Read Feed | February 2020

As we get closer to Baby Hall’s arrival and as more people begin social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, I figured it as good a time as any to share the books I read back in February.

All five books I read this month happened to be non-fiction, but ranged widely in topic. (So far, March is helping balance this out pretty well.) As I’ve mentioned before, most of the time this is just based on the order titles become available in Libby, so I just take them as they come!

Here are my ratings and brief thoughts on each of February’s reads:

Catch & Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow — 5 out of 5

One of my top books of 2019 was Jodi Kantor & Meg Twoehy’s She Said, which covers the New York Times’ investigation and coverage of the #metoo movement — specifically the Weinstein and Kavanaugh stories. When I began reading it, Zach recommended that I also check out Ronan Farrow’s book so I placed a hold on it. In short, it didn’t disappoint or feel redundant from my previous read because Farrow infused his unique experience and varied interviews, along with his inside take on NBC and the Matt Lauer story. Both books are absolutely worth the read and gave me a deep appreciation for journalists.

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle — 4 out of 5

I love Glennon and read her first memoir last year after following her for several years on social media. I knew the premise of her second book and remember her sharing the news of her divorce within days of releasing Love Warrior (bold move, no?), along with her announcement of her relationship and eventual marriage to Abby Wambach. It was interesting to listen to this book with that context, but I loved that the book was more about Glennon learning to become, know, and love herself more than anything else. (And it sounds like her brand new book Untamed is a wonderful continuation of that journey! Don’t worry — it’s on my 2020 list.)

The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality by Kimberly Ann Johnson — 3 out of 5

This was recommended on a blog or within another book (I can’t remember now) as I’ve been reading to prepare for Baby Hall’s arrival. My biggest takeaway is that I must take the time to prioritize all elements of my health in the coming weeks and months after her birth so that I can be my best self. Some of the author’s methods to go about this are out of my comfort zone, but I still found the book to be a helpful resource and encouragement for the days to come.

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster — 5 out of 5

Emily’s book on pregnancy gave me such a peace of mind in the first and second trimester, so it was great to have an additional data-based guide for the months ahead with Baby Hall. She hones in on key topics that every new parent asks, and it helped us have the conversations we needed to have ahead of time. I highly recommend both of her books for parents-to-be!

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep — 4 out of 5

I made a note of this book from several 2019 top lists, including President Obama’s. It was a fascinating telling of the circumstances around a serial murderer and Harper Lee’s incomplete book about the topic. As someone who loves Harper Lee and knows a good deal about her from my time as an English teacher, it was fun to learn something new about her life, while also being blown away by the topic she was covering.

That’s it for February! I’ll do my best to put something together about March reads this week, but with Baby Hall making her debut any day now, it might end up being a March/April combo post in May.

What have you been reading and enjoying lately? I’d love to hear about it!

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