Monday, March 2, 2015

February 2015 Chapter

Welcome to the Read.Write.Repeat. monthly wrap-up.  Every month, I give a quick overview of what books I read, the progress made on the 100 Best Novels goal, a few book-related links, and general blog news.  

February News 

Hard to believe, but this is my 300th post on this blog! Thanks for being here and reading. I appreciate you!

After the whirlwind of the holiday months and the kickoff to 2015, things have finally settled back to normal around here. I'll be honest, I'm glad. I love doing all the end of the year, start of a new one posts, but they can be exhausting. Especially while I'm still trying to finish up this crazy thing called grad school.

In case you missed it, I did announce (that word seems too formal) my thesis topic, for those interested. I am writing on the symbolism of food in literature and film, specifically The Hunger Games series. I'm about knee-deep in research at this point and still really excited about the topic. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. Right now, I'm really focusing on how food fosters relationships in the book and how food is used as manipulation. More to come...

While I'm talking about Hunger Games, it seems a good time to mention I introduced a new series this month. Take Tuesday (gosh, is that name cheesy or what?) is going to focus on books I have recently reread. It's hard to believe that in the 3+ years I have had this blog, I have not reread anything. Time for that to change and this is the avenue.

This was a book-busiest February I have had since starting the blog in 2012. I read 11 books, which I think is more a testament to my increased schedule flexibility than anything else. Well, that and the literature courses I'm taking this spring. Movie Monday covered The Giver and Carrie.

Though my husband cites it as his least favorite month, I have always had a soft spot for February. I like the symmetry of it (no other month fits so perfectly onto the calendar), the small things to celebrate (V-Day, President's Day, my half-birthday). and the last excuses of winter to stop everything and curl up with a book. 

Books Reviewed

  1. Holes - Louis Sachar
  2. One Pot - Martha Stewart 
  3. Seeker - Arwen Elys Dayton
  4. The Passage - Justin Cronin
  5. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
  6. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala
  7. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
  8. The Twelve - Justin Cronin
  9. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
  10. The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton

Books Read

  1. The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
  2. Seeker - Arwen Elys Dayton 
  3. Half the Sky - Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
  4. Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin
  5. Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan
  6. Bon Appetempt - Amelia Morris
  7. Daughter - Jane Shemilt
  8. The Sound of Music Story - Tom Santopietro
  9. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
  10. A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
  11. These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman
Pages Read: 3,613

Favorite Book Read: No question at all. Half the Sky. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. Don't ask questions. Just do it. Review coming next week. 

100 Best Novels Progress

  • Finished both Go Tell It on the Mountain and A Handful of Dust 
  • 37% complete

2015 TBR Pile Challenge Progress

Half the Sky put me at 3 completed books. I'm currently charging through The Golem and the Jinni and having an admittedly hard time getting into both Blindness and The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I think one think I underestimate about doing the 100 Best Novels challenge is how much it exhausts my thirst for literary fiction. Doing books for that challenge doesn't leave much room or interest for more modern literary works such as these two. 


By now, you've surely heard the biggest literary news of the year: Harper Lee has another novel! You can read about it and any number of news outlets. What I wanted to share, though, was this article about the debate over whether it should be published. Don't get me wrong. I'm crazy excited for this book. But I also think authors shouldn't be taken advantage of in any way. What do you think?

Other Classic Books That Deserve Sequels. What would you add to this list?

My Super Bowl (aka The Academy Awards) have sadly passed for 2015. But here are some adaptations you can expect to see among next year's nominations.

Check out what your favorite TV characters are reading.

Harry Potter as a Teen Movie

Guys...I need better bookmarks. Seriously though.
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Thanks for reading. Here's to welcoming spring this month!

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