February went really well for me. I read 10 books and really enjoyed them. I tried a popular book that usually isn’t my genre as well as quite a few that I knew would be fantasy winners for sure.
Is anyone else having trouble remembering which numbers they’ve already crossed off? I’ve had to make a small list to keep track of what I’ve already read so I can quickly reference it at the library. I suppose a lot of these books could go in multiple categories, so pretty much anything I pick at this point will fulfill an item on the challenge list. I think I’ll have a tougher time as I begin to cross off more numbers.
Check out my February Update for the 2022 Reading Challenge!
#1- Color in the Name
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
This is a feel-good book mixed with fantasy and love. It was a quick read and pleasant the whole way through. The characters are unique and lovable, plus the setting is tranquil.
#2- Set in a Foreign Country
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
I did not see this book going the way it did. It was much more serious and dark than I thought since the narrator was a child at the time. Very well done by Obioma!
#6- On the New York Times Bestseller List
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Kalanithi is vulnerable and candid as de discusses his career, family, and terminal cancer. He’s in med school when he’s diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. He must choose how to get treatment, what to do with his career, and if he wants to start a family.
#16- Female Protagonist
The Hawthorne School by Sylvie Perry
This psychological thriller was daunting from the start. You could feel the tension and realize where the protagonist was being misled. I read this in one day so it’s definitely highly recommended.
#20- Over 500 Pages Long
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Although this took me about 6 days to read, it was purely because of its length, not its quality. I was really drawn in by the main character and the entire fantasy world that Harkness created. It’s set up as a series, so be prepared to want more when you finish reading.
#26- Magical Element
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
I liked this book overall, but it was a bit disjointed. It jumped around a lot and I couldn’t quite get a sense of what the characters wanted. Still a good, quick read, and I will give Hoffman’s newest book, The Book of Magic, a try someday.
#34- Young Adult Novel
Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
This one is based on a real Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, from Hungary. She was known as a ruthless killer and torturer, but some of that may be a bit exaggerated over the years. Popovic tells this unique tale through the voice of a servant girl, Anna.
#42- Written By Two Authors
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow
Wow, what an ending! I was extremely pleased with this delightful cast of characters and the format of letters. It was inviting and engaging. Not at all what I normally think of for historical fiction.
#46- Everyone is Talking About
That Summer by Jennifer Weiner
I don’t really know what to think of this book. At first, it seemed that nothing was happening, but then a few unexpected twists livened things up nicely to keep me interested. I chose this novel for #46 because it keeps popping up everywhere! Booklists, reviews, and blogs all over are saying how good it is.
#49- About Science
Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth by Chris Stringer
This was a great summary of modern paleoanthropology! Stringer is a great researcher with well-documented sources and suggested readings. This was the perfect chance to learn more about the human species.