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March 1, 2016

A Month in Summary - February 2016



I had another amazing month of reading and, with the exception of audio books and graphic novels, everything I read came from my shelves. Well, that's really only three books and one of those arrived in 2016. So, it wasn't exactly the best month for the TBR Triple Dog Dare.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (own)* 4/5

The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg (audio - borrowed) 4/5

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (ACR - own) 4.5/5

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (borrowed) 2/5

The House at Sea's End by Elly Griffiths (audio - borrowed) 4/5

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki (borrowed) 3/5

The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier (ARC - own) 3.5/5

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (borrowed) 2/5

*acquired in 2016


Stats:

Triple Dog Dare Challenge - 2/8 books read from my own stacks

8 books
2 novels
2 mysteries
1 memoirs
3 graphic novels
7 new-to-me-authors 
6 print
0 ebook
2 audio
6 female
2 male 
5 borrowed
3 from my stacks 

Favorite of the Month: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Reviews to follow 

12 comments:

  1. What a great month! I struggled to get interested in much of anything in February. Seeing your 4.5/5 rating for The Space Between Us makes me thing I should pick that up next... might be the perfect slump-buster :)

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    1. JoAnn, I think The Space Between Us is the perfect slump-buster! It's so well-written and very easy to get engrossed in.

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  2. Ok--so let's chat!! Because I've read the three graphic novels you mention here. Anya's Ghost I didn't care for either but I did like The Sculptor! I also read This One Summer last month (OMG how can it be March already!!) and I liked it but didn't love it. Would probably give it a 3 if I did ratings. Really loved the art, though--some of those pages with just a single drawing for a spread were simply gorgeous!

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    1. Trish, the more I reflect on The Sculptor, the more I want to say that I liked it and should bump it up to a 3/5 rating. The drawings were amazing, but I felt like I was too old for the storyline, specifically the romantic aspects. And that ending! Huh? Now, This One Summer is still running through my mind. Again, beautiful drawings, but the mother really got on my nerves. Next up, Blankets!

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  3. February was such a busy month for me that I wrote only four blog entries and read only four books. Good busy. Do you have a particular time and place that you settle in to read your print books? Photos please. :<)

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    1. Nan, I think my numbers were high this month due to the three graphic novels (which I read on my lunch breaks at work) and the two audio books (which I listened to from 7 to 9 a.m. M-F... and driving to and from work... and the occasional walk on the weekend). Really, I only read three novels this month (in print format). I do most of that reading at night, usually anywhere between 8:30 and 10 pm. I don't read much in the afternoon or on the weekends. Mainly in bed at night before going to sleep.

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  4. That is too bad that graphic novels don't seem to be working for you judging by your ratings... Glad other books did this month, though!

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    1. Oh, I'm still trying to get into them, Kailana. I'm going to start Blankets tomorrow. I also want to try Jessica Jones since we just finished watching the series.

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  5. You had a terrific February. I loved When Breath Becomes Air and The Space Between Us.

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    1. Diane, I was so pleased to have so much time to read this month. I've cut way back on the blogs I follow and I'm trying to stay off of Facebook in the evening.

      I can't wait to read more by Thrity Umrigar!

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  6. You had a great reading month! Yay! I see you gave the Umrigar book a very good rating. So glad you enjoyed that and am looking forward to your thoughts.

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    1. Iliana, I really did have a good month, but my numbers are a bit high due to the audio books and graphic novels. Still. I'm quite pleased that I'm making more time to read now that the holidays are behind us. Of course, summer will be here before we know it (it was 80 here today!!) and I'll be busy riding my bike and taking care of the yard. But for now, I'm enjoying my free time with my books.

      Oh my goodness, Thrity Umrigar is a fabulous author. I can't wait to read more of her books, but I want to spread them out, so each book stands alone in my memory.

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