There were four books vying for selection as my best read for February but in the end I’ve chosen Ivy Pochoda’s VISITATION STREET by the narrowest of margins (the other three are marked with asterisks in the list below). Its story of two young girls who take their hot pink rubber raft down to the shore on a hot summer’s night and the impact on their neighbours and families when only one of them comes home is…beautiful.
The Rest (in reading order)
- **Philippe Georget – SUMMERTIME, ALL THE CATS ARE BORED
- **Katherine Howell – DESERVING DEATH
- Camilla Läckberg – THE LOST BOY
- **Felicity Young – THE SCENT OF MURDER
- Peter Corris – SILENT KILL
- Jorn Lier Horst – CLOSED FOR WINTER
- Dick Francis – FLYING FINISH
- Fuminori Nakamura – EVIL AND THE MASK
Progress towards book-ish goals
As far as official challenges go I’m sailing reasonably well on two of the three challenges for which I’m signed up
- I read 2 more books for the Australian Women Writers challenge, bringing my total to 4 out of the 24 I’m aiming to read this year.
- I’ve read another of the 51 books needed to complete the Reading USA Fiction challenge (49 to go, good job I haven’t set a deadline for this one but have made a commitment to read a book set in each state that is by a new-to-me author).
- After a strong start last month I only read two books from my pre-existing TBR shelves/devices in February; a rate which won’t get my to my goal of 40 for the 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge. Must try harder.
My unofficial, personal challenges are a little shaky but I’m not too worried yet
- On the bright side I still haven’t bought any physical or eBooks from overseas stores
- Less positively, I didn’t read any more books by female Irish crime writers (though I do have one on my nightstand ready to go), I only read one book by a male Aussie writer (versus two by women authors) and I didn’t read anything you could really say isn’t crime fiction (though VISITATION STREET barely scrapes in to the definition).
What about you? Did you read anything memorable during February? Are you reading goals for the year on track or have the wheels started to fall off? Do you care either way?