February book report

I didn’t expect to keep up the reading streak after our January holiday, but our car has broken down and I’ve been taking taxis to work and suddenly I’ve found all this extra time to read (such a great silver lining!). I doubt I’ll keep up this speed for the rest of the year but gosh I’m reading some great books!

How to Breathe Underwater

This book is a collection of short stories. In reading it, I discovered I really like the’s writing style, but I’m really not a fan of short stories. As soon as they suck you in, they end. So short! So teasing! This was another one for my birthday list goal (read 10 books from this list).

Essentialism (reread)

I’m not sure what happened the first time I read Essentialism, but I got infinitely more out of the book reading it this time around. Practical and direct and wise, it had me questioning areas of my life and rethinking my routines and commitments.

When Breath Becomes Air

While Essentialism had me questioning my life, When Breath Becomes Air had me examining it to a whole new level. What would I do if I knew I only had ten, five, two years to live?

I wept through the final chapter of this book. Beautifully written, moving, challenging, inspiring. Highly recommended.

My name is Lucy Barton

I picked this because I saw it mentioned on a few blogs and instagram accounts I follow. I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t rave over it. I didn’t ever make a strong emotional connection with the main character Lucy, and I think that’s where it fell apart a little for me.


Ah Atul Gawande. I will read everything and anything you write. I love his type of books – pulling together research and personal stories and clever ideas that give you a whole new insight into interesting topics.

You Learn by Living

Another book from the list. Wise words from a wise women.

The Invention of Wings

Sue Kidd Monk is quickly becoming my new favourite author. This book was amazing – I read well past my bed time a few nights in a row! It’s a moving and beautifully written fictionalised account of a true story, capturing the life of two young girl – Sarah, the daughter of a wealthy white family, and Hetty, an African-American slave girl presented to Sarah on her 12th birthday.

Brave Enough

A very quick, very easy read, picked because I enjoyed Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, all by Cheryl Strayed. Probably better in a real book (vs. reading on a kindle)

Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence

After reading The Invention of Wings, I wanted to read something about the dark chapters in Australia’s history – a subject I shamefully know too little about. I picked Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence as it’s the basis of the well-known movie of a similar name. I usually don’t read book reviews before reading a book but happened to see a few were reviewers thought the movie was much better than the book (it’s usually the other way around, right?) I’m yet to see the film, but while the book captured the basic details of a profound and inspiring story, the writing was not equal to the subject matter and the book fell short for me and I found myself agreeing with most of the other reviewers!

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (reread)

Thought provoking and insightful and really rather funny if you catch on to the author’s self-parodical humour. I took away much food-for-thought on the idea of expectations – for ourselves, our families, our children.

Previous reports: January


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