February 2019 Wrap-Up

Starting this month, I’m switching it up, breaking apart my wrap-up that seemed to grow longer with each iteration. I already posted my Planning Ahead for March, so make sure you check it out to see my TBR and plans for the coming month.

Despite a busy month of editing for my certificate and a week-long Disney World vacation, I had reading goals I wanted to meet. Let’s see how I did.

  1. Air Awakens by Elise Kova (Book Club Selection)
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (Classic challenge)
  3. Wolfheart by Richard A. Knaak (Fantasy challenge)
  4. The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller (Self-study)

Technically speaking, I did not reach my goals for reading in February. But, to be fair, The Fellowship of the Ring meets the criteria of both a classic and a fantasy book that I own. In that Planning Ahead post, I alluded to the fact I would probably be adjusting the goals surrounding Conquering My Collection. It’s hard enough to read a specific three books a month from my own library, but when there are other factors and obligations (copyediting course, book club, mood reading), it’s too much pressure. From here on, I’ll be combining the fantasy and classic challenge into one: just read any other damn book I own.

Read this month

  1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  2. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  3. The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller
  4. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  5. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  6. Air Awakens by Elise Kova
  7. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read)

While I thought I would get a lot of reading done on vacation, sleeping in the same room as small children (and long days at the park) often meant falling asleep very early. There was a week or so where I only read the very short Wayward Children book. A few of them were impressive and enjoyable while others were a disappointment. The most glaring of these was Air Awakens, which was the book club choice. Clichéd and trope-heavy, it also featured an abusive relationship meant to be romantic, and all in all, it was boring.

Carol Fisher Saller has some great advice in The Subversive Copy Editor, mostly revolving around working with clients. It was something new to consider, and I hope I can do an in-depth review of it. As always, I enjoyed my re-read of the first installment in The Lord of the Rings. I absolutely love these books.

Did not finish

  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

36626748When I first got the e-book from the library, I was really excited to read another thriller. I find they are a great palette cleanser to my much slower, denser fantasy novels. However, as time went on, I found myself bored. Not necessarily through fault of the book itself, but more with my interest in it. There may be a time I come back to it, but if you’ve seen my Planning Ahead post for March, you’ll see I have lots of other library books waiting, and my need for them is more pressing.

Added tbr

  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call
  • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
  • Spellslingerby Sebastien de Castell
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

As I try and cut back on my YouTube habit, it is harder to stumble on new books to add to my TBR. In some ways, that is a very good thing! The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet was the book club selection last month when I was unable to make it. Apparently, it was a big hit, and I’ve been told it would be great for me as it’s not heavy on science and focuses more on the journey.

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What are you interested in reading for March? I’d love to hear about some of the books you’ve read recently. I need new ways to fill my TBR!

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