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Just four books in this short month (how did I do 10 last month? No clue!). Jane Eyre is pretty dense, though, so we’ll chalk it up to the classic.
The Martian by Andy Weir – You’ve probably already read The Martian, but I hadn’t until recently, even though it’s a book my husband loved and devoured. I rated it four stars on GoodReads, but for me it might be closer to a three star … but I was afraid Mr. V would come after me with a steak knife. (Not really. I promise.)
It’s a very well-written and researched book, exploring the what if of an astronaut stuck on Mars by himself. Is it possible he could survive? Obviously written by someone who understands science, Weir presents evidence that it’s possible and gives us an entertaining main character in Mark. Many reviews say there is a lack of character development, but I thought Mark was interesting and hilarious, while maybe a little shallow. My biggest surprise was that this book is really very funny. For me, it was hard to get through all the scientific explanations and potato planting – science was never my subject. But altogether, I am glad I finally dove in and read this book.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton – I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Kate Morton’s newest novel, The Lake House, but I’d never read anything by her. In The Secret Keeper, Morton unravels a family mystery in rural England, flashing back and forth between the present-day and World War II. Laurel returns home as her mother’s health declines, and she wants to know the truth about a traumatic childhood incident that changed her. Slowly and surely, she finds bits and pieces of evidence – and meanwhile, we find out the whole story through her mother’s point-of-view. It’s a pageturner, well-written with great characters, and now I will definitely track down some of Morton’s other books to dig into.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – I’m sure most of you are well aware of my obsession with the Lunar Chronicles by Meyer by now. They are so very good, and the last book in the series came out in November. But here, Meyer continued to delight her readers with a short story collection detailing some of the characters’ back stories and even a future event.
Short stories are never going to be my thing; I love the depth of novels. But since we already knew these characters, it worked. It was like a DVD Easter egg finding out bits and pieces about my beloved “friends.” I wouldn’t buy this one, but if you’ve read the Lunar Chronicles definitely check it out from the library.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre is a book I should have read in college; it was definitely assigned in my intro class for my English major, and I equally definitely only read a few bits and pieces from it. (Sorry, Dr. Hewett-Smith and my parents.) I tried to read everything in school, I swear, but there was a TON of reading to do!
Reading Jane Eyre made me almost wish I were back in school and could write an essay about it; I think I would explore the image of angels throughout the novels, or maybe the two families Jane finds herself as a part of. It’s a complex book with an intriguing female character; unlike some of the other heroines I’ve read about in 19th-century literature, Jane speaks her mind, has opinions, and follows through on her beliefs, even when it’s difficult. She isn’t just there to see how men react to her. Her first-person narration is believable and detailed without losing the reader.
I’m glad I read Jane Eyre, finally. I’m really glad I don’t have to write any more English essays.
That’s what I read in February. How about you?
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