It’s happening again – the February gloom is upon me. Everyone is sick. The weather is always freezing, snowing, raining, or otherwise uncooperative. School and activities are cancelled. Even coming off a wonderful weekend visiting with friends in New York City, I can still feel that familiar February feeling.
Part of the problem is that I made the mistake of interrupting my fun February reading plan to read My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. The book was good, but it was also melancholic, and no one needs that in February. My other literary issue is that one of the books I anticipated enjoying this month – Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – fell flat for me.
From now on, for the second half of February, my plan is to read all feel-good books. I’m not messing around anymore. Light reads, page-turners, and informational non-fiction only. Here’s what I’m thinking:
I’m jumping right into Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I should have started this one as soon as I picked it up at the library. Moriarty’s tone is delightful, and that’s just what I need.
I’m also going to dig into Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. I’ve been enjoying Gretchen’s podcast with her sister Elizabeth Craft, and you can’t get much more feel-good than a book about happiness.
And last but not least, I put in a library hold request for a book I just heard about today on the latest What Should I Read Next podcast: Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson. It’s a young adult dystopian novel that takes place in Washington, DC. I’ve loved some other books in this genre (The Hunger Games trilogy, Divergent). They’re not exactly feel-good books, but they are usually so fun to read.
I’m hoping that these tweaks to my reading plan will provide a dose of literary vitamin D for the second half of February.