Today is my favorite day of the month – My February book review!
February felt like it would never end. I had back to back travel for work where I was gone half the month, and the weather has been so sporadic. We’ve had 60-degree days followed by the biggest snowstorm of the season. We did get to sneak away for a day trip to Breckenridge Ski Resort with some friends. I am ready for warmer weather, more sunshine, and the start of March! Speaking of warmer weather, I talked about Packing For Spring Break and finding the perfect beach bag this week! Now, on to my review…
If you missed my January Review:
Take Back Your Family: From the Tyrants of Burnout, Busyness, Individualism, and the Nuclear Ideal by Jefferson Bethke
Take Back Your Family challenges the modern understanding of the family dynamic. This book explores the roots of our western perspective of family and where we got off track. While reading, I was inspired by the family mission concept and loved all the family “team” talk. Between my husband and I, we frequently remind each other that we are on the same team during hard times. This was a very easy read, and I was instantly drawn in by the scene in the restaurant of a weekly Sabbath meal full of laughter, celebration, and blessings in the first chapter.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
With Spring right around the corner, I thought a cleaning book might be the perfect inspiration. I enjoyed this book because it helped me understand my husband better. He is very sentimental regarding his possessions, and I’ve struggled to understand that relationship. The author does a great job explaining the emotional process of getting rid of things and not shaming your loved ones for allowing all these unnecessary items in your life.
“You will never use spare buttons.” Wow, I really needed to hear this.
Right after reading that, I literally pitched a whole baggie of spare buttons I’ve collected over the last decade and never used. I found many topics throughout this book charming, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to talk to my socks. HA!
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I feel like this may be a controversial rating, but I did not like this book one bit. Once I finished it, the one word that came to mind was “dumb.” Sigh… So, here’s the premise:
No spoilers – My summary is a condensed version of what the back cover blurb sets up. A famous artist living the seemingly perfect life in London shoots her husband and never speaks another word. Hence, the silent patient is born. The rest of the story is driven by her psychotherapist trying to uncover the mystery behind her story. Without giving anything away, I thought the ending was awful. I found 90% of this book slow, boring, and pointless. Once I got to the twist, it felt rushed and as if the author changed his mind on how he wanted it to end but forgot to go back through the story and actually set it up. Gosh, I hope that wasn’t too harsh because I know so many people loved this book. Maybe I’m the problem?