Greetings, fellow bookworms!
Happy first day of March! I hope February was an amazing month and that March will be even better! Today I’ve got another reading/life recap and I hope to jump right in!
Okay, February was an okay month book-wise. I found myself jumping around from book to book quite a bit because some of them were *ahem* a little slower than others. But the good thing is that I read and enjoyed quite a few books new books this month!
My Mom Is The Worst—J.K. Coy
Length: 18 pages
Yup, Yoveil still has yet to get tired of My Mom is the Worst. She asks me if we can read it every night and I have to tell her to leave some space between reading times, lol. This month we only read it twice.
Prologue; To My Dear and Loving Husband; A Letter to her Husband, absent upon Publick employment—Anne Bradstreet
Length: One page, one page, one page
My literature assignment a few weeks ago was to read a whole bunch of short stories and poems. I read these three poems by Anne Bradstreet and thought that they were absolutely beautiful. I was already somewhat familiar with Anne Bradstreet from my American History class, but I was blown away by all the emotion and feeling in her poems.
Upon A Spider Catching A Fly—Edward Taylor
Length: 2 pages
I didn’t enjoy this poem as much as the Anne Bradstreet ones. It was okay, but I wasn’t a fan of the style overall. It still had a good, poignant message, though.
The Indian Burying Ground; The American Soldier—Philip Freneau
Length: 2 pages, 3 pages
These poems were both tragic. I thought The Indian Burying Ground was okay, but there really wasn’t anything all that memorable about it. I actually had to go back and reread it to remember what exactly it was about.
The American Soldier, however was so sad. It was super short, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m going to link to it here and I definitely encourage you guys to check it out!
Annabel Lee; The Raven—Edgar Allan Poe
Length: 2 pages, 3 pages
I absolutely loved these poems by Edgar Allan Poe. Annabel Lee was so tragic. There was so much emotion in the poem and you can see the sadness and longing in all the verses. Seriously, if you haven’t read it before, go check it out. 😉
This was my second time reading The Raven and again, it was a tragic poem. I felt like it had a lot of the same feelings of longing and sadness that Annabel Lee had, especially since they’re roughly about the same thing.
The Arsenal at Springfield; The Landlord’s Tale, Paul Revere’s Ride—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Length: 3 pages, 3 pages
So, I felt like The Arsenal at Springfield was okay, but—like The Indian Burying Ground—nothing really stood out to me enough to make the poem all that memorable.
I’d already read The Landlord’s Tale, Paul Revere’s Ride when I was studying American history, but it was a lot of fun reading it again. It’s such a good poem and I really enjoyed it!
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry GOD—Jonathan Edwards
Length: 35 pages
This is actually a sermon and—as the name implies—it was definitely not pleasure reading. I read a few of Jonathan Edward’s sermons last year and they were really good. This one was no exception. However, I would not recommend reading this if you’re feeling depressed or anxious because it’s pretty rough. I understand that Edwards wasn’t writing it to make people feel good, but I still think that there could have been more emphasis on God’s mercy.
Rip Van Winkle
Length: 17 pages
This was a short story that I had to read for my literature class and I thought it was okay. The story itself moved incredibly slowly, but it had an interesting concept. I felt like the moral was a bit lacking, but it was okay. I can’t really think of an instance where I’d recommend it to someone, though.
Young Goodman Brown; Rappaccini’s Daughter—Nathaniel Hawthorne
Length: 10 pages, 20 pages
Okay, Young Goodman Brown was just weird. I didn’t get it at all. It made more sense when I realized that it was about the fall and everything, but I still thought it was really weird.
Rappaccini’s Daughter was pretty interesting, though. I feel like the story could have been told in half as many words, but it was definitely a unique idea. I was really getting into the story towards the middle, but the ending was so confusing and I couldn’t figure it out. It kind of ended up ruining the story for me. However, I still enjoyed reading it and had me hooked for the whole story.
The Tell-Tale Heart—Edgar Allan Poe
Length: 4 pages
I first read this story in Spanish last year so it was a whole lot easier reading it this time. XD I thought The Tell-Tale Heart was really good. A bit creepy, I’ll admit, but it was really well written. I love how the narrator attempts to convince you for the whole story that he’s not crazy, but you end up with the exact opposite impression. If you haven’t read this story, I’d definitely recommend it. (Though I’d probably recommend it to a 12+ audience 😉)
The Last of the Mohicans—James Fenimore Cooper
Length: 464 pages
I first started reading The Last of the Mohicans in December, 2020. I was reading it for my literature class and I’ll admit that it was pretty hard to get through the book. Despite a lot of conflict and suspense, the book dragged along for me. I went back and forth between liking and hating the characters. But overall, I thought The Last of the Mohicans was really good. The way Cooper described things and the reactions/emotions of the characters felt really authentic and realistic.
Holy Bible: Exodus
Length: 50 pages
I read Exodus at the beginning of February and it was a lot of fun. I love Exodus because there are so many incredible miracles and examples of both God’s power and His mercy. ❤
The Wingfeather Saga Book 3: The Monster In The Hollows—Andrew Peterson
Length: 335 pages
Well, I’m afraid to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. I liked it up until (spoiler alert) the Wingfeather kids found their long-lost father. I felt like that was completely unnecessary to add in and it kind of ruined it for me. (I have a pet peeve about books were people discover long-lost relatives) But again, this is personal preference. I’m not a huge fan of modern fantasy/fiction so I found it a lot harder to read this.
Holy Bible: Mark
Length: 26 pages
Ah, Mark was so good. I thought there were a lot of humorous scenes in there that I hadn’t necessarily seen before. I love that Jesus spoke to the people in a way that they could understand. I feel like a lot of people try to talk about spiritual things in abstract terms, but Jesus really just wanted the people to know what he was saying.
Holy Bible: Leviticus
Length: 37 pages
Okay, I’m going to do my best not to go into a rant here, but it really annoys me when people say that Leviticus is a boring book of laws and stuff. (My poor friend, Kaley, had to listen to me rant about this a few weeks ago—sorry Kaley!) There’s so much good to be found in this book and it’s too bad that so many people skip over it. This might seem a little ironic, but for the whole book of Leviticus, I was constantly being struck by how merciful God is. I really enjoyed reading Leviticus. 😉
The Wingfeather Saga Book 4: The Warden And The Wolf King—Andrew Peterson
Length: 497 pages
Okay, so I wasn’t able to finish the Wingfeather series this month but I read about 390 pages this month and I’m super close to the end. I’m really curious about how it’s going to end.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade)—Mark Twain
So I’m a little over halfway through The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and I love it. It’s the first book I’ve read by Mark Twain and I’ve been dying laughing. The entire book is hilarious and I can’t wait to see how it will end. Turns out my online literature class was “updated” since I wrote this post back in January, so I’m reading some different books than I originally thought. But I’m good with that. XD
Toy Story 2: The Junior Novelization—Adapted by Leslie Goldman
Length: 127 pages
Yoveil bought Toy Story 2 and we’ve been reading a few chapters every night. We’re only about halfway through, but I’ve been loving hearing Yoveil interrupt me or “read” alongside me. She basically remembers the entire movie so she knows exactly what happens. 😉 It’s been fun.
Holy Bible: Luke
Length: 43 pages
I read Luke about three times last year and I loved it. I’d say it’s one of my favorite books in the New Testament. I just love how Luke talks about Jesus and how he tells the story. ❤ I’m almost done reading Luke and I’ll probably finish it some time this week.
A Woman’s Guide To Reading The Bible In A Year: A Life-Changing Journey Into The Heart Of God (Diane Stortz); Today Is Day One: A Devotional (Matthew West); Freehand Perspective and Sketching (Dora Miriam Norton)
Length: 146 pages, 226 pages, 192 pages
I’ve been reading these three books over the past yw. The first two are for my bible time and devotions and the last one is just something I’ve been reading to help me with my art. 😉
Total Pages Read: 1,577
So there we are! I think my favorite book that I’ve read this month has been Huckleberry Finn, but I also loved The Tell-Tale Heart. If you’ve read any of these books or poems, I’d love to hear what you thought!
Now let’s see what all I’ve been up to this month—aside from reading. 😉
I’ve been doing quite a bit of writing lately. I’ve been writing a short-ish story called A Tale of Two Cowards and it’s about sixteen pages long right now. I might post it on here when I’m finished if you guys would be interested in reading that. =)
I wrote another very short story called The Blue Scarf and now I’m putting off editing it. XD I’ve been working on plotting out the history of the main country in my fantasy world and it’s been really hard . . . but I’m getting there, ha, ha.
I’ve been doing a little bit of art, but not much. I did some basic sketches of different hand positions earlier this month but that’s literally it. 😥 Hopefully I can get back into it soon.
School has been going pretty well. I got stumped in math for a few days but I ended up figuring out what was confusing me and I was able to get past it. 😅 I started taking another Spanish class this month, and it’s been super helpful. Other than that, everything else is pretty much the same.
Valentine’s Day was earlier in February (not that you guys needed me to tell you that 😂), though we didn’t really do anything for the holiday. (Except that my BFF sent me the sweetest Valentine’s Day package ever—thank you, Lydia! <3)
Purim was also in February and my family had fun celebrating it. (You can see Hattush’s awesome post on Purim 2021 here!) I did a mini interview with my younger siblings on their favorite things about Purim and then we made a “Purim in Two Minutes” movie. We had savory hamantaschen for supper and sweet hamantaschen for dessert—which was amazing. *heart eyes* Then we read the story of Purim and every time Haman’s name came up, we would shake our groggers (which Baruch made!) to drown out his name. (By the time we were done, my ears were ringing, lol) We finished up the night by watching some videos on the story of Esther and then we headed to bed. Ah, it was an amazing day. *smiles*
I always feel like there should be more things to write about here, but at the moment I can’t really think of anything. February was a pretty good month and it was a nice break before we head into March and April— both of which are beginning to look very busy.
Oh, one more thing! I decided to choose a quote for each month so March’s quote is . . . (*drum roll*)
Happy March, everyone! May this be the best month yet!
Have you read any of the books I read this month? What have you been up to this February?