February Wrap-up

I haven’t done one of these things in ages. So I’m going to try to take that up again. I won’t list all the books I’ve read in February, because I read a helluva lot of comics for Comics February! Here are my two posts so far- Comics February Week One (and a half) and Comics February part 2. And because it was Comics February, I posted two more comics-related posts:

Weekend Cooking: Comics for food nerds

Comics for young readers

Also, last month, Scribd announced that it will be limiting the number of ebooks its subscribers can read, from unlimited to 3 a month! THREE! I sometimes can read three in a day if it is comics!! So ever since the sad news, I have been devouring comics and ebooks on Scribd, as much as I can. I had paid for a yearly membership (about $48), yes they do offer it, but they just don’t shout out about it, and that lasts until August, so I will see how this whole just three books thing works.

I also took part in my first ever Book Bloggers Awareness Week! This was a series of five posts throughout one week, including an interview with a fellow blogger. It was pretty fun and I got to know lots of new-to-me bloggers.

Reading challenges-wise, I’ve done ok for the Back to the Classics Challenge, having read five books although i’ve only written about three. I haven’t done so well with #readmyowndamnbooks partly because I’ve been reading comics! And Diversity on the Shelf, well once again my problem is with writing posts about the books I read!

February was a better month health-wise. January just seemed to have thrown one bout of sickness at me after another. And you know how it is with us stay-home parents, we don’t get sick days! So I’ve started making sure I get out there every morning and walk for at least half an hour. Those of you who run several Ks a day are probably smirking at that, but eh, I really hate to run, so I just try to walk fast and hope that works. And I also try to hit that glorious 10k steps a day.

In the kitchen, I have been trying out new recipes! I made a one-pot pasta dish the other day, which I’m talking about on Weekend Cooking this weekend. I made slow-cooker pork ragu for the first time and Chinese-style sausage buns using the tangzhong method (a cooked flour or roux).

So in March, I’m keeping my goals similar.

  • Walk every day. Or at least every weekday.
  • Try out more new recipes
  • Read more of my own damn books, especially since I just bought some more from Book Outlet.
  • Also, post about the books I read, even if it’s just a paragraph!

How was your February? What are your plans for March?

Read in February 2014

I am once again reminded of my lack of non-fiction reading. I’ll try to pick up more non-fiction books this month (oops it’s already March!), especially those off my non-fiction reading list, which has been sadly neglected.

I had such a great time with Graphic Novels Month, reading six in February and then forgetting that February was such a short month, and thus having more to read in March (henceforth known as Not-Graphic Novels Month).

Meanwhile, I finished up a few books I had started in January, then picked up some amazing reads like Claire of the Sea Light, The Good Muslim, and Why We Broke Up. And I finally read YA darlings John Green and Veronica Roth, although I think I was more impressed by the former.

Fiction (12)
Divergent – Veronica Roth
An expert in murder (Josephine Tey #1) – Nicola Upson
Cheating at Canasta – William Trevor
The Good Muslim – Tahmina Anam
The Drowning Girl – Caitlin R Kiernan
The people in the trees – Hanya Yanagihara
Claire of the sea light – Edwidge Danticat
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Why we broke up – Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman
Shovel Ready -Adam Sternbergh
Zahrah the wind seeker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Coincidence – J.W. Ironmonger

Graphic Novels (6)
The eternal smile – Gene Luen Yang
Hilda and the midnight giant – Luke Pearson
Hilda and the bird parade – Luke Pearson
Delphine – Richard Sala
Emiko superstar – Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Steve Rolston
Sunny 1 – Taiyo Matsumoto
Sloth – Gilbert Hernandez

Non-fiction (2)
Bury my heart at wounded Knee: an Indian history of the American West – Dee Brown
How to be a woman – Caitlin Moran

Read in February 2013

Dang it. I forgot this was posting today. I woke up this morning (after feeling like I barely went into a deep sleep the whole night) and didn’t realize that we had made it to March already. How dd that happen?

Anyway so it seems that I managed I read 26 books in February. I think I’m bingeing in preparation for lack of reading (or sleeping or anything really) time come May when wee-r reader (he needs a new name) makes his appearance!

Fiction (21)
The song of everlasting sorrow: a novel of Shanghai – Wang Anyi (Global Women of Color challenge)
The Secret of Nightingale Palace – Dana Sachs (review to come)
The mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart
Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
Happy birthday Turke!: A Kayankaya thriller – Jakob Arjouni
Lost souls – Poppy Z Brite
The house I loved – Tatiana de Rosnay (Postal Reading Challenge)
Malinche – Laura Esquivel
The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
The magician’s elephant – Kate DiCamillo
Stories: All-New Tales – Neil Gaiman (ed)
Sky Burial: an epic love story of Tibet – Xinran (Global Women of Color challenge)
The princess bride – William Goldman
Zeina – Nawal El Saadawi
The best exotic Marigold Hotel – Deborah Moggach
The red badge of courage – Stephen Crane
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl – Li Yiyun
Industrial magic (Women of the Otherworld #4) – Kelley Armstrong
Empress – Shan Sa (review to come) (Global Women of Color challenge)
Maisie Dobbs – Jacqueline Winspear (review to come)
Thirty Three Teeth – Colin Cotterill

Graphic novels (4)
Thunderhead Underground Falls – Joel Orff
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) – Kazu Kibuishi
Daybreak – Brian Ralph
The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) – Kazu Kibuishi

Non-fiction (1)
Red scarf girl – Jiang Ji-li

Read in February 2010

February didn’t start out too well but I managed to push through in the final days and rack up some better than expected reading totals.

Fiction (8)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley
White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi
Perfume – Patrick Suskind
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
The Unit – Ninni Holmqvist
Death with Interruptions – Jose Saramago
Island – Alistair MacLeod (review to come… promise!)

Graphic Novel (1)
The Sandman: Brief Lives – Neil Gaiman

Non-fiction (4)
The Food of a Younger Land- Mark Kurlansky
Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World – Claudia Roth Pierpont
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica – Sara Wheeler
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table – Molly Wizenberg (review to come)

Total: 13