Which books are worth the read and which should you skip? Find out what books I’ve been reading lately and whether I recommend them.
Is today really the last day of February? Where has the month gone? Oh, yeah. I was sick.Being sick for a few weeks did not help me with my February Reading Challenge. This year, I set the goal to read one book a week – in order – from the categories of my 2019 reading challenge.
Yet, I have no qualms at all admitting that I only read 3 of the 4 books I choose for February. Like I keep telling people, our reading challenge is supposed to be fun.
Missed a book. No worries! Hate a category. Change it any way you want! Don’t have time to read 52 books – only read a set number of categories or double count categories.
It’s all about fun. I hope you have been enjoying the reading challenge as much as me.
So, here is my February update. If you have a chance, I’d love to hear what you read this month.
Reading Challenge Update
For our 2019 Reading Challenge, we are reading one book a week from a list of 52 categories. Here are the four books I chose for February:
6. Recommended by a Friend: Looking through my to-read list on Goodreads, Chris Bohjalian’s book immediately jumped out at me. It had been sitting on my list for far too many years, and my friend who recommended it has excellent taste. However, I just couldn’t seem to get into it. Granted, I’ve been very sick this month and have only read the first chapter. I think I might come back and try it again in a few months. DNF
7. Book That Will Make You Cry: Whenever I started reading a book described as a tear-jerker, I always assume that knowing it is going to be sad will stop me from crying. Well, that didn’t work out for me. Jeff Zentner does an excellent job of writing coming into adulthood teen dramas. In this tear-jerker, a high school senior deals with the death of his three best friends who died in a car accident because they were replying to his text. ★★★★
8. Book Published in 2009: My ski instructor recommended this book to me, so I figured I would try it out. While I don’t ever anticipate being a manager, much less a manager of a gigantic company like Pixar, Overall, I enjoyed Ed Catmull’s book. The first part is more biographical – about Catmull’s background and the history of Pixar. The second half is classic managerial advice – more big ideas than concrete steps. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, but if you like business books, it’s worth a read. ★★★★
9. Book Becoming Movie in 2019: I wrote a whole post about books becoming movies this year, so I was incredibly psyched about this category. At first, I was going to read The Knife of Never Letting Go, but then it got pushed to a 2020 release date. Finally, I decided to try the nonfiction account of Ford and Ferrari’s battle to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans car race in the 1960s. Even though I am not at all a car person, I found this account fascinating. ★★★★
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One of the best perks of being a book blogger is receiving advance review copies (ARCs) of upcoming book releases from publishers.
At the beginning of each month, we cover all the new book releases coming out, and next week will be our list of March 2019 new releases.
So as not to ruin all the good stuff from next week’s list, here’s a peek at the March releases I’ve already read.
My To-Read List
What’s up next for me? Before I let you go, here are a few of the titles I’m hoping to get through this upcoming month.
Be sure to come back at the end of March to see which ones I read and what I thought.
What books did you read in February?