February has been a big book haul month for me, but it’s been a dreadful reading month. I got distracted by some unplanned work re-insulating the house and a sudden flurry of work opportunities. So it’s been dashes to the DIY store and big decisions about my future; punctuated by a much-needed and rather extravagant weekend retreat to Scotland for my birthday.
Being overtired and stressed (having the house in uproar really unsettles me, quite apart from being very busy) didn’t make for a good reading month. I struggled to settle, and didn’t derive as much enjoyment as usual – but I think that was partly me, rather than the books (well, partly. I stand by that DNF).
- Shadow Captain – Alastair Reynolds ★★★★
- The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders ★★☆
- I Still Dream – James Smythe ★★★★☆
- Bitesize Books: The Vela – Serial Box
Plus a DNF for Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I gave up after 200 pages, which is – let’s face it – a significant percentage of a book by any other author. His writing just isn’t for me.
It wasn’t a great month for reviewing either, as I didn’t have the mental space required. I managed to catch up on a few recent reads, but at this rate I’m going to need a plan for my backlog. Maybe it’s time for some microlit.
- The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton ★★★☆
- The Kingdom of Copper – S A Chakraborty ★★★★★
- Bitesize Books: Static Ruin – Corey J White ★★★
Stacking the shelves
The birthday bookshelf bloodbath was a joy. There has been much NetGalley and Edelweiss indulgence this year (stars help me, more review commitments. I CAN DO THIS), plus I was spoiled rotten by Titan Books and a Litsy bookswap! …and then I treated myself to Trail of Lightning and the gorgeous US edition of The Traitor Baru Cormorant (along with a subscription to Uncanny Magazine) as a birthday present. Good times. I consider it an effort of will and a test of character that I didn’t buy 3 volumes of Lady Trent on sale in Forbidden Planet this weekend, but I don’t promise not to sneak back next weekend to see if they’re still there…
My goal – always – is to read diversely and to love every book. This year, I’m determined to read more books I own, but I am taking it one book at a time!
Books read: 10 / 75 | Game of Books: 62 / 400
- 5 / 18 off the shelf (i.e. not bought in 2019)
- 3 ARCs
- 2 bite-size (excl. short stories)
Authors: 5 male (50%) / 4 female (40%) / 1 trans, non-binary or genderfluid (10%) + 0 group efforts
- Authors of colour: 2 (20%)
- LGBTQIA authors: 2 (20%)
- Non-US / UK based authors: 2 (20%)
I’m not including my progress in the Dancing With Fantasy and Sci-Fi reading challenge in my end of month Redux – watch out for separate posts with prompt suggestions and progress updates!
What have you been reading?