February Wrap-Up and a Look to March

by Kim on March 4, 2013 · 25 comments

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February is the shortest month of the year, but I still managed to finish as many books as I did in January. I call that a success! And for the most part, I really enjoyed the books that I read, getting in a good mix of review copies and my own books.

I’m hoping to read and blog more in March. For February, my goal was three posts per week. I’m upping that number to four, which I think will be doable since I’ve for a little backlog of reviews (mostly fiction) to keep things going here. I think March is also going to be fabulous reading month — I have some fun books to look forward to.

But anyway, on to the lists!

Books Read in February

  1. Sepinwall, Alan: The Revolution Was Televised (nonfiction)
  2. Maaharaj, Rabindranath: The Amazing Absorbing Boy (fiction)
  3. Gee, Alison Singh: Where the Peacocks Sing (memoir)
  4. Ackerman, Diane: One Hundred Names for Love (memoir)
  5. Miller, Madeline: The Song of Achilles (fiction)
  6. Parnell, Sean: Outlaw Platoon (memoir)
  7. Harkness, Deborah: A Discovery of Witches (fiction/audio book)

Books I Want to Read in March

  • Possession by A.S. Byatt for a readalong co-hosted with Lu (Regular Rumination)
  • Lessons from the Heartland by Barbara Miner, a book about the history of the Milwaukee school system that I’m reviewing for a freelance piece
  • Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, a look at how being able to “crunch vast collections of information” will impact the world
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan, the story of the women of Oak Ridge, Tennesse and their role in the Manhattan Project
  • Historia, Historia by Eleanor Stanford, short essay collection by a Peace Corps volunteer about her time in Cape Verde
  • Capital of the World by Charlene Mires for a TLC Book Tour
  • We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down by Rachael Hanel, a memoir of a gravedigger’s daughter from Waseca, Minnesota
  • Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeffrey Chu, a memoir/investigation about the “intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America”

Elsewhere on the Blog

I shared some of my favorite Tumblr mash-ups and wrote about bribing librarians to pick out books.

2013 Goals Review

  • Essay a Day, Take Two: This went better this month, but still not ideal. I gave up on The Atlantic Ocean by Andrew O’Hagen (the essays individually were good, but I was bored with them collected) and started on Paper Trails by Pete Dexter. Again, I like the essays — mostly newspaper and magazine columns — individually, but when I read one after the other I get distracted. I may need collections with multiple authors to keep my attention.
  • 12 Ebooks and 12 Audiobooks: (2/12) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness | (2/12) The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall
  • Balance Books In/Books Out: I’m currently at 27 books in (I KNOW!) and only 17 books out… so, a balance of +10. I might be able to read/donate 10 books in March, we’ll see.
  • Balance Review Copies (40), My Books (30), and Borrowed Books (30): After this month I am at 38 percent Review Copies (5 books), 54 percent My Books (7 books), and 8 percent Borrowed Books (1 book). Not too shabby.
  • Leave One Comment Per Day: I have been doing pretty well at this. I use an online task list manager (Astrid) to keep track of my to-dos. I added a daily “Leave a comment” reminder to my list, which has been helping.
  • Read My Shelf of Doom: I didn’t read any Shelf of Doom books this month, but I have Possession on tap for next month.

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