February round-up

February has been another interesting month. I participated in Book Blogger Appreciation Week, my first event, I really liked it and thanks to it I found even more awesome blogs to follow.

I broke my book buying ban, but I have a good excuse: I am going to Naples and Elena Ferrante books are absolutely necessary reading. As Waterstones at Luton Airport let me down, I ordered all the books from Amazon and they arrived this Monday. Yay! I haven’t started yet, so probably will not manage to finish all the books in the next week and a half, but I’ll give it a shot 😉

Here’s what I managed to read in February:

17. The Children Act – Ian McEwan – this book moved me. It was an emotional read, first book in a while that came close to making me cry.
16. The Stranger – Harlan Coben – nice break but this is not Coben at his best. I’ll probably forget it within a week.
15. Murder in the Museum – John Rowland – my first book from Netgalley, review will e coming up soon. February was definitely a month of ‘first’: first event, first blogging slump, first Netgalley and first books bought this year.
14. We Have Always Lived in a Castle – Shirley Jackson – yum! loved it, this book is like a cookie. Very atmospheric and I do sometimes feel towards other people in the same way Merricat felt (leaving out vivid imagery)
13. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – the serious stuff. Review will be coming up shortly, but let me just say that it was a pleasure to read, even though I connected with this book less on emotional and more on intellectual level
12. Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin – Inspector Rebus is one of my favorite detectives. His loyalties are definitely tested in this book, where past comes to haunt him. Nice and not stupid break from the serious stuff.
11. Bad Science – Ben Goldacre – it’s a bit of a cheat, because I still didn’t finish, but I did like the book

Photo by Violetta Kaszubowska

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5 thoughts on “February round-up

  1. I just finished the latest Inspector Rebus book by Ian Rankin, Even Dogs in the Wild, and thought it was great. The Inspector Rebus detective series is my favorite detective series and I have liked the addition of the Malcolm Fox character. I have been disappointed in the last few Harlan Coben books. Thanks for the other book recommendations and I’m glad you found an excuse to break the book buying ban.

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    1. I’m meeting with Inspector Rebus on a bit more spontaneous basis. I think I have half the books in the series and I read them in random order, meeting Rebus at various stages of his life adds charm. I’ve just started on the first Neapolitan book today, I’m very happy!

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  2. You have read so many lovely books, Jo. 🙂 I loved ‘The Children’s Act’, ‘Americanah’, and ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’. And, you were right. Jackson’s book was like a cookie. 🙂

    Have a great time at Naples. 🙂 I hope you will post some pictures, and write about your trip.

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