Saturday, March 01, 2008

Month in review: February

Books completed:
(click on title to read my review)
4. The Bleeding Dusk - Colleen Gleason
5. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
6. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I didn't get as much read as I would've liked (I seem to say this every month) but it was a pretty good month quality-wise. From vampire hunting in Rome to The French Revolution to 1920s high society life in New York, and I enjoyed each of them.

The Bleeding Dusk was just as exciting and fun to read as I'd expected. A Tale of Two Cities kept my brain cells busy but was worth the effort, and most surprising was how much I enjoyed The Great Gatsby since I'd previously shied away from it. So I guess I can't complain.

I had hoped to finish Housekeeping vs. The Dirt as well but I still have a couple more columns to read so it'll count as a March read.

Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
Book Awards Challenge - 3 done, 9 to go (by June 30th)
My Year of Reading Dangerously- 2 done, 10 to go
What's in a Name Challenge - 2 done, 4 to go
Austen Mini-Challenge - 1 done, 1 to go
Reading Japan Project - 2 so far this year
The Orange Prize Project - none yet this year, my list of previously read titles here.

As for my reading challenges, I caught up on My Year of Reading Dangerously in February so I'm generally on track. The only one I'm really behind on is the Book Awards Challenge. So I really need to focus on Award-winning books between now and the end of June. I guess the one good thing about still having quite a few to read is that I can still choose among them according to my mood, and I'm not above a substitution or two either so I'm hoping for some good reads in March.

3 comments:

  1. I stayed away from Fitzgerald for the longest time but came slowly to him via his short stories whic I must admit, I did enjoy (despite some others who hated them). I've never been a Dicken's fan, only ever reading Oliver Twist. But a Tale of Two Cities is on my TBR list...someday. ;-)

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  2. I only managed to read three, too. The Winter Rose really took up a big chunk of my time, but it was worth it.

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  3. indigo- I don't know if or when I'll read something else by Fitzgerald but someday. I really did enjoy The Great Gatsby. As for Dickens he is a bit hard to read, for me at least, but he does have some pretty great characters. I've seen Oliver Twist but never read it.

    Les- A Tale of Two Cities took me forever to read but it was worth it. But that's why the next couple of books I read after it were short ones. I just wanted something not so dense. Here's hoping we both have good reading months in March.

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