that a lot of urban fantasy novels have very similar plot structures. If you’ve read the Dresden Files, the Iron Druid series, the Shambling Guides, or the first several books in the Anita Blake series, then you know the general structure of these plots. The setting is more intriguing than many others though.
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle – I was not entirely clear on this book’s message, or why Darnielle chose the title, but something to think about. It took me awhile to get into though, so be warned.
- Hellboy, Vol. 1 by Mike Mignola – Quite good, but something about the title kind of grates on me.
What did you read in February?