What I read in February

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

At first this book was so frustrating! All I wanted was for the author to get on with it! I don’t know if it was the author’s prose or my own impatience, but I often found my mind wandering. Never a good sign.

What kept me going was the promise that HG Wells would soon appear, and when he did my frustration turned to enjoyment. His meeting with Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man, made struggling through the first chapters worth it. It was interesting seeing these real life people in a fictional setting, and HG Wells made for a fun protagonist.

There are three different stories being told, all connected by HG Wells and time travel. The middle story of Captain Derek Shackleton and Claire Haggerty is my favorite. It also brought in one of the biggest surprises of the book. The Map of Time has so many twists and turns that I never knew what to expect, though I always thought later that I should have seen it coming, but I never did. I guess that’s to the authors credit.

If you are willing to struggle through the first few chapters and you enjoy time travel stories, you will like this book.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie when I was a kid, so I’m not sure why I never read the book. When I saw that I could download it for free on my Kindle, I decided to give it a try.

I think I would have loved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz if I had read it as a kid, as an adult I felt it was just meh. I guess I thought it would make me feel the same way that the movie does. The movie always makes me feel the wonder and excitement I felt as a kid, even if it’s only for a moment. The book lacked that magic for me.

The Style Checklist by Lloyd Boston

Lloyd Boston’s style checklist is pretty much the same as all the other style checklists I’ve read. The little black dress, white button-down shirt, trench coat, etc. But what was different about Lloyd’s book is that he actually gives you outfit ideas! He also gives tips about how to style garments at different stages of your life. I found all of this so helpful and interesting. I’m definitely going to purchase his book Before You Put That On for more great tips.

So, what have you been reading lately? Any good books to recommend? Have you read any of the above books? What did you think of them?

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