Ahhh February! I've decided the only way to keep up with my goals, particularly the indie one, is to go back to doing monthly wrap ups, and this month has been pretty eventful! Here's what's happened:
Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Wicked and the Divine: The Faust Act
by Kieron Gillen
Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More
by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez
The People of Forever Are not Afraid
by Shani Boianjiu
They Were Sisters
by Dorothy Whipple
by Emily St John Mandel
and ones I'm still reading
The Sandman: Overture
by Neil Gaiman
The Making of a Marchioness
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Painted Drum
by Louise Erdrich
Geek Girl: All That Glitters
by Holly Smale
So when I tell people I'm an eclectic reader and read anything besides horror, I'm clearly not lying. Of these only three were published by independents (They Were Sisters
and The Making of a Marchioness
by Persephone and The Wicked and the Divine
Favourite Books of the month -
So much great stuff this month! My favourite was Captain Marvel
until it was The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
which was usurped by They Were Sisters
which remains tied with Station Eleven.
All the awesome.
This month was the month of epic awesome that was the London Bookshop Crawl, which I have posted about. From that I hauled fourteen books for myself, and as a result of it I have also acquired Diary of a Provincial Lady
by E.M Delafield from the lovely Lauren who bought it from Persephone on the bookshop crawl and passed it on to me when she was finished.
So far this year I've bought nineteen books of which fifteen have been either published by or bought from independent publishers or bookshops. Not bad going so far!
Parcels of Joy
I started this project around a month ago, mostly as a way to get rid of excess baked goods and not have them sitting round the house tempting me! So far I've sent out four parcels - peppermint creams to Tracy
, a book and bookmarks to Sarah
, They Were Sisters
and a box of brownies to Laura
and another that I won't talk about as it hasn't arrived yet and I don't want to ruin the surprise! There are also about 20 other people who signed up and want to send stuff too, so it's turning into a nice little random acts of kindness project which I love! If you want to get involved all the details are here
, just fill in the form and I'll be in touch!
Make Mine an Indie
Despite the Bookshop Crawl madness February has been pretty good for Make Mine an Indie posts. I've discovered the wonderful world of independent graphic novels with Self Made Hero
, the 'strokeability test' of Bluemoose Books
, and some brilliant sounding translated fiction from Pushkin Press
I've also been compiling an all - indie wishlist on Wordery, which I'm going to link to on my wishlist page when I remember...
Of the books I've started this month, eight out of ten were books I already owned or bought during the month. Only The Painted Drum
and Geek Girl
are library books, so that's waaaaay better than January! I've also passed on three to other people!
Sign up for the Valentine's Ninja Book Swap
opened and closed this month and we're all in the throes of getting parcels together and figuring out all the little technical hitches which undoubtedly occur every swap! I'm really enjoying chatting to people on twitter though and loving that so many bookshop crawlers are taking part for the first time! As ever, if you missed the swap but want a reminder for when sign up opens for the next one email ninjabookswap(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll add you to the list!
In light of so many of us now loving and adoring Persephone after our visit on the bookshop crawl, I'm thinking of bringing back the mini book swap that I did in replacement of the Summer Ninja Swap last year, but making it a Persephone swap. Let me know if that sounds fun to you!
In other bookshop crawl related news, I'm taking it on the road over the summer and am in the early stages of planning the Bath Bookshop Crawl! Dates and itinerary have yet to be decided, but if you'd be potentially interested in joining us do let me know here or on twitter.
Finally, the Re-Readathon is back! In case you missed the two I hosted last year the Re-Readathon is exactly what it sounds like - 10 days dedicated to re-reading favourites, old and new. There will be mini challenges, giveaways, possibly a twitter chat if people are up for that, and it will be hugely fun! Check out the announcement post
for sign up details.
I'd like to give a big massive shout out to Evie Seo
and her shops on Society 6
which have taken all my money this month! Evie's designs are absolutely beautiful (like, seriously stunning) and all book related. I bought the Alice in Wonderland mug
for Rhys and then caved and bought the Peter Pan mug
for me just today because the Alice one is so gorgeous! I also ordered a load of notebooks and stickers from her Redbubble shop today for Ninja Book Swap. The Society 6 links are affiliate which means I'll get a teeny amount if you use them but I promise you won't regret it!
And that's my February! Lots of fun stuff going on in March, all being well, including a trip to meet up with Katie and Laura (I got your text Katie, I'm going to reply to it, I'm just horrible at remembering to!) and a couple of days in Cambridge with Rhys while my mum babysits the boys! Also Rhys has most of the month off as he hadn't taken any holiday, so that will be brilliant. That said, I'm a teeeeeeny bit worried that Ben might be getting some kind of horrible illness, so I'm keeping a very close eye on him and hoping it'll be cured by a good night's sleep (ha!). Keep your fingers crossed for us!
What have you been reading and doing this month? If you were on the bookshop crawl, have you read any of the books you bought yet?