#theyearinbooks {February}

February 28, 2014

How is it the last day of February? How?

I fully intended on writing this post at the start of the month. The best laid plans and all that. Anyway. I refuse to constantly be chasing my tail so I am going to list all the books I have read so far this year. Then in a couple days I will do what I plan on reading for March. I really do want to do two posts a month because what I plan to read and what I actually read are often two different things.


A Wanted Man – Lee Child
When you’re as big and rough as Jack Reacher – and you have a badly set, freshly busted nose – it isn’t easy to hitch a ride. At last, he’s picked up by three strangers – two men and a woman.
Within minutes it becomes clear they’re all lying about everything – and there’s a police roadblock ahead. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys …
Will they get through because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy?

I decided to start the year simply with something I knew that I would read and enjoy. Which I did, although not as much as some other Jack Reacher books I have read. It just felt that not a lot was happening really. I did whizz through it though and I always love the writing – short sentences, quick pace (usually anyway). A nice easy way to get myself back into reading.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.

I picked this up as I had heard someone mention it and I spotted it in the library. I loved this book and it has really stayed with me after reading. A gentle story about a man and his life and very touching indeed. Really made me think about slowing down and taking notice of life.

 The Rosie Project – Grameme Simsion

‘I’m not good at understanding what other people want.’
‘Tell me something I don’t know . . .’
Love isn’t an exact science – but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he’s feeling?

I chose this on my Kobo on a whim on 30th January and finished it on the 31st. I loved it. Couldn’t stop reading, nglected myb family and home. Always the sign of a good book. Laugh out loud funny, touching and interesting. Definitely recommended.


This was the pile of books I got from the library for February.


Never Go Back – Lee Child
After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.
Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn’t a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there?
What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn’t expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’
Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?

Couldn’t resist another Jack Reacher book and this one was much better than the previous one I thought. It had me gripped and I liked the characters in it. I thought you got a bit more of an insight into Reacher who is an enigmatic character. Good fun and easy to read.

Recipe for Love – Katie Fforde
Take one aspiring cook.
When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition, she can’t wait to put her cooking skills to the test.
Add a very desirable judge.
But as the competition heats up, she realises she’s developing an inconvenient crush on one of the judges, the truly delicious Gideon Irving.
Stir in a heaped tablespoon of romance.
All too soon there’s more than canapés, cupcakes and cordon bleu at stake.
Will Zoe win the competition, or is Gideon one temptation too far?

If I am ever in need of a chick lit type of fix then Katie Fforde is always on my list. Easy to read with a guaranteed happy ending I love Katie Fforde’s books. And who doesn’t love a bit of romance every now and then.


So that covers everything I have read in the first two months. Not bad considering I pledged to do one book a month. I do think that I could choose something next month with a bit more meat on it but I will see. I must admit that as I listen to books more than I read them nice big thick ones are the best audiobooks as they are long and great value for money. As a record keeping exercise I will add those here too.


{January} & {February}

Remarkable Creatures – Tracey Chevalier

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Raising Steam – Terry Pratchett

Wool – Hugh Howey

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  • Reply Edwina March 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Like you, what I intend reading and what I eventually do read are often different. I was going to leave a post each month, but decided not to as I didn’t want to have people thinking ‘Oh no, not her again!’. So instead, at the beginning of each month I will post about the books I feel worthy of comment that I read the previous month, and those I definitely intend reading that month. I think…..

    • Reply Kelly March 3, 2014 at 9:49 am

      I always have good intentions but rarely actually end up doing what I thought I would!

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