sarah anne reads: vol. 2
excellent meta mysteries and delightfully surprising title buys.
I don’t want to jinx myself… but the reading momentum of January seems to have continued on into February, which is so exciting!
I’ve been reminded of how wonderful it is to come across a book you really enjoy, and how great it feels when a story just sucks you right in.
While I didn’t read quite as much as I did in January (honestly, for the best… I got a lot more sleep too), I’m still feeling like I’m in a good groove. The reading experiences this month were mostly positive, which made me excited to pick something new up as soon as I finished something.
At the end of the month, my husband and I got away for the weekend to celebrate our third anniversary. We went to Winchester, which has a historic library with beautiful architecture, and it was also having a pop-up book sale! Later that afternoon, we also found a delightful local used bookstore and spent a couple of hours wandering the stacks. All told, we came away with about 10 books to add to our shelves and I came away with even more excitement about keeping up this new reading rhythm.
📚 February 2023 Reads
✨ Stars Above by Marissa Meyer | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The final book in my reread of The Lunar Chronicles, Stars Above is a collection of short stories, primarily following the characters before and after the events of the series. It’s the perfect companion to the series when you want to spend just a little more time with the characters you’ve come to know and love.
✏️ The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
My sister-in-law recommended this one to me and I am so glad she did. It’s smart, witty, and so well-crafted. The author is a character in the story, so it’s part mystery novel, part commentary on the life of a writer, and I loved it. I also didn’t guess who the killer was, which is always a mark of a good mystery for me!
👠 Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I picked this one up on a whim at a used bookstore a couple months ago, and it turned out to be a great spontaneous buy! I loved learning more about the author of The Wizard of Oz, his wife, and how the story that’s captured the imagination of millions came to be.
🎨 A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman | ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
I first picked this up in 2015 and it was exactly what my creative heart needed at the time. This reread took a long time and I’ll admit, I’m not entirely sure why. Freeman’s words and encouragement still ring true, but it ultimately didn’t pack quite the punch it did when I first read it eight years ago.
📖 Currently Reading
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente — Still working through this one with my husband. Our progress may be slow, but the book is just as delightful as I remember it to be.
How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp — My small group is going through this one for our current study, and so far the best part is the discussion it’s led to. We’re only five chapters in though, so we’ll see how it continues to develop!
Gentle and Lowly by Dane C. Ortland — This was gifted to me by my mentor, and I’ve barely started, but so far, it’s lovely.
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz — Only a couple chapters in, but if it’s anything like the first, I’m gonna love it!
That does it for the books this month!
Now it’s your turn… what have you been reading lately, friend? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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