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Reading Log: February 2014

This month flew by crazy fast, and it was jam packed with big changes – Sam interviewed for a new job, we flew to Nashville for a whirlwind introduction, I gave my two weeks notice at work, we packed everything up, shipped the cats to MS, and moved to TN… all in one month!  I’m surprised I had any time at all to read…

Below is my Reading Log for February 2014, with my thoughts about each book to help me remember what I read.  I’ve included all the books that I’ve read or finished during the month (even if I started some of them outside of the month).  And of course I keep track of my rating on the grade system, the binding, genre, etc… just for fun!

February 2014

HB = Hardback, PB = Paperback, AB = Audio book, K = Kindle.
F = Fiction, HF = Historical Fiction, NF = NonFiction, YA = Young Adult,
CL = Children’s Lit, B/M = Bio/Memoir, SFF = Sci-Fi/Fantasy, C = Craft

Title Start Finish Grade/
Format
Genre 
Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul,
by Melodie Beattie
1/1/14 Still Reading

TBD
PB

SH

Clash of Kings (Song of Ice and Fire #2),
by George RR Martin
1/10/14 2/1/14

A+

SFF

One Man’s Mean,
by E.B. White
1/11/14 Still Reading

TBD
PB

M

Consider the Fork,
by Bee Wilson
2/3/14 2/21/14 

A
K

C

Downton Tabby,
by Chris Kelly
2/6/14 2/6/14

A
K

F

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1),
by Rick Riordan
2/6/14 2/8/14

A
K

YA

Hattie and the Wild Waves,
written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
2/10/14 2/10/14

A
PB

CL

A Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2),
by Rick Riordan
2/21/14 Still Reading

TBD
K

YA

Thoughts:

Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul, by Melodie Beattie – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

I started reading this daily devotional-type book as part of my new year’s resolution to seek peace through life’s ups and downs.  I fell off for a few days in February, but I’m back on track and brought it with me to Nashville in my suitcase.  It’s very soothing to have an affirmative message as part of my bedtime routine.

 …

Clash of Kings (Song of Ice and Fire #2), by George RR Martin – A+

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

In this second book of the series, the TV show starts to deviate in a few ways, which was interesting to read and see why they might tighten up some storylines or combine characters. The high drama continues, and again the writing is so enjoyable that I find myself rooting for every single character, no matter what side they’re on.  Well, except for maybe Theon and Stannis… not my favorites.  My mind wandered a little in the middle, but by the end I was hooked again.  I have to take a break so I don’t fall behind forever in book club, but I’ll be ready for book #3 in no time!

 …

One Man’s Meat, by E.B. White – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // January 2014 Reading Log

Still reading.  Essays by E.B. White before and during World War II, during the time he moved from New York City (and the New Yorker) to the countryside.  I just love his conversational and rambly writing style, which is perfect for short essays at the breakfast table.  I packed this book for Nashville too, very comforting reading!

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Consider the Fork, by Bee Wilson – A

The Amateur Librarian // February 2014 Reading Log

Book group pick for February.  Interesting history of cooking technology – from fire to ice to gadgets that fill the modern kitchen.  The introduction made me wary – it jumped all over the place and seemed full of opinions – but the chapters were nicely organized and the trivia kept my attention.  It wasn’t quite a page turner, but interesting enough.  Sad to think that this is the last book to read with my SF book club!

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Downton Tabby, by Chris Kelly – A

The Amateur Librarian // February 2014 Reading Log

I made the mistake of turning off wifi before downloading my current book to my iPad, so on the plane ride to Nashville the only book available were the ones I’d already read. But no matter, I re-read Downton Tabby and it was still good fun! Silly but amusing even the second time around.

 …

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1), by Rick Riordan – A

The Amateur Librarian // February 2014 Reading Log

I started this on a whim while flying to Nashville, and loved it! Fast paced from the get go, full of action but still enough characterization. There are plenty of similarities between Percy Jackson and other adventures like HP, but the Greek myths are a fun difference.  I enjoyed the modernized mythology, especially reading on the kindle so I could read up on each character at a glance. Definitely a fun read while we were on tenterhooks in Nashville. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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Hattie and the Wild Waves, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney – A

The Amateur Librarian // February 2014 Reading Log

I saw this picture book at the Antiquarian Book Fair a couple weeks ago, and since I couldn’t afford the signed first edition price, I requested the paperback for free on PBS.com… good enough for me!  I don’t think I’ve ever read this particular story by Barbara Cooney – based on the author’s  mother who grows up in a well-to-do German family at the turn of the century and follows her dreams to become an artist.  I love Barbara Cooney’s illustrations and her stories have such a meditative quality, focusing on small details that feel just like the memories of a child – vague on the big picture, but very specific when it comes to daily activities.  It’s fun to read it as a non-librarian adult without worrying about what age would be most interested or what messages to glean for a lesson plan.

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A Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2), by Rick Riordan – TBD

The Amateur Librarian // February 2014 Reading Log

Still reading.  Excellent choice for some light reading on the plane!  Action packed from the very beginning.  I am really enjoying this series!  Fun bit of trivia… I found out that some scenes from the movie version were filmed in Nashville at the Parthenon replica on the Vanderbilt campus.  Very cool!

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the month of February.  Anyone reading a good book?

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2 thoughts on “Reading Log: February 2014

  1. “I found out that some scenes from the movie version were filmed in Nashville at the Parthenon replica on the Vanderbilt campus.”

    Yes; if you should visit there, watch out for the Hydra! 🙂

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  2. So glad you are reading “Journey….me too! I read “Chasing Zeroes” Laura Newland. Honest account of Duke U & Wall Street/Finance world. Laura is a friend’s daughter.

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