Books I Read February 2020 (and some home-buying details)

by - Friday, March 27, 2020

Yes I appreciate that at this point March is basically over and I'll be having another book summary to write up soon, but I wanted to make sure to share my February reads before I forgot.

February wasn't the best month of reading for me -- mainly because we bought a house and it was a complete whirlwind experience.

We learned a house that was in our price range and met most of our basic requirements went on the market while we were out of town with friends. We rushed to go see it Sunday night when we got home, re-did all our pre-approval stuff on Monday because our previous one expired and then had our offer in on Tuesday by 9 p.m.

A little after 10 p.m. that night, we got a text from our realtor that our offer had been accepted.

From there I felt like I spent basically every free minute reading and signing documents from either the realtor or our lender before we finally closed on March 13 -- about a month after we made the initial offer.

All of that meant I was often too exhausted to actually do much reading. So, I only finished five books in February.

Feb 2020 book

Five Stars

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I know the author of this book has a problematic history, but this book is beautifully written and pulled me in almost from the get-go. I loved how Kya used animal's lives and mating history to teach herself the ins and outs of human interaction after her family abandons her in the marsh. I didn't see the twist at the end of the book coming, though perhaps I should have. Highly recommend.

Four Stars

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
Oh man after binging a bunch of Elin Hilderbrand books last month and getting a mixed bag, it was so nice to pick this one up and just fall in love with the characters and the story. This book was long, but it sucked me in, and I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was happening in Vicki's cancer treatments and if Melanie was ever going to tell her husband that she's pregnant. I wanted to know what was happening in Brenda's lawsuit and how for the three of them escaping to Nantucket might be the solution to give them the time and space to process the very big things happening in their lives.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I really, really enjoyed this book and it's look at a failing marriage and the less traditional route the couple took to try to fix things. This was an incredibly fast read, and even though I can't even fathom doing what this couple did, I was fascinated and couldn't put this book down.

Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (And More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky
I'd seen this book written up everywhere, and as someone trying to figure out how to equitably split household duties with a partner, I was intrigued. The book definitely didn't disappoint. I thought there were some really practical suggestions and reminders on how to make sure neither person goes insane while trying to juggle all the household stuff on top of other life stuff.

Three Stars

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
This was a good book in that I wanted to keep reading it to see what happened, but I mainly didn't like what happened, if that makes sense. I couldn't stand a few of the characters, and I felt like we never even got to know some of the other characters. There was a lot going on, and the book at times felt disjointed as you jumped from place to place and character to character. I couldn't keep track of which kids belonged to which parents (maybe that was the point), but I didn't like that. Largely I found this book frustrating, but intriguing.

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