February Reads

There are plans for what I would have liked to read this month; then there’s what actually happened, what I actually read. The books I had set a side for buddy reads were excellent. The other books I picked up in between, well let’s just say I wasn’t particularly blown away by some of them and a few unplanned reads were actually good. Overall, the good outweighed the bad on the reading scale. I’ll link the reviews below in case you want to know more.

What did I read & review/discuss in February?

I read 10 books this month and that happened on accident. I’ve been sick this week with an upper respiratory infection so after reading a not so great book, I decided to go back to my longer buddy read Roots and finished. Time well spent, I’m still working on gathering my thoughts on the book as a whole. A full review soon but you can check out our weekly discussion posts below.

Roots by Alex Haley – Discussions Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Mini Reviews of Learning to See by Elsie Hooper & Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I like the idea of mini reviews and briefly sharing what I’m reading each week, which I started doing in My Week in Books and Tea posts. Some of the books I didn’t particularly care for so I’m not going to review them in detail. There are only two weeks of the installment since I share these on the weekend and the last week of the month will be a post like this. What do you think about this feature? I like that it’s making me accountable and encouraging me to share regularly on the blog.

February – My Week in Books and Tea Week 1 | Week 2


How did what I read align with my reading goals?

  • Older books shelved : 1
  • Newer books shelved: 6
  • Random Picks: 2
  • Non-fiction: 1

I didn’t get to read as many of the older books from my shelf but I’m glad I got to one of them! That’s some progress. Do you stick to a monthly TBR or are you more of a mood reader?

Reviews coming soon

  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man by James Weldon Johnson
  • A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Roots by Alex Haley

What I have been drinking

While writing this post today I’ve enjoyed a wonderful black tea from Field to Cup. I’ve recently partnered with them to share and promote their teas.

The Cup ☕: Rose Estate (black tea)- this luxuriant assam pleases my palate, the bergamot is present in every sip and since the first time I discovered bergamot in a cup of Earl Grey many years ago, it’s like sitting down with a mature friend for an afternoon of conversation and tea. If you like Earl Grey this tea is for you!

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Book Haul

I broke down and picked up 8 books, majority classics, to add to my shelf while browsing over on Book Outlet. Their prices are amazing and sometimes it’s hard to resist. I’ve read 2 of these, Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Armin and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. I might re-read Orwell this year, so my own copy felt like a good idea. I had to have Richard Wright’s Black Boy because I think I read it as a teenager and this edition, the Harper Perennial Modern Classics is a favorite. The Annotated Mansfield Park seems fun to have when I finally read Mansfield Park. Washington Square will be a fun edition to my growing collection of Penguin Classics (in black). I also picked up the Penguin English Library editon of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a short one I probably can read in one sitting soon. The other two books, The Good Negress and The Second Mrs. Hockaday were ones I’ve had my eye on so I picked them up too.


What I’m Reading Next

I’m not sure what I’ll read for March. I think I’m going to take on some shorter classics and maybe some short stories.

I do have 2 books planned to read and discuss with friends over tea this month.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (biographical/historical fiction)

Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography by Zora Neale Hurston (autobiography, non-fiction)


Have you read any of these? What were some of your favorite reads in February that you can recommend and why?

7 thoughts on “February Reads

  1. Grab the Lapels says:

    Black Boy is a great autobiography. That part about his mother and the kitten early on really moved me. I also loved Hurston’s autobiography, but know that it’s widely thought that she lied quite a bit in that book, largely to satisfy her white patron. Can you blame her? And are we surprised? When I was earning my MFA in fiction writing, I used to tell people I was studying howto be a good liar. That’s what writing is — and I mean that in a good way. I know that Hurston was quite the liar about her own life, and I like that she owns that and simply colors her personality as someone who spins tales. I recently bought a biography about her in which the author spoke to many sources to get a more complete picture of the writer. I can’t wait to get to that one.

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    • booksbythecup says:

      I wish I would have kept a record of what I read in my high school years! But I’m excited about Black Boy in the future. I’m looking forward to reading Hurston with a friend who also enjoys her work – we are planning to meet at the end of the month at my favorite tea shop to discuss it! 🙂

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  2. FictionFan says:

    I love Mansfield Park – I think it’s Austen’s most under-rated book. And Jekyll and Hyde is great, especially if you follow it up with the two early movies – the Spencer Tracy and the Fredric March… 😀

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    • booksbythecup says:

      I have been considering Mansfield Park as my next Austen.

      I was hoping to try Jekyll & Hyde this week. Movie follow ups can be fun, if I just sit and watch instead of that voice in my head saying, this wasn’t in the book 🤣

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