Monthly Wrap Up

The month that was… February 2022

Hello. Remember me?

I wouldn’t blame you if not – I’ve been neglecting the blog terribly over the last few weeks. I’ll warn you now – this is all about to get very woe is me. Feel free to skip to the next section of books read and reviewed.

Before I get into my problems, I do want to acknowledge that this pales in comparison to the plight of those in Ukraine and thoughts are with those caught up in those events. I hope that there is a resolution soon.

A couple of weeks ago I was involved in an accident – a car ran over my foot. I’m ok for the most part and there’s nothing broken but there is a lot of bruising, swelling, and soft tissue damage plus a sprained ankle.  Some two weeks later it is healing, but the recovery feels so very sloooooow (I’ve little patience at the best of times and these are far from the best of times) and I’m still not able to bear much weight on that foot.  So despite being housebound for two weeks and counting, blogging hasn’t really been at the top of my list of priorities.   

So what does March have in store?  For me, I’m hoping for a gentle return to blogging, not least because I’m signed up to three blog tours this month 😬.  Aside from that, it may still be a little quieter than usual on here, but I will try to post with some regularity, as well as getting back to bloghopping and sharing where possible. 

Books Read and Reviewed

  • Read in February:
    • The Ghost of Frédéric Chopin by Éric Faye
    • Girl A by Abigail Dean
    • If Looks Could Kill by Olivia Kiernan
    • True Crime Story by Joseph Knox
    • All the Fun of the Fair by Caroline Hulse
    • What’s Left of Me is Yours by Stephanie Scott
    • The Readers’ Room by Antoine Laurain
    • Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
    • In Defence of Witches by Mona Chollet
    • Silverview by John le Carré

Favourite Reads This Month


I received 3 books for review this month:

And purchased 7:

TBR Watch


  • Books out = 10 read + 1 DNF* = 11
  • Books in = 3 ARC + 7 purchases = 10
  • Equals a reduction of 1 in my TBR

*I may come back to some of the DNFs at a later date, but for now they have been removed from my TBR.


  1. Ouch. I winced when I read about your accident. That must have been excruciating. Yiu were lucky to escape without anything broken given there are so many small bones in the foot. But soft tissue damage can take time to heal so your frustration is understandable. Last thing yiu want to do is stress about the lack of blog activity, you have other priorities right now.

    1. Yeah – it’s not been fun. BUT it is getting better, even if it’s not going quite as quickly as I’d like. Hoping to be able to limp around at least before too much longer x

    1. Thank you, Kelly! It’s gradually getting better so hopefully I’ll be up and about before too long x

    1. Thank you, Jackie! Longing for the day when I can just get outside for a walk – something I’ll not take for granted again!

  2. Ouch! That sounds incredibly painful, Jo! Wishing you a speedy recovery 😘

    Super glad to see Sirens on your purchased list there, btw.

    1. Thank you, Eva. And Sirens is all your fault! 😝 True Crime Story was excellent though – keen to read more of Knox’s work x

  3. I feel for you, I know how painful a sprained ankle can be, never mind having your foot run over as well! Hope you have a speedy recovery 💕

    1. Thank you, Cathy! It is getting better and hopefully I’ll be able to limp around a bit before too long! x

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