Wrap Up: February 2019 or I keep forgetting how short this month is.

My life is still too much and I am still not reading anything complicated or challenging. But the coming month will be Women’s Prize month and hopefully this will change my reading habits back to something normal.

Books I read in February:

  1. Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10) by Nalini Singh: 4 out of 5 stars
  2. Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh: 4 out of 5 stars
  3. Almost Love by Louise O’Neill: 4 out of 5 stars (review)
  4. Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh: 2,5 out of 5 stars
  5. Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff: 4,5 out of 5 stars (review)
  6. Mother Winter by Sophia Shalmiyev: 2 out of 5 stars (review)
  7. Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop: 3,5 out of 5 stars
  8. Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop: 2 out of 5 stars
  9. Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen: 2 out of 5 stars

Favourite of the Month:

My favourite book of the month was Stacy Schiff’s incredible biography of Cleopatra. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed every minute of it, while learning a whole lot of things I did not know and improving my knowledge of things I did know.

Stats(ish):

I read 9 books with 3377 pages. Of these books five were SFF of some kind, one was a memoir, one biography, one fiction book and for a chance one romance novel.

Currently Reading:

 

Books I should get to soon:

The Women’s Prize longlist. Except for that, I’ll just see where my mood takes me.

(Some of the) blog posts I loved:

Steph encapsulates a lot of the feelings I had about Katherine Arden’s The Girl in the Tower.

Ashleigh shares her thoughts on the Wellcome Prize longlist – a prize I am only peripherally following but which always sounds intriguing.

Naty has read a lot more romance this last year and shares her experiences with her foray into a new genre.

Sam talks about her reading slump and what might have caused it and I absolutely loved this post.

Patrick reviewed my favourite book of last year The Pisces by Melissa Broder and I am always happy when people like the book.

Rachel and I are reading the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist together and have spent weeks talking about our predictions without ever sharing what we included: I don’t think I have ever looked forward to a post as much as this time.

Lou also posted a prediction post for the Women’s Prize longlist and I am so happy about every single one of these lists I see.

 

8 thoughts on “Wrap Up: February 2019 or I keep forgetting how short this month is.

  1. I’m sorry that you didn’t like Mother Winter, not least of all because it messes up the dark aesthetic of your graphics! I really need to make the time to read Cleopatra before the Women’s Prize takes over.

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    1. I didn’t even realize how dark all those covers were. It might be the first time these godawful covers ended up looking kind of ok together.
      Cleopatra is SO good! But maybe it works as a balance to all the fiction books of the longlist?

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  2. Looking forward to your thoughts on the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and curious to know what your thoughts about Marlon James’s latest book are! I enjoyed the novel, especially the second half, but reactions seem to be polarized.

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    1. I am so excited about the longlist! Not much longer!
      I am really struggling with the Marlon James; I am only like 70 pages in and I am just starting to get a feel to it. So far it doesn’t work brilliantly as genre fiction but maybe if I treat it as literary fiction it’ll work better for me. There is just something about his writing that makes it difficult for me to understand what is going on (I had the same issues with A Brief History of Seven Killings).

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      1. I definitely can empathize with your struggle! The first part was really rough and it’s still the most confusing section to me, but my experience became better about 1/3 of the way into the book. The sentences and plot are strangely constructed, but something clicked and I got used to both once I spent enough time with the book.

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