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February 2022 Reading

February was a busy, intense month around here, but it had some very wonderful moments and I got a fair amount of reading done! I didn’t quite get two reviews up, but given that we went on a big trip to see my mom and brother and spent most of the month looking at houses, I’m giving myself a pass on that one.

Sabriel by Garth Nix
Novel, HarperCollins, 1995
Read 2/2/2022, print, reread

Sabrielllll. I hadn’t reread this one in a very long time and I really enjoyed revisiting this story.

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
Novel, Tor, 2019
Read 2/4/2022, eaudio, reread

I loved this book when it came out and liked this even better as a audiobook; woof, it’s an intense story but so good!

A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske
Novel, Tor.com, 2021
Read 2/4/2022, print, first read

This was a very enjoyable story, although I have to say that I thought we’d have a few more answers about the central mystery by the end of the book.

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Novel, Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2020
Read 2/4/2022, print, first read

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Novella, Tor.com, 2017
Read 2/6/2022, eaudio, reread

Murderbot, Murderbot, it’s gonna murder your freaking butt. (Our household’s Murderbot song.) It was fun to revisit the first book and see how far everyone has come later in the series.

All the Feels by Olivia Dade 
Novel, Avon, 2021
Read 2/11/2022, print, first read

I had very mixed feelings on this story. I liked the point of view experience of adhd, which felt very natural and organic. But I felt an emotional distance from the main characters, and the solutions felt simplistic.

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, read by Catherine Ho
Novel, Macmillan, 2021
Read 2/11/2022, eaudio, first read

Ooh, I love Zen Cho and I loved this book! I was genuinely not sure what was going to happen throughout the story and the resolution worked very well for me! Also, I loved Ho’s narration, which really brought the story to life. 

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
Novel, Tor, 2021
Read 2/16/2022, eaudio, first read

Great follow up to the first book, taking a turn into very effective body horror. There’s some compelling ongoing tension between the main characters that works well within this world. Also, I love 8 Antidote! 

The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells
Novel, HarperVoyager, 2004
Read 2/18/2022, print, reread 

I love Tremaine so much and I enjoy the Ile-Rien books a lot. I like revisiting them every few years and I always find them rewarding.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Novel, Del Rey, 2020
Read 2/19/2022, print, first read

A deliciously creepy story! I loved Moreno-Garcia’s take on the Gothic genre, set in 1950s Mexico.

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis
Novel
Read 2/26/2022, eaudio, reread

All in all, I found it pretty satisfying to reread this one! The audiobook was so-so; while I didn’t love all of the interpretations, there were some nice narrative choices too. 

February round up

  • Books finished: 11
  • Favorites: Sabriel, Every Body Looking, Black Water Sister, A Desolation Called Peace, Mexican Gothic
  • Format: 6 print; 5 eaudio / 1 novella; 10 novels
  • Reading: 6 first reads; 5 rereads

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

2 replies on “February 2022 Reading”

I love Zen Cho a ton and mostly loved Black Water Sister, only I have to confess that at times it was more graphically violent than I was… necessarily expecting. That’s on me, honestly! Zen Cho is consistently shifting between cozy loveliness and EXTREME MURDER, and that’s what I should have been prepared for. 😛

I’ve got Black Water Sister out from the library now; I’m glad I got Jenny’s warning, so I can be prepared for Extreme Murder! That’s quite the list of books. I have not done nearly so much reading!

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