What I Read – February
I managed to step up my reading game in February again and managed to read three books! I’m hoping to keep this momentum going into March here. Today I’m sharing the three books I read in February and my thoughts on them.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
This book tells the story of Lale Sokolov, a Slovokian Jewish man who is forced into the German concentration camps to do work. Once it is learned he can speak more than one language, Lale is put to work as the “Tätowierer” (German for Tattooer) and is responsible for tattooing numbers onto the prisoners as they arrive at the camp. One day Lale meets a young girl named Gita and comforts her as she stands in line to receive her number. He falls in love with her at first site and vows to survive the camp and marry her when they have their freedom. Somehow the two of them are able to have a relationship even with the daily hell that they live in. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that this is based on a true story that does end in a positive way at a very dark time in history.
If this book is on your to-read list, drop everything you’re doing and go get it right now. It is hands down one of the best books I have read in a long time. I believe it is very important to talk about the Holocaust and what was happening at that time. This book will show you about hope, love, endurance, strength and so much more. It is a powerful and incredible story and I cannot say enough about it. Just do yourself a favor and read it. Solid five out of five stars.
I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller
I’ll be up front right now, if you’re not a die hard Friends fan, you might not appreciate this book. Then again, if you enjoy looking at pop culture and it’s impact on society, you might still enjoy it even if you weren’t a Friends fan. The author of this book kind of takes a look at Friends and what it was as a pop culture sensation. She looks at why it worked and why it was so popular. She breaks down each season and what’s going on on a bit of a deeper level than just an “episode guide”. She also talks about how it would probably not work in today’s landscape if it was new, but that it continues to thrive in re-runs and Netflix because it brings about nostalgia for simpler times.
For me, Friends WAS my coming of age years. It started on the air when I was 13, probably too young to really be watching it, but I did anyway and it went off the air my senior year of college. They were a good ten years older than me and were also coming of age from their 20s to their 30s but somehow it was still relatable to me. I agreed with a lot of things the author talked about when it comes to Friends – it’s one of those shows that you could always count on to be consistent and funny even in some really tough times (the author cites 9/11 as an example). There is just something about it. As a hardcore fan, I loved this book and now will probably start binging the entire series again from the beginning for the millionth time.
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally
This is a book written by Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation fame) and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace fame) about their marriage and relationship, how they met, their life together, and it’s all told in a humorous way seeing as they are both comedians. But, there is one problem with it that I didn’t really realize before I ordered the book – it’s really meant to be done as an audio book.
The entire book is written as the two of them having a conversation and tons of witty banter back and forth, but that means in print format they have it almost like a script: M: Says this, N: Says that. I found that to be very frustrating and difficult to follow and about halfway through I gave up. I enjoy the two of them as a couple, we’ve seen one of their comedy specials, they are hilarious. I should have read reviews before I bought this and would have known to go straight to audio. So unless you enjoy reading a script, do yourself a favor and do audio on this one. I might give it another go in that format myself.
So there you go! I’m disappointed in the Nick/Megan book, I had bought it as kind of a Valentine’s treat for me and Nate, but such is life. The other two books I read in February more than made up for it! Have you read anything good lately?