Reading Recap: February and March

I’ve been reading a lot more than I thought I would be able to while travelling, so here’s a recap post with some quick thoughts on each read.

  1. Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson – A gift from my parents a few, uh, years ago >.> I’d read bits of it but never the whole thing. A valuable read for a beginning photographer.
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Reread in anticipation of the sequel, which was published at the end of February. I have the hardcover waiting for me at home and I’d hoped to get an ebook for cheap through Shelfie, it’s ‘not eligible yet’ so I still haven’t read book two 🙁
  3. Dreambender by Ronald Kidd – Review here
  4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Book recommended to me by my host. Easily digestible chick lit about a woman who temporarily forgets the past ten years of her life.
  5. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah – Another recommendation by my host. Not really my sort of book, but I wanted to know what happened so I kept reading. I thought I recognized the author, but it wasn’t until I looked her up on Goodreads did I realize she wrote The Nightingale. Totally different cover here! I added that to my TBR some time ago…hopefully it’s better/different than this one.
  6. Essentially Japanese: Cooking and Cuisine by Hideo Dekura – Owned by my host. I liked reading recipes for some of my favourite foods in Japan and learning more about Japanese food history.
  7. Wild Garlic, Goodeberries…And Me by Denis Cotter – Owned by my host. Not a very practical read, with the ‘exotic’ ingredients he uses, but still intriguing. I did make the rosehip syrup!
  8. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Library ebook. Put this on hold just before I left Canada. Read in in two sittings. Made me realize just how difficult/impossible it is for me to understand what it’s like growing up black in America, all the implications and challenges that go with that.
  9. On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light  by Cordelia Strube – Review forthcoming. Liked this much more than the other fictions I read thus far.
  10. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – Soooo happy to see my library wasn’t too slow to acquire the book! I’m a few weeks behind, but I finally got to blaze through this one. 
I’m also currently reading The Lord of the Rings, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Road to Middle-earth, National Audubon Society Guide to Landscape Photography and Finding Yourself in the Kitchen. I think I’ll have to update my Goodreads goal when I get home to account for all these books!