March 3, 2007

A Month in Review - February

This month turned out pretty much the same as January. Not bad, but not great. Only two big winners out of the lot. The good news is I'm still on-track with my two challenges. Click on the book title to go to my review.

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Deep in the Green by Anne Raver

A Stranger's House by Bret Lott

Tall Pine Polka by Lorna Landvik

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

How to Live in the Heartland by Twyla Hansen

Favorite of the month: Middlesex
Books Read 6

Male Authors 1
Female Authors 5
New-To-Me Authors 5
Across the Borders 1 (Russia/France)
Fiction 4
Non-Fiction 2
Classic 0
Poetry 1
Young Adult 1
Sci-Fi 0
Mystery/Thriller 0
Series 0
Re-Read 0
Challenge 2
Mine 5
Library 1
Gift 1
Keeper 3

Note: Only books completed are counted in the above totals with, of course, the exception of the DNF category.


  1. Okay, sometime I want to talk about giving oneself permission to not finish a book. I want to have a DNF category! I must be too compulsive or something because most of the time I trudge on through, just plain old pissed off albeit determined, to finish what has not enthralled me. I envy you your boundaries!

  2. Not bad at all, Les! I'm not having much luck with making time to read at the moment...I hope this is just a passing phase, if not, my challenges are going to suffer!

    Going to read your review of "Suite Francaise" now.

  3. Bellezza - Life is too short to read crappy books! I figure if it hasn't grabbed me by 50-80 pages, it's not worth my time. I have far too many other books I want to read. I've only recently begun to do this (within the past 4 or 5 years, I think) and let me tell you, it's quite liberating! :)

    Lotus - No, not too bad. I have a feeling March will be better, though. I have a bunch of good books line up - at least I think they're going to be good. You never know, though!

  4. I really need to read Twilight soon. I haven't heard a single negative review, everyone seems to love it!

    I also really enjoyed Middlesex when I read it a couple or so years ago, and I had gone into it not really expecting to so that's always nice.

    I still want to try Suite Francaise for myself as that one has pretty divided reactions. I really need to learn how to read faster! :P

  5. Nat - My husband just finished Twilight and thought it was good. Not great, but entertaining. I was surprised he even finished it. I thought it might be too much of a Young Adult romance for him, but then it does have vampires.

    I keep hearing the same comments about Middlesex; readers not really knowing what to expect going into the book and being pleasantly surprised.

    Yes, Suite Francaise is one of those with divided reactions. I'll be interested in your thoughts. Good luck with the speed-reading! :)

  6. Middlesex and Twilight are both sitting in my nightstand TBR pile - glad to hear you enjoyed them both, especially Middlesex.

    By the way, I'm trying to call myself 'the other Lesley' whenever I post on your blog, but sometimes I screw up and forget - I just did one, in fact. Is there a way to edit it? Sorry!

  7. Lesley - If I had to choose between the two, I'd easily say Middlesex over Twilight. It's not that Twilight isn't good, it's just a light, fluffy young adult romance with a bite to it (sorry - couldn't resist). Middlesex is thought-provoking and beautifully crafted.

    No big deal about your I.D. Most people know me by "Les" so when the see "Lesley" or "the Other Lesley" I'm pretty sure they know it's you.

  8. Yeah, that's what's made me stay away from Twilight this long. But so many bloggers rave about it that I just have to give it a go!


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