quick lit – next page, please {february 2021}

I can’t believe that I read 13 books this month. As I said last month, I have been not watching television mindlessly and playing Rise of Kingdoms on my phone and have been reading instead.  I have taken this time mostly from my evenings and right before I go bed. The number of books I have read this year makes me wonder how much time was I wasting watching television and playing games? It’s alarming!

A couple of caveats to this month’s numbers: (1) I participated in the 24in48 Readathon during a weekend in February.  During this time I completed three books I was halfway through.  (2) One of these 13 is a short story but Goodreads counts it as a whole book and I’m going to do the same.

I continue to make a dent in my Unread Shelf this month; I read four books and DNF’d one book. I read very broadly across genres: a couple of sci-fi, which I have found to be very enjoyable right now; two memoirs; a short story; and a book that was written and illustrated by the same person.


  • My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown by Meera Lee Patel. I am fascinated by the intersection of words and pictures, writers and painters. This little volume about fear is beautifully written and illustrated by Meera Lee Patel. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Parnassus Book Store when this released. I love the artwork and the nuance you can find in each painting.
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama. Very long but very informative. I loved how he took the time to tell us why and how he arrived at the decisions that he was making, even if I didn’t agree with his conclusions. I listened to this on audio.
  • Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles. One of the writers that I follow (sorry, I can’t remember who) recommended this little book. I got it from my local library and immediately wanted to begin highlighting and taking notes, ergo, I bought my own copy. A great resource, I will refer to again and again.
  • Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir. A fellow reader, hi Brigid, recommended this to me when I told her that I was feeling like reading more sci-fi. A heist on the moon! Say no more.
  • Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel by Alexandra Andrews. Thanks to Snail on the Wall and Edelweiss for this very fun read. I didn’t read the ending like I normally do, so I didn’t see the plot-twist coming, which was surprising.
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I loved Haig’s novel, How to Stop Time and how he explores time and depression in a lot of his work. Reasons to Stay Alive is his memoir about his depression and how he worked his way out of it. It was full of tips that he has found to help him with his mental health. A very meaningful read.
  • Mr. Death by Alix E. Harrow. This was a short story by an author who is fast becoming one of my favorites. I adored the ending. And Goodreads counted it as a book read, so I did also.
  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. I read this because it was the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club February pick. Stradal told this story in a very unique way; the protagonist only had one chapter in her voice. The rest of the story was told in the perspective of everyone around her during the course of her life. I had not experienced this before and it was different. I don’t know if I would like all stories to be told this way, but it was very enjoyable. Plus, he was a sheer delight in his interview with Anne.
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. This novella was WONDERFUL! A 5-star read and one of my favorite for the year. Engaging but comforting. I cried from relief at the end; it was the release I didn’t know I needed. I don’t typically read sci-fi but on a recommendation from Brenna, a fellow team member on the podcast What Should I Read Next, Episode 268, I read Chamber’s A Long Way to a Dark Angry Planet. With this title, I believe that I will read anything Becky Chambers’ writes. I wish that “Psalm” would release immediately; all of my friends need to read this because, as the dedication says, it’s “for everyone who needs a break”, and after the year we have had, we all need this break. A HUGE thank you to Snail on the Wall and Edelweiss for early access to this one. It releases July 13.
  • Save Me from Dangerous Men by S. A. Lelchuk. This is the first in the Nikki Griffin Series. The second releases April 13. It is on my TBR.
  • The Power of Writing It Down: A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life by Ally Fallon. This was one of those that was sitting on my Unread Shelf. Yay! This one is great if you are looking for a way to get out of your own way and change your life. Highly recommended to anyone curious about a way to do that without hefty therapy costs.
  • Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor by Jana Reiss. Another one that was sitting on my Unread Shelf.
  • Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York by Elizabeth Passarella. This is laugh-out-loud funny and I love LOL memoirs. Entertaining but thought-provoking, a very good combination.

Currently Reading

What’s some books you have enjoyed recently? Did any of these pique your interest? No? No matter. The real point is that we…

…enjoy life.

12 thoughts on “quick lit – next page, please {february 2021}

  1. Lisa notes... says:

    I’m currently reading The Power of Writing It Down. And unbelievably, I’ve done the 20 minutes of uninterrupted writing for 11 days in a row! I never thought I would do it. 🙂 I need to add Good Apple to my list; I need funny books to mix in when I get too serious with my books.

    • shannanenjoyslife says:

      Let me know what you think of Good Apple.
      Has your uninterrupted writing time been for public reading or for private reflection? I have been doing really well with my personal daily reflection writing but not as well as I like with my work for others to read.

    • shannanenjoyslife says:

      Whoops! It should NOT have been in the photo. Got ahead of myself. Lol. I read it in March. I liked it a lot. My copy had a quiz to take and so I did. I would like to see where I am next year so I plan on taking the quiz again. I will have more about it during next month’s Quick Lit. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Lis M says:

    Ahhh I love the variety of your books that you’ve read. I wasn’t interested at all in Good Apple before, but I too love a memoir that’s nothing like my life (and isn’t a celebrity) – I feel like I might pick it up to read on audio.

    I’ve seen the Maud Dixon book around on IG but haven’t picked it up or put it on my TBR until now so thanks for both of those adds!

    Here a few of my recent reads – it’s heavy on the romance and books that pack an emotional punch – https://www.everyoneslibrarian.com/blog/quick-lit-march-2021

    • shannanenjoyslife says:

      Let me know what you think of Maud. It was a bit weird. I hope you enjoy Good Apple. I laughed and laughed and laughed and that is very good medicine in these times. Thanks for being here and commenting.

  3. Stacie Gorkow says:

    I read Kitchens of the Great Midwest when it was published and really loved it. I still need to read his newest though.

    • shannanenjoyslife says:

      I haven’t read that one Stacie. I am interested in whether he uses the same kind of structure in telling the story. Let me know if you do pick it up and what you think. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Susan in TX says:

    The memoirs on your list definition piqued my interest! I, too, am reading Dust Tracks on a Road, and just finished The Thursday Murder Club which I found to strike the perfect mix of plausible and absurd. It was good, relaxing reading for me. Happy weekend to you and happy reading!

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