February Reflections 2019

The month of February turned out to be our real winter this year. January was mild and spring-like. February brought arctic air, snow and ice, many snow days, and dark gray days. Just the thing for staying inside and reading! So I did, and I read a lot this month.

I spent time with a couple of new-to-me mystery series, thanks to recommendations from friends. I’ve been captured by the Ruth Galloway series, by Elly Griffiths, and by the D.I. Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis. I also revisited an older series that I read many years ago: the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman. I listened to the first of that series on audiobook, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, and loved it all over again. There’s nothing better than having a good mystery series to enjoy!

For my own celebration of Black History Month, I finished reading Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, and read Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon. Both were beautifully written, powerful and moving stories.

My favorite audiobook of the month was Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle. My favorite children’s book read this month was Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen, by Deborah Hopkinson.

Quite a varied month for me. The only problem is…I’ve fallen way behind on my review posts! But I will just keep plugging away, one review at a time, and eventually I will catch up, right? Or not!  So many books, so little time!

10 thoughts on “February Reflections 2019

  1. Les in OR

    You had a wonderful month of reading, didn’t you?! I should go back and read some more of Ken Follett’s books. I loved the Pillars of the Earth trilogy (so good on audio!), but haven’t read anything of his more recent works.

    Love your new blog header! At least I think it’s new. I love the red mug!

    I finally got caught up on my reviews at the end of the year and have been working very hard to stay on top of them. Good luck with yours!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Les. I didn’t get the header fitted quite the way I wanted, but I like the photo so I’m going to leave it for awhile. The red mug was a gift from one of my students from years ago. I just love it! I’m looking forward to reading Pillars of the Earth at some point. I was so carried away by his storytelling. I’m sure I’d enjoy any of his other books/series.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Kristen, I am getting so tired of the cold! The sun has been out this week, but there’s been no warmth with it! Perhaps next week will be a bit warmer and more spring-like. I hope so!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Cath! I love that mug and that photo, too. And, yes, I really enjoy getting to know Ruth Galloway more with each book!

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  2. Kay

    Add me to the fans of the new photo, Robin! Love it. Yes, I can see that we are all ready for spring. We’re getting another cold blast Sunday night and it will last until Wednesday. One can only hope this is the last for us.

    What a good reading month you had! All the mystery series you mentioned are favorites of mine. Mrs. Pollifax – I have several of those on audio, but it has been a while since I listened to them. She’s a hoot. I’ve been doing some rereading as well.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Kay! I do love that photo, too. And the mug is a special one, full of memories (as well as coffee!). I read all the Mrs. Pollifax books way back when (in the late ’80s, early ’90s). I loved them then, and now that I can listen to them as audiobooks, I’m loving them again!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Nan, you are so right! Time is a weird thing! And Mrs. P is treated like a “little old lady!” I don’t feel like a little old lady!

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