Books read in February

Oops LOL, I did not get a lot of reading done this month. I blame the snow (which meant I could stay up too late instead of going to bed and reading) plus our Veronica Mars marathon. And the fact that, after Unsouled, I was having a heck of a time finding a book that grabbed me!!!

UnSouled (Unwind, #3)UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The thing that makes me LOVE the “Unwind” series is how Shusterman takes what could have been a one-note songs and turns it into a symphony. Even though this takes place in a not-so-distant future, everyone who reads this book will be forced to think about a variety of issues we are facing right now, every day.

While the seed of Unwind is the “what if the abortion war ended with people being allowed to get rid of their teenagers” as the story has progressed the theme has gone on to question science, war, leaders, government, terrorism and so much more. It’s what makes this series so disturbing yet so fantastic.

Of course, being that this is book 3, there was a lot of things being set up for the grand finale that will be book 4. Right now, this book gets a tentative 4 stars out of 5 because Book 4 will decide if this was all worth my while.

March (Book One)March by John Robert Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 1 in the autobiographical non-fiction graphic novel about Congressman John Lewis’ activities in the 1960s Civil Rights movement. A fantastic introduction to this time in history and the issues that African-Americans were faced with and the men and women behind the sit-in movement.

Beautifully illustrated with black and white drawings, very easy to follow, even for those new to this format. I can’t wait to read part 2!

Aimless Love: New and Selected PoemsAimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

This is less of a cover-to-cover book and more of a flip through and read a random poem, so I technically have not “read” the entire book yet. But I have several favorites so far — “Hippo Holidays”, “Marco Polo” and “More Than a Woman”. If they taught Billy Collins in school, I think I would have enjoyed poetry more.



Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 by Zack Whedon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a start to the series. So many feels in just a few pages. I cannot wait to see where this is headed.



I'm a Frog! (Elephant and Piggie, #20)I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fantastic addition to this series. Piggie teaches Gerald about playing pretend. My favorite moment was this one:

Wisdom of Elephant and Piggie #books #truth
You can just go out and pretend to be something you're not?? #books

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