February 28, 2012

February 2012 Wrap-up / Blogging break

My new Nook cover. I love it!

Here's what I read in February: 

1. Room by Emma Donoghue
2. Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Corriell
5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne   Valente
6. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
8. The Game of Triumphs by Laura Powell
9. The Master of Misrule by Laura Powell (ARC)

Formats: 5 audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 print books

Sources: 5 library books, 2 owned books, and 2 review copies

Challenges: I know it's only the beginning of the year, but I think I'm going to drop out of most of the blog challenges I signed up for. I don't want to feel like I have to read something just because it fits into a particular category. I always get excited about challenges in January and then regret signing up for them later! haha. So for now I'm just going to work on my own personal challenge of reading the books already on my shelves (or on my Nook).

Book clubs: Our staff book club read Room by Emma Donoghue. I had to miss the book club meeting so I could celebrate belated Valentine's Day with my hubby (he had to work on V-day), but I was really intrigued by the audiobook and couldn't stop listening. The FYA Book Club met at Orange Leaf to eat delicious frozen yogurt and discuss The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. We liked this book much better than last month's pick!

Favorite book of the month: The Hunger Games! I've read the series before, but I'm re-reading them (as audiobooks this time around). I'm enjoying it just as much as I did the first time. 

Currently reading: I'm listening to Mockingjay and am still working on finishing the Tatiana and Alexander eBook. I like it, but I just haven't made time to sit down and finish it. 

Work: Our big event of the month was our annual Anti-Valentine's Day party (a fun alternative to red hearts and roses). We had around 60 teens show up. We kept them busy with games, crafts, and snacks. 

Blogging break: 
I think it's time for another extended blogging break for me. Blogging has started to feel less fun and more like work, so it's time for me to step back from my personal blog for awhile. I maintain the blogs at the library and review books for a teen librarian magazine, and I don't want to burn myself out by trying to keep up my personal blog too. I need to have some time to just read for fun instead of for a challenge or to write a review. I'll probably pop in every once in a while with a blog post, but I won't be keeping up a regular schedule for the near future. Thanks for understanding! 

How was your February? 


Jennie said...

We will miss your posts, but I completely understand. We all have priorities and sometimes we have to shift them around from time to time.

Katie DeKoster said...

You are so Indianapolis! My sister lives there and is obsessed with Orange Leaf :) Enjoy the blogging break!

Jackie Marrs said...

So very jealous of your Nook cover! LOVE it!

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