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When February is three months long: 03/30/19

Recently published books

February had so many releases I was interesting in reading that I ended up buying three month's worth of reading. Here we are at the close of March and I still have a month's worth of February releases to read.

So far from my February pile I've read and reviewed:

I've read but still need to review:

  • A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano (February 05)
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (February 12)
  • Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley (February 26)

I'm currently reading:

  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders (February 12)
  • Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower (February 12)
  • Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson (February 12)
  • Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (February 12)
  • Giant Days Volume 9 by John Allison (February 19)

I still have to read:

  • The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee (February 19)
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (February 26)
  • The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (February 26)

And that doesn't cover the sixteen March releases I've purchased and plan to read and review.

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Comment #1: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 13:47:05

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I am very curious about Lost Children Archive. I saw Luiselli speak in Houston last month, and I was interested enough to reserve her book from the library. I haven't read it yet.

Comment #2: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 12:53:00


I'll be reviewing the book a week from Friday. It was a rather run of the mill road narrative dressed up as literary fiction.

Comment #3: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 15:14:07

Helen Murdoch

I also read Watch Us Rise and I liked that it was girls realizing their power and finding the voices in a positive way.

Comment #4: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 12:53:00


I haven't read it yet. Just put it on my pile of books to read soon.

Comment #5: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 16:06:48

Deb Nance

I was afraid that's what you would say about Lost Children.

Comment #6: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 13:48:00


Sorry. I don't have much patience for books that make things appear literary through ploys like avoiding quotation marks and giving names to characters. The characters are Ma, Pa, Boy, and Girl. There's also a weird in book fascination with the Bedonkohe Apaches, especially Geronimo.

Comment #7: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 17:24:33

Deb Nance

I agree completely. There is something false in these sorts of works.

Comment #8: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 21:46:00


I don't know that it's the falseness that bothers me. Rather it's the lack of joy in the writing. The emphasis moves away from telling a compelling story to proving that one is smarter than the average author.

Comment #9: Monday, April 01, 2019 at 15:13:13


Wow so many books here I'm hoping to read! I'll have to go through some of your reviews and see what you think! I'm especially curious about Comics will break your heart and On The Come Up.

Comment #10: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 21:50:00


Both books are excellent. Here is the On the Come Up review and here is the review for Comics Will Break Your Heart.

Comment #11: Monday, April, 1, 2019 at 23:00:52

Katie @ Read-at-Home Mom

Looks like an interesting collection of books! I didn't realize Lucy Knisley had a new book - I enjoyed Relish when that came out, but I fell behind on her work after that.

Comment #12: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 21:54:00


Lucy Knisley's book was delayed a couple of years — which is explained in the book. It's worth a read but you might want to start first with Something New

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