For starters, I would like to know where February went? It whizzed by for me, a stressful month in work related stuff, felt like I had barely enough time to catch my breath, let alone read. But I did manage to get some reading done. Mostly it's been weekend reading, where my brain is to dead from work to do much of anything, so I read all weekend long, ignoring all my chores. Either way, I'm happy with this months reading progress. I may not be up to the total books read I'd hoped, but after month of non-stop go, go go at work, looking back I did awesome!
This month I managed to read 9 books, which works out to be about 2,869 pages. Overall the month was fairly, mehish for me. I read
more books that were not bad, but not amazing. Also read a few books I didn't care for much at all. Two books do stand out which are Unless by Carol Shields and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Both were spectacular books that captivated me from the first few pages. It's hard to pick a favourite between the two. As for my least favourite, I'd have to go with The Book of Days tied with Alice in Wonderland/Through the
Looking Glass. Both books didn't impress me in the slightest. Moonlight in Odessa isn't far behind them.
2) Unless - Carol Shields - 9.5/10
4) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - 7/10
5) Jezebel - Irène Némirovsky - 7.25/10
6) Book of
Days - James L. Rubart - 3/10
7) Shanghai Girls - Lisa See - 7.25/10
I'm in pretty good shape with those. There are two or three I haven't started yet, but I'm not to worried. I have a lot of time for them, and I've been scoping out books for possible choices. I'm pretty muc
h finished the Canadian IV Challenge, in fact I'll probably go over - just because.
11 in 11Challenge - 16/121
100+ Challenge - 17/1001001 Books Challenge - 4/16
2011 Count Down Challenge - 20/66
A - Z Challenge - 15/52
Book Blogger Bucket List - 6/26
Canadian Reading Challenge IV - 12/13
Chunkster Reading Challenge - 0/8
Fantasy Reading Challenge - 3/12
Futeristic and Sci-Fi Challenge - 3/8Global Reading Challenge - 4/21
Historical Fiction Challenge - 1/10
Ireland Reading - 0/6
Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge - 1/16
New Authors Challenge - 9/25Take a Chance III Challenge - 1/10
War Through the Generations - Civil War - 0/5
This month I visited a few countries including: Canada, USA, Ukraine, France, China, Afghanistan and more outer space!
visited 7 states (3.11%)
Create your own visited map of The World
Well, this is a first. No books followed me hom
e this month. Gasp! I did have one book added to my collection, but it was a gift for Valentines Day.
1) Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs
Other Bookish Stuff - Canada Reads
This month was Canada Reads. Which I watched avidly. I followed it through the interwebs, and generally took a great interest in it. I've been meaning to do post about it, but haven't had the time. In quick paragraph. I was a little disappointed, I'd had hopped for a more epic debate, and the book I wanted to win didn't. But it was still interesting, and I loved how much some of my fellow Canadians were participating and supporting their book. This years final five were"
Essex County - Jeff Lemire defended by Sarah Quinn (who was the best debater there) it was the first to be eliminated. I don't like graphic novels, but think its shame how and why it was voted off. Especially considering certain revelations on day two.
The Bone Cage - Angie Abdou - defended by George Laraque - second to be eliminated. Had little interest in the book, but some things said through the debate by Mr. Laraque peeked my interest.
Unless - Carol Shields - defended by Lorrne Cardinal - Third to be eliminated. I was hoping it would win.
The Birth House - Amy McKay - Defend by Debbie Travis (she irked me when I found out she didn't finish one of the books, yet voted two others out, over the one she didn't finish. WTF?) - It was the runner up. Not surprised it didn't win. I enjoyed the book, but don't think it classifies as an essential read. But, despite some issue I had with her, Travis was a good debater at times.
The Best Laid Plans - Terry Falls - Defended by Ali Velshi - WINNER 2011 Canada Reads. Hmm, haven't read book yet. But surpised by this. The defender didn't convince me to read to he book. In fact his aggressive nature to why its an "essential" read, kind of turned me off. I will still try the book, waiting for it in the library. Initially I was very gunhoe about picking up the book, but debates made me reluctant. So we'll see how I feel when I read the book.