February 2014: A Month in Review

During February, I read/reviewed the following books:

This month was a productive blogging month, and I’m slowly but surely coming out of my slump.  As usual, I’m a bit behind on writing reviews for books that I’ve read, but I’ve been sick for the past week, so that’s to be expected.  So far in March, I only have two book tours scheduled.  That gives me a lot more time for reading what I want to read when I want to read it.  My plan is to alternate between review copies and books that have been on my shelf for a while, but with no real constraints on what those books will be other than what I’m in the mood to read at any given moment.  If I’m in the mood for epic fantasy, then that’s what I’ll read.  If I’m in the mood for something trashy with lots of sex, then that’s what I’ll read.  Right now, I’m in the middle of reading Joseph D’Lacey’s novel “Black Feathers,” which is a post-apocalyptic magical horror story of what happens when corporate greed and disregard for the environment get out of control.  A lot of the books that I’ve been reading/enjoying/buying this year have been from Angry Robot and/or their YA imprint Strange Chemistry, and it’s safe to say that they’re my new favorite publisher, because I haven’t read a book from them yet that hasn’t been mind-blowingly awesome.  Expect several reviews of their books in March.

As far as reading challenges go, I’m failing miserably at my TBR challenge.  I’ve had a lot of books on my shelf for a while that I want to read, but I keep getting distracted by shiny new books.  Part of that is because since starting my new job, I’ve had an actual commute, which means that I’ve been spending time reading on my Kindle again, and let’s face it, NetGalley can be an awesome distraction.  And it doesn’t help that there are a lot of spectacular books coming out this year, either, some of which I’ve been waiting for for a very long time, such as the next Stormlight Archive book.  For now, I’m gonna go with the flow and not stress too much about it, because blogging is supposed to be fun, and I had been starting to let it turn into a chore.  I’m going to be very picky about accepting new review copies that aren’t from NetGalley, and I’m going to try my best not to let myself get bogged down again.

What are your reading plans for the upcoming month?

 

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3 comments

  1. I’m writing my own February tally post right now. It’s been a slow month for me in terms of sci-fi. Im hoping to read a few things that could be on a Hugo ballot in March, otherwise just whatever falls into hands.

    1. It’s been a slow month in general. A lot of the things that I reviewed in February were books I’d read back in January. I’m hoping that this month will be a bit better.