february was quite the month. it started off with so much promise, hit a snag in the middle, and then wrapped up fairly ok. for being the shortest month of the year it certainly packed a punch.
a few sleepovers with riggs / a few day trips out of town / a visit from chrystal / an evening in the grizzlies mvp spotlight / a few lunches with my parents / an orpheum show / the cbhs spring musical / a rummage sale at kat’s / my last fellows class / ballet memphis spring mix / lots of phone time with some best friends / civic commons conference in dallas
i know it looks like i read a ton this month, but those second and third books each only took me a few hours, and in general i went for quick reads after i finished educated.
not knowing for certain, but refusing to give way to those who claim certainty, was a privilege i had never allowed myself. my life was narrated for me by others. their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. it had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.
educated by tara westover. what a fascinating book! educated recounts westover’s childhood growing up off the grid in idaho. her father didn’t trust the government, so she and her siblings helped their father in his scrap yard instead of attending school. she didn’t have a birth certificate for a number of years, she wasn’t able to socialize with other kids her age, and it took to her late teens for her to realize europe was not a country but an entire continent. i sailed through this book and have been raving about it since i completed it; definitely check it out!
that’s a fact jack! by harry bright and jakob anser. i don’t even remember when or where i picked this up, but it was a great little quick read after a heavy book. it has a ton of little facts, like how potato chips were invented or how cigars came to be called stogies, and it kept me entertained. i passed it along to my coworker jon grizzle, because he enjoys random facts even more than i do.
if they come for us by fatimah asghar. asghar has become well-known for her poetry in recent years, writing about her life as an orphan, as a pakistani, and as a woman of color who identifies as queer. her first published collection was very intriguing, and i am glad to have read it.
sometimes, the thing that at first appears flawed can end up being the most perfect thing in the world for you.
rich people problems by kevin kwan. i finally got around to the final book of the crazy rich asians trilogy, and it was so good. i struggled a little with the second book, but this one kept my attention throughout. i loved getting to know a little more about the young / shang / tsien family, and i am very happy with how the series wrapped up.
the widow by fiona barton. barton’s first novel was a fascinating, multi-view look at a horrible crime and everything that came after it. i was pretty sure i had figured out how the crime played out, but i did enjoy switching between different characters’ points-of-view to get their varying perspectives. barton is a fantastic writer, and i look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
currently reading: amy dickinson’s strangers tend to tell me things. good so far!
the best things i watched.
february was a month for rewatching old favorites.
i’ve been rewatching parks & rec on-and-off for the past few months, but i spent quite a bit of time in february on seasons 5 and 6.
i rewatched all 8 harry potter movies over the course of two weekends, and it was magical. pun intended.
and finally, bradley cooper and lady gaga’s performance of “shallow” at the oscars. damn.
the best things on the internet.
am i the last person to learn this trick?
these word problems for the race conscious are a must-read.
9 decisions that can lead to a life you love.
why most of our mental maps are wrong. i am such a geography nerd.
this article about the disappeared children of israel is fascinating and so sad.
the changing face of old hollywood.