February Wrap-Up and a Look to March

by Kim on March 3, 2012 · 21 comments

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I had a really good month of reading in February. Things were a bit slow in the beginning, but picked up after I took a little blogging break. By the end of the month I was able to finish 11 books, for a total of about 3,784 pages:

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (essays/memoir)
  • Avatar The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures by Bryan Konietzkio (fiction, graphic novel)
  • Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku (nonfiction)
  • Raised Right by Alissa Harris (memoir)
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (nonfiction)
  • My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster (memoir)
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey (fiction)
  • My Life at Liz Claiborne by Jerome Chazen (memoir)
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (narrative nonfiction)
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckhoff (narrative nonfiction)
  • Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (memoir)

And that makes 19 total books for the year, which still surprises me. I think part of the reason I was able to read so much this month was that I didn’t travel anywhere. After being gone a lot around Christmas and the New Year, I haven’t left my small town in about two months. I’ve liked that, but I think I’ll be doing more traveling soon which will probably mean I’ll be reading less.

And Looking to March…

One of the things I like about keep tracking book stats (I have a spreadsheet where I keep track of notes about every book that I finish) is that it helps me have an accurate picture of what I’m reading. Around the middle of February, I started to feel really grumpy about how much “required” reading I was doing. I felt like I was only reading review copies and books for the Indie Lit Awards, which, as it turns out, isn’t a true assessment of what I’ve been reading at all.

Based on my stats, only eight of the 19 books I’ve read this year have had some sort of obligation tied to them — two review copies, one professional review, and five for the Indie Lit Awards. In fact, I’ve read very, very few review copies all year; a ton of what I’ve read has come from the library.

That’s nice, but I do hate having books I accepted for review consideration sitting around and judging me (you know they’re on the shelves, grumpy that they haven’t been read yet). So I think for March I’m going to try and focus on catching up with those books (which shouldn’t be hard, since they all sound pretty great):

Outside of that, I’m not sure what else is on my plate for this month. I went on an online book buying binge about a week ago, so I’m anxiously awaiting those packages and the books they contain. I’ll try to do a big post about it when they come… so excited!

What are your reading plans for March? Any books you’re really excited to read, or books you think I should move to the top of my pile?

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