Rearview Mirror // February 2020

Wait, you may be saying – didn’t we just finish March, not February?  Yes, you are correct!  However, here on TheAromaofBooks, I’ve only just finished reviewing the books I read in February!  So one month at a time!

Favorite February Read

I think I’m going with Free to Fall.  This book was surprisingly deep, and while it didn’t fall into a few cliches, I found myself really engaged with this on-the-brink-of-dystopia novel.

Most Disappointing February Read

The Intuitionist is going to slot in here.  It was just an odd book that I was never really able to connect with.

Other February Reads

February Stats

  • Total Number of Books Read:  19 (15 physical; 4 Kindle)
  • Total Pages Read:  5668 (BIG drop from January)
  • Average Star Rating for January:  3.66
  • Longest Book:  The Starless Sea  (494 pages)
  • Shortest Book:  Hail to the Chief (151 pages)
  • Oldest Book:  The Secret of Chimneys (published 1925)
  • Newest Book:  Lucky Caller (published 2020)
  • Number of New-to-Me Authors:  3

February DNFs

Only one for February – The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons.  I think part of the problem was that I just wasn’t in the mood for this one.  It’s 560 pages long, an epic fantasy with complicated dual storylines, more footnotes than most nonfiction, multiple pages of glossary terms in the back, etc.  Sometimes I really enjoy immersing myself in a world like this, but other times I just don’t have the patience for it, and this was one of the impatience times.  It’s a shame because I own a beautiful hardcover copy of this one that I got in a random book box, but I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to it.  The dual timeline was a real turn-off, with multiple characters overlapping in both, some in first person, some in third person – it was just toooo much.

TBR Update

This I keep updated as I go, so it’s current as of today, rather than as of the end of February.  I’m sure it’s off-kilter, though, because I get most of my TBR additions from reading book reviews on all of your lovely blogs, and I haven’t read anything in weeks!!

For those of you who don’t know, I’m weirdly obsessive with organizing the TBR, and have it on a spreadsheet divided into five different tabs:

  • Standalones:  480 (down three)
  • Nonfiction:  117 (up two – it would probably help if I read nonfiction like ever)
  • Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…):  672 (up twelve– mostly Kindle books and old gardening books from my grandma’s house)
  • Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series):  242 (down one)
  • Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 114 (down one)

So overall some downward trends… although I’m sure that will change whenever I get around to reading blog posts!

Reading Challenge Updates

  • #ReadingEurope2020 – visited zero countries (total 2/46 complete – this is definitely my weakest challenge so far!)
  • #ReadtheUSA2020 – visited four states: Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina (total 11/50 complete)
  • #SeparatedbyaPondTour – visited the four states above, plus two English counties (Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire). (Total 20/159 complete.)
  • #LitsyAtoZ – 1 book (18/26 complete)
  • #BackwardsAtoZ – 8 books (No L – No S complete – I’m trying to do this one in order)

I’ve also been doing a bunch of book bingos, which are kind of my new favorite thing!

Current Reads

Just one – I’m reading my way through an old children’s series from the 1960’s, the Robin Kane books.  Currently I’m on book #4 out of 6 – The Candle Shop Mystery.

Up Next

Besides finishing the Robin Kane books, the next few reads will probably be –

  • White Tiger by Kylie Chan – for another Litsy challenge I’m trying to read my five oldest unread Kindle books – this one is from 2016!
  • The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg – an #LMPBC book
  • The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nora Jacobs – a random TBR book
  • Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark – someone gave me an entire box of mysteries, including a bunch by Clark
  • Leave It to Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse – I’m still (very) slowly working my way through all of Wodehouse’s books in published order.  I’m looking forward to this reread as I always find Psmith particularly entertaining.

Well, that’s the February update – up next, minireviews from the books I read in March!  I may catch up one of these days!!