Bookends: February 2015

With as snowy as February was, you’d think I would have been able to finish more books than I have. But snow means shoveling and getting new tires so that we stopped skidding all over the road and hanging up the wet snow pants, mittens, and hats my kids leave lying in the doorway when they come inside for hot cocoa, and that all eats into my reading time. That and getting sucked into the comments on YouTube videos. I know better than to read the comments, but still, there I am, reading the poorly spelled pros and cons of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and hoping people don’t think that’s what my five-year-old is singing when he sings “Weird” Al’s awesome parody of it. (All of my knowledge of pop culture originates with Mr. Yankovic.)

Here’s what I read in February:

Grown-ups’ Books:

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (Sisters Book Club February Selection)

Chaos, Wonder and the Spiritual Adventure of Parenting by Sarah Conover and Tracy Springberry by Jon (for the 2015 TBR challenge)

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer

CIMG7066Kids’ Books (read-alouds):

Kim by Rudyard Kipling (also for my Cavalcade of Classics)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

More About Paddington by Michael Bond

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (I’m thinking of following up this read-aloud with Old Yeller and maybe Bambi: A Life in the Woods)

Currently Reading

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (lunchtime audiobook, re-read)
  • Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond (read-aloud)
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My To-Read List for March

  • The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall (Sisters Book Club March selection. Click the link to read along and join the discussion!)
  • The Histories by Herodotus (for my Cavalcade of Classics)
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (for my Cavalcade of Classics and as a read-aloud with my daughter.)
  • Paddington Abroad and Paddington At Large by Michael Bond (read-aloud with my son)
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (lunchtime audiobook)
  • The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem (for the 2015 TBR Challenge)
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl (My spouse is reading a second novel this year! And he wants to read it with me! We never read together! I’ve not used this many exclamation points un-ironically since I was fourteen!)

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for March? If you blog your answer, please post a link in the comments (and/or link back to this post, if you’re so inclined).

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