Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Sunday Salon, February wrap-up

It's been a difficult week and a bit. Until this morning, I hadn't finished a book in 10 days. I hadn't even been properly reading a book, just pages here and there of random books. But this morning, I did manage to finish Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins.

Somehow I ended up following Mitali Perkins (@mitaliperkins) on twitter. I have no idea how that came about, but she posts such interesting links that I thought it might be fun to read one of her books. And I wasn't sure at first about Monsoon Summer (but I wouldn't have been sure of any book the way that book-slump feeling had set in) but by the end I'd shed a few tears and added her other few books to my wish list. And now I'm 40 pages into Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon and I feel like I'm past the worst of it.

February wasn't a great reading month for me in terms of numbers, but I still managed 10 titles. Here they are:

10. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
11. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
12. The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
13. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
14. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
15. Property by Valerie Martin
16. Skellig by David Almond
17. Plain Jayne by Hillary Manton Lodge
18. Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning
19. Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
20. Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

As you can see, I've only managed to review one book of the books I've read this month. To be honest, there are still several I haven't reviewed from last month. I'm so behind. But I did enjoy everything I read this month - while you are waiting for my proper reviews, here are my one-sentence reviews:

Heartburn was hilarious and a little sad. Mr Punch creeped me out and almost gave me nightmares, The Wee Free Men was brilliant (Terry Pratchett = genius). Ender's Game blew me away and I'm now desperately trying to find other books in the series. Didn't like any of the characters in Property, but still enjoyed the story. Skellig was as good as everyone said. Plain Jayne was such an amazing accomplishment for my old friend. Nobody's Girl kept me company through a rough patch and made me long to visit Paris. Along For the Ride was enjoyable, even though I didn't quite relate to the main character. And Monsoon Summer pulled me out of a rotten book slump and put a smile on my face.

How did you do reading-wise in February? Good month? Any favourites?


  1. I hope you're able to find the other Ender books! The Ender sequels, Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide, are really really good, though I'm less crazy about the Bean sequels (the Shadow books).

  2. I am interested to see your mini-review of Property - it has been on my TBR shelf for a while now....


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