Books of the month: February 2014

VisitationStreetPochodaI21813_fThere 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)

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?

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15 Responses to Books of the month: February 2014

  1. Bernadette – I’ve been wanting to read Visitation Street since your review of it. It certainly sounds like a wonderful read. And I’m glad to be reminded too that the Katherine Howell is as good as it is. I’ve not yet had the chance to read it, but it’s high on my list. I’m happy to see you’re making some progress towards your reading goals.And after all, it’s only March; you’ve time.


  2. Kathy D. says:

    I have Visitation Street from the library based on your rave review. I don’t have time to open it yet, drat!
    My best reads for February were Pilgrim Soul by Gordon Ferris, got “post-good-book slump” after that one; Lifetime by Liza Marklund, think it’s the best of the three I’ve read. John Grisham’s Syramore Row was an excellent read, too.
    I’d like to read Katherine Howell’s, have to see if I can get it here.


    • I’ve got the Grisham book on my TBR pile now Kathy. I liked LIFETIME a lot too – not quite as much as its predecessor but it’s just quibbling, sadly the follow-up wasn’t really in the same territory for me but I’ll keep on reading Liza of course.


  3. I have just read Visitation St & loved it, will be blogging on it soon.


  4. Keishon says:

    No reading goals or challenges which equals the freedom to read what I want to read when I want to read it.


  5. TracyK says:

    Since you are so enthusiastic about Visitation Street, I am glad I have it available to read soon. Some of the others on your list sound good too. I checked out your review of the Peter Corris book and I have to try some of that series. 39 books, wow!


  6. Summertime, All the Cats are Bored is certainly book-title of the year so far – I have it on my wishlist after I saw it here.


  7. Jose Ignacio says:

    An excellent choice, Bernadette. A greatbook indeed.


  8. Sarah says:

    An excellent reading month for you, Bernadette!


  9. Col says:

    Bernadette, a decent month’s reading by the looks of things. I ought to dig something out by Peter Corris and try him.


  10. Kathy D. says:

    I just finished this book and loved it! Didn’t cry until the final chapter.
    Thanks for writing such a positive review, which led me right to it.
    One can email Ivy Pochoda, the author. Her email is at her website.


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