Anywhoo, February has been a terrific month on the literary front for the wee CEO & me. I've settled into my new book club, while Master P has finished off Dickens & has moved onto the Beat poets - or is it our local library's toddler story hour, I always get those two confused . . .
. . . in any event, he's inherited his mama's strong opinions on books, though only one of us has taken to chucking a disliked book across the room while gleefully shouting "NO!" As always, I have more detailed info up on my Goodreads profile, but here's the skinny on our favorites from this month, none of which have gone sailing in any untoward direction (all images via Barnes & Noble):
For the Grownups
"Rules of Civility" by Amor Towles
This came highly recommended to me and is that rare debut novel that manages to live up to the hype, succeeding as a pre-WWII era comedy of manners and romance as well as a deeper look at the mores of that pre-war "golden age" in New York and America now. Though this is set some 15 years after "The Great Gatsby", the comparisons are inevitable - for starters, both use the narrative structure of an outsider looking in, only to realize that the privileged American "in" isn't quite what it appears.
I fell head over heels for the prose and immediately wanted to befriend the narrator. The sparkling dialogue and characters veritably leap off the page, though it's occasionally more stylized than real. I only wish that we all spouted off clever one liners like this. Some of those staged moments aside, this was a startling insightful read, moving me at many times to go grab my highlighter so I could mark my favorite bits.
Fans of Wharton and, yes, Fitzgerald, you'll really like this one. Pinky swear.
On Deck: "1Q84", "Let the Great World Spin", "Catch-22", "The 25th Hour" (Apparently I need a dystopian literature chaser to my "Hunger Games" binge).
For the Playground Set
Master P is sticking to the classics; we were delighted to find these two in board book, oversized editions:
"Olivia" by Ian Falconer
Going back to this post, my boy is going to learn about strong women, precocious pigs very much included. The literary little sister to my old favorite, "Eloise", this book's cheerful illustrations & clever prose keep us both entertained.
"The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle
Ever wonder if Mr. Carle is sitting in a multi-colored mansion somewhere counting his millions? I'm only to happy to add to his stash; Master P adores the colorful animal pictures, and they're beautiful enough that I enjoy looking at them again and again (and AGAIN) too.
What's new & exciting on your bookshelf this month?