I think I am going through a reading rut! 😔 I started a lot of books this month, but couldn’t really finish much.
On the flip side, this made me pick up some books that I don’t think I would have picked otherwise: my first Gender Swap fiction book & a non-fiction book that reads like fiction! There is always a bright side to things. 😃
Here’s what I finished reading in February 2020:
A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1)
by Sherry Thomas
Female Sherlock • Clever • Interesting
USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas, gender-flips Sherlock Holmes into Charlotte Holmes! This book is the first novel from the ‘Lady Sherlock Series’.
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But when the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.
Kindle Edition available.
“Love is by and large a perishable good and it is lamentable that young people are asked to make irrevocable, till-death-do-we-part decisions in the midst of a short-lived euphoria.”– Sherry Thomas, A Study in Scarlet Women
The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon
by Robert Kurson
Inside Story • Uplifting • Riveting
In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. With just 4 months to prepare – a fraction of the normal time – the agency would send the first men in history to the Moon. This is the lesser-known story of NASA’s boldest and riskiest mission, the Apollo 8.
With a focus on the 3 heroic astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, and their wives and children, this is a vivid, gripping, you-are-there narrative that shows anew the epic danger involved, and the singular bravery it took, for man to leave Earth for the first time – and to arrive at a new world!
Audio Book available.
Borman spoke of Susan constantly; there didn’t seem an aspect of his life he could explain without discussing how much she meant to him or how much he loved her. I’d heard the same from Lovell and Anders about their wives. When I discovered that Apollo 8 was the only crew in which all the marriages survived (astronaut careers were notoriously hard on marriages) it didn’t surprise me. In a singularly beautiful story, it seemed only fitting that the first men to leave Earth considered home to be the most important place in the universe.”– Robert Kurson, Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon