February 2024 Books – Part 1
How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing by KC Davis
Narrated by the author. I put this on my to read list last year when I was going through things mentally. I am glad to say that I am in a better headspace now but I still wanted to read this book. It’s a short book so mileage varies on how much you can get out of it. It’s more on changing perspective care tasks and yourself. I like that tasks should not be tagged with moral values and that not doing something does not mean I am a bad or lazy person. I think I could reread it in ebook or print to absorb certain ideas. Not sure I will use any of the tips but it was a good listen.
1.6x. January 30-Feb 2, 2024.
Monstress, Vol 8: Inferno by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
This is such a crazy comic book series. This installment has more “What the hell is going on?” questions rather than the revelations of the last one. There is one big one in here. I continue to love the wildness of the story and the artwork though.
Setting: High fantasy sci-fi alternate universe.
January 31-Feb 2, 2024.
A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie
Miss Marple #7. Damn Christie is good. You think you get some of her twists but then she turns it on you once more. I only wish there was more Miss Marple in these stories. I love her more than I do Poirot as her methods are so cunning.
Setting: London, UK.
Feb 3, 2024.
What You Are Looking For is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama, translated by Alison Watts
I had this on ebook but I was able to score an Express copy via my library’s Bookmobile. How I love the library and that it has a bookmobile. The book has short, interconnected stories centred around a local library and the enigmatic librarian who helped the patrons. The stories were very Japanese as almost all of them deal with work, employment, or lackthereof and how the characters relate to it. I think most people would find some aspects of the book very cheesey almost saccharine. For me it worked because I like the wholesome and cozy messages about books, libraries, and how readers interpret and interact. It was a good companion to The Library Book which I also listened to during the same week.
Setting: Tokyo, Japan.
Feb 4-5, 2024.