This year is going by so fast; we are already in February! Been a busy month for me work-wise (I had to give up reading on some days so that I could get the quality sleep I needed to keep going daily) but I think I found a new balance. On weekdays, I try to get as much sleep as possible and read only if I left the lab earlier that day, and keep the major reading for the weekend. Enough about my eternal quest to find enough time to read, tho! Let’s recap the month –
I read 23 books this month – 21 full-length novels, one novella (as an audiobook) and one graphic novel, bringing up the total read to 51, so far. A month ahead on that challenge, I am guessing.
Onto blogger challenges,
I finally read one book for the #RockMyTBR challenge – The New Hunger by Isaac Marion, which is the prequel novella to Warm Bodies, and has a good narrator. Since I’ll be participating in the March TBR read-a-thon, let’s hope I catch up here.
For Backlist challenge, I read 4 books that were at least a year old –Beware the Wild, City of Legends, The Valiant, The New Hunger. A Wicked Thing came close but was 10 days short of being a year old.
Progress: 25/51 points
Bluescreen, I would recommend for its futuristic world setting. The New Hunger gives a brief backstory of the main characters of Warm Bodies.
Beware the Wild and Behold the Bones had a nice southern swamp setting but the pacing was sooooo slow.
The Girl from Everywhere and Seven Black Diamonds have POC protagonists and underlying racism themes, while Reign of Shadows and Bluescreen have differently abled ones.
I would recommend A Study in Charlotte because, hello? Sherlock retelling with female lead? And The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever because it is so hilarious. For a serious one, The Girl who Fell, which deals with abuse in relationship.
Reign of Shadows bears a slight resemblance to Rapunzel in the start, while A Wicked Thing and Kingdom of Ashes is like an after-the-end version of Sleeping Beauty; A Study in Charlotte is a modern Sherlock retelling.
Earned the Evil Queen (10 books) badges.
all read in February. Kind of meh!
Progress: 2/12 series
Progress: 6/7 (Expert series reader)
Achieved: Experienced (upto 8 series)
6 New Releases (Debut Authors)– 8 debut authors read: Goodreads page 6 New Releases (Loved Authors)– 6/6 – Melissa Marr, Isaac Marion, Sophie Jordan 6 Books to Start a Series– 8 series starters – The Shadow Queen, Haven, Stray, The Prey, Sword and Verse, Shade Me, The Prophecy of Shadows, Front Lines
- 6 Books to Complete a Series (can be different from above) – 2/6 Empire Rising
- 6 Book to Movie Adaptations
- 6 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners or Nominees
Progress: 5/15 audiobooks
That’s been all for my February. Nothing else exciting happened – I was mostly holed up in my reading cave on the weekends, which actually made for some great reading time, but zero time for chores.