2 months in and I am keeping up with reading at least 1,000 pages per month. My February reading barely even registers that it was a shorter month. I read 1,584 pages from 6 books. Plus, I disregarded my previous rule of reading at least the first 100 pages before determining that I did not want to read anymore.
Let’s start with the bad. February’s DNFs (Did Not Finish) (Could not make myself to get through the first 100 pages) are:
February 2021 DNFs
|John Birdsall||The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard||I did not like the writer's style. Too many details about unimportant things.|
|Andrew Dave MacDonald||When We Were Vikings||The main character's thought process was very simplistic and I could not become engaged with the story.|
|Gabriel García Márquez||Love in the Time of Cholera||I really wanted to enjoy this book. Maybe it was an outdated writing style but I could not encourage or maintain any interest in the story.|
It’s amazing that I got through such a large number of books this month when I enjoyed so few of them. Here are the mid-rated ones – all 2 or 3 out of 5.
February 2021 Mediocre Reads
|Anne Tyler||Redhead by the Side of the Road||Did not like the writing style, the story, the relationships, really anything about it.|
|Janice McLeod||The Paris Letters||This was a memoir of sorts but I needed a perspective other than the author's.|
|Louise Miller||The Late Bloomers' Club||Predictable. The story was laid out in a way that you knew what was going to happen and it was frustrating waiting for it...and not many surprises in-between.|
|Matt Haig||The Midnight Library||Should have been much shorter. Dragged out to make its point. Yes, I got it! Halfway through!|
|Nancy Johnson||The Kindest Lie||Not well written. Poorly constructed. Rolled my eyes often at the writing.|
And, Finally, the BEST
February 2021 Top Reads
|Sherry Serafini||Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery: 25 Inspiring Jewelry Projects||Actually read the entire book in one sitting (lots of patterns). Lots of photos. Very creative and insipring.|
|Jamie Cloud Eakin||Bead Embroidery Techniques Volume 2 - Edges||Excellent - good instructions, plenty of photos and diagrams. Thinking of getting Volume 1 now.|
And yes. That means I am branching out to bead embroidery. I’m still playing around and getting comfortable with it.
So much to bead, read and write. So little time!