The Books of February

March 8, 2017

red-love-heart-typographyAnother month of reading great books!

  1. News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  2. The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert
  3. House Divided by Ben Ames Williams

I only got through three books this month, a piddly amount especially after last month, and it was mainly because House Divided is 1536 pages long!  I kid you not, it was the longest book I’ve ever read.  It’s all about one big family during the Civil War.  It was an interesting read, but slow.  So very slow.

All the books this month were set either during or just after the Civil War.  I didn’t plan that, it just happened.  I do love reading about that era (I almost minored in Civil War history in college, after all), but normally I like to vary my reading a little more.  However, it could very well have been a subconscious choice because I always feel so rebellious against weather and calendar in February.

Well, thankfully we’re now well into March.  The rebellion is over, and the good books continue.  Happy reading!


  • Brenda

    March 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I loved News of the World. It’s one of those books that stayed with me after I put it down. “Kep-dun, Chohenna …” kept echoing in my head. Did you like a House Divided? Another book written by Williams, Come Spring, is based on the early settlers of our little town in Maine, so was really fun for me to read. I was hesitant to dive into a House Divided because it’s so darn long.

    1. sproutandsprig

      March 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Oh, I completely agree about News of the World! So good! House Divided was good, although it seemed there was more battle action than plot action. I suppose that’s an easy thing to have happen when you’re writing about the entire Civil War! I’ve got Come Spring on my Amazon wishlist … can’t wait to read it!

      1. Brenda

        March 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm

        Come Spring is long, but a fascinating look into the backbreaking work of clearing land and establishing farms in Maine. I saw that you read Doc recently. If you liked it, check out the sequel, Epitaph. I also thought The Son was a pretty amazing read But I didn’t care much for Flight of the Sparrow. I expected to love it but ditched it early on. It felt too contrived and book-clubby. Sorry for babbling on, I love to chat books and just discovered your blog (which I found for all its farming/gardening content, the books are the icing). Woohoo!

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