February Round Up!

Well folks, that’s two months down, ten more to go.  How’s the TBR pile going?

February was a pretty bookish month for me, both regarding the incoming and the outgoing novels!  Firstly, I received my first ARC-for-review in February!

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Drawn Away by Holly Bennett

One minute Jack’s in math class. The next, he’s on a dark, cobblestoned, empty street. Empty, that is, except for a skinny girl wrapped in a threadbare shawl. “Matches, mister?” she asks, and just like that, Jack’s life collides with one of Hans Christian Andersen’s grimmest tales. And just when he has almost convinced himself it was just a weird dream, it happens again.

Suddenly, Jack’s ideas about what is “real” or “possible” no longer apply. While he and his new girlfriend, Lucy, struggle to understand who or what the Match Girl is, they come to realize they must also find a way to keep Jack away from her. The Match Girl is not just a sad, lonely soul; she’s dangerous. And each time Jack is drawn into her gray, solitary world, she becomes stronger, more alive…and more attached to Jack.

She wants to keep Jack for her very own, even if that means he will die.

 

I’m working through reading that one now and am hoping to have a review up either this weekend or next, depending on how much free time I have.  So that’s exciting!  You can check out Drawn Away on Goodreads for more information.  It was published on January 17th.

The February Haul

I’ve had a great haul of physical books and digital audiobooks this month.  These are mostly thanks to subscriptions (Audible, OwlCrate, Uppercase Box).  The haul is as follows:

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer // The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud // The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett // So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane // The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde // Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut // Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane // Caraval by Stephanie Garber // Drawn Away by Holly Bennett // Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst // RoseBlood by A. G. Howard // By Your Side by Kasie West // V for Vendetta by Alan Moore // The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood // Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

I can assure you this is a rarity – I know lots of book bloggers get dozens of books monthly, and many of them simply ARCs for review, but I don’t have the time and space to have the personal library I want.  In fact, this month I got rid of 133 books!

Yes, you read that number correctly: 133.  It was not easy.  Fact of the matter is, I really needed to consider what would be read again and what wouldn’t.  A lot of my non-fiction from college got cut, as well as most the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton and my Star Wars books.  Those alone made up a pretty good chunk.  Otherwise, everything from book club reads to well-meaning but unwanted gifts got the hook.  Sorry, mum!

Cutting into the library wasn’t fun, but unfortunately we need the space.  More on that another time.

What I’ve Read

As far as reading this month, it was just as productive as usual for me.  I don’t know how y’all do it with your five books a week or whatnot.  My excuse is that I spend approximately 14 hours at work (9 working, 1/2 hour lunch, about 4 1/2 total commute time).  Honestly, though, it’s also because I go to bed pretty early (I get up pretty early) and I like to spend my weekends doing things with my husband and friends.  But I do admire all you souls that balance all that and still read so much!  Kudos!

So this month in hardcopy I read:

1984 by George Orwell // Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

and in audiobook format, I listened to:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman // Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling // The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

This puts me at 13/24 books for my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge.  Why just 24?  Because I fully expect to read 24 hardcopy books this year, making the audiobooks icing on the cake.  Don’t worry!  When I hit 24, I’ll up it!  In regards to hardcopy books, I’ve only actually read a total of 4, which puts me right where I expect.

In Other News….

In my personal life, February has been a pretty hectic month for me.  There’s been planning and activities for my best friend’s upcoming wedding in October.  She picked out her dress and it is absolutely stunning.  I can’t wait to see her in it when it’s all tailored and ready to go!

I got a promotion at work that went into effect yesterday, right at the end of the month.  I’ve known about this since just before Thanksgiving and kept it under my hat, so now I’m pretty excited it’s out in the open!  I’m a Team Lead now, which is a low level manager that helps oversee daily production.  Considering the fact that they offered me the position directly and that it didn’t exist previously, I’m taking it as a reflection on my hard work and dedication to the department (the other TL says I’m a workaholic, which is probably true).

That’s about all I’ve had going on!  Hopefully March will be just as exciting if not more in all sorts of good ways!

Drawn into a Fiery Tower of Princesses and Myth – #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date.  It’s a great way to catch up on all the literary ins-and-outs of the previous week, and see what everyone is up to.  Check out this week’s linkup!


It’s been a good/bad reading week.

I finished off both The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo early last week.  Those were good.

Still trudging through Myth in Human History by The Great Courses – the next lecture is about the myth surrounding Isis and Osiris, which is one of the few Egyptian myths I know so it should be good.

This week in Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath, I read about a Jewish moneylender who manage to outwit the church and the Inquisition.  You go girl!

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, we’ve seen the Quidditch World cup and cheered along with the spectators!  We’ve also been properly upset with Barty Crouch as he scolded Winky in the woods.  The trio is en route to Hogwarts now and Draco has just popped into the compartment to mock Ron’s dress robes.

1459812522-01-_sx450_sy635_sclzzzzzzz_For my hardcopy book, I’ve moved into Drawn Away by Holly Bennett.  I was given this book through a giveaway on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.  It’s the first time I’ve received anything like this, and I’m starting to wonder how honest they want me to be.  I’ve a lot of technical gripes with the story thus far and am really pushing myself through it and trying to make myself finish it.  I’ll discuss more of these nitpicks and pet peeves and general frustrations in my review which hopefully will pop up sometime next week, unless I’m exhausted to boot this week.  I’m particularly disappointed, though, because this book sounded so interesting by the blurb.  I thought it was going to be more about a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl but it’s really not, not that I can see at all.  It’s more of a story about two haunted Canadian teens.  I’m about 37% (I think) through right now and it dawdles horribly and the Little Match Girl has been more like a side-thought or an elephant in the room than something that is pushing the story along.  Because the story isn’t really going anywhere that I can tell.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King (Audiobook)Fortunately, I’ve got The Dark Tower by Stephen King to distract me on the audiobook front.  King’s Dark Tower series is one of my favorites.  I know he’s the king of horror, but I for one am glad to see this science-fiction piece finally coming to film.  A television series or miniseries would have been a better format, but I’ll take what I can get!  The Dark Tower is the last in the series, and I’ve read it twice before, but never in audiobook format. I’m looking forward to wrapping this series up before the July film release (especially since the film is intended to be more of a sequel, which makes enough sense if you’ve read the books).  I’ve only just started the reread, but already we’ve lost Pere Callahan and there’ve been half a dozen deaths, some todash chimes and – no big deal – the “chap” was born.  Crap is raining down and there’s still 25 hours left of this book.  It’s a wind ride of a closure, my friends.

That’s it for this week!  Like I said, I’m really hoping to finish up Drawn Away quickly and move on to something else, and I continually want to inch closer to finishing Myth in Human History and Rejected Princesses if just so I don’t have to write about them every week!

What’ve you been reading this week?  Do you love it or hate it or a little of both?