An Open Book: What I Read in February

February Books

Oh, lovely February. Your shortened weeks (and week-long holiday break!) never serve my desire to read voraciously. Funnily enough, it was February of last year that I also fell off the bandwagon of reaching my goal to read one fiction and one nonfiction book each month for a year. Once again, I start over fresh in March. Bring it on!

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (2/5 stars)

Three-line review: I’ve read Hemingway’s work before, but this book felt flat and empty. He is known for being sparse with his words, but in an attempt to cut out all the fluff, this book is left with very little personality or purposeful connection. There is a thin plot, but little else holds this story together.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (5/5 stars)

Three-line review: This is a complex and engaging story driven by a single elusive book that weaves together dozens of characters over several years. It is beautifully written with an intriguing premise — who doesn’t love a book about books? Because there are so many tangential plots that drive this tale, I highly suggest binge reading this one and not letting it linger over too many months.

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