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Short Reads for a Short Month: Book Recommendations for Renaissance Place Apartments

Books on a shelf, pages forward, with a cup of tea featuring a gingham, heart-shaped tea-bag tag sitting in front of them.

February is the shortest month of the entire year, which means it is the perfect month to read short books and escape (at least in your mind) from winter in western New York. Reading has many benefits, and one does not have to be a formal student or teacher to get them. Self-education is as close as the internet, your local bookstore, or library, within the pages of a book.

Charles W. Eliot, Harvard's president in 1869, transformed what was a provincial college into the preeminent American research university we know today. He said this about books, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”  We agree.

Grab a book and settle down in a cozy corner of your Renaissance Place Apartment and get lost in a different time and place. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of quick-to-read books (complete with reviews from Goodreads) to check out this month.

The Martian by Andy Weir

“A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive. Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.”

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

“It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.”

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicoptor.”

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

“Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.  Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.”

“In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.”

We hope you enjoy a short read during this short month! What is your favorite book? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for being a part of our apartment community here in Williamsville!