Monthly Book Report : February 2017

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Monthly Book Report : February 2017

As I mentioned when I announced my return to the blogging world, I will be writing about more topics than just travel.  I want to write about all of the things that interest and really get me excited about life.  One of those things, one of the most important things, is reading.  I want to share with you what books I read every month, what I thought about them and so on.

Books have always been one of the most important things in my life.  They allow me to escape everyday life.  They allow me to travel to places I have not yet been.  They allow me to use my imagination.  They encourage me to write more.  They are simply, amazing.  So, here is what I read last month.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

I started the month with a non-fiction book by the one and only Mr. King.  I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for far too long.  It was starting to collect dust.  I kept waiting for the right moment to read it and I don’t know why.  I finally picked it up one day and I devoured in like two.  Stephen King can write about anything and make you fall in love with it.  This book is seriously amazing and not just for writers.  I’ve talked with several non-writers since reading this and they all thoroughly enjoyed it as well.  I’ve always been a Stephen fan and I grew up with my dad reading every single one of his books but admittedly, I have not read them all or even close to all of them.  However, I vowed to read every single one of his books, in order, after reading this – starting with Carrie.  I also vowed to start writing more.

The Vegetarian

I really had no idea what this book was about when I chose it but I admittedly chose it due to the title.  I’ll absorb anything that has to do with veganism.  This book is so much more.  It’s about a woman in Korea who becomes vegetarian (really vegan though – vegatarian used to be the term to describe vegan) overnight after having very horrific and gruesome dreams.  It then follows her life after she makes such a life-changing decision and how it affects her, her family, and her sanity, really.  There is so much beautiful symbolism in this book as well.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The classic book that I had not read yet but have wanted to.  For whatever reason, I’ve been drawn to dystopian fiction since the current political climate.  This book was amazing as I expected it to be and should be on everyone’s list.  There’s also a show coming out on Hulu in April based on this book.

Station Eleven

Continuing the post-apocalyptic/dystopian kick with Station Eleven.  This book was fantastic but did leave a few certain things to be desired in my opinion.  However, I love the different and artistic approach to a very saturated post-apocalyptic genre.  Would love to see this a movie one day.

No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering

I read this book as part of a book club I’m in – also without any prior knowledge of it.  It only took me a few pages in to realize this story sounded oddly familiar – it is the book written by the girl who wrote about The Craziest OKCupid Date Ever.  This book was beautifully written and really tugged at my heart strings continuously.  I found myself in this book a lot and it really amped up me wanderlust.

Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

I’m a huge Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls fan so as soon as I found out that she is also an author, I had to read it.  This book was super cute.  I wouldn’t say it is anything exceptional and I probably could have called the ending at the beginning but regardless, it was a fun, quick read.

So, that’s what I read in February!  I’d love to hear about what books you’ve read recently.

Books I plan on reading in March :

Norse Mythology
Symptoms of Being Human
Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery
Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

and more!

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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

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