Thursday, March 01, 2012

February in Review

What I Learned

First up, I will return with Tuning in on Thursday next week. We haven't really watched much lately worth me talking about.

Well, this month didn't quite go as I planned. I didn't read poetry or a Shakespeare play as I had planned to do each month, so I will have to try and read twice as much in March. I did read an essay collection and short stories, though. It wasn't all bad. I am up to 42 books for the year which is a decent number. I have never paid attention to page count, but my new spreadsheet informs me I have read 11, 217 pages so far this year. I am not really sure if that is good or not, but judging by the shorter books I have been reading I am thinking no. It is never something I have worried about so much, though.

One thing I have been interested in is the male/female divide of my authors. So far this year I have read more men than women. I am not thinking that will continue for the year, but we will see what happens. Most of the books I have read this year have been physical books with a few e-books thrown in here and there. And, so far, there have been very little graphic novels and young adult books. I think the biggest break away from my trends of the last few years is I have only read 9 library books so far this year.  The rest of all been books that I own whether they be physical copies or e-books. On the one hand I hope this trend continues so I can work on my TBR pile, but on the other hand I want to continue to support the library. We will see what the year brings.

New To Me Authors

Theodora Goss (The Thorn and the Blossom)
Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown (Picture the Dead)
Marissa Meyer (Cinder)
Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore (A Time to Sow)
Peter Lerangis (The Sword Thief)

I have to say I am quite happy with this. It means reading authors for more than the one time.

Series Talk

Lunar Chronicles - 1/1 - CAUGHT UP!
Woman's Murder Club Series - 10/10 - CAUGHT UP!
A Time To... Series - 3/9
39 Clues Series - 3/11
Mythos Series - Read a short story, so still caught up!

The Source

Christmas Gift Cards: 2
Used Book Store: 6
Library: 3
Review Copy: 4
Free Download: 3
Bought: 3

What I Read

22. The Thorn and the Blosson: A Two-Sided Love Story by Theodora Goss (F) (Completed February 3, 2012)
23. Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown (HF) (Completed February 4, 2012)
24. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (YA) (Completed February 5, 2012)
25. At Large and at Small: Confessions of a Literary Hedonist by Anne Fadiman (essays) (Completed February 5, 2012)
26. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (essays) (Completed February 6, 2012)
27. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (GF) (Completed February 6, 2012)
28. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer (YA/SF) (Completed February 9, 2012)
29. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood (NF/SF) (Completed February 11, 2012)
30. Songs of Love & Death Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (F/SF/SS) (Completed February 13, 2012)
31. 7th Heaven (A Women's Murder Club Novel, Book 7) by James Patterson (T) (Completed February 14, 2012)
32. The 8th Confession (A Woman's Murder Club Novel, Book 8) by James Patterson (T) (Completed February 17, 2012)
33. The 9th Judgment (A Woman's Murder Club Novel, Book 9) by James Patterson (T) (Completed February 18, 2012)
34. 10th Anniversary (A Woman's Murder Club Novel, Book 10) by James Patterson (T) (Completed February 18, 2012)
35. Start Trek: The Next Generation - A Time to be Born (A Time To... Series, Book 1) by John Vornholt (SF) (Completed February 19, 2012)
36. Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Time to Die (A Time To... Series, Book 2) by John Vornholt (SF) (Completed February 20, 2012)
37. In My Dreams by Sarah Addison Allen (A Novella from The Firefly Dance collection) (GF) (Completed February 22, 2012)
38. Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Time to Sow (A Time To... Series, Book 3) by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore (SF) (Completed February 22, 2012)
39. The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (39 Clues Series, Book 1) (Completed February 23, 2012)
40. One False Note by Gordon Korman (39 Clues Series, Book 2) (Completed February 27, 2012)
41. First Frost (Mythos Academy, Book 0.5) by Jennifer Estep (Completed February 28, 2012)
42. The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis (39 Clues Series, Book 3) (Completed February 28, 2012)

Books Added to the TBR Pile

Songs of Love & Death Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep (e-book) (Read)
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harhach
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
The History of the World According to Facebook: A Parody by Wylie Overstreet
Enthralled Edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong
Down These Strange Streets Edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardener Dozois

Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown (Sourcebooks)
Low Town by Daniel Polansky (Doubleday Books via the author)
The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney (Authors Publicist)
You Comma Idiot by Doug Harris (Goose Lane Editions)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Random House) (read)
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (Random House)
The Carpenter by Matt Lennox (Harper Collins)
The Grave Robber's Apprentice by Allan Stratton (Harper Collins)
web of angels by Lilian Nattel (Random House)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (gift card)
The Unwritten - Volume 5: On to Genesis by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (gift card)
Den of Thieves by David Chandler
Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Maidens' Trip by Emma Smith
The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss (gift card) (read)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (read)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (gift card)
The Dread by Gail Z. Martin (gift card)
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
The 9th Judgement by James Patterson

Second-Hand Bookstore with Credit:
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody
Dark Haven by Gail Z. Martin
Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
Ashling by Isobelle Carmody
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors
1421: The Year China Discovered the World by Gavin Menzies
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

Thoughts for March

For the most part I am happy with February, so something similar works for me!


  1. Impressive, not only the books, but your record keeping.

    I read 6 books in February. That is very good for me.
    I am reading my first Fadiman book - Ex Libris. I am greatly enjoying it.

    I am interested in reading Cinder. Hopefully I will get to it.

  2. An excellent reading month for you!

  3. Is the Farseekers the sequel to Obernewtyn? I've read Obernewtyn, I've never seen the sequel, and I really wanted to continue the series.

    Very impressive! wonderful reading month for you. Mine slacked off a bit with the virus we all got, so I'm hoping to catch back up in March. I have to get Cinder too, it sounds interesting. What was your favourite read this month?

  4. I loooooove tracking my reading with Nicki's spreadsheet. It gives you such interesting stats.

  5. That's a lot of new books! Heh. You've been reading a ton though it seems so definitely important to keep the shelves fully stocked ;)

  6. I was on a James Patterson spree a few years ago and then got burnt out. I can only imagine how far behind I am on the Women's Murder Club series.


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