If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reading is an amazing privilege that we have it is a way to escape into a different world. It is a chance to escape into a different person’s shoes for a little while.
It gives us knowledge that would be difficult or impossible to know without books.
We can learn about human emotions from books. We can learn about how to build a clock from books.
There is so, so much that can be learned from books.
That is why I want to share the books that I have learned and enjoyed the most this last month.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is one of my all time favorite books, so there was no way that this book was not going to get onto my list if I had read it.
It is about the five Bennet sisters, especially Jane and Elizabeth, and their finding love.
It is one of those books that it is just so obvious why people still read it, and why there are movies made of it.
Emma by Jane Austen
After reading ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I realized just how much I enjoyed Jane Austen and I had to re-read more of her books. So, I read Emma.
This book is about Emma Woodhouse as she learns that meddling with other people’s lives does not always help them or herself.
I do not like this one quite as much as I like ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ but I still did enjoy it a lot.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Yes, another book by Jane Austen. I guess I ended up reading a lot by her this month.
This one is about Anne Elliot and how she first fell in love, for what she thought would be the first and last time, but now years later she is being given another chance.
This is not one of Jane Austen’s best known works and one that was not even published during her life time, but still it is an amazing book and one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys her books.
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
This one was not what I was expecting. Of course, this was the first book that I have read by Terry Pratchett, so I really should not have made any expectations for this book.
It is about a man who was a convict running a bank.
This book was amusing, but it still managed to keep itself serious. It was in a different universe, but it still talked about many of the problems that we face in our world, our universe.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
And then I went back to Jane Austen. She is an absolutely amazing writer!
This one is about Catherine Morland as she learns that what happens in Gothic novels really should stay there and not be confused with everyday life.
Jane Austen actually wrote this novel sort of as a parody of the Gothic novel, and I think that this is quite possibly her most lighthearted novel.
Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead
Stephen Lawhead is one of those authors who I don’t feel like is widely known, even though he should be.
This book is the start of a series about King Arthur, but the start that you have never heard before.
I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to fantasy fans who wish to learn about the hidden past of Merlin. And to make it even better this even better for those who like series, this is the first book in one!
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandala
This is the only nonfiction on the list for this month. It is Nelson Mandala’s autobiography.
It was such a fascinating read. It really brings things to life.
Uneasy Money by P.G. Wodehouse
This book is fun and lighthearted.
It is about a man who inherits a large fortune because he helped a millionaire with his golfing skills.
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
This book was really interesting. I think that the idea behind the story was that fantasy worlds can change with time.
This takes place in one of his worlds hundreds of years after the original trilogy took place. The world had changed.
I thought that the story itself was fun and interesting. He really puts a lot of thought into the world itself.
So, that is what I read this last February. There is so much that can be learned from books and I am so glad that I had the time to read this books.
What did you read this February?