I can’t believe that it’s the last day of February already! I decided to do a wrap-up post even though I’ve not been up to doing much reading or blogging this month as it seems a good chance to write a general update as well as a bookish one!
So, in terms of reading I’ve managed to read ten books this month and have only reviewed one of them so far but I have prepared reviews for three more of these books so will post them in the next week or so. I am making a real effort to get better balance in my life and it’s beginning to pay off as I’m starting to enjoy reading again and can concentrate for a few minutes at a time so it’s progress!
Here are all the books that I read during February:
The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
I’m very excited to share my Q & A with her as part of the blog tour on my blog tomorrow and I’ll be reviewing the book later this week. I can tell you that it’s a fab read and one I highly recommend.
The Silent Girls by Ann Troup
I’m on the blog tour for this tomorrow too and can’t wait to share my review, it’s a book that really helped get me back into reading ad I just didn’t want to out it down!
Viral by Helen Fitzgerald
My review is here if you’d like to read it.
Look At Me by Sarah Duguid
I adored this book, it was one of those that I was hooked on from the first page and couldn’t put down. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and still find myself thinking of the characters. I haven’t managed to type my notes up into a review yet but I hope to do it soon so look out for a review on my blog in the next couple of weeks.
A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the books in the Beach Cafe series, so I couldn’t resist reading this one, which was published as part of the Quick Reads collection this month. It wasn’t my favourite of the series but it was still a great read and I would recommend it.
Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab by Mary Finnigan
I spotted this one on Kindle Unlimited so decided to download it after seeing Mary Finnigan talking about the book on the news. Some parts of the book were really interesting but other parts just fell a little flat. I’d still recommend it to people who want to read more about this era.
Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by Christopher John Farley
I’ve had this book on my TBR for absolutely ages and yet despite being a massive Aaliyah fan I’ve never got around to reading it until this month! I quite enjoyed reading it, it was interesting to read more about her early life and the writing and recording of her albums. It’s definitely one her fans will enjoy.
5,742 Days by Anne-Marie Cockburn
Scotland’s Shame by John Ashton
Adequately Explained by Stupidity? by Morag G. Kerr
My reading mojo still hasn’t returned – a lot of the books I read this month were shorter reads otherwise I wouldn’t have got through as many as I have. I’m still drawn more to non-fiction than fiction so I’m just going with it because reading anything is better than reading nothing. It’s just a little stressful as most of my review books are novels so they’re all sitting looking at me making me feel guilty but I figure that anything that gets me enjoying books again is good as it will hopefully transfer to me being able to concentrate on novels again soon. Fingers crossed anyway!
I’m still trying to find better life balance but it’s not easy. I had an appointment with my neurosurgeon last week and he showed me my previous MRI & CT scans and explained that I’m not going to make any recovery as the damage to my central nervous system and spinal cord is too severe. It was very hard to hear that but I had the feeling that this was what he was going to say and had steeled myself for hearing it. Of course I wish I was going to get better, being permanently paralysed down the whole of one side of my body and having permanent severe, and as yet impossible-to-control pain is not what I wanted but living for months and months with wait and see has been very hard. We couldn’t make any plans because there was always that slim chance that I would improve. Now we know it’s not going to happen we can start making adaptations to our home and lifestyle to make things easier. We’ve already made enquiries about a stairlift, which will open up the downstairs of our home to me again (I’ve lived upstairs since June during the hours my husband works as I can’t get up and down stairs on my own). I’m waiting to see a couple of different pain specialists and am hoping they will have a suggestion that hasn’t already being tried for managing my pain.
I’ve had some real down periods in recent weeks, wondering what was going to happen to me and feeling like I couldn’t cope with the pain and the level of disability anymore but weirdly now I know it’s permanent I feel ready to throw myself into finding any and all ways of making life better and easier. I think not knowing is often harder than having to face the reality head on.
I’m hoping that once we start to get the changes made in our home and we find ways of making life easier that I will begin to have more energy to concentrate again so I can get back to reading every spare second and writing lots of blog posts again. Reading is such a big part of who I am that I feel so lost when my reading mojo disappears, I just need to get through this next stage of changes and I feel sure it will come back though.
Thanks to all of you who have stuck with me while my blogging has been so sporadic, it really means a lot to me that you’re still here and reading the few things that I am able to post.
How was your February? Has it been a book-filled month for you? Please feel free to share in the comments below, or to leave a link to your own February Wrap-Up post.
25 thoughts on “My February Wrap-Up Post”
I really hope you can get help to manage to pain and the changes to your home will make things a little easier.
You are having such a horrible time, I really hope things can improve for you now. X
Thank you, it’s been a rough few months but hopefully now we can start making plans to make life easier.
So sorry to hear about the pain and stress you’ve been going through – hope you can find ways to make life easier for yourself.
I’m so sorry to hear about the pain and illness you’ve been having. I hope you start to feel a little better soon x
Heart goes out to you but fair dues again for trucking on and posting. I hope it all gets easier for you xxx
Thank you. It’s not been easy but at least we can plan for the future now. x
So sorry to hear about all you’re going through. I hope now that the diagnosis is clear, you can get all the help you need for pain relief and adjusting your life to the situation. I can only imagine how hard it must be and I wish you all the best.
I have been reading a lot this month but I am far behind on reviews. I might try to get a few flash reviews done this week and tackle a couple of regular reviews I have been meaning to write but for which I couldn’t find the words to express what I wanted.
My March TBR includes Viral but there are so many books I’ve been waiting to read that I am not sure I’ll find the time this month.
I hope your reading mojo comes back soon 🙂
Thank you so much, I appreciate that.
I hope you can find time to catch up on your reviews soon. It’s hard when you get a good chunk of reading done but then have the backlog of reviews to write. I’m trying to get in the habit of making detailed notes as soon as I finish a book and then I can just come back and type it up into a review at a later stage.
It’s the age old thing of so many books, so little time isn’t it? I hope you enjoy Viral when you do get to read it, you’ll have to let me know your thoughts 🙂
So sorry to hear about everything you’re going through. I hope the modifications to your home and the right pain meds provide a positive way forward.
I’m sure your reading mojo will stage a comeback. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Just a couple of days ago, I was wondering about your whereabouts. So glad to have you back. Although you mentioned that your reading mojo is not back yet, you seem to have read some fun books. I hope you will have a great March! 🙂
Thank you so much. I’m going to try and blog more regularly from now on as I do miss it when I’m not blogging. I hope March is a great month for you too. 🙂
Thinking of you, Hayley with much love. I cannot imagine what it’s been like for you over the past months. Your courage is a credit to you.
Obviously, I’m still hoping you’ll be able to be part of my blog tour. 🙂
Take great care,
Thank you so much Carol. It’s been a rough time but I’m trying to keep positive. I definitely still want to be on your blog tour. I’m such a slow reader at the moment but I’ve started Ghostbird and am really enjoying it. 🙂 xx
So sorry to hear about the dreadfully tough and stressful time you’re having, Hayley. I do hope you get all the help you can for your pain relief. I really feel for you and hope that all the modifications to your home have a positive effect and in turn help to restore your energy and your reading mojo to its full glory. 🙂
Thank you so much Jan 🙂
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Oh wow, the Aaliyah book, I moved her music and loved her name and was pregnant in 2001 with my daughter and chose that as her name, so so sad. In the hospital I wrote her name like this, but we eventually changed it to the simpler spelling Allia. I must get a copy of the book, thank you for mentioning it.
I hope you enjoy reading the book. I discovered it by chance and am glad I did. It’s so sad to read and know she died so young but it’s interesting to know more about her life. It’s lovely that you chose your daughter’s name through having loved Aaliyah’s music.
I came to it that way and it turned out to be a family name in fact, on her father’s side of the family, so all good connections.
Oh wow, how lovely that it turned out it’s a family name too. It was obviously meant to be your daughter’s name! 🙂