What I Read in February

25744324Graphique de la Rue (The Signs of Paris) by Louise Fili

This was mentioned in Elegantissima, which I read last month. It’s a photo collection featuring Parisian signs and typography, and is thoroughly charming and exquisite. Would recommend to anybody who loves Paris and/or typography, particularly beautiful scripts and funky Art Deco lettering.

20910157Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I love a good memoir and I also love Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec, anyone?), so Yes Please has been on my TBR for a while.

It’s constructed in a scrapbook style, and I’d categorize it as a collection of essays and stories, rather than a memoir or narrative. It’s not as funny as you’d expect, nor does it reveal much about her personal life. It does, however, contain some good bits of advice and some highly amusing photos. Also, I must note that the design work is fantastic.

18798983The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve seen this one around quite a bit, thanks to all of my bookish friends. I haven’t read much fiction recently, so I picked The Wrath and the Dawn because it’s a retelling of the story of Shahrazad and the Thousand and One Nights. I grew up reading a book called Shadow Spinner that was based on the same story, so I was curious to read a more recent YA version.

I have mixed feelings, because it’s an uncomfortable story to begin with. Shadow Spinner wasn’t told from Shahrazad’s perspective, while The Wrath and the Dawn was. And while that made it extremely gripping and poignant, it also increased my misgivings about Shahrazad’s feelings for her husband. That being said, there’s no denying that this had all the elements of a truly great story, and the author did a good job pushing the complexity and pacing. Also: the food! The clothing! Um, wonderful.

Comment below: What did you read in February? Any recommendations?