February was another good month of reading – I finished up with eight finished for the month, plus another couple of hundred pages read in a chunkster I started last month (War & Peace). Some reading highlights:
- Outlander/Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon. I finished reading this chunkster that I started in January and I quite enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but I don’t actually know if it was that good. I discussed that a little here.
- The Art of Reading by Damon Young. This was easily my favourite book of the month. It gave me so much to think about, it was fun to read, and I love looking at the cover. I got a digital ARC of this from the publisher, but I hope to have a print copy one day so I can go nuts sticking post-it flags in it. [My review.]
- War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I’m still working on this and it’s taking forever to get through but I’m ok with that because I NEVER WANT IT TO END. I’m appreciating it so much more the second time around, which really affirms for me the idea that sometimes we just aren’t ready for certain books when we read them for the first time (which I touched on briefly here). Also, if you haven’t watched the BBC adaptation of it yet, GO AND DO IT. It’s amazing.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – [insert a million love hearts here] This is my favourite of all the Potter books and I sure did cry on the train towards the end of it.
I also got some new reading glasses in February! They are so comfy and I can wear them all day without them hurting my ears like my old ones did, which means I can concentrate better and this has made me 100% more productive at work. They make me look like if Clark Kent was a golden retriever, but I love them anyway. And my sister and I had fun picking them out (that’s them on the right). ALSO! I downloaded the new bookish app called Litsy – it’s kind of a mix between Goodreads and Instagram. I don’t know that I love it just yet, but I’ll stick it out for a bit. If you have it, let’s be friends! My username is Heather_Reads. It’s only available with Apple at the moment, but it shouldn’t be far off for you Android folk.
March is going to be the start of a super busy few months for me. I started uni again today and I found out mid-February that I have to move house, so yay for having to pack (if you didn’t read that last part with sarcasm, you read it wrong). I’m especially looking forward to packing all my books (so much sarcasm).
Unfortunately (because I really don’t have time for it) things are going to be great in tv land towards the end of the month, with season 2 of Daredevil hitting Netflix on March 18th – Matt Murdock is my tv boyfriend so I’m very excited for this – and the BBC adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager starts in Australia on March 20th. I’m hoping to get in a reread of the book before the show starts (here’s what I thought of it the first time I read it) – if you’ve spent any amount of time on this blog in the last couple of years, you would know that I love John le Carré almost obsessively, so basically there aren’t enough words to describe how thrilled I am that another of his creations is being brought to life.
Along with a possible reread of The Night Manager, I’ll be continuing with War & Peace and I’ve got a bunch of ARCs to read, including The Vegetarian by Han Kang which is everywhere at the moment. I’m also taking part in Julianne’s Weirdathon which you should go sign up for right now! It’s sure to expand your reading horizons – sign ups are here (or there’s a button you can click in the sidebar on the right). I’ll be participating in a Weird Off for this, and I have a super top-secret book to read – hopefully I can represent its weirdness in all its glory.
FINALLY. March 31st marks four whole years since I published my first post on this blog. I’ve got a little giveaway happening for this which I’ll post about in a couple of weeks, so keep a lookout!