February in Review

March 2, 2016

month in review

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We are at the end of month two and I feel like I’ve got a rhythm to my blogging. Death by Tsundoku feels much more like home. I’ve developed standards for the aesthetic which really help with flow. I haven’t received a lot of feedback yet, though. Any thoughts? What do you like? What can I improve?

The hardest part of blogging to me relates to media in posts. Writing the review itself is fairly smooth, but adding media can add another 40-60 minutes to post writing. I will be focusing on how to improve my use of media this month.

Also, thanks to rescheduling needs, I only ended up having two official book club meetings in February. That was really disheartening to me. Thankfully, I have some great friends! A shout out of Rebecca and Emma for meeting separately with me to talk books. I definitely have great friends.

I feel like I’m finally getting into a blogging groove. Let’s keep up the momentum!

 

List of Reads

February just flew by this year! Even though we had a leap year, that extra day didn’t really help at all. I spent a lot of time with my friends, which was really nice. But somehow, I lost a lot of my free time which normally goes to reading. I still read a lot in February, but I plan on spending more time reading in March.

February Books:

Read – 15 total books

February Books 1 February Books 2 February Books 3

Currently Reading – 4 books

  • Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  • Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Influencer: The Power To Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

 

You MUST READ this month:

Illuminae. Oh my gosh, Illuminae. This is a YA sci-fi, epistolary novel with beautiful word art and surprises at every turn. I absolutely adored this book. It’s 599 pages, and once I hit page 246 I couldn’t stop reading. I was addicted. Heck, I still am. This is my first 6 star for the year and I cannot recommend it enough!!

DANGER! Avoid this month:

The Gunslinger. I desperately want to like this book. It has one of the best opening lines of all time, and all the words which follow are an incredible disappointment to me. So many people I know have read this book and loved it, but I detested every moment. I only finished it so I could speak at book club about all the reasons I disliked it. 1 star. Would NEVER recommend.

Challenge Update

As I’ve mentioned before, I do adore reading challenges. Alas, I really struggled with them this month. I barely eeked by on my February challenge, and I made little to zero progress on my other challenges. It looks like I’ll have to do some more serious reading planning to stay on top of these!

My monthly challenge for February was Your Reading History. This was to get you to re-read your favorite books. Instead of picking my absolute favorites from my past, I decided to re-read some books which would help me with one of my Yearly challenges: The Listopia Challenge.Listopia is what Goodreads calls their collection of reading lists. I’ve chosen to read Newbery Honor and Medal winners for this year. 20 of them, to be exact. The ultimate goal is to read all of them eventually. Eventually. To both meet this challenge and the February challenge, I decided to re-read books I originally read in Elementary school. I didn’t get through as many as I wanted to, but it was still an enjoyable ride. 2/4 ain’t bad, friends. Ain’t bad at all.

Listopia is what Goodreads calls their collection of reading lists. I’ve chosen to read Newbery Honor and Medal winners for this year. 20 of them, to be exact. The ultimate goal is to read all of them eventually. Eventually. To both meet this challenge and the February challenge, I decided to re-read books I originally read in Elementary school. I didn’t get through as many as I wanted to, but it was still an enjoyable ride. 2/4 ain’t bad, friends. Ain’t bad at all.

That said, I need to spend less time “window shopping” at the library and more time thinking seriously about how to get these challenges accmomplished.

Check out my challenge statuses as they update here.

 

Tsundoku Life

It wouldn’t be tsundoku if I didn’t have a gigantic pile of books waiting for me!

February definitely got away from me. I have a huge pile of library books to crank through. I’m a bit addicted to my library! But my pocketbook appreciates the library addiction, instead of the bookstore addiction. Along with my book club books, and books I need to read for challenges, well, I’m starting to even intimidate myself. I hope to get some quality time this week dedicated to my books– hopefully, I can whittle down some graphic novels before we get too far into March!

TBR Library Books

(Hm. My graphic novel collection didn’t really diminish. It just… grew.)

  • Tales of the Otori Book 1: Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
  • Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol 5 by Kazuo Koike
  • Lone Wolf and Cub, Vol 6 by Kazuo Koike
  • The Sandman, Vol 5 by Niel Gaiman
  • Oz (Omnibus) by Eric Shanower
  • Girl Genius, Vol 7 by Kaja Foglio
  • Girl Genius, Vol 8 by Kaja Foglio
  • Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Feathers by Jorge Corona
  • Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony cliff

TBR Planned Reads for March

  • Book Clubs
    • Our Shared Shelf – All About Love: New Vision by Bell Hooks
    • Kids Lit – The Descendants by Rico Green
    • West Side Stories – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christy
    • Books n’ Booze – The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
    • Brunch Books – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    • Friends Kinda – Americanah by Chimamanda Nozi Adichie
  • Challenge Books
    • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Month two has provided a similar update to month one, which gives me hope. Apparently, I am an avid reader. But, I think you knew that already.

I look forward to many more months with all of you. Happy Reading,

Jackie B.

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