Reading Review: February 2023

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.



Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Total Loaned Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Loaned Books Read 2023: 0
Total Own Books Read 2023: 2
Overall Total Books Read 2023: 2



Fairy Tale by Stephen King. I couldn’t not choose this even if it wasn’t the only book I‘ve read this month. I’d been looking forward to reading it for a while and it as just as good as I hoped it would be. I really liked Charlie and Radar (a German Shepherd dog) and the fantasy world they ventured into reminded me at times of some of the places visited in the Dark Tower series.
The story had fantasy, magic, danger, a little bit of horror, memorable characters, and lived up to it’s name as it really did feel like a fairy tale.



My total for this challenge is currently 2 books read.  So far I’ve read:

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress


This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  There are two cards available, 24 prompts and 52 prompts, and you can view both cards here. I’m working from both cards 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.  Here is a collection of covers that fulfil a prompt on either of the cards featured:

FellowshipofRing FairyTale

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien – First in a trilogy
Fairy Tale by Stephen King – Protagonist has a pet



You can find out more about the Picture Prompts Book Bingo over at Bookforager.
I like that this is so open to interpretation based on the pictures provided.  I managed to find a space for Fairy Tale on my card this month. I really wanted to use the unicorn picture but in the end the bug seemed more appropriate, for a couple of reasons (but the unicorn is so much prettier). I will post an updated card at my first Challenge Check In. I’ve managed to fill the picture prompts so far with:

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J. R. R. Tolkien  |  Fairy Tale by Stephen King


I’ve read 2 books so far this year.  At this pace 20 overall is looking about right but I do hope I’ll be able to read more.


  • My Beat the Backlist challenge total has been increased by the one book I managed to finish this month and I found a bingo card space for it too.
  • I added another book to my Photo Prompt Book Bingo card as well.
  • I continued reading one of the genres I’d like to discover more of this year Fairy Tale was definitely a Fantasy.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

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


10 thoughts on “Reading Review: February 2023

  1. Calmgrove says:

    Well done with your challenges and picture prompts, I do admire your ambition and, it seems, your ability to achieve your goals!

    I keep being encouraged to try Stephen King, despite my not being a fan of modern horror, but my resistance may yet be broken down by Fairy Tale. Hmm, I should toddle off to the library and see what’s in stock…

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    • pagesandtea says:

      Thank you. I do wish I could read a little bit faster because there are so many books catching my attention at the moment.

      For non-horror Stephen King I really enjoyed 11/22/63 which features time travel, and his recent release Billy Summers was good too. The Bill Hodges trilogy is another good non-horror choice with a slightly supernatural air to the later books.
      Fairy Tale is a good mix of everything really as it starts out very much in this world and becomes gradually more strange as it goes on.
      I hope you find something you enjoy if you do decide to give one of King’s books a try.

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