February in Review

I will miss February’s calendar picture. It is just the prettiest picture in the calendar and I find it sad that it happened to be on the shortest month! The days have been filled with well-enjoyed books, though. It was a satisfying month.

March’s picture is not as exciting to me, but I do like the quote at the bottom:

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. Hazel Rochman

This month, I was taken around the world in an eye-opening look at the plight of women in the world. I visited Regency England and sigh at Elinor’s and Marianne’s romance. I took a trip to late Victorian England, then I jumped to an alternate 1930s Harlem. I finished my lengthy immersion in the development of English language (which covers a lot of history), took a short excursion to Japan, and then a journey as an escaping slave. I also traveled between England and Paris during the revolution and walked across the lawn, which was forbidden me. Finally, I”ve been immigrating to Salinas Valley, California and recently began immigrating to Middle Earth.

My month certainly was full of lots of different kinds of “homes.” I enjoyed my variety this month. My goal to read lots of Black History Month books didn’t really work out well (I got too distracted), but I’m satisfied with my reading.

In March, my project book will be Edward Hirsch’s How to Read a Poem And Fall in Love with Poetry. I’m hoping it will get me geared up for April’s National Poetry Month.

Where did you visit in your reading this month?

Read previously/reviewed in February:

Read and reviewed in February:

  • Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (250 pages; nonfiction)
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (315 pages; fiction).
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (190 pages; fiction).
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Graphic Novel by Ian Culbard (120 pages; fiction/graphic novel).
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (11 ½ hours audio; fiction/short stories).
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (390 pages; fiction).
  • Black No More by George S. Schuyler (190 pages; fiction).
  • A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (50 pages; poetry). (no review)
  • Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language by Seth Lerer (265 pages; nonfiction). Began in January.
  • The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata (165 pages; fiction).
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (110 pages, plus 30 pages front matter; nonfiction).
  • Poetry for Young People: William Blake (50 pages; poetry).
  • DNA by James Watson (405 pages; nonfiction).
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (140 pages, plus 50 pages front/end matter; nonfiction/memoir).

Non-Review Posts

External/Timed Challenges

Women Unbound
Black Classics Challenge
Graphic Novel Challenge
Our Mutual Read
Clover, Bee, and Reverie
Scottish Literature Challenge

Personal Challenges

Monthly Project Books
A Year of Classics
Forget-Me-Not Genres
Balanced Reading
JLit Personal Challenge

Ongoing Progress

(links to pages on this site)

1000 Books
A History of Children’s Literature
Pulitzer Project
Read the Nobels
Newbery Award
Caldecott Corner
U.S. Presidential Reading
LDS Presidents
101 Great Books

About the author 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. You have to be the most organized blogger. You are on a schedule; your posts are structured. I’m jealous and I may have to start stealing your ideas. 🙂

    Seriously though, when I saw your original review and now seeing it in the wrap up list, I have got to get on top of reading The Picture of Dorian Gray; it’s been on my to read list for about ten years now….sad.
    .-= Trisha´s last post on blog ..Sunday Salon: No Fun Title =-.

  2. You know, I didn’t read any black authors in Feb, though I had wanted to. And I felt bad about it, but then I thought about it and realized that while Black History Month is a wonderful thing, really any month is the perfect time to read AA authors. It would be great if we made them a priority all of the time, and not just during a single month! I intend to pepper black authors into my reading throughout the entire year, so even though I missed Feb, I’m not beating myself up about it!
    .-= Steph´s last post on blog ..“The Heights” by Peter Hedges =-.

  3. I could have sworn I’d read and commented on this post. Not sure what happened! I’m glad to hear you were able to get through your project book.

  4. Trisha, I tend to put too much organization into this sometimes! It’s good to be spontaneous.

    Steph, that’s what I figured — I’ll keep reading African-American history books all year!

    Jackie, I like focus but I feel like this was still pretty varied! It was a fun month.

    Amanda, yes I did. There were Issues, but overall an okay book.

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