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February Summary

February 28, 2011

 I’ve had a pretty good reading month this February and have certainley read some excellent books – both adult and young adult. As well as reading five books, I also held my first competition to win a copy of Love Virtually (thanks again to everyone who entered), and I also posted my first interview with author Robin Jarvis. If you missed it, click here. Here is an overview of what I read this past month:

Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Department 19 by Will Hill

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

The Viking Sagas: Bracelet of Bones by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Book of the Month



I know that Never Let Me Go will stay with me for a very long time. It is heart-wrenching, thought-provoking and you will not be able to put it down. I am definitely going to read more of Ishiguro’s work.



I have decided to designate March as Science Fiction & Fantasy Month. I will be reading most if not all the following titles:


Rivers of London by Ben aaronovitch

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The City & The City by China Mieville


If you have read any of these titles please do leave comments 🙂

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2011 13:59

    Yay for scifi fantasy month! I’ve read a few of those titles:

    The Name of the Wind: not only an incredibly intimate and engrossing read, but it was a fantasy game changer for me. there’s a reason Patrick Rothfuss has a cult following.

    The City and the City – very good, very weird, very Mieville. but not his best work if you’re already familiar with his Bas-Lag books.

    Joe Abercrombie – I haven’t read Best Served Cold, but I read his First Law trilogy and really liked it. He’s known for taking traditional tropes, throwing them out the window, running a stampede of buffalos over them, then prentending nothing happened. he’s a blast to read.

    I’ve been hearing great things about Rivers of London.

    Wind Up Girl – I just couldn’t get into it.

    • February 28, 2011 14:05

      Thanks for your comment and insight into my chosen titles!! 🙂 Really interesting to read… I’ve never read anything by Mieville before – which would you recommend to start with? I picked The City & The City up at the cheltenham literature festival last year but also thought Kraken looked good? I don’t read enough sci-fi and fantasy so I thought as I’ve heard great things about all these titles they would be a good selection to read. Rivers of London will be my first read so keep your eyes peeled for the review 🙂

      • March 1, 2011 22:49

        My favorite China Mieville titles are Un Lun Dun (super cute YA) and The Scar, which is dark fantasy/new weird.

        There’s nothing wrong with The City and The City, it’s more straight up mystery than SF, it’ll be a good gateway book for you!

      • March 2, 2011 09:19

        Thanks so much for your advice 🙂 I’ll keep those other titles in mind!

  2. February 28, 2011 15:23

    The City and the City was a very fun/mindbending read. I had read Mieville before (King Rat), so I had a bit of an idea of what to expect, but you are in for a real treat. 🙂

    Keep up the reviews, as they are a lot of fun to read!

    • February 28, 2011 15:52

      Thanks book monkey! 🙂 I have had The City and The City on my shelf for a long time now…after meeting him at the Cheltenham Literature festival last year and finding him to be one of the nicest authors I’d ever met I really didn’t want to be let down by the book!! So fingers crossed it’s as good as everyone says it is 🙂

  3. March 1, 2011 04:09

    Truly, Never Let Me Go is very heart-warming and it pokes your heart every now and then. A masterpiece at its best. 🙂

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