February Reading

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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 BirdsallThe Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James BeardI did not like the writer's style. Too many details about unimportant things.
Andrew Dave MacDonaldWhen We Were VikingsThe main character's thought process was very simplistic and I could not become engaged with the story.
Gabriel García MárquezLove in the Time of CholeraI 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 Maybe it was an outdated writing style but I could not encourage or maintain any interest in the story.


The Mediocre

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 TylerRedhead by the Side of the RoadDid not like the writing style, the story, the relationships, really anything about it.
Janice McLeodThe Paris LettersThis was a memoir of sorts but I needed a perspective other than the author's.
Louise MillerThe Late Bloomers' ClubPredictable. 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 HaigThe Midnight LibraryShould have been much shorter. Dragged out to make its point. Yes, I got it! Halfway through!
Nancy JohnsonThe Kindest LieNot well written. Poorly constructed. Rolled my eyes often at the writing.

February 2021 Reading







And, Finally, the BEST

February 2021 Top Reads

Sherry SerafiniSherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery: 25 Inspiring Jewelry ProjectsActually read the entire book in one sitting (lots of patterns). Lots of photos. Very creative and insipring.
Jamie Cloud EakinBead Embroidery Techniques Volume 2 - EdgesExcellent - 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 comfortableFebruary 2021 Reading with it.


So much to bead, read and write.  So little time! 

February Reading
February 2021 Reading List (yes, Anne Tyler’s name is spelled wrong. I think I was mad at her for this book when I noted it on my list!)


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