February is short and my reading was constrained by a blogging backlog and a surge in real life commitments. However, I found time to sort out my library membership, which predictably means a HUGE tower of books by my bedside – and it was my birthday, so any chances of keeping my own book hoard under control was a pipe dream.

Reading Round-up 
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • A Gathering of Shadows – V E Schwab  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Crucible of Gold – Naomi Novik  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • The Book of Etta – Meg Elison  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart) Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
  • Confessions of a Bad SF fan: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K Dick   Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)  Glistening green heart (image by clipartcottage on deviantart)
Review Round-up
Stacking the shelves

It was my birthday this month, so I allowed myself to trade in my points of books bought for books read: with 6 off the shelf, I could buy 2, so err, I rounded up and bought 5. What?

Conscious demographics

My annual challenge is to read diversely and to love every book. This year I’ve made things a bit more complicated with subsidiary challenges and more fun with the Game of Books.

  • 1 male (7%) / 13 female (93%) / 0 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (0%)
  • 3 (21%) – by authors of colour / 6 (43%) prominently featuring POC / 4 HEAs
  • 0 (0%) – by LGBTQIA authors  / 6 (43%) featuring LGBTQIA characters / 1 HEAs
Challenges
  • 14 / 10 books or novellas
  • 3 / 2 books by authors of colour
  • 1 / 2 non-SFF books of which 0 non-fiction
  • 2 / 2 classic SFF books
  • 6 / 6 – off the shelf
  • Game of Books score: 70 / 50

On HEAs: I’m already conflicted about how to track these as I’m mid-series on several books so it can’t possibly be a HEA yet.