February has been an odd month this year. In the UK we are still in the midst of lockdown 3.0, there is some hope we will be coming out of it as spring is just round the corner. I am very thankful for my daughter being allowed to attend school in person due to my being a key-worker.
It has been a month of rain, rain and more rain, but there are glimmers of spring on the horizon and we have even had some sunshine.
On the other hand I have been reading LOADS with a grand total of 18 books read including 5 audio-books (over 40 hours), and the rest a mix of printed (6) and e-books (7) totalling nearly 4000 pages.
I have even started writing again, picking up a novel project I had hit a dead end with and looking at it with fresh eyes have helped.
by Deborah Levy
I don’t think I have read a memoir as beautifully written as this one. A successful woman who’s youngest daughter has just left home. Instead of moping about it she take a job in Paris. This is a book that tells you how you can be a modern 60 year-old woman with grace, style and panache.
The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
Perfect. The old man and the biggest fish he has ever caught in mortal combat for several days, in less than 100 pages this has it all, plot, character development, drama, and a fight to the death.
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear
I read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg a couple of years ago and this adds to that work but I makes it much more practical. So many straightforward and achievable ways to stop bad habits and form better ones.
The Queen’s Gambit
by Walter Tevis
Amy Landon (Narrator)
A good rags to success story about an orphan, turned chess prodigy. I know the rules of chess but it’s not something I play these days and due to this I probably didn’t get all the intricacies involved but it was an entertaining story nonetheless.
Two very different books but both five star reads and the both deserve the title this month.
A wonderful space opera with an all alien cast. Published in the Uk a couple of weeks ago
See my review here: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers ★★★★★
A dark tale of grief, loss and homelessness with a bittersweet climax.
Due for publication at the end of March my review is scheduled for the 18th March.
Its crazy but after two months I am over half way done with most of my challenges. I even started a new one called The 52 Book Club’s 2021 Reading Challenge as the prompts were so interesting.
If you want more details, here’s the links:
- 7th Feb Spring Might be Close but it Feels Like Winter – A Sunday Post
- 14th Feb Happy Valentines Day – A Sunday Post
- 21st Feb The Half-Term Nothing Happened – Sunday Post
Top Ten Tuesdays:
I will be linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz It’s Monday What are you Reading? at The Book Date, and because this is a monthly one too Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Best of the Bunch over at A Cocoon of Books.