reading log february 2020

So, a bit late considering the fact that we’re well into March. However, not as late as my reading log for January which I posted last week, I must say. Nonetheless, here is my reading log for February 2020.

It’s been a somewhat slow month reading wise. I am constantly trying to push in more reading every day, which it is quite essential if I am to reach my goal of completing the ultimate reading challenge I’ve set myself. However, I must simply accept the fact that sometimes it is not possible to read as much as I ideally would like.

One of the things that did slow down my reading pace compared to January, was my family and I going on skiing holiday in Austria for a week. Usually, I tend to read a lot on holidays. The long drive on the backseat across Denmark and Germany and the evenings before going to sleep. But with me driving most of the way (audiobooks FTW), and spending most of the time (apart from skiing) on socializing with my family in the evening, naturally the amount of reading was reduced. The fact that we now also have a baby boy I want to spend time with, does not open up my calendar either.

With that being said, it was a great holiday, and I don’t really want reading to be an obligation. And I did manage to read an average of 50 pages a day during the month, so it’s not all bad.

Books

“Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born into a Catholic Austrian village family with little money and a hard upbringing. Arnold was not as academically intelligent as his older brother, but he was a very active boy who loved all sorts of sports. In 1960, he started weight training in a gym in the nearest larger city. From this point, he started dreaming about becoming the best bodybuilder in the world. And despite the missing support from his parents, he won a Mr. Europe title in 1965 and from then, he never looked back.

This is the story of Schwarzenegger’s entire life. From professional bodybuilder in Austria, Britain and USA, to Hollywood star, and finally to becoming governor of California, this is a man who makes his dreams come true. Whenever he sets a goal, he does everything in his power to achieve it. And most of the time, he does.

The book is written by himself, and there is no bulls**t about it. He tells it as he sees it. It’s an incredibly inspiring story, and I would jump as far as to say that it’s a must-read for everyone. We can all learn from him.

Rating: 4.6 out of 6 stars

“The Everything Store” by Brad Stone

In 1994, a young man started an online book store in his own garage in Seattle, New York. His goal was to create an online store that didn’t just sell books, but sold everything. An everything store. In 2018, Jeff Bezos was worth $150 billion, the richest man in modern history, and Amazon one of the biggest companies in the world.

The Everything Store is the story of Amazon and how it came to be under the strict and severe leadership of Jeff Bezos. It was named business book of the year in 2013, and I definitely do see why. The entrepreneurial tenacity demonstrated by Bezos is unparalleled. However, in my personal opinion, the book is too technical and too in-depth regarding some of the details about computers and the internet. Another thing that shouldn’t really affect my view of the book, but actually does, is the person behind the company. While I certainly appreciate and am immensely impressed with his inventiveness and creativity, his cynical way of managing a company is rather unsympathetic.

Rating: 3.5 out of 6 stars

Audiobooks

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has always been the odd one out. Being brought up by his hateful uncle and aunt, he has had a horrible childhood. And the fact that strange things happen when he’s around does not entirely help. The summer of his eleventh birthday, everything changes. Harry finds out that he is a wizard, and his parents weren’t killed in a car crash as he’s been told all his life. They were killed by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, the most evil and powerful wizard, Lord Voldemort.

Harry is enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and he is finally able to enjoy his life. That is until he and his two friends, Ron and Hermione, discovers that something is hidden in the school. Something that, in the wrong hands, could be very dangerous.

The first book of what might be my personal favorite series ever. The imagination and the world building created by J.K. Rowling is beyond comparison. I can’t get enough of it. Having read it multiple times, I decided to go for the audiobook version this time. The narrator is famous British actor and comedian Stephen Fry, and he does a phenomenal job. If you haven’t read it, read it. And if you’ve already read it, either read it again or listen to the audiobook!

Rating: 5.6 out of 6 stars

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling

Harry’s second year at Hogwarts does not start as he’s planned. He is visited by a mental house elf named Dobby, who warns him against returning to the school. Obviously, he dismisses Dobby’s warnings and goes anyway, with some bumps on the way, however. But not long into the school year, strange things begin to happen. And suddenly, no one is really safe. After 50 years, the Chamber of Secrets has been opened once again. Perhaps Dobby was right?

Rowling continues to build upon the story, she started in the first book. The gravity has been slightly increased from the first book, but this doesn’t prevent Rowling from occasionally adding some comic relief. In this book, especially the the new teacher in Defense Against the Dark Arts class, Gilderoy Lockhart usually brings out a laugh. And again, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, just read it!

Rating: 5.6 out of 6 stars

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling

The murderer of Harry’s parents, Sirius Black, is on the loose after 12 years of imprisonment in the wizard prison Azkaban. And now, he’s after Harry! Hogwarts is therefore guarded by the guards of Azkaban, horrible creatures called Dementors. They can suck out your soul, and they don’t always see good from evil. This precaution does not, however, prevent Black from entering the school…

I don’t really want to say anymore about this series than I’ve already have. It just keeps getting better.

Rating: 5.7 out of 6 stars


Reading Stats For the Month

Below, are the reading stats for February. As already mentioned, somewhat less pages per day compared to January. However, my listening time increased, most likely due to the long drive to Austria, where I did manage to squeeze in some hours both ways.

As is seen, the “Started” shows how many books I started reading but didn’t get to finish this month. It doesn’t mean that I abandoned them – I rarely do. They will feature in a future monthly reading log.

Finished books 2
Started books 4
Number of pages 1470
Average number of pages / day 50.7
   
Finished audiobooks 3
Started audiobooks 3
Total listening time 28h 36m
Average listening time / day 59m

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