February Reads and March Plans

Hello, friends!

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:

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?

Cheers! x

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8 thoughts on “February Reads and March Plans

  1. What I learned in a crime fiction class I took in my first year of my English degree: Doyle was actually inspired by Poe’s Dupin to create Sherlock Holmes (ok, inspired is probably stretching it a bit, but fact is, Poe created this detective type), so that’s probably why it reminded you so much of Sherlock Holmes.
    In hindsight, my February TBR was overly ambitious as well but I haven’t learned from that experience xD

    • Oh wow, no wonder they seemed so similar! Anyways, thank you for sharing this information – it’s always interesting to hear who inspired whom 🙂
      And I guess overly ambitious TBRs are a general problem among bookworms 😀

  2. February was not a good month for me either, reading-wise. But 5 books is great ;). I studied The Tell-Tale Heart this semester! I really want to read more of Poe’s works.
    I wish you a good reading month :).

    • Thank you! I’d definitely recommend that you try either The Masque of the Red Death or The Cask of Amontillado next.
      I hope you have a great reading month as well! 🙂

  3. February has been hard for me as well!
    I’ve just had what I consider one of the worst days of my life!

    On an unrelated note,1984 is a monument of literature! I can’t wait to read what you think of it.What edition do you own – I know there’s a Penguin one where the title is censored in black? As a birthday present to myself,I bought the book from the Folio Society,but it reached home long after I departed to England.

    • Oh no, I sad to hear you’ve had such a rough time. I hope things are clearing up for you!
      And yes, I do own that beautifully clever Penguin edition that you mention. I hope you’ll be united with your Folio edition soon, so you can enjoy it!

    • In retrospect, five is actually a pretty decent number (more than one book a week!). I guess I’m too eager to compare my reading to those months where I can read 7+ books. Quality, not quantity.

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