March 30, 2021

What I Read in February 2021

Oops – not only am I really late getting this post up, but I also only read six books in February… and one was a picture book! (Recommended by my ski school trainer.) This was a busy month, but because it was also a short one, this means I’m only two books behind on where I need to be to hit 100 books by the end of the year. I can catch up!

The Secret Bridesmaid, Fanocracy, and Sunflower Sisters – each a different genre!

5 stars:

The Secret Bridesmaid, by Katy Birchall: This was such a fun read! I loved the entrepreneurial main character, and seeing her very 21st century business and the trials and tribulations she goes through. Even though the romance was a bit predictable, there were plenty of twists and turns in the plot that did keep me guessing. I loved the Miranda Priestly-esque vibe of Cordelia, the main client, and also appreciated that we got plenty of insight into why she was so difficult. I tore through this book in just two days – really fun and light without being at all dumb!

4 stars:

Fanocracy: Turning Fans Into Customers and Customers Into Fans, by David Meerman Scott and Reiko Scott: I really enjoyed this book and the conversational style in which it was written. The authors used a lot of different examples (though some where a bit repetitive), and I found it to be a nice storytelling compilation of case studies; however, there wasn’t really a solid summary of overall advice, and some of the examples seemed a bit lucky (i.e., there were probably other stories of companies who took the same tactic but failed to build a fanocracy).

Sunflower Sisters, by Martha Hall Kelly: At first I found this a little slow to get into, but about a third of the way in, it really picked up and I stayed up all night to finish! (Oops.) I liked the different perspectives throughout the book (Jemma the slave, Anne-May the plantation owner, and Georgy the Union nurse), but they became much more compelling once their stories finally intersected. I did think that the author could have done a better job diving beyond Anne-May’s logic and actions – it was never really clear why she married Fergus or ended up where she did, and her particularly brutal treatment of her slaves wasn’t explained. This book packed a lot in, and by the end, it was definitely a good read!

The Inheritance Games, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I really enjoyed this books, and stayed up far too late to read it in just two nights! However, while it was a page turner, I found myself a little bit annoyed by the three Hawthorne boys – I couldn’t really tell them apart, and felt like more should have been done to distinguish them from each other. I also found it a bit odd how Avery kept choosing to keep playing, when she didn’t need to; it made it hard to empathize with her being concerned for her safety when she was choosing to do dangerous things rather than lying low. Overall, I am very much looking forward to the next book, but I still had a few reservations about this one.

Wabi Sabi, by Mark Reibstein: This was a great picture book for both children and adults. Beautiful illustrations and informative story.

2 stars:

The Thought of Work, by John Budd: This had a lot of fascinating insights, but was incredibly dry and too packed with information. I found it quite a slog to get through, and it took me a few months since I wasn’t very motivated. I think it’s best to read perhaps one chapter a week, interspersed with other books, as the content was awesome but it was far too academic to really be enjoyable.

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