My Favorite Books from January and February

woman wearing glasses reading a bookEngaging in the hobby of reading is a must for my mental health; it provides a sanctuary for my mind amidst the chaos of daily life. As I immerse myself in the pages of a book, my mind is transported to different worlds, allowing for a temporary escape from overthinking and negative self-talk. Reading requires focus and concentration, redirecting my mind’s attention away from intrusive thoughts and worries. In January and February, I read a total of six books, but three, in particular, stood out to me, leaving an indelible mark on my heart and mind. These three books are “The Women,” “Divine Rivals,” and “The Frozen River,” and I believe they will make it to my favorite list in 2024.

the women The Women

The Women by Kristin Hannah, narrated by Julia Whelan, is a historical fiction that follows the story of Frances “Frankie” McGrath as she joins the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. The book sheds light on the nurses’ experiences in Vietnam and their challenges upon returning home. This emotionally charged tale is well-researched and evokes strong emotions, so grab your tissues.

The story is a tribute to the many brave and selfless women whose stories were overlooked or forgotten. It will keep you on the edge of your seat as you witness their struggles and triumphs and leave you with a newfound appreciation for their sacrifices.

Divine Rivals

Divine RivalsDivine Rivals by Rebecca Ross is a fantasy novel about two young rival journalists who find love through a magical connection.

As the gods start warring again after centuries of sleep, Iris Winnow, an eighteen-year-old journalist, is concerned about her family’s well-being. Her mother is an alcoholic, and her brother is missing from the frontline, making it her responsibility to hold her family together. Her best chance at a better life is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.

To cope with her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother, which she slips under her wardrobe door, and they disappear. These letters eventually end up in the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. He anonymously writes back to Iris, and they forge a connection that helps Iris through the battle for her brother and the fate of humankind, and he loves the front lines of war.

The book was, well, magical. The slow burn between Iris and Roman was perfect. And the cliffhanger ending sent me looking for the sequel, Ruthless Vows.

The Frozen River

In the historical fiction novel The Frozen River, written by Ariel Lawhon, a midwife from New England is called upon to investigate a dead man found on Maine’s ice back in 1789. The book is based on the life of Martha Ballard, a famous 18th-century midwife who stood up against the legal system and wrote herself into American history.

Lawhon’s latest work is skillfully crafted, and it introduces an unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice at a time when women were often silenced. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and heartwarming tale about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy that is now almost forgotten.

The books I read during January and February were an incredible variety of stories that affected me emotionally, made me question my beliefs, and broadened my understanding. From the grand historical sagas to the captivating worlds of mythology, every book provided a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable reading adventure. You can see all of my favorites in My Library and follow my reading journey throughout the year on Goodreads.

I hope these books bring solace, inspiration, comfort, and valuable insights into our thoughts and emotions.

 

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