Happy 28th my lovely readerkins! I don’t know about you, but I am so glad February is coming to an end. It’s been a long, freezing month, and I’m ready for the gradual warming March will (hopefully) bring.
This was not a great month for me. I hit a reading AND blogging slump. I didn’t have much reading time, I couldn’t finish a book that I had really been enjoying, and I lost all motivation to write about anything. None of the literary fiction on my shelves appealed to me; it all seemed to heavy, too serious. I needed something light and fun. By the end of the month, I turned the reading slump around by gobbling up Fangirl, a cute YA read outside my usual comfort zone. Still not quite back to normal, I decided to ignore the March galleys I “should” be reading and grabbed The Word Exchange, which isn’t coming out until April. But it was just what I needed! It’s funny and clever and a love letter to language.
I also finally joined a fitness center! I’ve been enjoying getting back into swimming and trying out a few classes. So far I’ve done yoga (love) and cycling (never going back). I’m still struggling to make fitness part of my routine, but it’ll get there!
February also wrapped up Jazz Age January. It was a fantastic event; thanks to everyone who participated!
Wake by Anna Hope
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
Visible City by Tova Mirvis
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
This month: 1,777
This year: 4,403
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My final read for Jazz Age January! Man, this book just gets better every time I read it.
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg. I took a leap and read my first graphic novel… and I kind of fell in love. The illustrations are gorgeous, and I loved the blending of mythologies.
The Free by Willy Vlautin. This depressing but ultimately hopeful novel brings together an Iraq war veteran trapped in his own mind, a struggling father working two jobs to pay medical bills, and a kind-hearted nurse who grows attached to a patient.
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean. This was my first foray into romance! I enjoyed the sexy bits and the strong heroine, but I couldn’t help rolling my eyes at some of the writing.
Wake by Anna Hope. Set in the wake of WWI, this novel follows three women whose lives have been touched by war. I really enjoyed this novel and thought it was very well done excepting a few small flaws.
Ten Books That Will Make You Cry
Jazz Age January: Week 5 Linkup/Wrap Up
Literary Blog Hop
Literally… The Best App for Readers
Why I Love Being a Reader and Blogger
Negative Reviews: To Post or Not to Post?
Ten Books I Read Because of Other Bloggers
In March I plan to read The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt, Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu, and Byron Easy by Jude Cook for review. I think I’ll also read a Stephen King book for King’s March, hosted by Wensend and Fourth Street Review! I’ve never read him before and I have no idea what book to pick, but it’ll be another great reading-outside-my-comfort-zone challenge!
March will also see the launch of the BSV redesign and move to self hosting! Tom has been hard at work making a gorgeous new theme, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
What did you read in February? Any plans for March?