Sunday, February 28, 2021

Monthly Wrap Up - February 2021

Monthly # pages: 13,010
Books read this month: 40
Books read for 2021 so far: 79
Running total # pages: 23,560
Average pages per day: 650
Average pages per book: 325

Hello everyone. I am pleased to provide my wrap up for February. While I fell far short of the goals I had set for February and for this year so far, I am trying not to be so hard on myself because I read far more page wise than I did in January. In fact, I read 3,000 more pages in February than I did in January, even though I read just one more book this month. 

For reference, here are my January statistics:

Monthly # pages: 10,550
Books read this month: 39
Running total # pages: 10,550
Average pages per day: 352
Average pages per book: 271

If you are following my blog and my reviews you might have noticed that at the end of the year I really fell off the boat when it came to reading. I dropped to 23 books in November and 13 in December. So I am really pleased that I tripled that number in January and still managed to hold on in February.

During this last week of February I developed a migraine so my reading dropped off - sort of. I am actually reading Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo each night. The book is 1,424 pages and I am currently on page 1,008. However, I will not finish it for another day or two so it will have to count as a March finish.


The dates I completed each book and the ratings are as follows:

Her Dark Lies 2/26 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Danger in Numbers 2/24 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Are We There Yet? 2/22 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ice Creams at Emerald Cove 2/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What the Heart Wants 2/20 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To Catch a Dream 2/20 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Earl's Lady Geologist 2/18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Fragile Ones 2/18 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Nightingale 2/17 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Big Kahuna 2/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Lake House 2/16 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
One Perfect Grave 2/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girls in the Snow 2/15 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Girl from Silent Lake 2/14 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Close My Eyes 2/13 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
After the Crash 2/12 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mystery by the Sea 2/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Broken Ones 2/11 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Vineyard at Painted Moon 2/10 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Stranger in Town 2/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Pursuit 2/9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Jigsaw Man 2/8 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Because of Miss Bridgerton 2/8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Scam 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Job 2/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Chase 2/7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Heist 2/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hard Eight 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Shell Game 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pros and Cons 2/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Lost Apothecary 2/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Audrey's Inn 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Truth About Melody Browne 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Grease Babe 2/4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Deep Down 2/3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Dead Secret 2/3 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Silent Voices 2/2 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

My February was actually quite a good reading month, with 11 Five star reads. My two favorite books for the month were The Girl on the Back of the Bus by Suzette D. Harrison and A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell. The first was historical fiction with the backdrop of Rosa Parks' experience in the 1960s and the second was a biography of a female spy named Virginia Hall. As mentioned above, I am also reading Sacajawea, and that is likely to be my first favorite finish for March.

As a reminder, here is my 2021 Goodreads goal:

While I kind of wanted to set a goal for 700 books (and I did read 626 books in 2020), my depression and migraines have increased so I decided it was better to leave the goal at 500. 

I think it seems like it might have been a good idea to set it for 500, because, according to Goodreads, I am right on goal.

Besides reading, writing book reviews, blogging and filming each review for my YouTube channel, In fact, every book review I now write for this blog is being filmed and uploaded to my channel on date of release. 

I am also very much enjoying diamond painting. I am more than halfway finished with this one:

Mountain Castle from Diamond Art Club

I am also joining a YouTube and Facebook event called #chuckalong3. Paintings from Diamond Art Club by artist Chuck Pinson. This is the one I have chosen for the event:

Seaside Dreams

So, I plan on working on both projects concurrently and hope to finish both by the end of March.

Meanwhile, I have a tentative TBR for March, and these are the books that I have lined up. Some of these books have been on my TBR for months. I just keep rolling my TBR forward as each month begins.

Currently Reading
Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo The Maidens by Alex Michaelides



*Please note: Every book cover and link are clickable to Goodreads*

So that is my February wrap up. For March I am not going to set any pressure on myself. I find the more I do, the worse I feel. Last year I was averaging about 50-60 books a month. I now realize that is not currently doable. I just want to maintain my love of reading without falling into a rut like I did at the end of last year. 

Happy reading everyone!