As for this month, I started with an old psychological character study I'd had on my TBR for a while, Lying on the Couch by Irving Yalom. That was followed up with the memoir about the woman whose boyfriend gave her his kidney, Moonface by Angela Balcita. And as I sit here and watch the Oscars co-hosted by James Franco (clearly I'm writing this post the night before you're reading this), I can say I also reviewed his book, Palo Alto, this month. That was an intense bunch of short stories! Next came a totally fascinating non-fiction, Gang Leader for a Day. I then wrote about a new website for e-books, Top Suspense Group. I had a giveaway for three winners to choose from one of four e-books. I never did pick those winners so I have done so now: Heather, Kimberly, and Michelle. (I will be sending you e-mails!)
The next book up was an old classic that I essentially read for the first time (not counting 7th grade since I didn't process it to my memory at all then), To Kill a Mockingbird. And for Valentine's Day I reviewed a fun collection of how-they-met love stories in the best city in the world, Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York. I let you all know about a fun event coming up, the UCF Orlando Book Festival, (Michelle, if you're reading this, I WILL e-mail you back!), and then reviewed a surprisingly fascinating, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The next two I thought were just alright, Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser and The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. I followed that up with my first author/book spotlight for the UCF Orlando Book Festival, Christina Diaz Gonzalez's The Red Umbrella, and then I did a throwback for one of my favorite childhood books, Anne of Green Gables. And rounding it out for the month was Jodi Picoult's latest (coming out tomorrow), Sing You Home. Unfortunately, I didn't care for this one and came away slightly offended.
There's one book I'm excited to talk to you about in March. I just finished reading it and am working on the review, but it was a fantastic non-fiction. I've got two blog tours coming up as well, but other than that not much specific planned. We'll just see where it goes!