January and February were productive months for reading and listening to books, and as usual, I enjoyed some more than others. I highly recommend the books with four or five stars: they offer more than mere entertainment.
Most of the books with three stars or less are considered classics and give a unique perspective of history or other cultures. I enjoyed the stories, but the writing style clearly reflects another era.
The worst book I read was 1984. I found it tedious and felt that Orwell nearly bludgeoned his readers with his message. I understand why the novel is considered a classic, but I would never want to read it again.Here if You Need Me: A True Story was by far the best book I read. By the time I finished, I was sad to leave Kate Braestrup's company and would gladly spend time with this book again.
Here If You Need Me: A True Story by Kate Braestrup
World Without End by Ken Follett
The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
O, Pioneers by Willa Cather
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Bittersweet by Danielle Steel
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
A Step from Heaven by An Na
Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay
A Whole New Light by Sandra Brown
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
1984 by George Orwell