February 2018 Monthly Round-Up

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February 2018 monthly round-up

Can you believe I got my Monthly Round-Up done by the end of the month?! I sure can’t…there’s a first for everything!

I didn’t read quite as many books this month (7 compared to 9 last month) and it was harder to pick a clear-cut winner (but I forced myself to!). I also didn’t finish a single audiobook this month (my current audiobook is 12 hours long and I’ve been listening to lots of podcasts lately).

On the personal front, I’ve been playing lots of tennis. It’s been fun and frustrating all at the same time (I’m super rusty and get really nervous during matches!). I’ve substituted some of my running with tennis and reducing the repeated pounding of regular running has been a good thing for my back and hip issues. And, turns out tennis can be quite a cardio workout!





  • Leave a note in the comments section or email me at sarahsbookshelves@gmail.com to participate in my new “Readers Recommend” feature!
    I’m starting a new feature where regular blog readers (i.e. those of you who do not have your own book blogs) share some of their best book recommendations (again, thanks to the Reader Survey for this idea!) and I’d love your participation! All you have to do is answer a few book related questions via email. Email me or leave a note in the comments if you’re interested in participating!

February Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality (Jan-Feb 2018 Cumulative)

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 52% (still above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 87%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

March Releases I’m Excited About

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman (March 6)
Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead (March 13)
Tangerine by Christine Mangan (March 20)
Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen (March 20)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in February
February 2018 Books to Read (and Skip)

12 Unconventional Love Stories for Readers Who Don’t Like Romance
Book of the Month February 2018 Selections: What Book Should You Choose?

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)
Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Love Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine?

Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers

I’m sorry for the light list this month…I honestly forgot to keep track of my favorite posts until the end of the month. I promise you’ll get a better list next month!

How was your reading month?

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28 Responses to “February 2018 Monthly Round-Up”

  1. Susie | Novel Visits

    Wow! I’m impressed you have your round up done so early. Mine won’t be up until Friday (I hope!). Being a math teacher, I’m curious how you’re getting 87% for successful books. (5 of 7 would be lower.) How are you determining success? Does that number include both January and February books?

    I really want to read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, but am a little afraid of it! Soon, I hope.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      You’re perfect for Readers Recommend! I’m adding you to the participant list. We have the next couple posts booked, but you’re #3 in line. I’m hoping to do about one per month. I’ll email you some questions to answer soon. Thank you for participating!

  2. Amy @ Read a Latte

    Sorry to hear you didn’t have luck with Lost Girls! I was looking forward to that one too. Sunburn is high up on my list of books for March, also because it comes recommended by Megan Abbott. Thanks again for including me here! 🙂

  3. Catherine

    You say “Read this” and I don’t even wait a day- saw Sunburn at library and grabbed it, will start tonight!

    My reading was like the weather here- unpredictable.The good news was two 5 star novels.

    I’m halfway through Laura & Emma and…not so much.

  4. Wendy

    Sorry that you didn’t like Castle of Water!

    I’m plowing through these running training books that have piled up for my next book club post. Then it’s back to reading for pleasure.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Great – I’ve got you on the list! I’m doing about one a month and there are a couple people ahead of you. It’s looking like about July. I’ll email you with specifics closer to the time!

  5. Mary

    I would be interested in joining your readers recommend group. I’m not on Facebook does that matter?

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Great! Just want to make clear that it’s not a group…I feature one reader’s recommendations in a blog post every month. I’ve got a couple people ahead of you, so it will probably be late summer. I’ll email you with details closer to the time!

  6. Renee

    I love the idea of a readers recommend feature, I can’t wait to see how that works! You’re giving me so many things to think about for my blog as far as changing things up and adding things here and there. I just got The Flight Attendant, I think you and Susie have different thoughts about that one so I’m curious to check it out. It’ll be my first book by him

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Oh no! I don’t want Flight Attendant to be your first book by him! The Guest Room or Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands were so much better!

  7. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    I enjoyed reading your round-up post. I’m interested in why you DNF The Great Alone, and I’ll link over in a bit. I’ve seen reviews all over the place for that book, so I think I’ll skip it. I’m a slow reader, especially for a book blogger. I don’t have time to even “DNF” a book, so I depend on readers like you in order to avoid books like The Great Alone. BTW I also enjoyed your 12 Unconventional Love Stories post!!!

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Thank you! I do think it’s important to share the books I DNF with my readers for just the reason you said. Reading time is precious and I want to help people avoid books as well as find great ones.

    • Sarah Dickinson

      Ha – I used to not be like that, but now time is just way too precious…

  8. Tara

    I’m so excited that the new Pagan novel worked out well for you; it was on sale today for $3.99 so I nabbed a copy. A previous novel of hers, The Art of Forgetting, is one of my faves!

  9. Alice

    I’m super excited for Tangerine as well, can it be the 20th already, please?

    I think 7 is still a good number! 🙂 Shame nothing stood out this month for you, but looks like you had a mostly good month of books.

  10. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I feel like I’ve been commenting about We’ll Be Gone in the Dark on your blogs for ages, but I finally got to it and I loved it too! Getting back into tennis sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

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