Recommended Reading for February


January, I will be so glad to see you go. You were not a good start to 2016. Health problems, family problems, and no time for reading. Bah! The only redeeming part were Saturday’s 30 inches of snow. The world always seems so peaceful after a good snowstorm, when the sun is making the world glitter. Too bad that real life can never be ignored for too long. So here’s to next month. February, I expect you to turn things around. And as a reminder that not all old people are as mean spirited and spiteful as the one I am forced to deal with at the moment, today’s recommended reading is brought to you by grumpy, but lovable, old men.

18774964A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
This novel about an angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.


6643090Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is an indelible character, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.


20949556Who Is Martha?, Marjana Gaponenko
In this rollicking novel, 96-year-old ornithologist Luka Levadski foregoes treatment for lung cancer and moves from Ukraine to Vienna to make a grand exit in a luxury suite at the Hotel Imperial.


historyofloveHistory of Love, Nicole Krauss
Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer. He spends his days dreaming of the lost love who, sixty years ago in Poland, inspired him to write a book. He is about to find out how much this book has influenced and changed the people who have come in contact with it.

Untitled-2A Soldier of the Great War, Mark Helprin
In August of 1964, Alessandro, a white-haired professor meets an illiterate young factory worker on the road. As they walk toward Monte Prato, a village seventy kilometers away, the old man tells his companion how he tragically lost one family and gained another.

107315Pied Piper, Neville Shute
It is the summer of 1940. John Howard, a 70-year-old Englishman vacationing in France, cuts short his tour and heads for home. He agrees to take two children with him. But war closes in, and other children join in Howard’s little band. At last they reach the coast and find not deliverance but desperation. The old Englishman’s greatest test still lies ahead of him.




  1. I am so glad January is leaving. 🙂 I hope February would be kind to you.

    Thank you for these recommendations. I loved ‘A Man Called Ove’. Have you also read the other book of Backman’s? My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry’? I liked ‘A Man Called Ove’ more.

      • I hope you get to read it soon. I am curious to hear your thoughts.

        And, I didn’t know that his next book is coming out. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  2. Sorry to hear that January has been difficult for you, but I hope your February will be better. I’m not having the best of starts to the year either, and things are set to continue in this vein for at least another month. I’m just trying to find a refuge in books right now.

    It’s nice to see The History of Love on your list, a great choice for this topic. You’ve also reminded me that ‘Who is Martha?’ is sitting on my kindle…I often forget about the books on my e-reader when I’m thinking about what to read next.

    • So sorry to hear that your year so far hasn’t been all that great either. That stinks! I hope that things will improve quickly for you. I keep forgetting about books on my Kindle as well. I have yet to come up with a good way to keep track of them.

  3. Here’s to a better February! Ove is such the perfect, grumpy but lovable old man., I loved that book so much. Major Pettigrew has been on my list forever!

  4. Oh, Boo. Sorry to hear you had a rough January. I sure hope your February is better!
    The flu is paying a visit to our house right now, but I haven’t gotten it yet. So far, just 2 of the kids. Let’s hope it stays that way.
    I love a good snowstorm, and it is always sunny and sparkly the next day. 🙂
    I also love grumpy old men, and just added all the books to my list that weren’t already there. Thanks for the fun!

    • Sorry to hear that the flu got your family. We’ve been passing a stomach virus back and forth between us. I’m so sick of cleaning! I’m determined that February will be better. It certainly can’t get much worse.

      • Oh, stomach bugs are the worst. The flu can go on and on, but stomach bugs are so much messier! And, so much laundry. Ugh. I hope you get rid of it soon!

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