Monthly Update – February 2013


Better late than never…..

February was a terrible reading month. It took awhile for me to realize it wasn’t just bad ergonomics — the recliner I used for reading and watching TV and my old-and-needs-replacing computer chair — that was causing the neck and back pains (and the headaches). I strained myself using the recliner. The chair, which was in storage for three years and didn’t use for another three, doesn’t have a lever to assist with the reclining/un-reclining. I’d forgotten how much strain I had to put on the upper arms and back muscles to move the chair down and up. I’m fine now. The neck and upper back pain is gone. I take Motrin for the stiffness in the lower back, and as long as I get up and move around at work, I’m good.

I’ve limited my computer time at home during the week. I haven’t been posting my weekly “Spotlight On” as a result, and I have several hand-written reviews that I need to type up and post. I’m not stressing over any of it — I actually got one review posted in February. I’ll do as much as I can on weekends and days off. If I don’t turn those into lazy, all-day reading sprees. Like last weekend — gorged on the Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changelings series and I’m ready for the next release!

Though I got my reading grove back, I’m still behind where I want to be. By the end of February 2012, I had read 15 books. This year, the total is 11. Of the five books I read in February, two were manga and two were short stories. I’ve been thrown off my reading plans for certain challenges (Daughters of England, for example) both here on the blog and on Goodreads. Even my Winter Reading List was derailed.  Some, I can re-adjust, others I’ve abandoned altogether.

Books Read

  • The Wolf’s Surrender (Castle, Kendra Leigh) (18 Feb 13) – 4 stars – Quick Fix; Baker’s
  • Stepping on Roses, Vol. 2 (Rinko Ueda) (21 Feb 13) – 3 stars – E-Book, Quick Fix
  • The Earl and the Fairy, Vol. 1 (Ayuko; Mizue Tani) (21 Feb 13) – 4 stars – E-Book, Quick Fix
  • A Dream of Stone and Shadow (Liu, Marjorie M.) (24 Feb 13) – 5 stars – Baker’s, E-Book, Quick Fix
  • A Most Naked Solution (Randol, Anna) (24 Feb 13) – 5 stars – E-Book; Quick Fix

Reviews added this month.

Challenges Completed this month:
Year of the Dragon Reading Challenge(personal/GoodReads) – 4

Incomplete (Ended in February)

2013 Challenges:
A Baker’s Dozen (personal) – 3/39
Cruising’ thru the Cozies (7-13) – 3/?
E-book Challenge – 5/10
Historical Fiction – 2/15
Mt TBR – 3/48
Off the Shelf – 0/15
Paranormal Reading – 1/12 ** Abandoned **
Quick Fix (20+) – 7/20
Romance Reading – 1/5
Sequel Reading – 1/12
Seriously Series (11-?) – 1/?
Vintage Mystery – 1/8

2013-2014 Challenges:
Daughters of England (personal) – 1/19

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Georgette Heyer (Month): 0
Georgette Heyer (Year): 0
Grand Total since 2008: 5
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In Death (Month): 0
In Death (Year): 0
Grand Total since 2010: 3

Totals (Monthly/Yearly)

Total Read (Month): 5
Total Heard (Month): 0
Grand Total (Year): 11
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Total Audio Hours(Month): 0
Total Audio Hours (Year): 0
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Total Pages Read (Month): 876
Grand Total (Year): 2,664

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Monthly Update – February 2013 — 2 Comments

    • Thanks! 😀 Yeah, no fun. Thankfully, it was just my upper back/shoulder area. Most likely pulled it when I was trying to get the recliner back into the upright position.

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