What I’m Reading: February 2017 Book Recommendations

In January I started some books, which I shared here, and while I’m enjoying them, I was craving some fast-moving fiction. Sometimes tearing through a couple great narratives helps renew my desire to read in general. It gets me back in the habit of reading regularly and ignites that interest in discovering a good story. Here’s what I’ve been reading and what’s on my nightstand.

Are you looking for a great book? Here's a list of what I've been reading and what's on my nightstand.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

My sister lent me Eligible at Christmas, and once I started reading it last week, it took me all of a few days to finish. Admittedly I was a little turned off by this “modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice” at first. I didn’t expect the parallels to Jane Austen’s classic to be so strong, but once I got invested in the modern versions of the characters, I started to really enjoy the story. Sittenfeld manages to stay true to the original plot, while adding in contemporary issues to give it a new feel. Even though I knew the outcome of Pride & Prejudice, I was still anxious to find out how the story would end. Eligible is a fun, quick read that would be a perfect vacation read.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I chose this book for the 2017 Reading Challenge category “a book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able.” It did not disappoint! Lo Blacklock is a travel journalist assigned to a press trip on a brand-new luxury yacht. On her first night on the cruise, she hears something or someone thrown overboard and then comes to realize the passenger in the room next door has vanished without a trace. Her quest to find the truth is filled with twists, and I finished the book in a day. This would also be a great choice if you’re looking for a story with an unreliable narrator.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

This isn’t exactly a page-turner in the same way as the previous two books, but I’ve found it very interesting. My book club selected Hillbilly Elegy last month, and since it was also one of my selections for the 2017 Reading Challenge, I jumped at the chance to pick it up. Vance’s memoir of growing up in the Rust Belt, amidst a poor, white, working-class community is a powerful glimpse into a culture that many of us don’t understand. Vance’s strength is offering factual information woven through raw personal anecdotes about the colorful family in which he grow up. I highly recommend it if you’re seeking to understand America on a broader scale.

On my nightstand

The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawlon

I just started this mystery novel based on the actual disappearance of a supreme court judge in 1930s New York City. I’ve heard several good recommendations so I’m hopeful. I’m not far enough in to determine yet if I love it.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

You can read my last post here where I mentioned Peter Mayle’s memoir about moving to Provence. I’m about three chapters into this one. While I find the story interesting, it’s not compelling enough to keep me dying to read more. It’s a good book to work through a little at a time though because each time I pick it up, I don’t feel like I need a refresher on the plot.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I just heard about Station Eleven in episode 63 of the What Should I Read Next podcast and it sounded like a book I would like. I was intrigued by the description because the story bounces between the world both before and after a devastating flu changes the world as we know it. Another in a long line of post-apocalyptic novels, I’m curious to see what this one brings to the table.

What are you reading this month?

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2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: February 2017 Book Recommendations

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks for the recommendations! I love a good book list. The Woman in Cabin 10 is on my list, but I may need to pick it up asap after hearing your description. 🙂 I’ll also be adding The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress to my list. I love non-fiction/based on a true story type stuff, and this sounds to intriguing to pass up. Thanks again!

    • sweeterstill says:

      Yes! The Woman in Cabin 10 is so good. Now that I’ve finished The Wife, The Maid & The Mistress, I can say that I liked it a lot, but for some reason I didn’t love it. I can’t quite put my finger on it though. I’ve heard her second book is very good so I want to try that and see if I like it better.

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