Reading Review: February 2021

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.


NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

An Eye for an Eye (DI Kate Young #1) by Carol Wyer

Total Library Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 3
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 3

Total Library Books Read 2021: 0
Total Own Books Read 2021: 4
Overall Total Books Read 2021: 4


It’s very close, having to choose between NOS4A2 and The Gunslinger, but I’m going for NOS4A2. The conflict between Vic McQueen and Charlie Manx, the creepy Christmasland, the whole idea of the inscapes, all of this made NOS4A2 a great read.


My total for this challenge is currently 3 books.   So far I’ve read:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Beat the Backlist Bingo is making another appearance this year. I have no idea how many categories I’ll manage to complete but it’s a little extra to add to my challenge.

Standalone – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

A book with illustrations – NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – There is an illustration of the Christmasland advert that first attracts Bing Partridge’s attention, and it also has Vic’s various bikes and Manx’s Wraith between paragraphs. I could also have used this for the ‘map’ prompt as there’s the United Inscapes of America map as well.

Kept you up late reading (definitely not a book you can easily put down) – The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

From the 52 Prompts List…

You can find the complete prompts list here.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – Standalone

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – A book with illustrations

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King – Kept you up late reading


I’ve read 4 books so far this year.


  • I’ve read a book that I’ve owned for absolutely ages in NOS4A2 by Joe Hill and can’t believe that I waited so long to finally pick it up.
  • I went for a bit of mood reading in picking up the first of the Dark Tower books, The Gunslinger by Stephen King. I’ve talked for a while about wanting to reread this series and I was in the mood for something a little Weird West-ish so thought I’d begin.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge continues and both of the books mentioned above count towards this challenge and I‘ve managed to find bingo categories for them too.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

So concludes February’s Reading Review. See you again next month.


7 thoughts on “Reading Review: February 2021

    • pagesandtea says:

      Thanks. I don’t really take part in that many challenges either even though there are some fun looking ones around. I do have an enormous backlist of books though so this one helps with that 😀

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  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    I’m with you on the enormous backlist of books. I really need to strike a better balance.
    I’ll enjoy keeping up with your thoughts on the reread. I always fancied The Dark Tower and in fact bought the first book, but just never got round to reading it – and then so many people said that I could skip that one and start with No.2? What do you think of that as a suggestion – should I read the first one?
    Lynn 😀


    • pagesandtea says:

      I think I’d probably start at the beginning, just to see how it all began, but that’s just me, I always wonder whether I’ve missed something if I don’t 🙂 That said it does definitely change in pace once you get past the first book, the writing seems to flow better somehow, and book 2 is where we meet the whole of the group for the first time. But then the man in black appears in book 1 so yes, I’d probably start with that one 😀

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