February Book Update: 2022 Reading Challenge

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

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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.

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  1. Is anyone else having trouble remembering which numbers they’ve already crossed off? My husband made me a shelf in Pinterest and I really like it. I color each book I read and put the rating in a small circle. Works for me.
    #1- Color in the Name The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – I really like the picture on this cover.
    #42- Written By Two Authors The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow – I’m pretty sure I read this book when it first came out. I might even have a copy around …
    #49- About Science Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth by Chris Stringer – I saw this one and the one reason I never read it is because they go back millions of years and I don’t really believe that.

    This is the shelf I use. Made especially for Spine & Leaf Books’ 2022 Challenge (from faenablogs.files.wordpress.com).

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  2. These are my books for February 2022:
    #07 Already on your bookshelf: Jason Fung/Eve Mayer/Megan Ramos Life in the Fasting Lane -288- Health 2 stars. I was expecting so much more from this book! I know Jason Fung from his videos on YT and greatly appreciated those. But in this book, he hardly says anything of value. His input is the least of all. The other two are not worth reading.
    #50 That makes you smile: Alix Nichols A Woman’s Guide to Perfection -102- Humor 4 stars. Fun read. I didn’t realize when I bought it that it was part of a series – which I have – so now I’m going to go back and read the 7 previous books!
    #16 With a female protagonist: Rebecca Rosenberg Champagne Widows -295- Romanced Fiction 3 stars. I bought the book thinking it was a biography – it’s not. Plenty of errors in translation, grammar, typos, etc.
    #33 Bought from your local bookstore: Robert McG. Thomas Jr. 52 McGs.: The Best Obituaries from Legendary New York Times Reporter Robert McG. Thomas -192- Life, Death & Grief 5 stars. 52 short stories of ~3-4 pages long, great for in-betweens, waiting time, etc. I enjoyed every minute of it. These are real-life obits written by a reporter of the NY Times. As I read along, I thought it would have been nice to have him write something similar for my husband (when came the time) but alas, such are dreams.
    #38 Featuring the LGBTQ+ community: Nicole Dennis Roadside Rescue -n/a- MM Winter Romance 5 stars. M/M romance are usually not my thing and I’m really not sure why I chose this book back in 2016 – maybe I didn’t realize? Serves me today, though, since I read it for my 2022 Challenge. I was intrigued after reading the book and Googled Delaware; they are indeed open to the LGBT community and I was really surprise to hear a whole state was into it.
    #32 That you heard about from a co-worker: Floyd Morris By Faith Not By Sight -194- Biography 3 stars. Too many repeats after each achievements and if you’re going to abide by a religion, don’t tell me sleeping around is okay if you don’t get anyone pregnant. Floyd Morris, a nobody, created history by becoming the 1st senator in Jamaica who is blind.
    #47 Based on a real person: Wyatt North J.R.R. Tolkien: A Life Inspired -110- Biography 5 stars. Excellent rendering of Tolkien’s love, religious, family, writing lives. Just reading this short biography, I found that in the times Tolkien lived, think-alike people loved to get together to discuss all sorts of subjects they had in common, be it for or against it.
    #05 That you should have read in school: Nicole Conway The Distance Between Stars -220- Literature & Fiction 5 stars. I read all the books I should have read in school but this one should have been mandatory as well. There is so much action going on in this book, topped with a roller-coaster of emotions. Well done! I was expecting the end but didn’t know how the author would get there. Interesting!
    #08 With an animal in the name: Cynthia Fox Something Weasel this Way Comes (Mistletoe Hollow Shifters Series #2) -69- Holiday Romance 5 stars. I also read books #1 & #3 of the series. Tons of Russia-related jokes and they are hilarious, some a bit naughty. And then when everyone starts talking in the 3rd person. OMG. Hilarious. You know when you do something really wicked because you think you’re above the law? Yes, well, that comes back to kick you and more. It takes a village to … Perfect example.
    #10 About health and wellness: Dan Buettner The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest -340- Health 4 stars. I loved the hands-on stories, the routine and the food, the images brought forth, etc. But in the end, some facts or stories were repeats of previously quoted information. It’s too bad the author decided that Ancel Keys (who manipulated data for his own purpose) and Dr. Oz (no comment) were good name dropping. They are not. Very good insight such as “A sudden loss of a person’s traditional role can have a measurable effect on mortality”. I enjoyed the book and I liked how it was organized too. I also liked the conclusion (or wrap-up) after each zone. Then, the author helps us to make our own blue zone, right where we live. It’s feasible, you just have to put the effort into it.
    #29 With chapter titles: John Gisby New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer -218- Travel Memoirs 5 stars. Enjoyed every minute of this book. I didn’t notice I had Tolkien’s bio too so both together made a great pair. I was able to understand and “see” a lot from the books, mainly Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit, and it was a fun ride.
    So that makes 11 books more for the 2022 challenge (now at 18). In total, I read 25 books in February but the others either didn’t fit the challenge or were repeats of a challenge.


    1. I love your February book list! I might look to see if your #10 is at my library. I’m looking forward to shopping at my local bookstore for #33, but I’m not sure what book I’ll choose. I hope you had fun picking some great books. Thanks for doing the challenge!


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