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Monthly Recap: February

Ah, February, the weakest month for me in terms of reading and reviewing – at least, this is the second year in a row where I have little to show for February. I do have good reasons, though; it’s not laziness! But let’s see the stats for the month:

Books Read This Year (by End of Month): 21
Books Read in February: 6 — including:

    Adult Novels: 4
    Children’s/YA Novels: 1
    Picture Books (new): 0 (but loads of them from the library, as always!)
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Plays: 1

Total Books Added to My Library in February: 23 — including:

    Review Copies Received (print): 3
    Books Won: 2
    Kindle E-books Bought: 0
    E-books From Netgalley: 1

Favourite Book Read in February: The Chocolate Thief
Most Disappointing Book: Scent of Butterflies – but also, a little bit, Fangirl, because I love Rowell’s books but this one wasn’t as good as the previous two
# Books by Female Authors: 4
# Books by Male Authors: 2
Currently Reading: The Silversmith’s Wife
Books Read for TLC Book Tours: 1 (The Kept)
Books Read for France Book Tours: 0
Books Read for Challenges:

    Around the World in 12 Books Challenge – 0
    Canadian Book Challenge – 0
    Australian Women Writers Challenge – 0
    Read-alongs – 0

Books Read in February

16. The Kept by James Scott
17. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
18. The Fever by Megan Abbott
19. The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand
20. Scent of Butterflies by Dora Levy Mossanen
21. Othello by William Shakespeare

As you can see, I slipped behind in reviews this month – still have a couple owing from January, too!

I published only 11 posts in the month of February, which is rather pathetic. Aside from the It’s Monday! posts, I published:

Other Posts

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge – January Round-up
My Top Ten … Tear-Jerker Books
The Shelves are Groaning – VI/02

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