These are the books I read in February (with some comments):
- Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
138 pages, my quota for February. Still enjoying it.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy
Ca. 35 pages – didn’t have as much time to read in February. It’s still interesting and I’ll keep on. Will try to read a bit more than that in March.
- Ted Hughes, Collected Poems
Still find this one challenging and read but a few poems.
- Helen Gardner (ed.) The New Oxford Book of English Verse
I read the first 29 poems in this anthology. I’ve owned it since my days at university but have only read a few poems here and there. I thought it might be a good idea to do poetry reading with this book – it gives an overview of the development of poetry since Chaucer. I particularly liked the poem “Philip Sparrow” by John Skelton. It’s about the death of a pet sparrow, and how the funeral is organized with a flock of different birds taking the roles of the officiants. Here’s an excerpt:
When I remember again
How my Philip was slain,
Never half the pain
Was between you twain,
Pyramus and Thisbe,
As then befell to me,
I wept and I wailed,
The teares down hailed,
But nothing it availed
To call Philip again
Whom Gib, our cat, hath slain.
- Ramona Asubel, A Guide to Being Born: Stories
- Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (eds), A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon
- Christine Lucas, Fates and Furies
I’ll write a separate post with some details about the stories I liked best.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Meditation Is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why It Is So Important. Coming to Our Senses Part I
I find Kabat-Zinn’s works on meditation to be interesting and helpful for my meditation practice. I plan to read the whole series. I can also warmly recommend Full Catastrophe Living (about MBSR mindfulness-based stress reduction) which I read a couple of years ago.
- Nora Krug, Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
This is an excellent memoir-type graphic novel where Krug explores her family’s and home town’s involvement with the Nazi regime. As a German, I can relate particularly well to this story. It should be interesting for anyone who wants to learn about what it’s like to live with that kind of family history.
- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
Loved it, rather to my surprise. I’d expected it to be boring. I’ll write a separate post about it.
- Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye and Sula
I enjoyed both novels very much (they were both rereads, but I hadn’t read them for a long time). I’m in the middle of writing a separate post about Sula and I’ve already written one about The Bluest Eye. Be warned, both reviews contain spoilers!
No vacation in February and it was a short month. So, I didn’t manage to read as much as I did in January, but I did manage to meet my monthly reading goal, although it was a near thing.