Month in Review: February 2020

Hello friends!  This wasn’t a great month for me blog wise- I had trouble not only getting my posts written on Sundays for the week, but keeping up with all of you.  Work has been relatively hectic and by the time I get home and get the kiddo ready for bed, I’m exhausted.  I’m aiming for a better March.  Reading wise- I did pretty okay considering it’s a short month and I wasn’t even reading on my lunch breaks.

Novels/Novellas Read: 10

Short Stories: 0

Pages Read: 3,076

Average Rating: 3.2

Female Authors: 5

Favorite Reads:

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier (RTC)

Other Reads Completed:

The Chill by Scott Carson

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Grit by Angela Duckworth

The Resisters by Gish Jen

The Bear by Andrew Krivak

The Wolf of Oren-yaro by K.S. Villoso

Surrender by Ray Loriga

I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll review the backlist titles.  Grit was technically a DNF.  I read about 200 pages for work and just couldn’t stomach part three I was so tired of it by then.  My review for Surrender should be up later this week.

ARCs Received:

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – I haven’t even read the blurb because the title seems pretty self explanatory.  Now that I’ve read Horrorstor and understand the author’s style, I’m very much looking forward to it!

Devolution by Max Brooks – A mockumentary style telling of a Sasquatch attack.  Which ya’ll already know I’m super excited for.

The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey – I’m also thrilled to have received this! It has a very strong man vs. nature vibe which I’ve been enjoying a lot lately.

I also received Little Secrets, pictured above, but ended up reading it sooner than expected.  It’s about a woman whose son was abducted, her marriage in the aftermath, and the mystery surrounding her son long after the trail has gone cold.

PopSugar Challenge 2020 Prompts Completed: 

A book with a made up language: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins (greed, envy): Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

A fiction or non-fiction book about a world leader: The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez (I’m not really sure I interpreted this prompt correctly, but I don’t foresee myself reading a fiction or non-fiction book about an actual world leader any time soon.)

A book by or about a journalist: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

A book with a main character in their 20s: The Chill by Scott Carson

Other Posts for February:

Favorite SciFi Sub-genres

Book Review: The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Coming Up:

I’m hopeful this month will be better for me in terms of enjoying what I’m reading.  There weren’t many titles I walked away from in February feeling excited about.  I recently started A Time of Dread and it’s exactly what I’d been hoping for when I started reading Abercrombie a few months ago. Dark and bloody.

How was your February?

15 thoughts on “Month in Review: February 2020

  1. It looks like you did really well! I didn’t count my February reads but I know it wasn’t ten😁 Super excited for The Southern Book Club and Book of Koli! And The Glass Hotel! Ugh, way too many good books coming out, I’m doomed!

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  2. My February was pretty good up until the end, when I got sick and that ended all productivity for the rest of the month. I’ve started March feeling better, though, so hopefully this month will be better!

    For a “not so good” month, your February stats are still pretty awesome!

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    • Yeah- I surprised myself by the number of books I read, but I don’t think the page counts were very high on a few of them. I also think I was generally underwhelmed by a lot of what I read- but I also wasn’t in the mood for a lot of what I read. I need a good dose of Stephen Kingish stuff somewhere in there to keep me happy.


  3. that providence cover is so freaking cool!! i absolutely love the atmosphere of it and the whole color scheme! it just paints such a picture in my head already. 10/10. i’m so excited for the book of koli! i’m so stoked that there are more and more nature-related books coming out because i dig that very much

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  4. The three arcs you reviewed are all of interest to me. I am literally starting Horrorstor tomorrow, so if I can prompt you to share some thoughts on it in the future, that would be great! Everyone is interested in The Deep, but my plans are to read The Deep by River Solomon, which also came out not too long ago.

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    • I actually read The Deep by Rivers Solomon! It was really good!

      I was thinking of putting a review up for Horrorstor, but it would probably just be a mini review since I listened to it. I’m happy to also leave some thoughts on your own review if you plan to review it!

      Basic thoughts: I enjoyed it. I do think I’d recommend audio if you like audiobooks. The female narrator who plays Amy wasn’t my favorite, but she wasn’t bad and she wasn’t annoying. I think she was good for the role she did. I loved the male narrator.

      The story itself is not so much horror as it is fun, campy and silly. I don’t know if I would have felt differently if I had eye read it. Something about hearing it out loud made it all kind of silly for me, but in a good way.

      Characters were good if a little flat. Setting was a blast.

      Either way- I hope you love it! It was a lot of fun.


      • I’m about 40% through Horrorstor on e-book, and I think it’s good to have a physical copy over the audiobook. There are diagrams and product descriptions that I feel make a difference. It’s definitely campy, which I like. So far, I’m going to say that I like the campy horror of Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall much better. I mean, hysterical belly laughing throughout made extra fun by the fact that I was reading the novel aloud to my spouse.

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