My Goings-On in February:
Here are the things that stand out to me this month:
- Visit to Iowa State University. We visited Iowa State University and actually made a pretty huge realization while we were there. They have a Landscape Design program that’s heavier on horticulture and lighter on design than the actual Landscape Architecture. It’s an intriguing option that we didn’t really realize existed before, and I think Danielle likes the idea. But there are a lot of factors to consider. At the very least, this helped us realize that she definitely wants a program that’s heavy on horticulture, which helps us narrow her choices down a lot.
- Reading Manuscripts. I critiqued two verse novels from fellow authors this month (and got one more that I’m about to dive into). I really love the process of giving and receiving feedback!
- Randomness: We continued with dog agility with Digit and I’m still volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank. My daughter’s had some indoor track meets, so that’s been fun. Other than that … time just … went? I don’t really know what happened.
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My 2022 Reading Progress:
I read 17 books in February, bringing my total for the year to 27.
I’ve also read 11 picture books and 2 manuscripts for fellow authors! (I don’t include either of those in my main Goodreads count.)
February 2022 Reviews
- Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston | Review
- Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates by Chris Barton, illustrated by Steffi Walthall | Review
- Parker Dresses Up by Jessica Curry & Parker Curry, illustrated by Tajae Keith & Brittany Jackson |Review
- Your Friend, Parker by Jessica Curry & Parker Curry, illustrated by Tajae Keith & Brittany Jackson | Review
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab | Review
- Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer | Review
- Inkling by Kenneth Oppel | Review
- Kingdom of Secrets by Christyne Morrell | Review
- Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron | Review
- Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, art by Jason Griffin| Review
February Best of the Bunch:
(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)
I had to go with my adult read instead of a YA fave for February. I chose The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.
My MG favorite was definitely Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston. I truly adored this book!!
2022 Goals Progress:
The Discussion Challenge is my one and only goal for 2022. (And I lowered it this year.)
Progress: 1/11-20 Discussions (Creative Conversationalist)
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That’s great your daughter has more of an idea of what they want to major in – that’s wonderful! I hope you find the perfect program and college.
I own and still need to read Amari and Addie LaRue, so I’m glad you loved both!
Glad you enjoyed your college visit. It’s an exciting time for your daughter. So agree with you picking Amari as a middle grade favorite. I loved it too. Natalie @ Literary Rambles
Instant Karma is on my must-read list! Happy March!
Glad to hear you are making progress on the college visits!
I like the sound of Moving Forward and the Parker books.
Have a great March!
I absolutely loved Amari and the Night Brothers! I’m glad you did too!
Getting lots of information and reviewing different schools can really help define what is best to her (your) preferences and refine those preferences. Other than Covid, it would be fun to visit the places and learn about their programs.
I read and enjoyed Amari, but still need to read Addie. I enjoy visiting colleges with my kids and Iowa State is an excellent school (my husband earned his masters in applied mathematics there).
That’s an awesome thing to come out of the college visit. Perhaps it will narrow the field.
I added Amari to my TBR thanks to a previous post of yours. I can’t wait to get to it! Hope you have a lovely March.
“They have a Landscape Design program that’s heavier on horticulture and lighter on design than the actual Landscape Architecture.”
I didn’t know there were so many options in the…field LOL. I hope you and Danielle are nearing the end of you search!
“I read 17 books in February, bringing my total for the year to 27. I’ve also read 11 picture books and 2 manuscripts for fellow authors!”
Share you secret? I can’t seem to find the time to finish a single (and beloved) book these days! Do you have a TARDIS parked at home? 😂
“It just went” is a really good way to describe February. I know I did stuff, but I don’t really feel like there’s anything to highlight. Here’s hoping for a happy March!
You’ve got great selections you’ve read this February!
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One good thing about college visits is they help narrow things down on what you do and don’t want in a course so I’m glad it helped Danielle narrow things down. And you read more books in February than January? That’s crazy, I was feeling pretty pleased with my reading numbers but you have me beat I think.
some cool covers
Sometimes it just takes talking to someone in person I think to figure things out. I think when I get my YA novel polished up, it’s finished, I just need to go back through and make sure everything is how I want it, I might reach out and have you give me a beta read? We’ll see. Hope you’re having a good March so far!