Month-to-Month: February to March

And so ends another month. And begins another month. It’s all about balance, really.

So, to partake of this balance, I’m here to discuss (possibly just with myself… because I’m writing this without knowing you are here… but it’s easiest if I think of it just as myself) how February went and how I hope March will go.

I finished five books in February, which is not to shabby at all. Six would’ve been better, but five will do fine. Four of those books were ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reads too. Possibly I hand out five stars too freely, but I don’t care. Fluffy chick lit types and books about sparkly vampires can be just as worthy of five stars as some hard-hitting contemporary. For me, as a reviewer and a reader, it’s about how it makes me feel.

As a tiny digression, I’m not sure I’ve laid out clearly how I give out stars so let’s do that now:

  • ⭐ – I didn’t finish the book, I won’t attempt to read it again, and it’s really not worth your time
  • ⭐⭐ – I finished it, don’t ask me how, and I’ll probably forget it by this time next month so don’t read it on my word
  • ⭐⭐⭐ – it was fine, it was a book, I did not hate my time reading it, I probably won’t read it again
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – this was a great book that I just might re-read, I’m happy I read it, and I’ll probably say that you might like it too
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a definite re-read, right back on the TBR, and people will probably get tired of me badgering them to read this book

And that’s my star-rating system. What’s yours? Let me know in the comments!

On the writing front, I didn’t get much writing done. But I got a lot of planning done, which seems noteworthy because I do not plan. Ever. Maybe this will lead to more writing being done in March. 🙏 (I’m not actually praying with that emoji, I just couldn’t find a ‘fingers crossed’ one.)

And so, goals for March…

I’d like to read six books, but five will do. I only have three March ARCs and I need to read them sometime during the month. But I also want to read Eclipse (from the Twilight series) because I’m trying to read one book from a series a month. Other than that, it’ll be mood reading, I think, and I’m absolutely fine with that.

What are your reading goals and TBR lists for March?

I need to write more, obviously, but that’s all related to mood too. I’ll keep you posted, because keeping you posted keeps me honest and motivated.

And, to wrap up this post probably no one is reading, I’m going to close with the ending narration from an episode of The Twilight Zone that I watched on Netflix (the series being my binge for most of the month). The episode was called “Death’s-Head Revisited” and, in this time of Holocaust denial and mistrust of people not like ‘us’, it seems all the more important. (all credit to Rod Serling)

There is an answer to the doctor’s question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes – all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone, but wherever men walk God’s Earth.

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