I was sitting this morning with my cup of coffee and had a moment of panic when I realized I did not post my February Reads! Ah! Forgive me, the month of February went by in a blur. Can you believe that it’s half way through March already?! Since February was a busy month, I only was able to read one book. This puts me behind on my goal a bit, but I know lots of reading will get done in March. Ben and I will be traveling to Arizona next week for a spring get-away with my parents, and I always take advantage of trips to knock a few books off my to-do list. Let’s just say I read one book this month because I don’t think much could compare to my February Read, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt.
Angela’s Ashes was always a coffee table staple at my house and it’s been on my list to read for a long time. After my recent trip to Ireland, I’ve been engrossed in the Irish culture and inspired by Irish literature. Ben and I started to listen to this memoir in audio-book format on a recent road trip. If you are looking for an audio-book, I highly recommend listening to this one. It’s narrated by Frank McCourt who has such a lovely voice. I could listen to him talk all day. There is something about him narrating his own story that is truly inspiring and for obvious reasons, so believable and raw. We didn’t finish the audio-book on the trip, so I ended up picking it up in book format. I’m happy that I listened to it to start, because I could hear Frank narrating for the entirety of reading his memoir. From being born in Brooklyn, NY to Irish immigrants, to moving back to Limerick to a live a life of extreme poverty, Frank McCourt paints a very vivid picture of his life in Angela’s Ashes. A life of living in slum after slum with a father who can’t fend for his family due to drinking away all of their wages. Though his father is irresponsible and volatile, he teaches Frank one thing, how to tell a story and his love for his beloved Ireland. Frank finds respite from poverty and starvation by becoming captivated in the Irish folklore and the Irish Catholic traditions that his father and mother share with him. This memoir will take you through Frank’s life narrating from the perspective of a young boy and into his teenage years. Angela’s Ashes will make you laugh, cry, and cringe all at the same time. You will definitely look at your life a bit differently and realize how lucky we are to be blessed with a life of comfort.
Visit Cozy With The Poseys next month to see my March Reads. I have some good ones for you 🙂
Thanks for reading,