Month in Books: February 2014

Here’s my reading wrap-up for February!

  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – 4 stars This classic follows the story of a little orphan boy struggling to survive in nineteenth century England. A social comment that still holds moral relevance today.
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare – 5 stars One of Shakespeare’s more famous plays, I kind of want to describe this as 11th century Scotland’s version of Game of Thrones. It gets messy, but the writing’s beautiful so read it anyway.
  • Breakfast with the Nikolides – Rumer Godden – 3 stars In which a family move to India and have to learn to adjust to the vastly different location…with varying degrees of success. I reviewed this here.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekkyl and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson – 5 stars This is a creepy inner battle between good and evil…a fantastic read dealing with moral issues in the form of what could be described as a horror novel.
  • Vicious – V.E. Schwab – 4 stars This is a classic super-hero novel turned on its head. Profoundly twisted and beautifully complex characters flail in the spaces between clear-cut good and evil.
  • The Grace Awakening – Charles R Swindoll – 5 stars A non-fiction work urging Christians to abandon legalism and live with the freedom that grace allows. It’s heavy stuff, but worth a read!
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce – 3 stars An elderly gentleman hears of an old friend’s cancer and determines to cross England on foot in order to reach her and – hopefully – elongate her life.
  • I Am the Messenger – Markus Zusak – 5 stars Zusak’s lesser-known novel is no less stunning than ‘The Book Thief’; nineteen-year-old Ed is led by an unknown person’s somewhat shady messages to…well, help people. It sounds less than exciting but it was my favourite book of the month, and I HIGHLY recommend it!
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – 5 stars This is another gorgeous classic that you’re probably aware of: a childhood experience of the racism-torn States during the 30’s.
  • Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton – 5 stars Dinosaurs! In this YA Science Fiction, blood found in amber-bound mosquitoes allows the cloning of dinosaurs on a modern South American island. Obviously, this can’t end well. A really exciting book that will also make you think.
  • Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi – 4 stars The third book in YA Dystopian series ‘Shatter Me’. My favourite book of the trilogy, this book broke the stereotype of disappointing series ends and blew me away with the character and relational developments. Great stuff!

February was a great month for me (especially in the area of classics). Were you inspired to pick up any of these titles? If you’ve read any I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

~Dani

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