How can it possibly be time to wrap up another month already? Alas, somehow it is, so let’s just get right to it. Throughout February I managed to read a total of 12 books (5 novels, a short story collection, a poetry collection, a graphic novel, a book of illustrated fairy tales, 2 non-fiction books and one of the Penguin Little Black Classics, which was a small collection of haikus). This matched my total for last month and puts me on 24 books so far this year.
The book of illustrated fairy tales was The Fairytale Princess, which featured seven classic tales retold by Wendy Jones, but it is the 3D paper sculptures made by Su Blackwell and photographed to form the illustrations throughout that add a whole new layer of wonder and charm. Needless to say it was one of my favourite reads of the month.
Another highlight was The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness, which is part re-telling of an old Japanese folk tale (can you tell I’m on a bit of a whimsical retelling kick?) and part modern-day story of loneliness and the power of art, making for a timeless, magical and enchanting book about love, longing and storytelling as a means of great beauty.
I also really enjoyed The Collector by John Fowles, which features a fascinating power struggle following a misguided young man’s kidnap of the woman with whom he is deeply obsessed.
All-in-all, it was a really productive, enjoyable reading month and I’m excited to see what’s in store for me in March.
What was your favourite read in February?