Sunday, February 28, 2016

February Wrap-Up

February was a pretty strange month for me. I was sick for about a week, which both gave me a lot of time to read and frequently made me too tired to read. (The only entirely good thing was that I rediscovered audiobooks - when I actually have the time to get through them, I LOVE them!) And then I had to spend the rest of the month catching up on the schoolwork that I missed, which definitely cut into my reading time. But at the same time, I read more books than in January.

I was going to start doing life updates in my wrap-ups, but everything I've already said was pretty much the entire month. Things don't really get exciting here. (That's part of what books are for.)


Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman: I'm glad I took a chance on this book. It wasn't something I think I'd normally pick up, but I'd heard such wonderful things about it. It really made me think about mental health, and stayed in my head even once I put it down. I know I'll remember this one for a long time. ★ - Goodreads review - Around-the-Year Challenge Week 5: A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name

Willful Machines by Tim Floreen: Another book that made me think! This time, though, I was thinking about robots and the future and all kinds of interesting hypotheticals. While it did lose some of its appeal as it went on, it had a fascinating premise, pretty great diversity, and a great cast of characters. Thanks to Avery @ thepagesarebookining for recommending this! ½ - Goodreads review

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4): I was not impressed by this book. It was enjoyable enough, and kept me interested the whole time, but compared to the past few books, nothing really happened. It introduced a lot of new information that became important, but this was so much of the action that it felt more like a set-up for later events than its own installment. - Goodreads review

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #5): Once again, a bit of a let-down. Things started to happen, but things also got very repetitive. Fairly often, I'd read a page that I swore I'd just read ten minutes beforehand. It took the series in an interesting direction, but definitely not one of the best in the series. - Goodreads review

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #6): Wonderful, especially in comparison to the previous two books. There was so much going on at once, but all of the plotlines were woven together so wonderfully that I almost never got confused. I especially loved the mystery aspect of this; the clues unfolded in a way that I wasn't expecting, but that also felt inevitable. - Goodreads review - ATY Challenge Week 6: The highest rated on your TBR

Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures, Vol. 2 by David Michelinie (Indiana Jones - The Further Adventures #2): I flew through this. These weren't quite as good as the Indiana Jones comics that I'd read previously, but they were also much shorter stories. Pleasant enough overall, but there were a few issues that I absolutely loved.- Goodreads review

Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures, Vol. 3 by Linda Grant (Indiana Jones - The Further Adventures #3): A definite step down from the previous volume. The plots felt contrived to the extent that they weren't always enjoyable, and many were also just too strange for me to really like. Also, I'm not exactly thrilled that they somehow managed to turn my favorite Indiana Jones film (Last Crusade) into a comic that was rushed and boring.- Goodreads review

How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned From Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis: Absolutely lovely. This book made me want to read about a million other books, most of which I'd never heard of before. It made me reconsider a number of the books that I grew up adoring, but it pointed out both the good and the bad of every novel mentioned. And even though it was nonfiction, I was so engrossed that I couldn't put it down.  - full review - ATY Challenge Week 7: A book about books

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle: I liked this book, but I can't quite put my finger on the reason that I didn't like it more. It was wonderfully unique (it did remind me of a lot of books, but only a little bit of each), it was beautifully written, and it had that hard-to-achieve balance of keeping the reader in the loop while never revealing too much of what was going on. And somehow, I still didn't love it. - Goodreads review

Night by Elie Wiesel (Night #1): Haunting and vivid. I do think that the abridgement of this book from the original manuscript came at a cost, but the length is one of the things that makes it so powerful.  - Goodreads review - ATY Challenge Week 8: A classic book with fewer than 200 pages

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: This book had a lot of things that I really liked and a lot of things that bothered me. It had wonderful characters and a well-plotted mystery, but the worldbuilding was almost nonexistent and there was an absolutely ridiculous amount of bi erasure. Overall, it was still very enjoyable. Thanks to Sky @ Sky's Reading Corner for letting me borrow this! - Goodreads review

Le Vol des Oiseaux by Kristy Placido: This was a pretty boring little book that I read for my French class. I learned a lot of words, but the book wasn't very interesting in the first place, and my class took so long to read it that I cared even less by the end. Good for learning, not good for entertainment. - Goodreads review (in French)

American Consumer Society, 1865-2005: From Hearth to HDTV by Regina Lee Blaszczyk: Okay, so at the time that I'm writing this, I haven't technically finished this book yet. That rating and review link that you'll see if you're looking at this in the future were added later. But I'm squeezing in the book for my challenge to read one American history book a month right at the end of February, and I know I'll finish it before the month ends. So far, it's fascinating, even if it is a bit of a slow read.

Reread this month:
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: This was one of my favorite books in elementary school, but I hadn't read it since then, and I'd forgotten how much I love it! I reread this one on audiobook, and I loved hearing the Yorkshire accents (though I really can't say anything about how accurate they might have been). I'm really looking forward to reading other books by Frances Hodgson Burnett!  First read: ; Reread:
  • Total books: 13 new, 14 including rereads
  • Longest book: Last Sacrifice, 594 pages
  • Shortest book: Le Vol des Oiseaux, 74 pages
  • Favorite book: How to Be a Heroine
  • Least favorite book: Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures, Vol. 3
  • Diverse reads: 4 fiction (Challenger Deep, Willful Machines, The Accident Season, Carry On), 2 nonfiction (How to Be a Heroine, Night)
  • Nonfiction: 3 (How to Be a Heroine, Night, American Consumer Society, 1865-2005)
  • Comics/Graphic Novels: 2 (Indiana Jones Omnibus: The Further Adventures, Vols. 2-3)
What did you do in February? What books did you read? Was your life more eventful than mine? Do you listen to audiobooks when you're sick? Tell me in the comments!