Hi Reader Friends!
I had a great month, guys. My baby turned 8, and instead of a party, he wanted to go on a family trip to Boston to celebrate (side note… we actually almost named him Boston, who knew he’d end up loving that city so much).
I did lots of reading and I even made it out for book club this month, after several months of not going. Yeah, February was good.
At the bottom of this post I have a question for you. Please leave me some feedback, as I’m still learning the blogging ropes. Thanks!
Here is a breakdown of my February reading-
Total pages read: 4,043*
Number of Books Started: 16**
Number of Books Finished: 15***
- Physical Books- 3 (+2 short stories)
- Ebooks- 2
- Audiobooks- 4
- Graphic Novels- 7
*I didn’t include the last 30ish pages of The Golden Compass that I finished off to start the month, or the portion of Monstress vol 1 that I read, because I didn’t pay attention to how much of it I made it through before DNFing and returning it to the library.
**I’m not including short story collections in this, but I am including them in my page count.
***This time I’m counting The Golden Compass.
And Here’s a Closer Look-
Rat Queens vol. 1, by Kurtis J. Wiebe
- I enjoyed this graphic novel, but there is some controversy regarding one of the creators of the series… I’m not totally sure of the details, so I won’t say anything more, but I haven’t decided yet if I will read more.
An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson
- I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have a review post here. Loved.
Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova
- This was a cute children’s graphic novel that was in the Little Free Library at the playground. I enjoyed it, then brought it back to the LFL the following week, but my friend’s daughter ended up grabbing it. At our next playground/library hangout she already had it finished, and so we found the companion graphic novel for her to check out from the main library. I just loved having that bookish experience with her.
The Changeling, by Victor LaValle
- I enjoyed this book a lot. Russel at Ink and Paper Blog chose this book to kick off his Around the World in a 1000 Pages Book Club. You can check out the discussions on Goodreads here, and his videos here.
- I suppose this would best be described as magical realism, be prepared for a sudden shift from the real world to a world of witches, trolls, and (as the title suggests) changelings.
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
- This book was chosen for the Marauders Book Club. The discussion is taking place March 10… head over to the facebook group if you would like to be a part of it.
- I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time. I remember seeing the movie in theaters and loving it. I really enjoyed the audio read by the author, though some parts did drag on… in the most beautiful way, don’t get me wrong.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- Listened to this… again. Loved it… again.
The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman
- I listened to this while getting ready one morning. It is so short but SO good. It was a full cast audio and a really great darker sort of fairy tale retelling featuring Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.
He Forgot to Say Goodbye, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- So glad I read this. My reaction to it can be found here.
Saga vols 6 & 7, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- YES! These were finally returned to the library for me to snatch up!
Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, by Jomny Sun
- Nope. Not for me. Cute, sure. But not the emotional masterpiece people were making it out to be. I was expecting more. So much more.
The Queen of Water, by Laura Resau
- I really liked this novel based on the life experiences of an young indigenous Ecuadorian girl. I read this because I am setting a goal to read books from the countries of my heritage. While I wait (not so patiently) for my ancestry DNA results, I am starting with Ecuador, the country where my mother was born.
Blankets, by Craig Thompson
- Still not sure about this one. Didn’t hate it. But it made me very not happy. I don’t know what to say. It’s a memoir (I think) in graphic novel form, and it was quite depressing.
A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman
- LOVE LOVE LOVE!
- I’ve listened to this twice now, and I plan on buying and reading it someday. It is BEAUTIFUL…heartwarming and heartbreaking.
The Keeper (from Stars Above), by Marissa Meyer
- This is the backstory for Michelle Benoit (Scarlet’s grandmother) in the Lunar Chronicles, describing events leading up to the beginning of the series. I don’t want to say anything else because if you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles… READ THEM!
Perseus Wants a Hug (from Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes), by Rick Riordan
- I love Percy Jackson. I especially love him in the Heroes of Olympus Series, which I guess is weird and I should love him more in the Percy Jackson and the Olympian Series which is all him all the time. Aaanywho, I love him. In my mind, I am Annabeth Chase, and he is MY Seaweed Brain. Swoon.
- I found this GIANT book at Five Below for… you guessed it… $5!!! Couldn’t pass it up. So far I’ve just read this first story in the collection, and it was much longer than I expected it to be. It got a few chuckles out of me. I love the light and sarcastic way Rick Riordan writes these myths and legends.
The Lost Girls of Camp Foervermore, by Kim Fu
- I received an e-ARC of this from NetGalley. It was terrible. I still don’t know what happened on the island. But I could not stick it out to find out, that’s for sure.
Monstress, by Marjorie M. Liu
- I’m surprised I didn’t like this graphic novel. I’ve only heard good things about it. But I just did not connect to it. It was the first volume but I felt like I was missing information, and I didn’t like the way it jumped back and forth… I don’t know. Maybe I was having an off day, but I coudn’t keep up.
My question for you: What do you prefer in a monthly wrap up post?
Just a list of what I’ve read? A page count and reading format summary? Pictures of the books? I feel like I’m constantly inserting the same pictures; to be honest it feels like overkill. My reaction to the book? A summary of the book?
Let me know.
Looking forward to more great reads in March!