Monday, March 4

February Wrap-Up

February was a short month, and wasn't a fantastic reading month for me. Although the distraction of Canada Reads, was a factor in this, I didn't get nearly as much reading as I hoped. But watching Canada Reads was well worth not finishing an extra book or two. Now what bookish even do I have to look forward to? They're all so far away.

The Books

I didn't read as many books as I would have hoped to this month, and this month I was in bit of a rut, where the books I was reading just didn't do much for me. I didn't finish one book, currently have two on the go I'm not a big fan of, and a third that is an okay read, but it's lacking something to really make me want to inhale it. So let's hope March is better month for me, especially in the quality of books I read. I rather read three fantastic books, than a bunch of books that aren't so fantastic. My favourite book this month was Lady Oracle. Although both The Color of Tea and Heat Wave deserve a mention too. Heat Wave was a book that was far better than I thought it would be - I think I'll now have to give Castle another go. My least favourite books this month was Time and Again and The Broken Kingdoms.

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov - 7/10
The Age of Hope - David Bergen - 6.25/10
The Color of Tea - Hannah Tunnicliffe  - 7.5/10
Divergent - Veronica Roth - 8.25/10
Time and Again - Jack Finney - 2/10
The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin - 3.75/10
Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood - 8.75/10
Heat Wave - Richard Castle - 7.75/10

The Challenges

I have decided to drop out of the "Read-a-latte challenge" because since mid January the links to the challenge do not work. So I don't see the point in continuing with the challenge, that doesn't seem to be there anymore and I'm not going to worry about counting it in my yearly stats either. Otherwise, all challenges are going well - and I don't see any problems with any of them yet. I'm trying my best to focus on the TBR challenge. I keep seeing a lot of books to read and it's very easy/tempting to read those. But I also want to get my own books read - hence the TBR challenge. I find this one of the most difficult to complete, but so far I'm doing pretty good.

1. 100 Books in 2013 Challenge - 22/100 - 22%
2. 2013 Category Challenge - 22/131 - 17%
3. 777 Challenge - 2/7 - 29%
4. Alphabet Challenge 2013 - 17/52 - 33%
5. E-Book Challenge 2013 - 11/50 - 22%
6. Finish That Series Challenge 2013 - 0/4 (Series), 1/7 (Books) - 0%
7. Ireland Reading Challenge 2013 - 2/10 - 20%
8. Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge - 2/12 - 16%
9. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013 - 15/75 - 20%
10. Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge 2013 - 2/5 - 40%
11. New Author Challenge 2013 - 14/50 - 28%
12. Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge 2013 - 0/5 - 0%
13. War Through the Generations Challenge 2013 (American Revolutionary War) - 0/3 - 0%
14. 50 Book Pledge - 22/100 - 22%

Countries Visited
Canada, Italy, Macau, USA

Create your own travel map - TravBuddy

Books That Followed Me Home
1) Flesh and Glass - Libby Cone
2) Songs of Kosovo - Chris Gudgeon
3) Alligator - Lisa Moore


  1. Wasn't Canada Reads great this year? I have yet to finish my re-read of Two Solitudes, but Jay Baruchel convinced me that I must re-read it, and, to be fair, I don't remember much anyhow!

    Looks like you're doing great with your challenge reading; I can relate to the difficulty of focussing on the books on my shelves...the new, shiny ones at the library and shops do distract me as well, for sure!

    1. It was amazing yes - and very addicting to watch.

      The shiny ones at the library have really gotten to me. I managed to go to pick up a hold, and ended up browsing around. 6 books came home with me, and a bunch more were left behind.