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TSS: February 2010 Reading Wrap-Up

tssbadge1I read more books than there are days in February.  Things have not been great recently, so of course I’ve sunk into my version of comfort, which means reading pretty much all the time.  Plus, hubby works from home now, so I can’t really watch TV or play games because it’s too distracting for him, and thus all I do is read and apply for jobs.  It’s exciting, let me tell you (not really).

On the brighter side, we have a new kitchen floor, and our flat is almost ready to go up for sale.  Just some cleaning and exiling a lot of our miscellaneous stuff to my MIL’s loft before we go to see the real estate agents.  We’ve been doing a little research into locations around hubby’s job and have found some reasonably cheap renting options, so we’re probably not going to be desperately poor again, and since he got paid yesterday, I can breathe a little (and finally spend the last of my birthday money on my book club books).  Still can’t afford BEA, but at least I know we can pay the bills and eat without cutting into our tiny amount of savings.  That should mean I’ll get some motivation back and be a more active blogger, rather than just a reviewer, but I’ll see where life takes me.

So, February’s reading:

Literary Fiction

Historical Fiction

  • The Stolen Crown, Susan Higginbotham
  • Shadow of the King, Helen Hollick
  • The Highest Stakes, Emery Lee
  • Pearl of China, Anchee Min

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

  • The Ivory and the Horn, Charles de Lint (short stories)
  • Frostbite, Richelle Mead (YA)
  • Shadow Kiss, Richelle Mead (YA)
  • Blood Promise, Richelle Mead (YA)
  • Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh
  • Soulless, Gail Carriger (actually this book is about a million genres)
  • Angels’ Blood, Nalini Singh
  • Magic Burns, Ilona Andrews
  • Magic Strikes, Ilona Andrews
  • Dead and Gone, Charlaine Harris

Historical Romance

Women’s Fiction

  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Sarah Addison Allen

Fantasy

Non-fiction

  • The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, David Grann
  • The Long March, Sun Shuyun
  • Cherries in Winter, Suzan Colon
  • The Computer, Mark Freuenfelder
  • Mr. Langshaw’s Square Piano, Madeline Goold

Classics

  • Nadja, Andre Breton

There are definitely a few continuing trends this month.  All the historical fiction I read was for review; I haven’t been at all inclined to read it for myself even though I enjoyed all the books that I read.  In contrast, my biggest genre this month was urban fantasy (and I counted the paranormal romances in there for simplicity), and I had none of those for review.  Clearly, publishers should start sending me more urban fantasy!  I read a lot more non-fiction, which I’m pleased with, but I’ve been holding back on my classics, saving them for classics month.  I’m almost finished with The Warden by Anthony Trollope, so I’ll have three more left to read in March to hit my target of four.  I still have space for guest posts if any classics lovers are planning on joining Tasha and me!

For once, a favorite book popped right out at me, and that would be The Other Hand by Chris Cleave.  This book is known as Little Bee in the US and I read it yesterday – my online book club is discussing it next weekend.  It was just amazing, deep and meaningful and heartbreaking even as it was beautiful.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about various aspects, but it’s my favorite book all year already, and I’m really looking forward to our discussion.

How was your reading month?

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