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February Reading Wrap Up

on March 1, 2019

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 15
Non-Fiction: 2
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 5
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 13
Male/Female Authors: 1/16
Kindle Books: 0
Books I Owned or Bought: 2
Favourite Book(s): The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence, No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume, The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan, Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee, Vardaesia by Lynette Noni.
Least Favourite Books: Man Out Of Time by Stephanie Bishop
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 14

February was another good reading month for me – both in terms of numbers and also how much I enjoyed the books I read. I rated my 2nd and 3rd book 10/10 for the year (No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani & Vardaesia by Lynette Noni) and 4 others I rated 9/10. Which honestly might be a record for me! It’s not often I would have 3 books rated 10/10 in the second month of the year!

In February the Stella Prize Longlist was announced and I decided that I would try and read as many of the titles as I possibly could. I’ve attempted to read the shortlist before a couple of years ago but this is the first time I’ve tried to tackle the longlist. I’d already read one before it was announced – The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper, which I really liked. With the help of my local library I was able to access another five titles really quickly, of which I’ve read 4 – Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee, The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo, Man Out Of Time by Stephanie Bishop and Bluebottle by Belinda Castles. I have Too Much Lip by Melissa Lushenko on my TBR bookcase and another 2 books, Little Gods by Jenny Ackland and The Erratics by Vickie Laveau-Harvie on request through my library. That leaves 3 others I think, which my local library system doesn’t appear to have. Watch all those 3 make the shortlist, haha.

After getting off to a bit of a slow start in my Australian Women Writers Challenge in January, I bounced back in February by reading a whopping 13 books that qualify towards the challenge. I actually read 14 by Australian women in February but one was a re-read that I reviewed for the challenge years ago. Considering I put it upon myself to read 80 books for this challenge this year, I’m going to have to keep up the pace! March so far does not have too many books by Australian women authors on it but I’ll have more Stella books to read and there’s always a few late arrivals and last minute additions, so it’ll be one of those months where I just see where the pile takes me.

Here’s the March TBR pile………

I’ve already read 2 – Four Dead Queens and The Glovemaker, reviews of which will be up next week. I really enjoyed Peggy Frew’s last book, Hope Farm (which I actually read in a previous attempt to read a Stella shortlist) so I’m looking forward to Islands. There’s a few I don’t know too much about, that were surprises – Gingerbread has a beautiful gold foil cover and sounds interesting. And The Glad Shout is a hardback, which you don’t see too many of these days. My eldest got a kick out of seeing Hunter arrive in the mail, because that’s his name. Fiona Lowe’s new novel will count towards my AWWC. I don’t know much (ie anything) about The Artist but it’s another one with a cool cover.

So, this is somewhat of a small pile. I thought there was a lot more, but quite a few of the books I received for review during February were actually April titles, so they get to hang around and wait for the next TBR. So that gives me some room to add in a few things, like another couple of Stella books, and also this:

This is a mother of a book, at 830p in large paperback form. That cover though! I couldn’t resist buying this at the bookstore yesterday. I’m hopelessly behind with Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series and the fact that this is almost a thousand freaking pages is intimidating and makes it hard to squeeze in but look, we’ll see how we go. I really want to read it – that cover is absolutely stunning (the photo does not do it justice) and I’ve been hearing lots of good things.

What’s on your pile for March? Let me know!


2 responses to “February Reading Wrap Up

  1. I have The Priory of the Orange Tree too! I’m so looking forward to it, I love Samantha Shannon and this one sounds like my kind of fantasy. Buddy read?

  2. […] actually read every book on my March TBR, which almost never happens – including the monster The Priory Of The Orange Tree by […]

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