February Monthly Recap
Time for our February recap. Find out which books were favorites, which were duds, and which ones we are most looking forward to in 2016. We’ll end our wrap up with a calendar of book-related events/facts coming up in February and a glimpse of our upcoming content.
One randomly selected follower (email or wordpress follower) will win a $10 amazon gift card. Scroll down to see if you are the winner. The prize is only awarded if you contact us with your email address so make sure to check these monthly recaps each month to see if you won! We also want to hear from you so let us know what you read this month and what you look forward to reading next month.
Jen: It has been a relatively slow reading month for me because life got in the way of my reading time. I read 6 books so while I did slow down my reading (New Year’s resolution), it was unintentional and not a purposeful slowing down to better digest my books.
Favorite book read in February: My favorite read of the month was a children’s/young adult book: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.
Least favorite book read in February: Saturday by Ian McEwan. I didn’t hate it, but I found parts of it quite dull and boring. I gave it 3 stars for the quality of writing which was excellent but my overall enjoyment was more like a 2 star read.
New Year’s Resolution (and continued goals): So below were my new year’s resolutions and here’s how I’ve done so far. They remain my goals for March.
- Slow down my reading pace. I did this unintentionally but I don’t think it counts. I still felt like I was speeding through books even though I read less than last month.
- Read more books published in 2016: I read two books published in 2016 and am halfway through another galley for a book that comes out tomorrow –so that is an improvement.
- Clearing out my physical TBR before buying new books: I did a lot better with this goal. I read 6 books total this month. Three books were books on my physical TBR, 2 books came with my indispensable subscription so I don’t count those in books bought and I bought one (Saturday by McEwan).
Favorite book read in February:Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks (to be reviewed here soon). Honourable mention goes to The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel.
Least favorite book read in February: I have actually had a really good February reading wise and all the books I have read have been at least 3 star reads so this month I am not going to name a least favourite.
New Year’s Resolution (& February goals): I have managed to read 10 books in February which is keeping me on target for my goal of 110 books this year, lets hope I can keep it up. I have not bought any more physical books which is a big bonus (I am not counting library books, the book lent by a friend or the odd kindle book I couldn’t resist, seriously I am not a saint)
I also managed to read all the books I aimed to read in February with the exception of The Crab Flower Club (Cloudsplitter took longer than expected).
Drum roll please… I also read a whole 1 book from my physical pile. This will now be making its way to the charity shop to add to someone else’s book mountain.
Looking forward to March my goal books are: The Story of the Stone, Vol. 2: The Crab-Flower Club, The Radetzky March, A Fine Balance and Death in Venice. If I manage to read these, I would like to get round to reading some of my physical books and reducing the overflow from the bookcase. I am going to aim to read 2 physical books doubling my February effort.
What can you look forward to on our blog in March? First off, we will be announcing the initial prizes for our Winter reading challenge. The second round of prizes will be handed out at the end of the year to give people time to finish all the items. Secondly, in mid-march we will be starting our March Madness challenge. Stay tuned because tomorrow we will be announcing our book brackets! We also will feature our recurring posts: Love it or Hate it, Read Around the World, Featured Author Ian McEwan (which we didn’t get to this month), Kid’s Corner, and Terrible Reviews of Great Books. Finally, we’ll feature regular reviews of both non-list and 1001 list books.
For more on upcoming content you can always check out our event calendar — featured on our sidebar.
March 2016 book releases:
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell. Release Date: March 1
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne Valente. Release Date: March 1
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. Release date: March 8
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. Release Date: March 15
Lust & Wonder: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs. Release Date: March 29
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien. Release Date: March 29
We want to hear from you. So what are your plans for March? Which books were your favorites and least favorites in February? Are you sticking to your New Year’s reading resolutions?
The winner of our follower appreciation is a wordpress follower: Mrs Hicks. In order to claim the prize you need to reply to this post or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying that you want to claim the prize! You must claim your prize before the end of the March otherwise it will go back into the pool for the next winner. Congrats, you win a $10 gift card to Amazon!
NOTE: winners are randomly selected from pool of either wordpress or email followers of this blog.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our reader-book match. If you want to be matched to a book speak up!! We are creating a list of people who want to do this. If we select you, we’ll email you a survey and when you send it back to us we (along with help from our followers) will create a personalized reading list for you.
It doesn’t seem so long since I was awarded a monthly prize! Thank you very much, randomizer.
I’ve had a slower reading month, too. Work has been a bit of a drain on my time. I managed 6 books this month. Burger’s Daughter was my stand out. I found it incredibly moving. The Noise of Time was also excellent, really thought provoking. Disappointing was Blue Lightning, which is one of Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series. It was disappointing because I love the TV adaptation and the book characters are very, very different.
Next month I’ll finish The Fishermen, read Death in Venice and see what I turn up at the Little Free Library. I emailed the man who looks after it, to check he wouldn’t mind someone from 20 miles away visiting. He’s very excited, wants to do a piece for their local paper. Not the reaction I was expecting at all! I’m also going to get a recommendation from my local indie bookshop. Plus I’ve borrowed Parade’s End from the library, so I need to read that.
Oh, I started a blog about my thoughts on the books I read – please take a look if you have time. I’m adding past reviews and put my thoughts on Burger’s Daughter up last night. https://thinkaboutreading.wordpress.com
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I love it when the prize goes to an active reader! It was a random draw with close to 500 people and you were selected. I’ll send you the email tonight (my time). Love that news about the little free library! And I look forward to checking out your reading blog!
Did you just send me an email about the gift card? I got an email from someone claiming to be Mrs. Hicks from the gift card but it seemed to come from an email avoiding that I didn’t recognize
Ooh, no! I didn’t email you because I know you have my contact email. Naughty scammer trying to get a free book!
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Wow, I sent you the email. It certainly didn’t sound like you. What a disappointing thing to happen. Unlucky for them that I actually know you a little better than some of the silent followers. I may have to change the rules for claiming the prize.
I’d recommend not putting your email in machine readable form. I’ve seen people spell it out, e.g. jenlane3 [at] yahoo [dot] com. That will stop bots, but possibly not scammers trawling the net for competitions. It is disappointing. Having read their email, I think they might benefit from a good book, but I suspect they wouldn’t spend it on that!
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Yes, that is a good idea. I will change that. The email on the blog isn’t my personal email (and doesn’t have my last name) because I didn’t want that account made public but I could still use other safeguards.
Yeah, their email being poorly written was a clear indicator that it probably wasn’t anyone who is part of this community
I had the same reaction to saturday – i hated the characters. All that fuss about fish soup……
My February started at a cracking pace largely because i had some long flights and hotel nights on my own. but then when i started reading Virginia Woolf it slowed to a crawl.
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Which Virginia Woolf are you reading?