February Book Wrap Up 2020

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Monthly reading review – February 2020

This February I have read:

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje ★★★

Black Butler Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso ★★★★

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake ★★★

Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison ★★★

The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #4) by by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan ★★★★

Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay #2) by Dean Koontz ★★★

IMG_20200302_075147The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay #2) by Dean Koontz were library copies and I already turned in one of them.

1. How many books have you read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read? 

In February I’ve read total of six books. The amount of books does not make me all that happy but considering some of them were a bit more challenge than usual I think I did OK.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in February? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

Strangely the book I most enjoyed in February was a Black Butler manga. This was the third in the series and last I have on the shelf but the drama and familiar characters were entertaining and made me reconsider buying some more volumes.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Most of my reading month was OK, just OK. Nothing too thrilling or too bad. This mediocrity was kinda bland in contrast to January reading. I read some books in February that were almost a milestone for me and were on my reading list for a while now. Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison had the all elements I usually enjoy in an urban fantasy book series but this was the second time I tried reading it and had very little fun in reading it. My February reading felt a bit oppressed by Seize The Night (Moonlight Bay #2) by Dean Koontz as well. It was the last book I was reading in February and took me a third of the month to finish it.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I managed to read four of the books for my reading challenges and in February I’ve read two books for my book club assignment. This has made all my reading in February fit into some plans. I already strive to deviate a bit more from reading plans in March.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Three out of six books I’ve read were continuation on a book series. One was urban fantasy, one manga and one graphic novel. All three mentioned were the last of the books I already owned and would need to get next parts to finish. Getting new books is low on my priority lists and I will not be continuing these anytime soon.. I managed to finish one duology besides before mentioned book series – Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Dean Koontz was and interesting new author to read. I think I would have probably liked it more if it was my own choice instead of a book club assignment. Half of the books I read in February featured some kind of love relationship and could be categorized as romance of some sort. With that in mind my February reading felt a lot less romantic than the previous month of January. I guess I read romance all year round and this February was actually a bit low on romantic reading.

IMG_20200129_185020The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje I was reading at the start of February.

 

Monthly reading review – February 2018

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Monthly reading review – February 2018

This February I have read:

Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

Lord of the Flies by William Golding ★★

Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas  ★★★★★

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) by E.L. James ★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I read only four books this February. I have been working on some new projects I will soon post about in more detail. I also have some very exciting books waiting for me on the shelf and while I’m not exactly happy with the amount of books I’ve read in February I have a good feeling about my March reading.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in February? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

I loved going back to some of my favorite authors and characters in February. Strange Candy was on my reading list for years and reading short stories set in the world of Anita Blake made me feel really good.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Devil in winter is one of my favorite books and I managed to promote it for book club reading in March. I re-read it in Croatian translation and was horrified how bad the translation was.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

Reading the Lord of the Flies was a strain on my nerves for most part. On the book club meeting I did not part well with that book and I feel bad just thinking about it. Even with reading only four books I managed to get all the book club reading and TBR Jar Draw in time. Maybe it is time for more challenge?

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Finally finishing with the Fifty shades series made me feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. This book gave me way to much grief and the first half felt like wrestling a sumo fighter. It got a bit better toward the end but not enough to make up for all the pain and trouble.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I needed to remind myself more about reading the books written by authors I love. This is an excellent time for me to go back to some of my favorite authors and book series I need to finish up

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Final thoughts on February reading

I did not made any reviews of the books I’ve read in February. I will be posting a review on Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton collection with short thoughts on each story.

I have made some nice progress on A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm and hope to finish it next month!

I am becoming more confident about posting my thoughts and projects that are about my other hobbies and not just reading. I am still considering making changes to the blog in general to accomodate these posts.

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Reading in progress February 2018

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It has been a while since I was reading this many books at the same time. Reading more books at the same time was something I used to do a lot more while I was working in a bookstore. The frequency of the books I had on hand and information on them was higher and I was like a bee buzzing around with my nose in few different books a day even. Sometimes it all got too much and I had clearing phases to finish out the books I had dragged on for few months at a time.

This time I am in the middle of reading of five different books. Here are the books I am reading at the moment:

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Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3) by E.L. James

I have been dragging this book out from the start of the year. It should be an easy read but I’m having trouble going trough it. I have passed 150 pages mark and hope it will go faster from now on…

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Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton

This book is my TBR Jar Draw for February. I picked it out since I miss reading about some of my favorite characters from Anita Blake universe. So far I have read first two stories out of fourteen in total. I like that each story has an introduction by author and I am making little notes for each story so I can post a short review on each.

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Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas

I have managed to push trough this book for my book club reading at the beginning of March. It has been four years since the group picked out a romance book to read and I did a lot of work for it to pass as a reading suggestion. I am currently reading it for the fourth time and enjoying it immensely. I am also looking out for some book club fun ideas to make the meeting memorable for everyone. I have a tough crowd to please and I’m pulling out all the weapons I know! Oh and while I was meaning to buy the whole series in English one day my boyfriend bought a translated copy for me yesterday! English set is still on my wishlist though.

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A Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics by Erich Fromm

I have actually made progress with this book recently and I’ve passed the third of the book. I’m dealing with an older translated edition and some footnotes are giving me trouble. Reading this book takes all my concentration and sometimes I go back and reread some paragraphs. I’m taking notes as well and then look for English versions and it is all time consuming…

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This book is another book club project and this one is due in a week and a half. I was looking for a translated copy of this book but have been unsuccessful for now. While I still have some options for obtaining a copy I will try to avoid reading it in digital form and before bedtime since it kinda scares me….

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Reading five books at the time is not even my personal best but I will try to keep things moving a bit more faster and finish all of these by the end of the shortest month of the year!

Monthly reading review – February 2017

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Monthly reading review – February 2017

This February I have read:

Le Bal du comte d’Orgel by Raymond Radiguet ★★★★

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy ★★

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James ★

Married By Morning (The Hathaways #4) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★

Factotum by Charles Bukowski ★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This February I’m back at a reading pace of around one book per week. It is generally a good number but I get greedy for more.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in February? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

From all the books I’ve read in February I’ve liked a historical romance Married by Morning the most. Aside from being a work of one of my favorite authors – Lisa Kleypas, it was by far the happiest read I’ve had all month.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

From five books I’ve read three of them are set in English countryside and one in French! The scenery was very much the same but the characters were not. Turn of the Screw was a baffling read for me. I gave it one star mark on GR for more than one reason. The topic and how the work was presented were at best confusing. I felt like the author wanted to write a novel that was modern at that time – ghost story and just threw few ideas on the paper without making an effort.The whole story just felt boring and out of balance.

“Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat.”
― Charles Bukowski, Factotum

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

Three out of five books were for my RL book club! This is seriously turning around my reading habits and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Other two books were a random picks in the spur of the moment. I had plans for reading more books I already own, but aside from Tess of the D’Urbervilles which I bought for the purpose of reading it for book club (!) not one other of the books I’ve read in February is actually owned by me.

As plans go, I’m not pleased.

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

From the five books I’ve read in February only Married by Morning is a part of a book series. Since I jumped in with book 4. from the series I’m interested in reading some other books from The Hathaways book series.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

Much of my February reading has been done out of book club obligation and it is about time to take my own advice and read more books for fun. I don’t think I would have made it out of my February reading without Lisa Kleypas and her HR romance series. Bukowski was painfully sarcastic and reading it now when I’m older is a completely different experience that it was when I was younger. I would recommend it as a reading that gives perspective on life better than any sugarcoated self help book could do.

Final thoughts on February reading

All that stayed with me for reading classics these last two months is that I prefer reading my funny, trashy, romance and fantasy books more and more!

I like keeping track of my monthly reading in this manner because I keep getting surprised by my own reading habits. It felt good getting all the required RL book club reading done in time. Turning around I feel I miss my free reading more and more. Again I’m thinking about book club required reading becoming a chore instead of a favorite hobby. It gives me something to think about while I pick out books for March.

Reading in February 2017

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After finishing some books I’ve been dragging along from last year I am in the middle of reading some really interesting books!

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Le Bal du comte d’Orgel by Raymond Radiguet

This book intrigued me since it came into the bookstore last year. I got interested in theme and less known french author. I’m one third into the book and I really love the writing style and the characters. Melancholy tone of the book does not interfere with my reading speed so far.

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The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan

Finally I got into reading second book in Magnus Chase series. I’m a bit distressed with all the up to speed pop culture references. Also the tone is very inclusive and it screams 2016. I will definitely have to write a review on it after I’m done with it.

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

This is the first of two books I’m reading for book club this February. With some of these classic books I have a feeling I’ve been living under a rock since I’ve managed to avoid any contact with books or move versions even though some of them were part of my mandatory school reading like Jane Austen’s books or those by Bronte sisters. I’m going in blind into this one as well.

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After finishing with the books above here are a few others I want to read in February as well.

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The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

I’m attacking this one right after I’m done with Magnus Chase book.

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

This is my second book club required reading for February

After these I’m hopping to add some romance novels since it’s February after all. I haven’t picked out anything in particular yet.

 

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Reading in progress – February

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On the account of traumas I’m having while relocating all my reading habits for the past few years from Shelfari to Goodreads I’m in the middle of reading quite a few books from January!

Here are my shameful reading in progress that are getting little to zero progress…

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Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy book 1) by William Gibson

0 out of 228 pages

I’m thinking seriously of skipping this one for a while since all the shaming on it is getting ridiculous. Other books appeal to me more and this one is not on my favorite lists. I’m actually scared it will make me want to read less in general just to avoid it.

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Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark Book 15) by Kresley Cole

303 out of 531 pages

I used to devour books like this one in one or two sittings. Maybe I’m out of practice but the sex scenes were a bit intense. And I know it’s spring time almost and all but I’m not feeling it 😦

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Moć albiura (Saga Albiuriana book 1) by Daria Keršić

14 out of 200 pages

This is a book from Croatian author and maybe I just have problems with translations or Croatian language in general but it takes a lot for me to take on a book like this one and read it. Something in the language always seem to put me off. This one is not so bad in that department and it’s about angels…

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Moja ti by Jasna Jasna Žmak

84 out of 141 pages

This one is actually work assignment and I’m really slow with it. It’s different from my usual reading material and I’m supposed to make a review on it.

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Animal Farm (Fables vol 2 ) by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialcha

0 out of 112 pages

I borrowed this graphic novel from a friend in January and I still didn’t get to start reading it. I have no excuse…

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