And that was February

February was the month that I decided to really kick things up a notch over here at For the Love of the Story. I participated in WWW each Wednesday and have connected with some wonderful book bloggers as a result.

Reading Progress

I finished 3 books in February. I pretty proud of myself for this, as although I read daily, I generally only read before bed. I am thinking about upping my Goodreads challenge target as a result but I don’t want to get ahead of myself!

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Reviewed as part of #BritishBooksChallenge18
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Slowly but surely being reviewed as part of the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

Challenge Progress

I got challenge obsessed during February! There was me thinking I would just track my reading with the Goodreads Challenge and then tackle the British Books Challenge as a way to give my reading so focus. Well, things may have gotten a little out of hand now!

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My target is to read 20 books this year. I aimed for 25 last year and came up short. So far I have read 6 books.

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I read and reviewed a ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ for the challenge. This got me a bonus point for reading a book by the author of the month. I’m feeling very proud of myself for this and looking forward to starting March’s read.

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I only discovered the Agatha Reading Challenge yesterday but I know this is going to be a great one for me! I’ve already posted two reviews as part of it.

Bookopoly

When I discovered Bookopoly I instantly became obsessed with the idea. I have actually read enough books to buy three properties but I haven’t updated the graphic yet.

March Goals

Other than keep reading? I’ve got some ideas for a post (or two) I want to write about book to film adaptations. I will also be prepping for CampNaNoWriMo which takes place in April.

I’m really excited to keep connecting with other bloggers from all over the world and sharing in a love of reading.

Happy World Book Day Everyone 🙂

ACRC REVIEW: The Thumb Mark of St. Peter

s-l500This short story was read with a collection called ‘The Detectives’ although it was originally published in 1932 within a collection known as ‘The Thirteen Problems’

Goodreads Synopsis

The Home of Agatha Christie


This story is the second from ‘The Tuesday Night Club’ and sees Miss Marple taking her turn. It is now impossible to imagine a time where a reader would know nothing about the character. Would you suspect her to be as clever as she is?

This is another wonderful quick read. And as much as I like to think I can guess who did it, I didn’t this time 😦

5 Stars
Likely to talk about it during reading. Might re-read as I enjoyed it so much.

Catch up on my Agatha Christie Reading Challenge progress here.

ACRC REVIEW: The Tuesday Night Club

s-l500This short story was read with a collection called ‘The Detectives’ although it was originally published in 1932 within a collection known as ‘The Thirteen Problems’

Goodreads Synopsis

The Home of Agatha Christie


Miss Marple is my favourite. There is something so wonderful about the unassuming way she just sits there knitting and then spoils all the other characters fun by figuring out whodunit without dropping a stitch! I didn’t realise until later that this was Miss Marple’s first appearance. I love how quintessentially British and upper class Miss Marple stories are. Somehow it makes a murder mystery less scary.

This story is a good as any, and a great beginning to ‘The Detectives’ collection. The first three stories are from the Tuesday Night Club. The club involves a group of friends telling mystery stories and then seeing if the others can work it out. Spoiler, Miss Marple does.

5 Stars
Likely to talk about it during reading. Might re-read as I enjoyed it so much.

Catch up on my Agatha Christie Reading Challenge progress here.

Bookopoly 2018

I actually made a little squee noise when I discovered there was such as thing as Bookopoly. There are various iterations floating around the internet but seeing as discovered it on Broc’s Bookcase that is the one I will be sticking with.

As it is nearly the end of February, I am using books that I have completed in 2018 so far to make a start on the board. I’ve added little SOLD stamps to show which properties I have ‘bought.’ If I read another that meets the criteria I will add a little house, and then once there are four houses I will switch it to a hotel. If I get that far of course. I am far too excited about this!

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Bookopoly Progress (1)

A some point I may start rolling dice to challenge myself further, but for now I am simply going to be guided by my TBR pile.

#TooMuchFun

 

Book Bingo Update 1

Back in January, Waterstones posted this tweet:

I decided I was going to give it a try. Here’s how things are going as of February 19th.

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  • POPCORN
  • MASTERMIND Northern Lights
  • PASSPORT
  • LIARThe Detectives (well Agatha Christie in general)
  • SHHHH
  • SURRENDER
  • DOORSTOP
  • KAPOWPokemon Adventures Vol. 1*
  • BRAIN 
  • TIME MACHINE
  • BURST THE BUBBLE
  • CLASSIC 

*This one could have counted for Passport and Burst the Bubble as well but I decided that would be cheating.

Would you like to play? How many stamps would you have so far this year?