It feels like I forgot a couple books, but here's my reading list for February. All were read either on my Kindle, or from the iPhone Kindle app.
Uncubicled by Josh McMains. I picked this up either when it was free or less than $2. It looks like the book is now split into 2 books for some reason. I didn't have any expectations, but it was a pretty good read with some twists and turns that I didn't expect. Technology and mind games combined for an interesting story.
Valeria's Last Stand by Marc Fitten. I grabbed this one because it was set in an Hungarian village (my great-grandmother immigrated from Hungary) and it was free. I would have been happy to pay for this book because it was terrific! It's a love story, but not like any that I've ever read before, because almost all of the characters are well past their 30's. Fitten did a fantastic job creating his characters and I was so invested in the story that I read it on both my Kindle and iPhone app. (I usually read 2 different books on each -- but this one kept me interested so I made sure to sync the 2 so I could keep reading in spare moments.)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I remember that I borrowed this book from the library when it was first released, but couldn't get into it. Now that I look at the publication date, I realize that it wasn't that long after Lydia's birth when it came out, so I was probably sleep-deprived. I'm glad I picked it up again, because I thought it was a good story. I especially liked how Gruen created the older version of the main character, and I felt that the story moved smoothly between current time and 60 years prior.
Bake Sale Murder by Leslie Meier. I enjoy these mystery series with a strong female character. I've read a few in this series, and while I'm usually irritated by something in the character, it's not enough to keep me from reading. The book is a quick read, and perfect for those lost moments when I only have 5 - 10 minutes to read.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Somewhere I read a comment that this was one of the best Jane Austen novels. I've never been a fan, but going along with my decision to read (or re-read) more classics I chose this one for February. I still don't like Jane Austen. I think the book could have been finished in less than half the pages and I wanted to smack almost all the characters up the side of their heads. What a bunch of insipid, annoying, ridiculous people that populated the book. I forced myself to finish it, and the ending was exactly what I expected around page 10. bleck. Next month I'm reading Edith Wharton, because I adore her novels.
The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch. Another book that I really enjoyed. It is set in the 1600's, and is based on the author's family, who were executioners for generations. I liked the mystery and the history and thought it was very well-done. It was the kind of book that took me a little bit to get into, and then parts of it disturbed/frightened me, but I couldn't put it down because I had to know what happened next. I don't know that this author plans to make this a series, but I would like to read more about the characters if he did!