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12 / 30 books. 40% done!

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28 / 51 states. 55% done!

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Thursday, February 01, 2024

The Bookish Books Reading Challenge: February Book Ideas and Link-Up for Reviews

It's the first day of February already. How did that happen? How's 2024 going so far for you? I'm sick with a cold that's slowing me down, but otherwise, I'm hanging in there. I hope you are well. If you are, enjoy breathing easy for me! I never think about how nice it is to breathe without restriction until I can't.

I didn't have any plans to read bookish books in January, but I ended up finishing a few anyway. Bonus: I enjoyed them all. Here they are in the order that I read them:

The Lion of Lark-Hayes Manor by Aubrey Hartman—I loved this debut novel about a girl who gets more than she bargains for when she makes a deal with a water nymph. Her wish is inspired by her love for The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Last Word to the Wise by Ann Claire—This is the second installment in a cozy mystery series featuring two sisters who run their family's bookshop in Colorado. When the sisters reluctantly agree to be guinea pigs for their cousin's new bookish dating service, they end up in the middle of a murder investigation, with one of them as the prime suspect.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows—This YA novel is part of a series of alternate history stories starring famous females. Not all of the installments are bookish, but this one is. It features Charlotte Brontë and Jane Eyre (the "real" one) as they help to solve a murder. Oh, and Jane can see ghosts. The story is all kinds of fun! I especially enjoy these books on audio.

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson—The hero of this clever mystery novel is an author who self-publishes guides to writing Golden Age-style crime fiction, even though he's never written a novel before. He uses all the knowledge he's gained from studying detective novels to solve a series of murders that occur at a reunion of his dysfunctional family.


I have a couple bookish books planned for February. Right now, I'm listening to another installment of the Lady Janies/Marys series:

My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows—This novel features Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, and Ada Lovelace, who was a mathematics prodigy and a brilliant inventor. Although the two never met in real life, in this book they become friends and co-creators of an automaton that comes to life. It's not my favorite book in the series, but it's a fun listen nevertheless.

This one is my book club's pick for February. Even though I will be out of the country for the discussion, I'm still planning to read it.

Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson—This rom-com stars Savannah Cade, a woman who secretly writes romance novels while working for a publishing company that only prints highbrow literary works while looking down its nose at romance. When she accidentally leaves her manuscript out at work, causing a mysterious editor to make astute comments in its margins, Savannah's forced to seek him out in order to get her manuscript into shape so she can submit it to the famous editor who has agreed to look at it—if it's finished before her very imminent retirement. Sounds fun!

I'm also interested in this one, which comes out on the 13th:

The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown—A New York City bookseller's life is changed when she's gifted a mysterious book by a favorite customer. It's the Book of Doors and it contains a magic that allows its owner to go anywhere via a series of doors. While experimenting with its wondrous powers, the bookseller finds that possessing such a treasure has made her a target for the dangerous people who will do anything to take it from her. 

How about you? What bookish books did you read in January? Which ones are you planning to read this month?

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  1. I thought Meet Me in the Margins was cute. And I've got Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone on my TBR list. Happy reading in February! :D

    1. I need to get to MEET ME IN THE MARGINS soon. Our book club meeting is coming right up! Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Oh, I hope you feel better soon! I've had a horrid cough for over three weeks now, and because I have lung issues, it's been a dramatic experience! I fully get the appreciation of breathing!

    1. Oh no! That sounds horrible. I hope you're feeling better by now.

  3. I just read Meet Me In the Margins and enjoyed it! I didn't know that Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone was bookish book. I have it on my TBR, and I'm excited to read it!

    1. EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY is bookish because the main character is a writer of how-to manuals for writing mysteries. It talks a lot about mystery novel tropes and techniques.

  4. I am currently reading Must Love Books so will post the link when I finish.

    1. Awesome! I look forward to reading it.

      I thought of you when I visited Santa Barbara last week. We made a quick, overnight stop to see family. They have five little kids, 10 and under, and we got so mobbed by them that we didn't have time to see much of your beautiful city. Another time, hopefully!

    2. I'm glad you got a little time in SB. I am finally coming here to post my February book. I am SOOOOO behind.

  5. I’m reading The Book of Doors this week.

    1. I hope you love it! It sounds excellent.

  6. For not planning to read any bookish books this month, you sure did get a lot read. :D I'm excited about the Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows books. Someday, lol.

    1. Right? Ha ha. I've really enjoyed the Hand/Ashton/Meadows series. I listen to them on audio when I'm driving, doing housework, walking, etc. They're SO entertaining!

  7. I hope you're doing well! Just stopping by to say hi and wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Thank you so much, Deanna! I am doing well. I've been out of town and now I'm working madly on a genealogy presentation I have to do in a few weeks. I'm a *little* stressed about it. Ack!

      Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

  8. Lots of books read in January that look interesting. Meet Me In The Margins sounds really good!

    1. I'm looking forward to MEET ME IN THE MARGINS. It sounds like a nice, light read, which is just what I need right now.

  9. Hey Susan, missing your posts! You doing ok? Happy Valentine's day!

    1. You're so sweet to ask, Cindy! I'm doing just fine. I've been out of town. Now that I'm back, I've been grandbabysitting and working on a presentation I have to give in a few weeks. I'm hoping to get back to posting sometime soon. I appreciate you checking in on me. It's nice to be missed!

    2. I was just coming here to ask the same thing! Glad to hear you are well.

    3. Susan, so glad to hear it!!!


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