February in Review and Projections for March
February was also a good reading month. Despite the fact that it is two days short of January, the reading rate was not affected. I enjoyed almost every book I read in this month and I fulfilled all the books I projected to read.
Like January, I read a total number of 7 books and 4 single stories (uncollected short stories), 2 less than in January. However, the total number of pages read was 1795 compared with 1787 in January; this makes it a rate of 61.90 pages per day in February compared to 57.65 in January. I do these things for fun and my excel sheet does the estimation based on the formulas I have provided. It's just fun but I try not to make the stats take over the fun in reading.
The following books are the books read:
- Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz (for the African Reading Challenge, Top 100 Books Reading Challenge and Chunkster Challenge)
- Sula by Toni Morrison
- Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham (for the Top 100 Books Reading Challenge)
- Harare North by Brian Chikwava
- Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter
- Blindness by Jose Saramago
- Maru by Bessie Head
The single stories read as part of the 100 Shots of Shorts Challenge and reviewed for the Short Story Monday are:
- Lenny Hearts Eunice by Gary Shteyngart
- Dayward by ZZ Packer
- The Kid by Salvatore Scibona
- Twins C. E. Morgan
I promised to go shopping for African books but I have not and I don't think I can make it within this month or the next. Consequently, I will be running down on my African books, making do with the few I have still not read, which means that my reading this month will be skewed towards non-African books, somewhat. I am not abandoning ImageNations' vision though.
In March, I will be reading the 2010 Caine Prize anthology A Life in Full and Other Stories for the Short Story Monday series. This anthology is made up of two parts: the first part is the Caine Prize 2010 Shortlisted stories, which I read last year as single stories and the second part is The CDC Caine Prize African Writers' Workshop Stories 2010. The first part would be excluded. I also intend to read Zadie Smith's White teeth for the Top 100 Books Reading Challenge and the Chunkster Reading Challenge. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is also on the shelf. I will read this to complete the trilogy of dystopias which began with 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale. For the African Books I have Shimmer Chinodya's Harvest of Thorns, which will also serve as the Commonwealth Writers Prize Winners Reading Challenge.
I hope March will be as successful as February.