Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What I'm Reading! February Books

Continuing my What I'm Reading book reviews, I'm picking up today with what I read in February, before the world ended.

The Lost World by Michael Crichton
I continued my Michael Crichton fix with The Lost World. This one is also SO good. This book follows Ian and Sarah Harding as they visit the island that Jurassic Park was NOT on. It is very, very different from the movie, in my opinion. I did enjoy this one a lot. If you love Jurassic Park, you need to read this one as well.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
This was our January Book Club pick this year and I am on the fence about it. Did I enjoy it? Yes, BUT. Ha! I loved it because while I was reading it, my mom, sister, and I went to Savannah for the day and did a Midnight tour. It was SO GOOD. The tour guide picked us up at the Savannah tourist center and because it was the first Saturday in January and rainy, it was just the 3 of us!!! We couldn't have planned it better. If you want to go to Savannah without the crowds, do it in January. She took us to all of the important scenes from the book, we toured Mercer House, and we ended the day with a long stroll through Bonaventure cemetery. It was all so interesting! The book was very interesting, though. The first half of the book, Berendt is introducing all of the characters he met while living in Savannah. The second half of the book follows the murder trials of Danny Hansford, the young man that Jim Williams is on trial for killing. Overall, the book felt long-winded to me, but the writing is compelling and there are so many parts that are just funny. Savannah is full of interesting people and stories.

The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
Going into this book, I thought I was going to hate it. I'm not sure why. I ended up REALLY loving it. If you like a psychological thriller, try this one. Anna Fox is a recluse with agoraphobia who enjoys watching her neighbors out her windows. She is an alcoholic whose husband and daughter no longer live with her. New neighbors move in across the street and Anna sees something shocking happen. But does she? Who is telling the truth? Who is lying? Who can you trust and believe? I was mistaken up until the very end. Have any of you read this? What did you think?

So that was it for February books. So far, this year has felt a little like a dud for me in spite of really liking many that I've read. The Michael Crichton books were not new ones for me and of my new ones, nothing has captivated me. I've done a lot more reading and have LOTS more to go, but I'll keep you posted! I'll be back tomorrow with my March books.

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