I’ve settled into my new assistant professor position at a university near my home. This means I commute less and read more! February was a productive month in terms of reading.
Here’s what I read.
My favorite read from February was The Star Side of Bird Hill (2015) by Naomi Jackson. It is a gorgeous story of two girls who visit their grandmother in Barbados for the summer. The visit turns into something more, and I loved every minute of it.
I also really enjoyed Middlesex (2002) by Jeffrey Eugenides. It was a book I had tried to read when it first came out over a decade ago and just couldn’t get into. This time around, I couldn’t put it down.
The Immortalists (2018) by Chloe Benjamin also captured my attention. There were some explicit scenes that may not be for the faint of heart, but overall, the narrative spoke to me. It is about four siblings who think they know the dates of their deaths, based on a visit to a fortune teller as children. Their fates provoke thinking about whether or not we can control our destinies and whether or not we allow outside forces to dictate our lives.
And I had no idea that My Name Is Asher Lev (1972) by Chaim Potok was about the conflict between art and religion. What a fantastic and heartbreaking read! I highly recommend it.
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