Hey there readers!
So I’m still in the middle of All The President’s Men (which I have LOTS of thoughts on so stay tuned!) but since it’s the first of the month, we’re going to talk about my February to read pile! These are books that I hope to read this month, and I’m budgeting one book per week. This is a SUPER busy month for me, since my a cappella group is competing in the ICCAs on Feb. 24th (it’s the real life pitch perfect, for all the non a cappella people), so I’m spending more time in rehearsals and less on books. I figured one a week was doable. We’ll see……
So, without further ado, here’s my list this month:
1. WOMEN by Chloe Caldwell
So I’ll be honest- I don’t know too much about this book. I picked it up as an impulse buy at the Strand Bookstore last week, and I haven’t done too much research on it. (I prefer to know as little about the book as possible before reading!) After perusing through it for a little bit, I felt compelled to pick it up. There’s no synopsis on the back or inside cover, but from what I can tell, the book centers around a love affair between two women from completely different backgrounds. I’ve had WOMEN recommended to me before, so I’m giving it a try this month and I’m really looking forward to reading it
2. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Ok, I’m really nervous about this book. It isn’t exactly the plot or genre. Part historical fiction and part thriller, the novel centers around a group of investigators who endeavor to solve a string of murders in NYC around the turn of the 20th century. Theoretically I should love this book, since it checks off most of my list: strong female character, historical fiction, brilliant plot….
The only issue for me is the hype around it. Ever since the TV show came out, I’ve heard nothing but the best things about this book. And while I’m sure those claims aren’t entirely false, I really don’t want to be let down by an over-hyped book. I hadn’t heard about The Alienist until the TV show had come out, and I’m a HUGE fan of Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. I’ll be watching the series either way, but again, nothing ruins a franchise for me as much as an over-hyped book.
3. Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
This book has been sitting on my to read shelf for months! Here’s part of the synopsis: “Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinean writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves the Club. A child’s death and La Maga’s disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompts his return to Buenos Aires…”
I’m super excited about this novel. I have a weakness for books that take place in Paris, admittedly. But even beyond that- I love the diversity of genre going on in this book. It’s romance, mystery, thriller, historical fiction…and I’m really excited about finally reading Cortázar. I’ve heard so much about his other works and I’m really excited to finally read Hopscotch.
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This is the only book on this list that was recommended to me by a teacher, AND it’s the only non-fiction. I’m in a Quantitative Research class, and we were talking about the ethics of scientific inquiry when my professor mentioned the Lack’s story: A poor black woman in 1950s United States, Lacks was a tobacco farmer whose stem cells were unwillingly taken to develop major milestones in medicine; namely, the polio vaccine, cloning, and a whole host of treatments. While scientists profited off of using her stem cells, she and her family received no credit or compensation.
I’m extremely interested in this read. It outlines the intersectionality of race and science in the United States while spreading the word about this woman’s incredible life story. I seriously can’t wait to read this book.
Have you guys read any of these, or anything similar? What’s on your TBR pile?