February 2012: A Month in Review

About My Blog 12 Comments 29th February, 2012

Happy leap day!

As February draws to a close, so does The Science Fiction Experience, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings, which began in January.  During the two-month time period, I managed to read twelve science fiction novels!  (Thirteen, in fact, if we count Asimov’s “Second Foundation”–the final readalong post will be up on Friday.)

  1. “Crystal Line” by Anne McCaffrey
  2. “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells
  3. “Nightwings” by Robert Silverberg
  4. “The Foundation” by Isaac Asimov (The Foundation Groupread, Part I, The Foundation Groupread, Part II)
  5. “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells
  6. “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” by Edwin A. Abbott
  7. “The Rowan” by Anne McCaffrey
  8. “Foundation and Empire” by Isaac Asimov (Foundation and Empire Groupread, Part I, Foundation and Empire Groupread, Part II)
  9. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
  10. “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins
  11. “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
  12. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

I’ve read 14/48 books toward the Speculative Fiction challenge, hosted by Baffled Books and I’m up to 5/10 books for the Award Winning Books Challenge, hosted by Gathering Books.  I’m still at 0/8 for the Tea & Books Challenge hosted by The Book Garden, which I’ll have to remedy in the near future.

I finally started a montly Poetry Spotlight, beginning with “Natural Selections” by Joseph Campana.  I’ll be participating in the Read More/Blog More Poetry Event, which fits in well with my goal to read more poetry this year.

Now, for March reading plans!

I love groupreads.  The discussions are phenomenal.  On Friday, we’ll be finishing the groupread of Asimov’s “Second Foundation.”  I’ve also decided to participate in a groupread of Scott Lynch’s “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” which is hosted by Little Red Reviewer.  I hadn’t heard of the book before, but based on Andrea’s description, it sounds fantastic, and a bit different from the typical fantasy novel!  Just as a warning…

These books are rated super R for casual violence, violence towards children, promotion of flexible morals,  massive amounts of glamorized criminal activity, occasional drug and alcohol use, a smidgen of bought and paid for sex, and oh gods, the swear words. So many deliciously magnificent naughty words! If you wouldn’t use the word delicious or magnificent to describe creative invective, and if you are at all offended by anything else listed above, this may not be the read al0ng for you.  Really. I’m not kidding. Don’t even ask me if this would be appropriate for your fourteen year old kid.

I also have several review copies of books that I haven’t finished yet.  It’s been a busy month, but March will be a bit less stressful, and I’ll have those reviews posted as soon as I can!

March 21 will also mark the start of Carl’s “Once Upon a Time” challenge (details forthcoming), which involves reading fantasy.  This was the first challenge that I participated in when I started my blog, and I’m looking forward to doing it again!  I’ve already got a nice stack of books in mind for this one… *evil grin*

What are your March reading plans?

12 Responses to “February 2012: A Month in Review”

    • Grace

      I can’t wait! I loved last year’s version, and I’ve been collecting a sizeable stack of books with Once Upon a Time in mind. ;P

  1. Kailana

    It looks like you had a great reading month! I hope March is just as successful. I am also planning to do the read-along of Scott Lynch’s books, but considering I fizzled out with the Asimov I don’t really do the best with read-alongs… I am looking forward to Once Upon a Time!

    • Grace

      Thanks! I hadn’t really heard of Scott Lynch’s books until I saw the readalong posts, but they do look intriguing!

  2. Adam

    I just picked up the sequel to Lies of Locke Lamora yesterday, it was a pretty good book. I don’t know if I’ll read it again, but maybe I’ll check in for the groupread questions.

    Speaking of which, didn’t you mention a Mistborn groupread coming up sometime soon? I’d like to re-read those books sometime soon and I think it would be fun to get involved in a groupread for them.

    • Grace

      I think that the Mistborn groupread should be starting around the same time as the beginning of the Once Upon a Time challenge. I’m excited to read them; ever since reading “The Way of Kings” I’ve been wanting to read more of Sanderson’s writing.

      I’m looking forward to reading Lies of Locke Lamora based on the descriptions I’ve read thus far. I think that Andrea’s hosting a groupread of the sequel too, but I’m going to see how the first one goes first. :D

  3. myragarcesbacsal

    Hi Grace! I’m so glad that you’re halfway through with your goal for the AWB Reading Challenge, the books you decided to review for the Challenge were awesome! I haven’t participated in any book group discussion yet (at least the virtual one), it does sound very intriguing. The Once Upon a Time challenge also seems right up our alley.

    As for March, we will be launching our new bimonthly theme sometime on the 11th – we’re reviewing Girl Power themed books – in keeping with Women’s Month. So I’m looking forward to reading more books with this theme – let me know if you have any suggestions/recommendations.

    • Grace

      That sounds like an interesting theme! I’m loving the AWB Challenge thus far, and it’s neat to see what different awards are out there!

  4. Alison

    Good month! I’m in the process of re-reading THG. I’m really wanting to read Ender’s Game. I’ve heard good things about it.

    • Grace

      Thanks! Ender’s Game is a great book; I wish I had read it earlier!

      I’m excited to see whether the new Hunger Games movie will do the books any justice.

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