If it’s March, can spring be lurking around the corner? Unfortunately, not in our part of the world, where we are a mere hour from the windy city, Chicago. The area in northwest Indiana (NWI) is looking pretty frigid for another two weeks (at least). Fortunately, being an hour from Jesse Brown Medical Center, the VA Hospital in Chicago, my hubby has access to some pretty amazing care and was a beneficiary of those medical wizards again this week. Either we’ve been exceptionally lucky with the care he has received, or they are all really that good. (Thank heaven and a shout out to the personnel–thank you!)
February, of course, a short month anyway, definitely saw a decrease in my blog activity. I’d decided the first of the year that there was no way I could continue to keep the pace I was trying for with any degree of quality content. So, I’ve cut my target posts to three days a week (Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday) unless something unusual crops up that demands attention. Busier than a one-armed paper-hanger, I didn’t get a recap out for January, although there were some very worthy five star reads: Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong and Freedom Road by William Lashner. And the luck continues with some remarkable books in February (see my listing below).
March signals the month to highlight Irish authors and novels and I have a number of books lined up already, as well as an interview, and those will be highlighted at an early date.
My book reviews for February:
(If you missed any of my full reviews, just click the link below.)
Feb 1 – The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne
Feb 3 – The Gun Also Rises by Sherry Harris
Feb 5 – The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman
Feb 8 – Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower
Feb 10- Ratman and Robin by K.A. Bolton
Feb 12- The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns
Feb 15- The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey
Feb 17- Something Red, Something Dead by Eva Gates
Feb 19- A Killer’s Alibi by William L. Myers, Jr.
Feb 22- Dead Memories by Angela Marsons
Feb 24- Open Carry by Marc Cameron
Feb 27- Final Exam by Carol J Perry
The Beantown Girls was an exceptional five star read–highly recommended! Finding no feasible way to separate my husband’s reviews from mine, I doubled my Goodreads Challenge to 200, which should amply cover the 100 I hope to read. (Sitting in a hospital can get you reading time, but zero internet or review time.)
If you’ve wondered about why I use the cell phone to showcase the book cover, it’s because that indicates either a download from NetGalley or directly from an author request. Otherwise, a blog tour includes the tour banner and identifies the book tour operator. (You can view the two upcoming shortly in the widget column on the right.)
Also, I keep a running list of all the books attributed to my NetGalley and Alphabet challenges on my Reading Challenges page and I’ve started a list of my favorite reads of 4.5 stars or better that I’ll post mid-year. It’s not too late to participate in a reading challenge and there is a challenge out there for everyone!
As always, please share your recommendations for great reads with me and thank you so much for being a part of this blog and for taking the time to post your likes and comments. They are SOOO appreciated!
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