Hello hello! I know It’s halfway done already (I’m not quite sure how) but I wanted to bring you some February book recommendations from yours truly! We’ve got some romance, some page-to-screen and some Black History Month picks. One of the things I’ve really had a lot of time for since graduating is reading, and I’ve made quite a dent in my TBR list (not really, but I’m going to claim it anyway). The days, although getting longer, are still quite short and cold and what better way to ignore that than by reading a good book? It’s cliché for a reason: it’s always a good idea.
Title: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
Author: Laura Creedle
Status: Currently Reading
This book quite possibly chose me. I was organizing some things at work and this book just so happened to be out of place, causing me to pick it up. Something about it felt familiar and as it so happens, the Abelard in this book is a fictional homage to the Abelard, famous 12th century philosopher and one half of a very famous tragic love story. I was listening to a podcast on him and his great love, Heloise, when it hit me! I’d been to their tomb! They are buried together in Père Lachaise in Paris and I’ve stood right in front of it and learned their story. It really is quite interesting and Tracy and Holly tell it very well on Stuff You Missed in History Class. This “updated” version is absolutely adorable and a perfect Valentine’s Day pick.
Title: We Were Eight Years in Power
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Status: To Be Read
I first came across Coates’ writing in my senior thesis class, where we read Between the World and Me. Coates is a fantastic writer, undoubtedly, and falling in love with his writing led me to pick up his latest work while visiting my sister at school. (I can’t even walk into a university bookstore without buying a book.) This book is a collection of Coates’ essays both from, about and related to Barack Obama’s presidency. I’m sure it is by no means an easy read, but entirely deserving of attention.
Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Status: Currently Reading
Another pick in honor of Black History Month (but also because of the general awesomeness that is this book), we have Angie Thomas’ first novel, The Hate U Give. It is an incredibly timely and poignant YA novel that follows a young girl named Starr, who witnesses the murder of her unarmed friend at the hands of a police officer. The narration in this book is really well done, every detail doing so much work to bring you along into Starr’s story. I can’t wait to get home from work and finish this one.
Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Ah, we have stumbled upon my second VDay pick. Lee’s debut novel is quite literally a tour de force. It’s fast-paced, heart-warming and -breaking and exactly the kind of literature every YA fan should be reading. (Or anyone, really.) I have to be honest, I didn’t read the description before reading it, simply my friends’ reactions to it. That was enough because diving into this book headfirst was the best decision. It’s a supremely fun and complex love story mixed with a manhunt and alchemy. What more could one ask for?
Title: Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
So this one isn’t exactly page-to-screen this month (next month) but it makes sense to be prepared, does it not? It also doubles as a VDay book because it is a love story. Albertalli is a fantastic story-teller and the voice she gives to Simon is really well-done and deserving of our attention. She integrates technology effortlessly (Simon and the mysterious Blue communicate via email). I find that sometimes in an effort to be more authentic to teenagers, writers get farther from being so, but that’s not the case here. Definitely worth reading before it hits theaters.
Photos by Meaghan McDonough