February 2021 Month-in-Review

Finally, that interminable, endless, incessant month of February has sputtered to a close.  I have to say—not being able to go anywhere grinds a little bit finer when it is so cold and dark (although at least we are getting more light now).  There is, indeed, light at the end of the tunnel, though.  The weather is already starting to turn, the trees are budding, and, most importantly, my mom was finally able to get her first dose of the vaccine.  I should have my first dose by the next time I write one of these.  I haven’t gone this long without sitting in a bar since I was 18.

The highlight for February was Finish February, my herculean effort to actually finish the books I was reading before starting new books.  Starting only two books maybe contributed a wee bit to the depressiveness of February, but it was nice to put away so many books I had allowed to languish so long.  It was a close issue too—I can take pride in managing to finish four books on the 28th alone.

Finish February final facts:

  • Book in progress on Feb. 1 – 7
  • Books in progress on March 1 – 2
  • Books finished in February – 7
  • Books in progress finished in February – 6
  • Average days to finish books – 177 days
  • Longest time to finish book – 479 days
  • Average page length of books finished in February – 547 pages
  • Longest book finished in February – 912 pages

I don’t know how many pages I read in February, but I didn’t just finish a stack of books, I finished a stack of books that took real effort.  It included long books (Alexander Hamilton and Winter’s Heart run roughly the same number of pages, but Alexander Hamilton contains far more words per page; truly, font size is the girth of the book world).  And I polished off a few academic books, which always come with a heavier cognitive load (even if it is mostly my brain rebelling from the terrible writing).

I was happy about all the books I finished in February, and I am glad I stuck with that focus, but my reading plans are the same as they were last month because I didn’t get to any of the books I hoped I would.  So more foundations for me this month: reading Mike Duncan’s Roman history book, continuing with his Roman history podcast, finishing Edith Hamilton’s book on Greek philosophy, and digging into the Federalist Papers in their entirety.  My first experience with the Great Courses was a rousing success, and I will probably continue on to Foundations of Western Civilization II, but not just yet.  I also have a couple of ARCs I look forward to, a rarity these days.  And I need to get back on the country noir train (a coal train rumbling through deep hollers).

I maintained Mount TBR parity.  Finishing all those books helped, even with two rereads and the books I bought in the vain hope I would get to them in February.

Blogging, on the other hand, was pathetic in February.  Hopefully I can get things picked back up in March.


February Reviews


Books acquired

  • We Need to Hang Out: A Memoir of Making Friends by Billy Baker
  • The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan
  • The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics by Tim Harford
  • Hayek, Mill, and the Liberal Tradition, edited by Andrew Farrant
  • Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat, vol. 1: Pursuit Without Asking by Jim Breyfogle


Books started

  • Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo


Books finished

  • Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart
  • Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan (reread)
  • The Foundations of Western Civilization by Thomas F. X. Noble (audiobook)
  • A Theory of Justice, revised edition by John Rawls
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (reread)
  • Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane, edited by Jonathan H. Adler
  • Insight into China Through Comparative Law Analysis of Invisible Factors and Contexts by Vivek Jain


Mount TBR Counter

  • February: +0
  • Year-to-date: +0

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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4 Responses to February 2021 Month-in-Review

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Welcome to the February Sucked and March Just Has To Be Better Club 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Bookstooge says:

    Any particular reason the comments were turned off for your latest book review?

    Liked by 1 person

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