Monday, 27 February 2017

Books read in February

February was a pretty average reading month for me, number-wise that is, with six books read. Quality-wise it was very far from average. Three books got 5 stars from me on Goodreads and two others, 4. That's a good month and is quite a rare occurrence. Anyway, these are the books:

9. The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert

10. A Life in Questions - Jeremy Paxman

11. Way Station - Clifford D. Simak

12. The Lost Girls - Heather Young

13. William the Conqueror - Richmal Crompton. Thirteen stories of 1920s mayhem with Just William and his loyal Outlaws getting up to all sorts of mischief. Great fun.

14. Jacquot and the Fifteen - Martin O'Brien

Not a bad mix of books, one excellent autobiography, one crime, one science fiction and I'm not sure how to categorise the other three... historical fiction and children's I imagine. Every single book was enjoyable, several of them outstandingly so. Thus I'm really struggling to pick a favourite. My head says The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert or The Lost Girls by Heather Young because both were so good. But really... when it comes down to it my heart tells me that this one had a very tiny edge:

I do love Martin O'Brien's Daniel Jacquot crime series, set in the south of France. So well written with a gorgeous sense of place and 'food'. Wonderful.



Kailana said...

Glad you read some good quality books!

DesLily said...

I thought I read Lost Girls but I guess not... so I added it to the wish list!

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Cath,

You had some great books this time and all by new to me authors, which is even more interesting, as I am always on the lookout for something new.

'The Signature Of All Things' is a must after the many exchanges we have enjoyed about the book.

'The Lost Girls' and 'Jacquot And The Fifteen' both sound intriguing enough to make it onto my list, so thanks for sharing :)


Cath said...

Kelly: Quality-wise, it was an outstanding month for me.

Pat: You have to read it!!!

Yvonne: Like you, I'm always on the lookout for new authors. Not that I don't already have heaps of them whose series I'm doggedly reading. LOL!

Those three books you mention are all ones I would recommend to anyone without too many reservations. Any reservations I do have (such as things that might offend) I always try to mention in my reviews. I would hate to be the cause of someone being upset by the content of a book I recommend. The fact that I'm upset by very little makes me ultra sensitive about that.

BooksPlease said...

That was a good month! It's always good when it's a struggle to pick a favourite. I can see I'll have to try one of Martin O'Brien's books.

Cath said...

Margaret: It was indeed a good reading month. Not all of them are, as we know.

I would certainly recommend the Jacquot books to you as I think you might like them.