February Summary and Plans for March

I finished 11 books in February. The quality was surprisingly evenly distributed, with a range of fantastic books and a few I didn’t enjoy at all.

If you get the chance then I highly recommend you read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and Rupture by Simon Lelic they are both fantastic!


Books reviewed in February

Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese stars51

Rupture – Simon Lelic stars51

Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee 

The Harlot’s Progress: Yorkshire Molly – Peter Mottley 

Ruby’s Spoon – Anna Lawrence Pietroni stars4

Brixton Beach – Roma Tearne stars3h

Blacklands – Belinda Bauer stars3h

After the Fire, A Still Small Voice – Evie Wyld stars3h

The Girl with Glass Feet – Ali Shaw stars3

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger stars2

Dangerous Liaisons – Choderlos de Laclos stars1

Plans for March

I got a bit distracted by the TV Book Club in February, so didn’t manage to read many of the books I planned to at the beginning of the month. Most of my plans are identical to last month – sorry to all those who are waiting for me to read things from this list, I really do hope to get to them soon! 

Small Island – Andrea Levy

The Little Friend – Donna Tartt

The Woman in the Dunes – Kobo Abe

My Father’s Paradise – Ariel Sabar

The Native Hurricane – Chigozie John Obioma

The Hiding Place – Trezza Azzopardi

The Love We Share Without Knowing – Christopher Barzak

I’m going to finish reading:

Bonk: The Curious Coupling Of Sex and Science – Mary Roach

July’s People – Nadine Gordimer

The Blasphemer – Nigel Farndale

I am also hoping to read some of these: 

So Much for That – Lionel Shriver

Pocket Notebook – Mike Thomas

Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco Stork

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris

The Solitude of Prime Numbers – Paolo Giordano

My Driver – Maggie Gee

Have you enjoyed any of the books I plan to read in March?

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  1. Verity says:

    A good month then despite the dismallness of the time of year! I’m looking forward to you reading the Azzopardi as I enjoyed her first book very much when I eventually read it. And as I think I said before The little friend is extremely good.

    1. Jackie says:

      Verity, I often think it is easier to read when the weather is dismal! I think I did well considering how busy I have been – it has been a great month!

  2. Ooh, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim! Love Sedaris. You’ll fly through it, and probably get some actual laugh-out-louds from it.

    1. Jackie says:

      Lija, I have heard so many wonderful things about Sedaris. I hope I enjoy my first experience.

  3. Good month! I had a slowish one; it took me a whole week at the beginning of the month until I managed to settle down and finish anything. Slump aside though, it included some good books.

    I’m looking forward to reading Cutting for Stone on your recommendation and hearing about the others, some of which I know nothing about.

    1. Jackie says:

      Claire, I would have read more in February, but Cutting for Stone took me about 8 days to read. It is worth the effort though, so I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I thought Bonk was a lot of fun. I love Mary Roach.

    1. Jackie says:

      Stephanie, Bonk is very entertaining! I’m loving it so far.

  5. Sandy says:

    Oh, I just ordered a couple more Sedaris audios for my delight and pleasure. I can’t wait to hear about this one, although I am pretty sure they all leave you in the same state of mind (hilarity, awe, love, and in need of hanging with my gay friends). The man is a comedic genius I think. You had a great month for sure. Lots of good books added to my list!

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, I have just listened to the first chapter of Sedaris and it isn’t anything like how I expected it to be, but I am sure I will love it. I’m looking forward to adding the rest of his books to my wishlist!

  6. Steph says:

    Haven’t read any of your upcoming books for the month of March, so hopefully you’ll discover some great ones that I’ll then have on my radar! Tony did recently read The Solitude of Prime Numbers and had mixed feelings about it, so I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts about it. By all accounts it was a page turner, so in that sense I’m sure you’ll be pleased! ;)

    1. Jackie says:

      Steph, It is good to know that Prime Numbers is a page turner – I expected it to be quite a slow, thoughtful book. I’m looking forward to it more now!

  7. I adored the Stork book and am definitely looking forward to the Giordano book. And I’m sure I’ll be adding more of your March choices to my list after reading your reviews!

    1. Jackie says:

      rhapsodyinbooks, I have heard many wonderful things about the Stork book. I hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else.

  8. Aarti says:

    I’m excited by your March! It looks chock-full of very interesting books (none of which I’ve read). Get to it :-)

    1. Jackie says:

      Aarti, I hope there are some fantastic reads in there!

  9. diane says:

    Great month Jackie –Loved Cutting for Stone and The Solitude of Prime Numbers — I’ll wait to read your thoughts about it.

    1. Jackie says:

      diane, I was very pleased to see that you enjoyed Prime Numbers. I hope that I enjoyed it as much as you did.

  10. Jenners says:

    My plans are always going by the wayside so I completely understand!! And I can’t wait to see what you think of “Bonk.” I read her book “Spook” earlier and really enjoyed her approach to writing. I plan on reading “Stiff” fairly soon too.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenners, I’m loving Bonk so far. I actually have a copy of Stiff here, but was scared to read it. Now I’ve experienced her light, entertaining style I think I will be much more tempted to read it.

  11. Beth F says:

    I have Solitude of Prime Numbers here — am looking forward to reading it.

    You had a great month!

    1. Jackie says:

      Beth, I look forward to comparing notes with you!

  12. Julie says:

    Wow, what a reading month you had! I’m also looking forward to reading So Much For That when it comes out. I love Lionel Shriver. I also loved Cutting for Stone and am doing a giveaway of it right now!

    1. Jackie says:

      Julie, I have a very hit-miss relationship with Lionel Shriver’s books. I think this is likely to fall into the miss category based on the beginning – I hope it picks up towards the end.

  13. That’s a really good February :)

    I’m hoping to read Rupture this month, and Cutting To Stone exists on the wishlist. Need to knock off at least three more books, before I buy any more.

    1. Jackie says:

      anothercookiecrumbles, I really hope that you enjoy Rupture as much as I did. 3 books isn’t many – you can knock them off and buy a copy of Cutting for Stone within a week or two ;-)

  14. Andreea says:

    That’s a long list, at least for me. Happy reading and I hope you like the books you will read this new month!

    1. Jackie says:

      Andreea, Thank you! I hope you have some great reads next month too.

  15. mee says:

    I see P&P on your sidebar. Are you going to read it soon? I (and a couple of folks) have finished it :) . I’m going to post my review soon.

    1. Jackie says:

      mee, I always planned to read it along with you in Feb, but I didn’t manage to squeeze it in. I hope to read it at some point soon, but it probably wont be before you post your review.

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