February in a Nutshell

Well, I didn’t get as many books read this month as I did in January. It’s a shorter month with no public holidays plus I read some books that demanded more attention. My result was four books, all of which I enjoyed. The winner would have to be Fortune Cookie by Bryce Courtenay – simply brilliant with a great twist.

I’m reading another couple of chunksters (Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth and Bill Bryson’s At Home – hardcovers are heavy on the daily commute) so I can’t see myself hitting January’s heights for a while! This was despite having no car for ten days. I did buy a lot of books (both physical and ebooks) due to sales – see my recent purchases for a few examples.

Searchers did not disappoint with their search terms in February, some of the most memorable being:

  • ‘1960’s advertisement /food  illustrations’ Not found here- try Mad Men!
  • ‘jan.02, 2011 1st reading’ What was I reading? Why the second of the month?
  • ‘penny vincenzi books in singapore’
  • ‘where can i buy penny vincenzi books in singapore’ Try Kinokuniya, Ngee Ann City…they have just about every book and their staff are more expert than me!
  • ‘micallef quotes louie the fly’ Even I can’t recall this joke…
  • ‘sony centres, and borders and angus & robertson book stores’ Hopefully not another conspiracy theory that the eBook has killed the bookstore! Selling cutlery and fridge magnets certainly doesn’t help!

In February, most of you wanted to know why it takes ten days for a fuel pump to cross the continent (Nissan still can’t answer that one, I can verify having made the trip that it’s 3 hours, 25 minutes in an Airbus 330-200), what’s in Ken Follett’s latest chunkster, Fall of Giants and all about the funniest man in Australia’s book (that’s Shaun Micallef).

In terms of challenges:

2011 Aussie Author Challenge

My challenge: Tourist level (3 books by 3 different authors)

This month I read:

  • Fortune Cookie by Bryce Courtenay
  • Glory Girl by Peter Yeldham
  • Smithereens by Shaun Micallef
  • One extra read…so COMPLETE! Think I will keep working at this one though just to see how far I get.

    Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2011

    My challenge: Hajime (one book)

    No progress so far.

    The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011

    My challenge: Neophyte (read the original)

    No progress yet.

    Historical Fiction Challenge 2011

    My challenge: Struggling the Addiction (10 books).

    This month, I read:

  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Fortune Cookie by Bryce Courtenay
  • Glory Girl by Peter Yeldham
  • 60% complete! Over halfway.

    2011 Reading From My Shelves Project

    My challenge: 20 paper books (am excluding ebooks).

    Doing well…up to 12 now.

    How was your February? Feast or famine?

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