2016 Status Update: February

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Ugh. I can’t believe it is March already! Its tax season for me right now so I am definitely finding myself falling behind schedule a little bit. That and I am requesting WAY more than I can possibly manage to read on the various ARC sites.  Anyways, here is my status update for progress I made on reading challenges this month and some highlights of my posts for this month.

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 7
# pages read this month: 1,988
# books read year-to-date: 15
# pages read year-to-date: 4,793

Favorite Books I Read:

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert
Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Books I Didn’t Particularly Enjoy: 

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Slaughter House-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – Was just too much weird stuff all thrown together for me

Other Posts this month:

Friday Finds (Feb 5)

Status of 2016 Reading Challenges:

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016 Checklist – 5/20 books read
Book Riot Read Harder Reading Challenge – 1/24 books read
Penguin Random House: Challenge Your Shelf A-Z Reading Challenge – 0/26 books read
Holiday Bingo 2015 Reading Challenge – 13/25 books read – this challenge is over as of 2/29/16, look for my wrap-up post on this coming in the next couple days! My next challenge I will be doing is the Bout of Books in May

March TBR list: 

-Wedding Night with the Earl by Amelia Grey (NetGalley)
-I Kissed a Rogue by Shana Galen (rolled from Feb TBR – didn’t get to) (NetGalley)
-The Last Girl by Joe Hart (NetGalley)
-The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (rolled from Feb TBR – didn’t get to) (NetGalley)
-A Sudden Crush by Camille Isley (The Reading Room)
-Tales of My Childhood by Anna Lillian Young (author request)
-Little Bee by Chris Cleave (book club)
-Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky (NetGalley)
-Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges (NetGalley)
-Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor (Reading with Robin book discussion)
-A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams (BookBrowse)

So I have a full schedule for March and I’m sure I’ll still end up requesting more as we go through the month because (a) I’m addicted to books and (b) I love reading. I have to say though I am looking forward to my post-tax season time when I can take a few days off and hopefully get caught up! Maybe even read one of the 300 books that I own and haven’t read (a girl can dream). Specifically if I have time I think I’ll be picking up The Glass Sword (sequel to The Red Queen) since I pre-ordered it and it came during Feb but of course I couldn’t read it because of all my other books I already had scheduled. Hopefully this month!

So! That was February overview and my plan for March! Hoping to find more time for reading this month! Happy reading to all!

2016 Book #16 – El Nino: The WILD side of the weather cycle by Bill Limmer

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Author: Bill Limmer
Date finished: 3/1/16
Genre: Non-fiction, weather
Publisher: Wild Weather Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Pages in book: 88
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: Author/publisher NOTE: I received this book for free from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

El Niño is here and it’s rocking our world! This El Niño has already set records. Look out for a wet, wild, and stormy winter. This El Niño is special and like famous ones before it, has the potential to bring massive flooding, roof crushing snowstorms, debilitating ice storms, and powerful, destructive tornadoes to the U.S. and the World. Meteorologist, Bill Limmer chronicled the history of these events and their catastrophic effects in his new eBook. What disasters will this El Niño season bring? How can you protect your family? The 2015-16 winter/spring season could be a ROUGH one. Everyone needs to know and prepare for the worst. This is the eBook for the proactive and for all of those who think it can never happen to them! Filled with valuable information and helpful links, this eBook will help you and your family get prepared for the stormy, destructive, unsettling winter season heading your way. Bill says, “All the signs have aligned. It’s time to sound the trumpet.”

My rating: 3.0 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book will count towards my Book Riot 2016 Read Harder reading challenge, marking off the “Read a book under 100 pages” box since this book was only 88 pages. This is a non-fiction book about the upcoming potential El Nino weather season and the effect it may have on the U.S. (based on past experiences). I thought this book was well done in the fact that there was a bunch of scientific and statistical information included in the book, but it wasn’t so much that an ordinary person couldn’t read it. I personally know absolutely nothing about weather or weather patterns but this book was explained in such a way that it was easy for a “regular” person to understand it but had enough information that I think someone who has more expertise on weather would also find it interesting. That being said I’m going to do my best to give a summary of the book without getting anything wrong (fingers crossed).
The El Nino weather season is due to changing ocean temperatures (overly simplified explanation, if it is technically accurate) which causes extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, flooding, extreme snow storms and rain storms, etc. The US is currently in an El Nino weather system and there are a number of examples from the book on storms that happened in Oct 2015 that are substantiating the fact that this El Nino is going to be stronger than ever. There are a number of examples of past El Nino seasons in this book including the many storms and side effects, as a guideline of what we can expect in the coming months. There are also some tips included in this book for anyone looking to prepare for any upcoming large storms.
Overall I thought this book was interesting, though it isn’t something I normally would have read on my own. The only reason I did not score it higher was because it wasn’t really a topic that I have a lot of interest in. I think this is a great book for any one is interested in learning more about weather, especially since it seems like this will have a significant impact on people’s lives in the upcoming year.

The bottom line: I thought the subject matter of this book was interesting and definitely was explained well enough that an ordinary citizen would be able to understand the changes in the weather patterns. Also had great tips for preparing for upcoming storms!

Link to author website

Click on the cover to go to the book’s Amazon page