I asked my community how they feel about February and 9 out of 10 said “it just flew by so quickly!” and I don’t disagree. I felt myself longing for an extra few days of the month. This month I read fewer books than I normally would but I really enjoyed all three of the books I read.
In March I am looking forward to reading my book club’s choice, Big Swiss. I am also almost done with Jasmine Guillory’s latest book, Drunk on Love and it is so good. You can see my 100-page update on Guillory’s book on Instagram soon.
What I Read in February 2023
Before The Coffee Gets Cold: I had heard so many good things about this series and all of them were true. If you are searching for a cozy short book or for a new series, I can’t recommend this enough. Each book takes place in the same coffee shop, but it is not an ordinary coffee shop. There are rumors that you can time travel if you go to this coffee shop. You will find yourself laughing and crying alongside the characters that you briefly get to meet.
Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood: the title of this book really says it all. I listened to the audiobook and found the book to be thoughtful and well-researched. I really liked the emphasis on the history of motherhood that the author includes in the beginning. Reading this book will help you understand the failings of American society’s expectations and realities of motherhood. It will also help you understand how to better support mothers and the systems that support them. Personally, I think this should be mandatory reading.
Maame: Jessica George’s debut novel is a beautiful story that left you feeling like a warm hug. The story follows Maddie, a 26-year-old who is finally moving out on her own for the first time after being the primary caretaker for her father who has Parkinson’s. It explores difficult family dynamics, mental health, grief, and just surviving your 20s. We read this for my book club this month and the conversation around the book was just as enjoyable as reading it.