Well February is pretty much in the books, time for another month in review post. If I’m being honest with myself I’m a little disappointed in my output this month. I’d hoped to have at least one more if not two more reviews posted but that just didn’t happen. For some reason my reading pace slowed down this month so I didn’t read everything I’d planned, and I kinda blew off one whole weekend when I’d normally have finished a review. I think in part I was just tired, and in part I wanted to do some family stuff. There was also that week where 3 of the 5 staff in my department at work had the flu which meant I was really worn out that week. I did however do some maintenance on the blog which wasn’t something I’d planned…so maybe I’ll call it a draw. Anyway, here’s what happened this month on Off The TBR.
First a re-cap of what I had planned to read in February:
- Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (I was reading this as the month began)
- The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Winter Road by Adrian Selby
- The Falconer by Elizabeth May
And here’s what I actually read:
- Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (yep I finished it)
- The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Winter Road by Adrian Selby (well…I’m currently still reading this one)
So this month wasn’t like January where I completely changed up my reading plan mid-month. I stuck to my reading goals…I just didn’t finish them. But as I’ve said more than once, and will continue to say:
I am a little disappointed I didn’t get to The Falconer this month as I’d really wanted to try out a fantasy romance to see if I’d like it. I’ll get to it eventually, but it’s getting bumped in March for some other reads I have planned which I’ll tell you about in another post. In the meantime here’s what I posted this month…
Like I said above I only managed two book reviews this month. While I wish I’d written more I do have to say I was really happy with these two. Both were great books and I was happy to share about them.
The first review of the month was for The Wolf of Oren-Yaro. I’d read this one back in September for Self-Published Fantasy Month and finally managed to get my review put together now…like five months later. I pointed out how much I suck in the review. I hope I grovelled and served enough penance.
There was so much I enjoyed about this book. I was drawn in from the very first page and didn’t want to set it down. If you like really good character driven novels that are filled with betrayal, mystery and great action well this is a book you need to read. If you’re looking for really good non-western fantasy this is a book you need to read. If you want a book with “the feels” this is a book you need to read. Hell, if your criteria is just, “give me some damn good fantasy” this is a book you need to read.
I gave The Wolf of Oren-Yaro 4.5 stars. You can read the full review here.
My other review this month was for The Bear And The Nightingale. This was my second five star review for the year. I loved it.
Arden weaves a modern story that feels like a fairy tale set in medieval northern Rus. It is atmospheric and bewitching, with captivating prose and compelling characters that will transport you to another time and place. A place so richly described you can smell the earth, feel the cold, and sense the spirit world around you.
You can read the full review here.
I started a new series of posts this month that picked up off of something I posted in January regarding my goals for the year. I decided to take each of the ten goals and expand upon them, giving each goal it’s own post. Yeah, ten goals…I maybe should’ve shrunk that list. Oh well.
I decided to post about each one in part just to give all of you an idea of what I’m thinking and planning, and in part to help keep me on track. Fleshing them out a little seems to have helped me.
The first of the goals I posted about was how I wanted to Get Caught Up On My Reviews. I’ve got whole list of books from last year I’d like to finish reviews on, and so far I’ve managed to complete two.
The second goal I posted about was my desire to Clean Up The Blog. This included updating my rating system (and associated page), updating my genre review pages where I list the books I’ve reviewed by genre, tweaking and finalizing my review format, and updating the overall look.
Blog Maintenance Post
This brings me to my last post of the month which is one I’m pretty stoked about. I was happy to announce the blog is Open To Review Requests Again! This was actually one of my goals for the year I hadn’t written about yet which means I’m ahead of the game…sort of…kinda. At minimum I can check it off my list completely. Unless I close it again. Let’s cross our fingers that doesn’t happen.
You’ll see in the post I added more detail about my review request guidelines and what authors/publishers can expect from me. Also in that post I added my final version of my rating scale changes that I’ve been discussing for months. I figured I should do this so authors/publishers can get an idea of what to expect in terms of my ratings, and why I rate with a five star scale. In conjunction with this post I also updated those two respective pages on the blog.
Well, that brings us to today. The end of the month. Right now I’m staring at my March reading list wondering if I’ll get it all done. I’ve already changed it up twice. We’ll see if I can stick to it or if I’ll call an audible mid-month. Look for a Monthly Reading Goals post in the next couple of days.
Let me know in the comments how your month went. I’m always curious to know if I’m the only one who doesn’t stick to their goals for the month or if you plan at all.