Ah, February. The shortest month of the year. In the next few days and weeks, we will see if a groundhog predicts the end of winter, celebrate the loved ones in our lives, and start counting the days until the arrival of a new season.
Since I’m not much of a romantic (sorry, Valentine’s Day), this year I decided to highlight the short story in honor of the shortest month. I’ve always been a fan of a good short story, and in recent years I’ve noticed a definite uptick in the number of anthologies and collections that are coming out. Whether you’re into romance, fantasy, horror, literature, there’s a lot of greatness out there to choose from.
Why do I like the short story so much? There are the times I’m just looking for a quick entertainment fix…you know, those days you only have 30 minutes of reading time and don’t want to commit to a 400 page book. But I also find this platform to be the best way to discover new authors and to rediscover my favorites. Multi-author anthologies have introduced me to some great new authors, many I probably wouldn’t have heard about otherwise. I also enjoy checking out collections from a favorite novelist as, more often than not, they present works unlike their novels and allow the reader a look at some of their earlier works and experimentations with other genres.
After looking through my book hoard, I decided to put these two collections at the top of my TBR this month…
I think of Ron Rash as the modern John Steinbeck (one of my all-time favorite authors) and I really couldn’t tell you why I haven’t read this collection sooner! His stories are based in the Appalachia area of the southeastern US, with topics like poverty, nature, and societal tensions. I know from past experience with his works that his writing is beautiful and often heartbreaking. I can’t wait to start this one!
According to the cover blurb on Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Water Museum, this collection ” (Examines) the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another…”, and with titles like Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush and Taped to the Sky, needless to say I am intrigued with this new-to-me author.
Still looking for some ideas for your February reading? There are some good ones on my…
Goodreads Group Reads
Lakewood by Megan Giddings is a dystopian thriller, the story of a young woman who goes to work for a mysterious company doing some pretty shady- sounding experiments. This sounds like something right up my reading alley and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it!
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is the story of twin sisters who flee their small black community and how each shaped their very different lives yet remain closer than they may think. This is another one I’ve put on my must-read for 2021.
Maynard’s House by Herman Raucher sounds like a very eerie psychological horror story: a disturbed young war veteran moves to a remote cabin that was willed to him by a fallen comrade. Then he gets snowed in. I can’t imagine this ending well!
So what’s on your February TBR list? Feel free to drop me a line here or on Goodreads or Twitter. I love talking books!
Until next time, continue wearing your mask, stay safe, and Happy Reading!