Whatcha Reading? February 2022By: OwlCrate . Photo By: @betterwithabookinmyhand
Goodbye February, hello March! February was a short month but we still managed to squeeze in a few awesome reads!
If you read something awesome this month let us know in the comments!
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This month I finally read a book I have had on my TBR for ages, and I’m so happy to report that I loved it. The Song of Achilles was beautifully written and incredibly heartbreaking. I was glad I could easily enjoy it despite not knowing much about Greek mythology. If you’ve been hesitant to pick it up, I highly recommend it!
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A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey by Jonathan Meiburg
Described as a “hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography”, I very much enjoyed everything about this book. Meiburg’s writing is very accessible and he gives these birds such personality you feel like you are there with him. While learning about the caracara birds in the Falkland Islands, we are taken on a journey through a rainforest in Guyana, a trip to England, into the mind of Darwin and back in time to the formation of the continents. I listened to the audiobook and was captivated the whole time. He also touches on the life and work of William Henry Hudson whose books have now been added to my TBR.
Mister Miracle by Tom King
This may actually be one of the best graphic novels I have ever read. Not only is the artwork gorgeous, King’s writing really humanizes the superhero. Mister Miracle and Big Barda are #relationshipgoals for sure.
There is a war between New Genesis and Apokips, and though we meet some classic DC good guys and bad guys, the core of the story is about Scott and Barda trying to live their life on Earth. It is a superhero story I personally haven't read before and thoroughly enjoyed. Even if you are not familiar with the DC universe, I think you would be able to get something out of this story as it really is about the human behind the mask.
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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Lately I have been trying to step outside my typical reading comfort zone a little bit and pick out something I probably wouldn't have on my own. I borrowed They Both Die at the End from a friend a few weeks back and honestly did not have high hopes - but a few chapters in I was hooked!! Just goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover, and it could be really fun to jump into new reads with a great attitude.
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The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
Not going to lie, I initially picked this book off the shelf because of it's stunning cover and then immediately knew I had to buy it when it was compared to both Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, two of my other favorite books.
In The History of Bees we follow three timelines: William in 1852, trying to invent of new type of beehive to bring his family success; George in 2007, doing his best to keep his bees alive; and Tao in 2098, who spends her days hand pollinating trees as bees have long since died out. With these three vastly different times and vastly different people this book had me enamored from the first page.
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
Hench takes the superhero genre and throws it on its head. It's funny, clever, and makes a very good point: what is the real human cost of the destruction superheroes cause? And how can it be manipulated? We follow Anna who after a run in with a "hero" is injured and laid off from her job, and with time on her hands she start collecting data. And the results are shocking.
"By tallying up the human cost these caped forces of nature wreak upon the world, she discovers that the line between good and evil is mostly marketing."
What great books have you read lately? Let us know in the comments!
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