Currently standing at 66 books awaiting review. Considering I started the year at over 90, I am making progress!
Favorite February Read
I think this slot goes to The Bear and the Nightingale. I didn’t really know what to expect with that one, and it completely sucked me. It had been quite some time since a fantasy book hooked me so hard!!
Most Disappointing February Read
I actually had multiple bust reads in February, but probably Anne of Manhattan. There was so much potential here for a fun, modern update of Anne of the Island, and it just failed miserably on so many levels.
Other February Reads
- The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods
- Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
- Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard
- A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods
- Bayside Retreat by Sherryl Woods
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Dogwood Hill by Sherryl Woods
- Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
- Mystery by Moonlight by Mary C. Jane
- Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher
- The Provincial Lady in London by E.M. Delafield
- Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
- Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods
- The Horse-Tamer by Walter Farley
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
- Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
- Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
- The Time-Traveler’s Guide to Regency Britain by Ian Mortimer
Total Books Read in February: 21
Total Pages Read in February: 6326
February Challenge Updates:
- New States Visited: Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington (YTD: 14)
- 100 Years of Books: 10 (YTD: 26)
- Roll 100 List: 2 (YTD: 9)
This is current as of today, not the end of February!!
- Standalones: 498 (down two)
- Nonfiction: 132 (holding steady… I just never seem to read these, even though they do sound interesting!)
- Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…): 595 (holding steady)
- Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 250 (down one)
- Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 114 (up two)
- New Arrivals – (I have a lot of books that I have been gifted or that I pick up somewhere and they get put on my “oh I’m so excited about this shiny new book” shelf… and then of course don’t actually get read.): 189 (up ten!! Went to the library booksale LOL)
We just finished The Long Winter yesterday and will be starting Little Town on the Prairie tomorrow, so the Little House series is progressing nicely. I’m reading Walden, which was my classic earlier this year and I never got through it. The copy I had had really, really tiny print, so I checked out an edition from the library with big pages and lots of photographs and that’s helping me actually get through it. I just think Thoreau is sooooo pretentious. This month’s classic is The Prince and the Pauper and it’s been far more adventurous than I remember!! My main book that I’m reading is The Comeback by Lily Chu. The Stand-In was a surprise win for me last year, so I’m interested to see what happens in Chu’s sophomore book. I’m enjoying it so far, with some reservations, so we’ll see.
Last Time on “Up Next”
Did I read my probable next five reads from last time?
- Auntie Marnie by Patrick Dennis – Yes! And it was a weird one!
- Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not-Dating by Christina Lauren – Yes! Quite bland.
- The Captain’s Confidant by Ashtyn Newbold – Yes! Unbelievably, I actually finished this whole series! Go me!
- The Way of the Wilderness by Martha Reben – Nope! However, it’s still on the windowsill. I’ll get to it…sometime lol
- Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman – Yes! Just this past week, actually.
My probable next five reads…
- The Gift by Louise Jensen – a random thriller from my TBR
- Lakeside Sweethearts by Lisa Jordon – remember a long time ago when I inherited a laundry basket full of “Love Inspired” romances from my great-aunt? I got rid of most of them, but still have a few lurking around, including this one.
- Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – I weirdly did like Beartown and loved A Man Called Ove, so I’ve been meaning to read this one for quite some time.
- Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton – Every year on Litsy a group of ladies host a “summer camp” where everyone votes on and then reads six books throughout the summer. This is the first one on the docket. I don’t know if I’ll read all six, and there is a good chance I may start a couple of them and not finish, but sometimes it’s good to test out a few books that I wouldn’t pick up on my own.
- Miranda the Great by Eleanor Estes – I’ve owned this book forever and actually love Eleanor Estes, yet haven’t read it!
So that’s the February update!! On to March!! Maybe even before June!! :-D