February Reading Round-Up

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We are already at the end of February – and time to share what I have been reading this past month. The total read for February was 31 with the following breakdown:

Fantasy – 3
SciFi – 0
Paranormal -5
Romance – 11
Historical romance – 2
Women’s Fiction – 2
Classics – 0
Non-Fiction – 1
Picture Books – 6
YA – 0

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 23
TBR books – 1
e-books – 6
Charity reads -1 (Thus $2 donated to Goodwill)


I had planned as well to do a separate post for my Jane Austen Reading Challenge, but for now, I will post it here:

This month I read a number of novels inspired by Pride and Prejudice:
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson
Definitely Not. Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
6. Book with a plant on the cover – New Leaf by Catherine Anderson
7. Reread of favourite book – The Rose Garden by Susan Kearsley
10. Book with challenge in the title – The Challenge by Sharon Karan
15. Retelling of a classic – Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
22. Title that contains “sweet” – Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram
26. Book published in 2019 – Summoned to 13th Grave by Darynda Jones
27. Featuring extinct/imaginary culture – Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
29. Book with “love” in Title – Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Molly Cannon
2. Choose Your own adventure book – My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
7. 1 of two books that share same title – As You Wish by Jude Deveraux

52 Books in 52 Weeks
1. Published in 2019 – Summoned to 13th Grave by Darynda Jones
2. Author you’ve never heard of before – Kate Angell (No Time to Explain)
3. Book you’ve read before – The Rose Garden by Susan Kearsley
4. with strong female lead – Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
10. plant on cover – New Leaf by Catherine Anderson
16. Retelling of well-known story – Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield

20. Time travel – Dreams of the Highlander by Sarah Hoss
36. Humorous novel – Dating-ish by Penny Reid
47. Set in country you have visited – Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson (England)
49. A speed read – Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for February was “read a classic retelling” and the books I read were classic retellings of Pride and Prejudice. (see above)

Monthly Key Word Challenge
I chose 2 of the key words this month: Love and Rose
The Rose Garden by Susan Kearsley
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Molly Cannon
Every Time We Fall in Love by Bella Andre

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Cover Love”. I had several, as I usually pick up a book to read because of the cover.

Connect Five
Five books that I read and connected due to their diversity were:
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia levinson
Can I Touch Your Hair? By Irene Latham and Charles Waters
Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander

Favourite Books Read This Month
This was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.
The Rose Garden by Susan Kearsley
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield
The Trouble With the 12th Grave by Darynda Jones
Summoned to 13th Grave by Darynda Jones
Heir of Fire, Crown of Midnight and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Molly Cannon
As You Wish by Jude Deveraux
Dating-ish by Penny Reid
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

March Goals
I did not read any MG novels again in February so hope to read several in March. As well, I hope to read more of my TBR books.
March is ReFoReMo – a daily study of children’s picture books which I will be participating in.

I am linking with the following:

Month in Review 6

Month in Review at Book Date



Best of the Bunch


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Tuesday Slice of Life


Today is Tuesday Slice of Life – the weekly writing challenge hosted at ”Two Writing Teachers”

Hard to believe that it is almost the end of February and in just days we will starting March SOL
I am actually excited to begin – although I am nervous. I am needing a big nudge to resume a daily writing practice. For some time, even a weekly writing practice has been a challenge.
I have decided to once again use the Encyclopedia of Me to write a daily passage and to write in alphabetical order.

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This is a guided journal created by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I hope to finish the journal this year and share it with my children.
Amy has been an inspiration in many ways, It is still hard to accept that she is gone and that it has been almost two years since her death.

I decided not to be a part of the Welcome Wagon this year. I needed to focus on my writing and visiting blogs as I am able. I have enjoyed the times I was part of the welcome wagon but do need a break.

I look forward to Friday as we begin another month of writing and sharing our slices. Hope it is a memorable month for all of us!

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two writing Teachers”

Last night, when I just couldn’t get to sleep, I began to think about the future and how many years til I’m 70, 80, 90.
I used to play the age game with my children – we’d all say how old we’d be in 30, 40 and 50 years. After each new age, they’d laugh and laugh.
At 40 though, thirty years til 70 was a long way off. Now it is only three years away.
It got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in three years. That made me think of the 101 in 1001. I have done this challenge once before, fairly successfully, but hadn’t done it in a while.
I began to sketch out 101 things I wanted to accomplish in just under three years (about 2.75 years.) I finished the list today and actually feel better. I know there are still many things I want to and can accomplish the next three years.
Here are a few of my idea:
9. Organize all my photos!
24. Write a memoir.
33. Volunteer for organ donation.
42. Watch whales
69. Act in a movie or play.
74. Create mosaics
101 Do as many firsts as possible!

My starting date is Fri. Feb. 15 and I finish Fri. Nov. 21, 2021

Here’s a link to the 101 in 1001 website.

What would you want to accomplish.in 1001 days?

Slice of Life Tuesday


Today is Slice of life Tuesday – a writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.

Today is the beginning of Chinese New Year and it is Year of the Pig. I hope this prediction about this auspicious year is correct:
“According to Chinese astrology predictions, the year of the Earth Pig 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest. 2019 is an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.”

When I taught, Chinese New Year was always a favourite unit of study. We:
-read many stories. For example:
*Lion Dancer by Kate Waters
*Cat and Rat by Ed Young
*Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn

-wrote dragon stories

-studied the traditions that were practiced

-created dragons, lanterns

It is important for children to learn about other cultures and be exposed to the importance of other traditions.
I still enjoy reading my Chinese horoscope. As a January baby, my animal is the Rabbit. (One has to be careful to choose the correct animal as dates do not follow or months exactly)
According to the horoscope, this should be a good year as the rabbit connects strongly with the Pig.

What zodiac animal are you? Check your horoscope here.

Gong hei fat choy