Monthly Review (February 2011)

Thinking Back

I should probably remember more that I almost always start off a new year panicking about everything, and that by the end of February the panic has bottomed out. I’m still a bit worried about stuff, but it’s all related to getting my paperwork and whatnot ready in time to apply for a job abroad. I’m not worried about anything book-related any longer, which is nice.

Hopefully now that I’m not constantly freaking out about nothing I can focus on doing some improvements to my blog! I’ve redone the color scheme to make it more springtime-y, and now I have to make a new header that matches better. I also want to do more interesting posts– like interviews or guests posts or something?– and to work on improving my reviews.

Not that I think the way I write them now is bad, but what generally happens is I’ll start writing a review, then suddenly get bored and want to be done with it. I tend to cut a lot of stuff out that I originally wanted to put in just because doing it would mean going back through the book or Googling something, and I just couldn’t be bothered (or I didn’t know how to say it and just gave up). But since I haven’t got anything else to do right now, I SHOULD make more of an effort with my reviews, right? Right.

I think I may also fiddle with the format of my reviews, just because. So be on the look out for changes!

Reading Stats

10 total books read (5 less than last month)
8 total books reviewed
2 ebooks
0 audiobooks
8 pbooks

10 were by authors new to me
0 were rereads!

Top 3 Books

17. Skating to Antarctica – Jenny Diski [rating: Buy it]
23. Human.4 – Mike A. Lancaster [rating: Buy it] R
24. The Bloomswell Diaries – Louis L. Buitendag [rating: Buy it] R

Books Read

16. Postmortem – Laurel Saville [rating: TBD] R
17. Skating to Antarctica – Jenny Diski [rating: Buy it]
18. The Red Necklace – Sally Gardner [rating: Borrow it]
19. The Book of Tomorrow – Cecelia Ahern [rating: Borrow it] R
20. Bitter Melon – Cara Chow [rating: Borrow it] R
21. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey [rating: Borrow it] e
22. The Great Perhaps – Joe Meno [rating: Borrow it] e
23. Human.4 – Mike A. Lancaster [rating: Buy it] R
24. The Bloomswell Diaries – Louis L. Buitendag [rating: Buy it] R
25. I Lost My Mobile At the Mall – Wendy Harmer [rating: TBD] R

Books Reviewed

11. Jackaroo – Cynthia Voigt [rating: Buy it]
14. Cat in the Mirror – Mary Stolz [rating: Borrow it]
15. Thirteenth Child – Patricia C. Wrede [rating: Borrow it] e
17. Skating to Antarctica – Jenny Diski [rating: Buy it]
18. The Red Necklace – Sally Gardner [rating: Borrow it]
19. The Book of Tomorrow – Cecelia Ahern [rating: Borrow it] R
20. Bitter Melon – Cara Chow [rating: Borrow it] R
21. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey [rating: Borrow it] e

Poll Results


Lots more votes for this poll than for the last one! Yay!

I’m not overly surprised at the results, since I did assume that people who read the same sort of genres I read would visit my blog than people who liked other genres. Still! Only two votes for non-fiction? Hmmm.

Newly Added

New blogs added to my feedreader this month:
E-Finds
English Major’s Junk Food (hi, Ash!)
Evening All Afternoon

Comments

Many thanks to the lovely people who stopped by to talk to me this month:
April | Tasha | Jenny | Tif | Kay | Elle | Vasilly | Sharry | Lisa | Charlotte | Christy | Darla D. | Alita | Birgit | Melissa Liban | Dani in NC | Grace Krispy | Laura | Clare | Nat | Christina | Benhamish | Jonita | Judith | Lesa Holstine | Ashley | Courtney | Fyrefly | Iris | Nymeth | Miss Ash | Courtney (no. 2) | Memory | Sandra | Nicole

And: Andrew Warwick, Steven, Shenoma, and Jackie!

Other Stuff

14 books added to my TBR pile (including ebooks, although should I really count them? Hm).
13 books added to my TBR wishlist (216 total).

4 thoughts on “Monthly Review (February 2011)”

  1. I haven’t been to your blog in a while. February was a tough month comment-wise, for me. I hope you will forgive me. I’m looking forward to the changes you are planning to make on your blog. I’m always curious what people would like to change about their own blog. Not that I don’t like yours the way it is, because I do. Happy March!

    1. Oh, don’t worry about that! 😀 I know you’re busy and I haven’t been the best blog buddy lately, either. I hope your March goes well, too!

  2. Oh, crud, this reminds me, I have a Classroom Takeover that’s 95% written and I keep forgetting to finish it up and send it to you! Do you still want them, or does my procrastination and slackerly ways mean that you’re all booked up?

    1. Hurr, I actually don’t have ANY Classroom Takeover posts for April and beyond. Completely empty, schedule-wise! So, yes, please do send your post along. 🙁

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