My February reading was a little strange. I had a few books I needed to read for various projects and because of this increase of “assigned” reading, I picked up whatever I felt like for the rest of my reads. This means I didn’t read a single book sent to me for review by a publisher, which is fine, but weird for me!! I’m hoping to get back on track with reviews in March, but I also hope to keep some balance in my reading life because the backlist books I chose this month were my favorites of the month.

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Now onto my February reading:

 

The Affairs of the Falcons by Melissa Rivera. For an intense story about immigration and gorgeous depiction of a mother’s love.

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin. For one woman’s journey of art, sexuality, and self discovery.

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Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski. For easily applied advice on managing your stress.

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Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. For an in-depth look at the Harvey Weinstein cover-up and the way organizations protect powerful men. 

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker. For an intense and nuanced depiction of Black women’s friendship, faith, and love.

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Destroyer by Victor LaValle. For a smart and relevant graphic novel sequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. For a brilliant essay collection exploring a Black woman’s journey of feminism, faith, and friendship.

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Emma by Jane Austen. For the original bossy, snarky, and loveable heroine.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. For a darling and steamy romance that includes important depictions of chronic pain and emotional abuse.

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Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson. For a beautifully written portrait of childhood jealousy and longing.

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Lot by Bryan Washington. For a powerful short story collection that explores the intersections of race, sexuality, and masculinity.

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. For a raw but lovely depiction of love and grief.

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