Annabel’s February reads

I read 10 books in February  (one not pictured, and I’m counting the 3 Ladybird expert books as 1 as they total approx 75 pages of text).

Strictly speaking, the Ladybird books and my tenth book – the new Sarah Dunant were cheats, as I got them this year – but both were to be reviewed for Shiny New Books, so are among my permitted exceptions, as not for my blog.  Will you allow me that?

Of the rest, three came from my TBR shelves (Peake, Porter and Zink), the rest were review copies I had before Jan 1.  I’d particularly recommend Paradise City by Joe Thomas (reviewed here), Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and English Animals by Laura Kaye.)

Can’t wait to hear how my co-host Lizzy is doing, and you too…

Have you cheated yet? Is it still fun?

Annabel’s January books read

I thought I should show you the books I read too during January.

Only seven, which isn’t a lot for me, but it has been unseasonably busy this month – and one of those seven was 866 pages!

That was the wonderful 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster. I loved it, but am a long-term Auster fan. However my co-editor at Shiny New Books has reviewed it already – Harriet’s never read Auster and she loved it too – check out her review here.

Of the other six, three were book club reads – Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis for my book group in early Jan, and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez for next week’s meeting. Then I read The Glorious Heresies for our staff book group at school.

These were supplemented by Apple Tree Yard, which I rushed through ahead of the TV series, and two YA novels. The Wall by William Sutcliffe was rather affecting, being set in a fictional town on the West Bank.

And – amazingly, NO CHEATS!

Hope your TBR reading goes well too.

Annabel

Books read during January

Lizzy’s TBR Dare Reads 01.17

12 books read, 11 of which were selected from the pre-January TBR with 3 5-star reads!   I’m quite pleased with that. I’ve written more extensively about these choices over at Lizzy’s Literary Life.

I’d like to create a collage of all the books we read during the Dare.  So, if you think it a good idea, please send photos of the books you read to me at lizzysiddal@yahoo dot com and I shall do the honours.

Do tell your reading tales from January.  I hope your month was as productive and enjoyable as my own.