Happy February, lovelies! Can you believe we’re already a month into 2014? I read up a storm in January; I finished 9 books, a record for me! I also hosted my first reading challenge, Jazz Age January! There’s still one more week left, and I’ve been so thrilled with the response.
In other news, I finally replaced my 2008 Macbook and am now blogging from a shiny new computer that actually works! I’ve been using Tom’s computer for the last few months, and it’s been really nice to have my own laptop again. We’re also working on a redesign of Books Speak Volumes! I’m really excited about how it’s coming along, and I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can share it!
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Free by Willy Vlautin
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
– This month: 2,626
– Year to date: 2,626
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu. Kim Fu’s debut novel is about a transgender boy growing up in a Chinese Canadian family. I appreciated that this wasn’t an “issue” novel; the main character just happens to be transgender.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Jazz Age January). This historical novel portrays Hemingway’s years in Paris from his first wife Hadley’s perspective. I enjoyed this book, particularly as a companion to A Moveable Feast.
Want Not by Jonathan Miles. This was one of my favorite books last year! It’s an equally heartbreaking and funny novel about the desire for more and the waste created by modern society.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Another 2013 favorite! I was so impressed by this epic novel about a boy who loses his mother in a museum explosion. It’s really about so much more than that, but you’ll have to read the whole review to find out what!
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (Jazz Age January). I really enjoyed parts of Hemingway’s memoir of his Paris years, but I struggled with the book’s disjointed structure.
Careless People by Sarah Churchwell (Jazz Age January). This book attempts to explain how Fitzgerald came to write The Great Gatsby. It has a few flaws, but it’s a fascinating portrait of 1920s New York City, the Fitzgeralds, and F. Scott’s most famous book.
Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus. Marcus’s new short story collection contains both realistic and highly experimental pieces. It was perhaps too experimental for me, but I was impressed by his powers of imagination!
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Jazz Age January). This autobiographical novel portrays the tumultuous life of a pair of would-be aristocrats whose disregard for consequences leads to their destruction. I thought it was a great jazz age read!
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In March I plan to read Wake by Anna Hope, Byron Easy by Jude Cook, and The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt for review. I’m not sure what else I’ll read! We’ll have to see where my whims take me.
I also plan to start getting in shape! Tom and I finally joined the Jewish Community Center (JCC) across the street from our apartment. They have exercise equipment, fitness classes, and a pool! I’m very excited to take some yoga classes and start swimming again. I swam all through secondary school, and I love it. I went for my first swim two days ago, and it felt so good to be back in the water! I’m REALLY going to make fitness a habit this year. Yes. (We’ll see how long it actually lasts.)
What did you read in January? Any plans for February?