February was a fairly lackluster month outside of the reading front. I continued with my strong reading pace adding another 13 books to my total for the year! (Currently at 28 for the year which is about 25% of my total goal!!!) Nothing big has happened this month besides Todd’s skiing accident (more on this later). Besides our weekly bowling sessions we’ve kept busy with some trips to NYC again this month. Staff blogger Adam had his birthday this month, so a trip to NYC to celebrate was a must! Our first day in the city I met up with my sister to run some errands for her wedding. We had lunch at Eataly which was absolutely sublime. If you have never been to/heard of Eataly you are missing out 100%. Mario Batali collaborated with other chefs and food industry professionals and created an Italian haven. There are sections of Eataly where you can stop and eat whatever your heart desires ( all within an Italian style of course). Besides all of the munching stations you can buy TONS of imported food from Italy – pasta, sauce, oil, cheese, etc. You can easily spend $100 in there in 5 seconds flat. Everything made me reminisce about my trip to Italy this past spring, so you can bet your bottom dollar I bought a bunch of Italy home with me that night. Before heading out to Adam’s birthday celebration at a bar on the Upper East Side called Off the Rails, Todd and I went to dinner with my sister and her fiancée for our first taste of Korean food! It was delicious and I can’t wait to get it again! Adam’s party was a great way to catch up with friends from college, and a good time was had by all! Of course before heading back to Connecticut a trip to The Strand was thrown in. I picked up some exciting YA reads and was able to get some of them completed this month already!
Other than our trip to NYC the only other exciting thing to happen this month was a celebration for my aunt and grandma’s birthdays! Grandma hit the big 90 this year! Very big milestone!
Now as I mentioned earlier in my post, Todd unfortunately had a skiing accident this past weekend. He slipped on some ice on the mountain, hitting his head and causing a serious concussion, which wound up causing a seizure. Fortunately besides a shoulder injury and some facial cuts he is doing much better. He has some follow-up doctors appointments to attend, but we’re hoping for the best. If you notice his lack of posting in the coming weeks, it’s due to his needing rest (both mentally and physically) to recoup. He says to tell you all hello though!
On to the bookish front! I tried to keep my choices eclectic again opting for fiction, historical fiction, and some young adult dystopias. As always I’m still behind on my reviews (OY). I’m hoping to catch up in the next two weeks. My favorite read for the month was definitely Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Wither is the first novel in her Chemical Garden trilogy; book 2 Fever just came out last week! I was lucky enough to snatch up signed copies of BOTH from my local Barnes and Noble. (I have an unsigned copy of Wither to give away with my review, so keep an eye out!)
As always we have some interesting reviews coming up in the blog front. We’re taking part in two blog tours in March – one for The Book of Lost Fragrances, the other for Dinner With Lisa. Besides the books I’m reading and reviewing Adam has some historical fiction novel reviews coming and Charlie is reviewing Steve Jobs’ biography near the end of the month. Todd also has few books in the queue once he’s feeling better. In the coming days there might be a new staff announcement as well!! (So excited about this!)
Anyway, that wraps up another month. Where has 2012 flown by to?? I hope your February was a great one. Leave any book recommendations you have below!
As Always – Happy Reading!