This post comes a little late, mostly because I was out almost all weekend, and then I got sick with a nasty bout of stomach flu last Monday. And then the blog silence, I really have no excuse other than I was busy for most of February with trips, and reading, and writing. So yeah, I am letting myself off the hook for the blog silence. We all should do that for ourselves, right?
Anyway, so February. If January was such a good month for all the books I said I’d read…on February, I didn’t finish anything.
Well, okay, I finished reading some books, but I didn’t finish the books I said I’d read. (I’m almost done with Raymond Carver’s Cathedral…but you know, I could have finished it earlier, except I didn’t.)
So, instead of wallowing on that fact, I will just list the books I finished reading on February, because I think they’re pretty good:
- Kids These Days: Stories from the Luna East Arts Academy, Vol 1 by Various Authors (4/5) – Love your own! So proud of this anthology, and I hope I can make it to Volume 2! :)
- The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg (4/5) – Such a sweet, sweet novel about love and life and letting go. May you always have love. :)
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (3/5) – What a laugh-out-loud read. I want to be friends with Mindy Kaling.
- Quicksilver by RJ Anderson (4/5) – I really liked Ultraviolet, and I’ve had its sequel in my Kindle for the longest time before I finally got around to reading it. It was a little confusing at first because I forgot the events of the first book, but after a while I got into the groove, and wow, this one was just as explosive as the first one.
- This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (4/5) – I picked this up randomly while I was on my trip to Cagayan de Oro. I was surprised that I read through it so fast. It’s good, and I thought it was a light, feel-good novel but it’s not. Not so much, anyway. I think I’m going to really add Leila Sales to my list of must-read contemporary YA authors.
See, it wasn’t a bad reading month. Just that I didn’t follow my reading plan. It happens, right?
March is my favorite month, so normally I would pick books that I really want to read — books from favorite authors, books I’ve heard good stuff about but reserved it on my shelf for the reading slump days. I had a partial list of books ready for this month, like The Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, More Than This by Patrick Ness, and The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde. But when I was composing this post in my head earlier, I realized that if I was enjoying just picking up whatever book I want to read from my TBR pile, even if it’s not the book I said I’d read for the month.
And with that, I decided: I will not have a Required Reading list for March.
Nope. I will read whatever I want this month, whatever I feel like reading, and whenever I want it. And no pressure to finish. :)
My OC tendencies and my need to trim down my TBR pile is kind of complaining, but I dunno. This sounds like a good plan to me. :)
So there. :D I leave you with my new favorite photo of our not-so-little book club, from our book discussion that happened last month:
Happy March, everyone! I hope you have a splendid one. :)
Hmm, I don’t think I’ve read a memoir before. This Mindy Kailing book looks fun. And Patrick Ness has a new book?!
Here’ s to a happy, pressure-free March Tina! :D
I’ve taken a liking to memoirs ever since last year! :)
And on Patrick Ness: YES! More Than This was released last year. There’s also The Crane Wife, his adult novel, but I haven’t gotten around to reading that, too.
It may seemed that I’ve been ignoring Kids These Days, but I am not. I will catch up to that later this year. And, I am also hoping yours make it to Volume 2. â™¥
Yay! Can’t wait to read your thoughts about it. (And hihi! I will finish my story soon. :D)
Aha, you don’t have a reading plan for March. Hassle-free for your favorite month, yes? As for me, I’ll be finishing unfinished business, haha. Here’s my list: http://lynaireads.luigiandlynai.net/2014/03/2014-required-reading-march/
P.S. Yay to your Luna East story! <3
It’s just an excuse not to pick anything and just read anything. HAHA. But it’s working so far. I’m liking what I’m reading. :D