February was not an easy month for me. Sure, a lot of fun and exciting things happened in February – such as a fun one-day adventure to the coastal city of Turku – but I also felt very tired and stressed during the month. I guess I fell into a sort of reading and blogging slump around the middle of February, because first I had no time to read and later, when I would have had time, I didn’t feel like reading. However, I did manage to complete 5 books (plus one that I technically finished today, but will count for February, because that’s when I read most of it) in February, so my slump wasn’t really as bad as I thought it was.
Books I read in February:
- When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen
- Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
- Punainen viiva by Ilmari Kianto
- Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
- An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
- Winter Siege by Ariana Franklin and Samantha Norman
Terrifying Tales is a collection of seven short ghost stories written by Edgar Allan Poe. I had previously only read Poe’s most famous poem, The Raven, so I was positively surprised by how scary and creepy these stories were even though they were written in the 19th century. My favourites were The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado and The Masque of the Red Death, but there were also some stories that didn’t really do anything for me. For example, I found The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter to be too much like Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Overall, I really enjoyed Poe’s writing style and would like to read more of his short stories. 3.5/5
Books on my TBR:
- Night Film by Marisha Pessl (currently reading)
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina
I started reading Night Film at the end of February, but because it is huge I’m only about halfway through. It is very good in a way that is not too creepy but definitely ominous, and I especially love how the book has been put together with all its pictures and websites. The story of Night Film, in short, follows a journalist who is trying to solve the case of a famous film director’s daughter’s suicide. The director, specialised in underground horror films, has not made a public appearance since 1977, and the journalist believes there is some terrible secret behind the whole family.
Since I am not sure how much reading time I will be having in March, I decided to keep my March TBR short and add on more books only if I have time. I’d love to be able to read dozens of books at the same time, but unfortunately that’s just not me. My February TBR was overly ambitious, so there were a lot of books that I didn’t get the chance to read in the month. Thus I transferred all the leftover titles to my March TBR along with The Snow Child which I picked up from the library by chance. Maybe this month I’ll actually complete reading my TBR?