And with a blink of an eye, February is gone and March is here…I swear, it feels like I just got done writing my month in review for January and now I have to write another month…Kudos to Book Date for providing the inspiration for these month in review posts (and the great month graphics). February is typically one of my favorite months of the year because its normally that nice temperature between winter and spring…but apparently DC didn’t get that memo this year…seriously high 70’s for like a week and a half, followed by a tornado last weekend! Holy bi-polar weather batman.
On a reading/listening front, February is also a favorite month because its when the Audio Publishers Assocation (APA) announces their finalists for the Audies! Which means, its also the kick off for the Armchair Audies – an annual event hosted by Literate Housewife where listeners/bloggers listen to nominees in different categories and attempt to pick who they think the winner will be. I’m not going to regurgitate the process – but let’s just say, February has been a fun month so far with 4 of the books in my 3 categories completed (yeah, i’m a bit of an overachiever).
Books Read: 27
Audiobooks Listened: 5 (and 20hrs of another book)
Most annoying ending to a book:
Storm Damages – Magda Alexander – holy frickin cliff-hangers batman! Ugh, I should have done more research before reading this because then I would have known…and I didn’t enjoy it enough to warrant paying for the next book in the series 😦
Longest on Shelf
This was a race between two books that I read in February – both Sarah’s Key and The Sari Shop Widow were purchased in 2009. But ultimately, Sarah’s Key had been on Mt TBR the longest – with a purchase date of April 1, 2009 (for a grand total of 2864 days!)
Series in Progress
Since I’m horrible about starting series and getting distracted – I’m trying to keep a running tally of series that I’ve had in progress and read installments of during the month. This month I got caught up on Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series with Mischief and the Masters. I also got caught up on Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series with Allegiance of Honor (and even read a couple of the novellas in between the main books). I also went back and filled one of the gaps in Singh’s Guild Hunter series with Archangel’s Storm.
Most Read Author
Both a new to me author and most read during the month was Audrey Carlan. After listening to the first book in her Calendar Girl series, January and then I continued the series read with the next 5 books in the series (and i’m part-way through #6 right now). They aren’t too substantial or require too much thought – but were the perfect brain candy for the other weekend when I was in a bit of a reading funk.
Books I’m looking forward to in March
Devil in Spring – Lisa Kleypas – ok, so I know I listed this one in February, but my copy of it just came in at the library – so I finally get to read it!
Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys – I’ve had this book on Mt TBR for a while – but added bonus was that it was nominated for an Audie – so now I have more incentive to listen to it. I loved her previous historical fiction that I read (Between Shades of Grey)
Silver Stars – Michael Grant – this is book 2 in a WW2 YA alternate history I read a few months ago where the twist on history is that women were required to sign up for the draft following a Supreme Court decision. I just picked this one up at the library the other day – and was uber excited to see that the dedication page was to the first two women to pass the US Army Ranger training (Capt. Kristen Geist and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver).
Here’s to a solid reading month in March!