My Bookish Month of February 2021

Hi and welcome to another monthly overview!

After an everlasting January, I’ve apparently re-entered the time-fly zone I lived in last year, where time moves at least twice as fast as it should cos February just went by without me even properly noticing. On a professional level it was a trying month (so what else is new), but on a personal level it was rather lovely. After a week or two of frost and snow, we had an early (and probably false) spring and when I had my birthday, the weather was so nice I got to see my parents and in-laws in person for the first time in ages (COVID rules dictate we can see a few people outside, but not invite them in, and chatting in the freezing cold or rain is just not as nice as sitting on the patio in the sunshine).

On a bookish level, February was quite alright. I read some corkers and I got a few lovely bookish birthday surprises and a boatload of books, to such an extent that even I have started to wonder when the hell I’m supposed to read them all… (that’s usually the hubby’s job 😉) My challenges are going well too, I’m taking a closer look at them later this month.

In figures February looks like this:

Novels: 5252 pages across 16 novels
Audiobooks: 50 hours across 9 audiobooks

And here’s what I did in February, and some of what I’ll be posting in March:

What I read:

The Mask of Mirrors, M.A Carrick
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, Sarah Knight
The Colorado Kid, Stephen King
The Source, Sarah Sultoon
The Appeal, Janice Hallett
Chicas Muertas, Selva Almada
The Family Friend, C.C. MacDonald
The Lamplighters, Emma Stonex (review to follow)
The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie
Halcyon, Rio Youers
Call Me Mummy, Tina Baker
The Islanders, S.V. Leonard (review to follow)
These Violent Delights, Chloe Gong
Blackout, Ragnar Jónasson
The Sanatorium, Sarah Pearse
This Nowhere Place, Natasha Bell (review to follow)

What I listened to:

The Toll, Neil Shusterman
Macbeth, William Shakespeare
Thick as Thieves, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Last Train to London, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
The Curse of Mabb’s Farm, Matthew Costello & Neil Richards
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid

What I read earlier but reviewed in February:

Hyde, Craig Russell

I also shared an excerpt from Smoke Screen by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst.

Let’s have a look at the books that landed on my lap in February:

2 ARCs courtesy of Quercus and Michael Joseph:

3 ARCs courtesy of Orenda Books:

3 books I’ve won in giveaways, courtesy of The Nerd Daily, Nikola @ Breathing Through Pages and Scotland Yard CSI:

3 audiobooks, one of which a birthday present:

A gifted paperback, 2 FairyLoot hardcovers and one of my most anticipated reads of the year:

9 eBooks among which 3 NetGalley eARCs and 2 99p deals:

Well I did say I got a boatload of books 😬

I hope you had a good month and that you are safe and well! Thanks for joining me today and happy reading xxx

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