Monthly Wrap-Up – February 2020

Hello everyone,

All of a sudden we are in March! Although February seemed to pass by rather quickly, it was still a busy month which has given me a lot of things to talk about. So far I can still say that 2020 is going well and long may that continue!

In February I took part in not one, but two blog tours. That may sound a relatively small amount, but it has actually made a difference to my workload as I am not completely used to having deadlines to read and review books! Still, it is fun, and through doing blog tours I can discover new books and authors who would otherwise have passed me by.

So far in 2020 I have read 10 books, and I have given all but two of them a rating of more than three stars. I am really pleased with that ratio, and I think my new strategy of choosing my next reads is paying off. Let’s hope I am not speaking too soon.

I read five books during February, and here they are:

Rise Of Gaia ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dead Ringer ⭐⭐.5
The Lion Tamer Who Lost ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
The Family Upstairs ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Corset (not finished at time of writing)

I gave blogging and book reviews a lot of attention in February, so I was unable to make much progress in my current WIP. I have confidence in the general plot, so my main focus now is to try and craft a mystery that can remain fascinating while giving away only subtle clues. I am going to need all my creativity, something that I usually lack!

My piano lessons are slowly becoming more difficult. I have just started on chords and playing multiple notes with both hands, which I think is going to take some getting used to. But I have made good progress, especially considering that I started as a complete beginner.

While work has been busy and I have felt seriously tired at times lately, I have tried to relax more in the last few days and as I type I am feeling very well. I also had some nice days out in February, including to historic places such as Glastonbury and Caerphilly Castle, along with Southampton for my first ever Premier League football match.

On the blog, I wrote my longest discussion post in ages, where I talked about the different types of narrator and what makes a good one. Elsewhere in the community, there are a lot of fantastic posts that I enjoyed:

  • Paper Procrastinators came up with a wonderful list of 10 life skills that they have gained through reading.
  • Alexia wrote a very thoughtful post to mark two years of blogging.
  • Stephanie provided a list of five ways to get out of a reading slump.

That is everything! Have a great March and happy reading 🙂

11 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up – February 2020

  1. Stephen, I’m really sad that I missed a lot of your latest posts :/ LIfe has been pretty busy for me, but I’m so glad that the year is treating you well so far! I wish you all the luck with writing and piano lessons!! I’m also super glad that you’re enjoying the books you’re reading so far! I really need to know your method of picking your next read, because let’s just say that my average rating on Goodreads is steadily declining 😅😅

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    1. Not to worry, Caitlin. I know you have been busy, and really I am just so grateful that you enjoy reading my posts 😊

      Thank you so much! Yes, I have had such good luck with the books I have read so far this year. At the start of the year I arranged my TBR so that my most anticipated or highly recommended books were at the top of the list. Still, I didn’t expect almost all of them to be so good! My average rating is much higher at the moment than it has been before – I hope yours can increase again soon! 🙂

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