Remember when Holly Golightly had a case of the Mean Reds? Well I’m beginning to think that the February Blues could give the Mean Reds a run for their money. I’ll tell you one thing for certain, a trip to Tiffany’s won’t cure the endless barrage of snow storms and wind chill factors and freezing temps. No. What I need is a visit to the book store. The book store is full of endless possibilities. Opportunity after opportunity to get swept away into a different world; to laugh and to cry and to not be in the middle of February in a snow storm. I just finished a wonderful, wonderful book. The kind of book that makes you excited when your subway is delayed or your friend is late to brunch because it means extra time to soak up a few more pages. I finished yesterday and I miss it already. Whilst I peruse bookshelves on the hunt for my next good read, I’ll share with you a few of my favorites, you know, in case you have your own case of the Mean Reds/February Blues.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed — I really enjoyed the movie. Really. But I loved the book. What I remember most is how many baths I took in the weeks I was reading it. This may sounds weird/silly but her description of being on the PCH and working her body so hard made me incredibly grateful for the little things: a hot bath, fresh sheets, a full night’s sleep. If, like me, you can get a little lost in your head about all the serious things, then this focus on the physical is a magnificent escape. And then there’s her personal journey — told with sheer, brutal, beautiful honesty.
The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon — This may be one of my favorite books of all time. The story telling is incredible. I read it in February last year and I am convinced its magic and humor and exquisite writing is why I don’t remember last February being quite as bad as this one. Comic books and World Fairs and young Jewish boys in Brooklyn — it is sheer brilliance and that is all!
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple — One of those books you never want to end. It was weird and wonderful from start to finish. It made me want to move to Seattle and take a cruise to Antartica and befriend a curious, genius teenage girl.
Anything/Everything by Nora Ephron — No one puts smile on my face like Nora. Truly. Her writing is witty and smart and simply delightful. She has inspired me and informed me. And her essays have taught me so, so much about writing and life and humor and…everything. No matter what you read by her, you will find it clever and relatable and charming.
The Girls’ Guide To Hunting And Fishing by Melissa Bank — This is the book I just read. I started it on Saturday and finished it the Saturday following. It was so lovely, I even stopped inside a cafe to read it when I had many, many other things i was supposed to be doing. It is a series of vignettes mostly about one character, a girl named Jane. It is about love and life and the things in between (hunting, fishing etc.). All week long, I have walked around with a smile on my face because it put me in such a delightful mood. I was the girl sitting on the subway, reading her book, laughing to herself and forgetting it was February.