Bookish Reflections – February 2019

A monthly round up of all things bookish at Sammi Loves Books…It’s my attempt at becoming more accountable in my reading and reviewing habits…


In a nutshell

I’m still managing to keep to my schedule for the blog, more-or-less; the only deviation being when I was away on holiday in the middle of the month. Four books read and reviewed in February means I’m still on target.  Again, three out of the four were Five Star Reads so definitely a good month for book choices, and next month’s book choices look good too.  I’ve had another terrible cold this last week in February and start of March, and that means I’ve not been able to do much but read, so I’ve already got a few book reviews to write for this month.

I’ve enjoyed getting the Afternoon Tea author interviews started – you can find the link to the first one with McKenzie Richardson below.  I’m looking forward to sharing more in the coming weeks.

I’ve collected another 6 books since my last book confession, bringing 2019’s total up to 10.  Sigh.  I’m hoping to make March my first no-book-purchase month of the year, the only exception being for books I need to complete a series I’m already reading.  We shall have to see how successful I am…I don’t hold out much hope… 😉

Finally I’ve got round to signing up to Instagram, though I’ve done nothing more than change my profile pic yet.  Hopefully over the next few days I will get to grips with it, if my cold clears up, that is…Anyone else on Instagram?  Any tips?  How do you use it / get the most out of it?

Books I’ve reviewed

Other Book-Related Posts

Favourite read(s) of the month

  • The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

Books I’ve bought (or been given)

  • Death at Bishop’s Keep by Robin Paige
  • A Snapshot of Murder by Francis Brody
  • The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Jean Pendziwol
  • The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe
  • The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb
  • The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkin
  • Hygge Knits by Nicki Trench

Books I’ve downloaded

  • None – yay!

What I’ve been reading on Wattpad

  • Quite a bit – there’s an ongoing novella writing contest and I’ve been reading some wonderful stories.  Check out my Wattpad profile (link in the sidebar) and explore my Open Novella Contest 2019 reading list for interesting suggestions
  • Epic by KC Farrah – she’s such a great writer and this story is engaging, entertaining and compelling

February’s “Read and Review” Goals*

  • St Peter’s Fair by Ellis Peters
  • The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

* Light blue = review posted | Blue = review not posted | Black = did not read / review

What I’m reading and reviewing in March

  • The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves (read, awaiting reviewing)
  • Njal’s Saga – traditional Icelandic story (currently reading)
  • The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (almost finished reading)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal is 40.  I’ve read 8.  20% complete.

Other reads (books not on Goodreads): 0

Total books read so far this year: 8

Sammi Loves Books Reading Challenge 2019

I’ve completed the following challenges from the list this month:

  • 1 – A book you read as a child / young adult – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Hieroglyph Edition)
  • 7 – A book you would class as a classic – The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Total challenges complete: 3 / 20

You can find the complete list of challenges here.

A to Z Review Index Challenge

None completed this month. 0 / 2

Read, Review, Rehome

Goal: 20 | Total so far: 1 / 20

  • None to add this month 😦

6 thoughts on “Bookish Reflections – February 2019

  1. Good for you, Sammi, keeping up on your reading goals! Now if you can manage to keep March as a no-buy month, you’ll be totally on track again, hooray! I have fallen off the track, I’m afraid. But for good reason, I think: I finally sat down to watch the extended versions of all three Hobbit movies, which took quite a while in itself, and then I got sucked into what feels like a hundred hours of special features. At least the ones about worldbuilding I can chalk up as useful — the rest, I admit, is mostly because I like seeing as much of Richard Armitage as possible. Now I’m churning through the directors’ commentary for all three films, trying to figure out why on earth they made certain decisions about the characters and plot line (so hey, that’s a writing thing, right?). And to further complicate things, I’ve set aside the books I had “assigned” myself and am now re-reading The Hobbit. Sigh. Ah well, you can’t plan everything. Although I do want to finish the two books by the authors I’m going to meet at next weekend’s SFF convention…

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      • It’s actually been very interesting to notice and analyze the various things that Jackson and his team changed about the book in order to make it work better in the movies. Some of it is specific to making scenes work better in a visual medium, but most of the changes seem aimed at making the characters’ motivations clearer, give them more deliberate action that makes sense, and make the stakes higher. For instance, it never made sense to me that Bilbo would try to steal the troll’s wallet, and risk putting everyone else in danger because of it. The motivation made a lot more sense when the trolls had stolen the ponies and Bilbo was being brave in order to save them. And I liked how the filmmakers had Bilbo be the one who stalled the trolls until it got closer to dawn, and then Gandalf broke the boulder that was blocking the sunrise — which clarified how it could suddenly be dawn without anyone noticing.

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