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February Reading Wrap Up

on March 2, 2020

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 8
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 3
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 7
Male/Female Authors: 15.5/1.5 (one is a collection of essays written by both men and women)
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 1
Favourite Book(s): With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo, Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine, The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan, Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli
Least Favourite Books: Nothing below a 3 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 13

February was almost a mirror image of January! I read 17 books in both months, 14 fiction and 3 non fiction in each as well. I think overall February probably had books I rated higher and it also gave me my first 10/10 for the year with The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan, the 3rd in the Cormac Reilly series. All of the series is fantastic (I’ve rated the previous 2 books 9/10) and I’d urge anyone who hasn’t given this one a go yet to definitely go out and pick them up. They keep getting better and this one had a lot of subtlety and was excellently crafted. As well as the 10/10, I had 3 other books that I rated 9/10 and nothing was below a 6 so everything this month was actually really solid.

Challenge update!

Reading Women Challenge: 4/26. At the end of January, I was 0/26 so I have actually gotten myself pretty much up to date with where I should be with this one.

Read Non-Fiction Challenge: 3/6. Added another book to this one in February. Pretty sure that I’ll end up reading more than the 6 I signed up for.

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 14/50. Added 7 books to this one, but as I’ve mentioned before, this one isn’t really a challenge as such! A lot of my reading is Australian women writers.

I’ve really been utilising my local library in February. I read 8 books from there during the month. I’ve been using it a lot to source books for challenges for specific prompts. I think everything I’ve read for the Reading Women Podcast Challenge so far has been from the library and I’ve also used it to contribute to the Read Non Fiction Challenge as well. I still have a bunch of books checked out, some that will apply for one challenge or the other and some more on request too.

February was a no purchase month! This year I’m trying to cut down on the books I buy (because I actually buy more than I can read, especially when I factor in the books I get for review or from the library) and because we’re going on a big-ish (for us) holiday this year, I decided that I would limit myself to 1 book purchase per month in print form. eBook purchases are different, because they do not contribute to the clutter in my house! I actually did not use my book purchase for February (nor did I buy any eBooks) so potentially I could have 2 purchases for March if I wanted or store it up for a month in the future where I’m tempted by more than one book!

Onto the March TBR:

Interesting mix here. Of these I actually only actively requested three – the top one, Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli, which I’ve already read and reviewed as part of a blog tour, The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte and The Secrets Of Strangers by Charity Norman. The rest were unsolicited/suprises. I am quite curious about the Kathy Reichs. I used to love this series a long time ago….probably close to a decade or more now. But they really started to drop off in quality for me into the teens and I stopped buying them and started reading them from the library, much like I did with the Janet Evanovich books. Then I abandoned the series entirely and I thought it was probably actually finished. I think it was in some sort of publishing limbo for a couple of years so I haven’t missed as many instalments as I might have thought. So it’ll be interesting to see what Temperance Brennan is up to now and is she on or off with Andrew Ryan…and do I still care? In terms of the others….I’m most interested in The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke which looks like it might be fun and The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood. The latter is LGBT fantasy according to Goodreads, definitely not something I read a lot of but I’m on a big fantasy kick right now so I’m looking forward to it. The author is LGBT as well so I actually think that will fulfil a prompt to read a novel by someone from the LGBTQ+ community for the Reading Women Podcast Challenge. Code Name Hélène is about Nancy Wake, so I’m thinking that’s going to be good. Julian Leatherdale is an Australian author I’ve heard a lot about but I haven’t actually read any of his previous books. They’re all doorstoppers, but this one looks quite a bit slimmer so I think it might be a good one to start with. Saint X is a thriller/mystery type about a child who was abducted and murdered on the Caribbean island of Saint X and her sister’s quest to find the truth as an adult. The Paris Model arrived beautifully wrapped from the publisher, with a little chocolate heart and an Eiffel Tower keyring. It’s about an Australian living in post-war Paris working as a model/mannequin for Christian Dior.

Hope you all had a wonderful reading month for February (and enjoyed that extra day to sneak another book in!). If you’ve read anything on my March TBR or something looks intriguing to you, be sure to leave a comment.

 


2 responses to “February Reading Wrap Up

  1. Marg says:

    The Nancy Wake one sounds like it could be interesting!

  2. cubitmagazine says:

    I’m so excited to read Saint X

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