Yes, I know it’s April, and yes, I know everyone else is posting their March wrap-ups, while I’m here with mine for February. I could’ve skipped ahead but I didn’t like the thought of a gap in my archives for 2019, so here we are. Also, I read so few books in March, I need some motivation that I can get back on track this April.
February passed me by in a blur, as I spent most of it working from home, while renovation workers toiled away. I’m exhausted just thinking about it because we started renovations in September 2017, and things are still not done due to several mistakes that needed to be rectified. Major works involving hacking seem to finally be done though, so that’s something. There’re still some things to be done but those will continue in a few months. Anyway, with that on my plate, I didn’t have a lot of patience, and mainly reached for audiobooks. All in all, I read 13 books in February.
I read 1,180 pages for print and ebook editions, and listened to 83:55 hours (equalling 3,361 pages) for audiobooks. That gives a total equivalent of 4,541 pages. Even though I read two books less in February than January, I covered only 100 less pages worth of content. Although, as I already mentioned, that really comes down to the audiobooks I listened to.
As for the average rating, it dipped a little to 3.705 out of 5 stars. That’s a pretty decent month, actually. I’m not surprised that it’s less than January because when it comes to audiobooks, I’m a bit less choosy than with print books. I’m more open to giving books that I’m unsure about because I can listen to audiobooks while doing something else. If I don’t end up liking an audiobook, I don’t feel like I wasted time compared to when I sit down with a paperback and can’t multitask.
- The Social Leap by William von Hippe | Rating: 4.188*
- How to Find Love in the Little Things by Virginie Grimaldi | 4.278
- The End of Procrastination by Petr Ludwig | 3.688
- The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde | 3.800
- Girl Talk by Jaqueline Mroz | 3.125
- How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky | 4.500
- Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray | 3.900
- Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan | 3.600
- Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton | 2.000
- [Re-read] The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | 4.750
- Even if I Fall by Abigail Johnson | 4.167
- The Similars by Rebecca Hanover | 2.167
- [Re-read] Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder | 4.000
*Note on ratings: I rate books on a scale of 0 to 5, 0 being the worst and 5 being the best. I first rate various aspects such as prose, characterisation, plot, originality, etc. Then I average these out for my overall ratings. To obtain my star ratings, I round to the nearest 0.5.
I did not manage to reduce the number of books on my TBR pile in February. I only read one book from my TBR pile and unhealed one, but then hauled seven books, of which seven count towards my TBR pile. At the end of the month, my TBR reduction tally went up to 5 for 2019.
The books I hauled in February spanned quite a range from YA contemporary fiction to adult fantasy, and non-fiction to. I received The Weight of Our Sky and King of Scars for review, and bought The City of Brass and The Gilded Wolves for my personal library and to reread. The Periodic Table of Feminism intrigued me when I first spotted it at Brick Lane Bookshop last year. The idea of it sounded pretty clever. Of course, the simple, elegant book over won me over, so I had to get a copy.