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February Calendar CAT

2019 Category Challenge

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Edited: Jan 18, 10:42am Top

Thanks to VivienneR & cyderry for helping me with calendar!

Here are some of the significant dates in February. You can read a book that can be related to one of these or choose a book that is related to any other special day in February.

February is the American Heart Month and Black History Month.

2nd: Ground Hog Day
4th: World Cancer Day
5th: Chinese New Year
6th: National Signing Day
10th: Grammy Awards
12th: Darwin Day
13th: World Radio Day
14th: Valentine’s Day
15th: Susan B. Anthony Day
17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day
18th: Presidents Day and Canada Family Day
20th: National Love Your Pet Day
21st: International Mother Language Day
24th: Academy Awards

Flowers: February flowers are the violet which signifies watchfulness, loyalty and faithfulness and the primrose which lets someone know you can't live without them and symbolizes youth.

Birthstone: Amethyst is the February birthstone and symbolizes chastity, piety and trust.

Zodiac: Aquarius until the 18th and then Pieces through the rest of the month. The symbol for Pieces is two fish tied together and swimming in opposite directions. It represents the transition time between the depths of winter and the beginning of spring, when snow turns to rain, and the streams and rivers begin to run again.

Happy reading!

Please remember the wiki: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2019_CalendarCAT

Jan 14, 10:26pm Top

I've already got one on my list that fits for National Love Your Pet Day.
All The Queen's Corgis by Penny Junor. I love that it even has a corgi family succession tree in the front!

And there are a few on my list that can fit under Academy Awards.
A Beautiful Mind - Best Picture 2002
The English Patient - Best Picture 1997
Schindler's Ark - Best Picture 1994
The Story of the Trapp Family Singers - The Sound of Music Best Picture 1966
Rebecca - Outstanding Production 1941

I'm sure I will gets lots more recommendations here - already hard to keep up and we are only halfway through January!

Edited: Jan 15, 3:40pm Top

>1 clue: I add pics to the junk drawer (as opposed to your member gallery) that means they can be used in threads but are not visible to visitors to your profile page.

When you have it in the junk drawer (or gallery):

Open the pic, right-click (or control + click on a Mac) to choose "open image in new window", copy the URL to the thread.

Enclose the URL as follows: Less than bracket img src="URL"height=400 Greater than bracket. (no space between brackets and code)

Or, a clearer way to describe it: (img src="URL"height=400) and replace normal brackets with pointy brackets.

The 400 indicates the height, increase or decrease to choose the height you prefer.

Drop me a message if this isn't very clear.

Edited: Jan 15, 12:11am Top

Since Chinese New Year is known as Lunar New Year in Singapore, I am choosing Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon for this one. We will be entering the Year of the Pig so another possibility is Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

Jan 15, 1:26am Top

I think my CalendarCat reads for February are all going to revolve around romance and Valentine's Day - I am planning on:

Chocolate Wishes by Trisha Ashley
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
The Girl With the Persian Shawl by Elizabeth Mansfield

Jan 15, 5:07am Top

My reads will all focus on African American authors that I have on the shelf.

Friday Black
Cane River
Where The Line Bleeds
The Supremes Sing The Happy Heartache Blues
Ginny Gall

That's a lot of books for a short month, but I'll give it a try!

Jan 15, 6:06am Top

I've just remembered that February is LGBT History month in the UK, so I could also read Queer City by Peter Ackroyd or The Impossible Life of Mary Benson by Rodney Bolt.

Jan 15, 7:09am Top

Also thinking of some that are closer to home for me:

6th February is Waitangi Day in New Zealand, so Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: An Unlikely Love Story
13th February is National Apology Day in Australia, so Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence

Jan 15, 8:19am Top

I've decided on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou for Black History Month.

Jan 15, 10:14am Top

Hadn't thought about the Academy Awards being in February. That works perfectly for me since I was already planning on reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro in February. The movie version was nominated for several awards. If I have time I might also try to read The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty.

Jan 15, 10:47am Top

I'll be reading Peony in Love by Lisa See and possibly A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen.

Jan 15, 10:47am Top

I'm going to be reading Outside Valentine for the title/Valentines Day connection.

Jan 15, 5:56pm Top

At some point this year I'll be reading Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, which was published on 28 February 1749.

Edited: Jan 15, 7:01pm Top

Here are some Monthly Observances that could be considered as well.

National Self Check Month
An Affair to Remember Month
Creative Romance Month
Great American Pies Month
National Bake for Family Fun Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Cherry Month
National Hot Breakfast Month - I'm reading A Cold Brew Killing (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
National Library Lover’s Month I'm reading In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery
National Snack Food Month
National Weddings Month
National Embroidery Month

and here are a few other days to amuse you....

February 3 National Carrot Cake Day

February 4 National Homemade Soup Day

February 5 National Shower with a Friend Day

February 9 National Pizza Day I'm reading Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder

February 11 National Make a Friend Day
National Peppermint Patty Day - I'm reading Premeditated Peppermint

February 18 National Drink Wine Day I'm reading Murder Most Fermented

February 22 National Margarita Day

February 26 National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 27 National Strawberry Day

February 28 National Tooth Fairy Day

Jan 15, 7:11pm Top

Lots of possibilities here! Thanks!

Jan 15, 7:44pm Top

>1 clue: I would also love to know how the calendar image was done. I'd have to check which month I'm doing (possibly December), but I'd love to be able to post one, as well. :-)

Jan 15, 7:48pm Top

And I'm leaning toward the pet day, but we'll see. I might do Valentine's, as it's a similar theme in the Reading Through Time group...

Edited: Jan 15, 10:00pm Top

>1 clue: Great opener, now the problem is to decide what to read. I have these to choose from:

Flower Net by Lisa See for Chinese New Year

I have a few by Sophie Kinsella any of which would be good for Valentine's Day

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson about a young woman in love with David Cassidy that would fit Valentine's Day and the Grammy Awards as he was nominated best new artist of the year in1970

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean Pendziwol for Canada Family Day

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman for Love Your Pet Day

Jan 26, 12:49pm Top

My f2f book club is reading The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. It's about romance and one of the characters is a pediatric cardiologist. Not my usual read at all, but I'll give it a try.

Jan 26, 4:18pm Top

I would also love to find out how the calendar was done--I am doing July. I also need to know how to create and post my page, as I have not done that before.
I am thinking of National Pet Day--probably one of the Cozy Corgi mysteries. I have read them all, except the newest pair that just came out recently. The series is a cozy mystery series about a bookshop owner, who of course keeps turning up dead bodies.

Jan 26, 5:16pm Top

>20 LadyoftheLodge: I sent you a message with the directions that I used to post the calendar.

Jan 27, 4:04pm Top

In honour of "Tell a Fairy Tale Day" I am going to read The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, the third book in the Winternight Trilogy.

Jan 27, 8:58pm Top

11 February is National Foundation Day in Japan so I am going to read The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino

Jan 28, 10:14pm Top

>20 LadyoftheLodge: If you find the image it doesn't matter what size it is, that can be adjusted when you are posting it. The number at the end of the code will adjust the size. For example, I use height=200 for covers.


img src="https://pics.cdn.librarything.com/picsizes/be/c8/bec8d96189d3fff593661306141444341587343.jpg"height=500

put entire line inside pointy brackets.

Let me know if you need any more help although now I see >21 clue: is on the job!

Jan 29, 7:16pm Top

Thanks for all the helpful advice! I love these cute calendars. I have been looking online for images like them but have not found any with the little pictures.

Jan 29, 9:30pm Top

>25 LadyoftheLodge: I can't remember the search terms I used, it may have been "quirky calendars" or something like that.

Jan 30, 4:54pm Top

>27 Kristelh: Wow, it would be so impressive (and bananas) if you could actually read all those books in February! Lots of great suggestions to pick from, though. :)

Jan 30, 5:15pm Top

>27 Kristelh: Proves just how versatile this category is. Makes me wonder if I could find a book for every day in the month.

Jan 30, 5:34pm Top

>28 christina_reads:, >29 VivienneR:. I used searches here on LT but I also searched on my library site using KEYWORD and that picks up from titles, authors and descriptions of the books so it was kind of interesting to see what came up. Mailman and gum drop were not good but I think postman would be better. And I also found that there is a library book with a polar bear that is a mailman so that would work for two categories in the month (Lots of kids books would make it easier to read a book a day.

Jan 30, 6:02pm Top

This thread has so many great ideas! I have a mystery in my TBR with February in the title--The 31st of February by Julian Symons. I'll read that, then if I have any time I'll try to hit another one from the ideas here. I do like the idea of reading The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner in honor of the Year of the Pig. Thanks, >4 Robertgreaves:!

Jan 30, 7:55pm Top

>27 Kristelh: What a fun thing to do, just to see!

Jan 31, 12:31pm Top

I'm going to read Hope Never Dies, an Obama and Biden mystery, in honor of President's Day.

Jan 31, 1:37pm Top

I'm thinking any romance would count, due to Valentine's Day, so I'll probably go that route. :)

Feb 1, 5:02pm Top

I'm going to read Love in a Cold Climate for Valentine's Day and because it's cold outside!

Feb 1, 11:10pm Top

I whipped through my selected February read, The 31st of February, and I'm sorry to say I didn't really care for it. It is a grim and dreary London and it just gets darker and kind of surreal as it continues. Now I definitely need another CalendarCAT read to take away the bad taste.

Feb 2, 3:18am Top

Just found another book that I would like to read for National Love Your Pet Day - Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury.
My grandfather collected books on the Bloomsbury set and I have inherited them all - and the love of them. So I was happy to find this novel about Mitz, Leonard Woolf's pet marmoset.

Feb 2, 2:57pm Top

Just finished 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne, a romance that works perfectly for Valentine's Day.

Edited: Feb 2, 3:02pm Top

Finished Dog Diaries: Sweetie for Love Your Pet Day.

Edited: Feb 2, 4:11pm Top

Since I didn't get to it in January, I will read The Pink Carnation for Floral Design Day.

Feb 8, 4:10pm Top

My library's display for this month was "Read Fiction by Black Authors," so I chose Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. This was a book I had long been wanting to read, and I liked it. It reminded me of Raymond Chandler, but definitely from an African American perspective.

Feb 8, 11:32pm Top

Love Your Pet Day

A Pug's Tale / Alison Pace
3 stars

Hope works at the Metropolitan Museum with the artwork. She regularly brings her pet pug to work. On a day when there is a pug-themed party for a prominent donor – a donor who loves pugs, herself – a valuable painting is stolen and a fake left in its place. Hope discovers it and lets her boss know. One other employee, who was in charge of the night’s party, also discovers it. Between them, they decide not to go to the police, but to hire a private investigator to see if they can figure out what happened themselves.

The book was ok. Hope’s pug, Max, was cute. I did find pretty much all of Hope’s social interactions a bit awkward, especially with the donor, as they became “friends”. I just didn’t see the friendship. Overall, just an ok read.

Feb 9, 2:03am Top

I chose Chocolate Mint Day (February 19th) and also Valentine's Day by reading Chocolate: The Consuming Passion by Sandra Boynton

Edited: Feb 9, 7:43am Top

I just realized the book I've read for my book club fits Valentine's Day. I finished Love and Ruin by Paula McLain, the story of Martha Gelhorn. Gelhorn was one of the first women war correspondents beginning with the Spanish Civil War. The book covers the years 1936 - 1944, the time she spent with Ernest Hemingway from the beginning of their romance through the marriage.

Feb 9, 5:35pm Top

I've read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou in honor of Black History Month.

Feb 9, 6:36pm Top

I finished Flower net by Lisa See for Chinese New Year, February 5.

Feb 9, 7:01pm Top

Most unexpectedly, my current read, The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L'Engle fits American Black History Month. The characters are a white family and a black family in South Carolina between the American Civil War and WWI.

Feb 10, 5:46am Top

For Darwin Day, I read Mensch und Maschine which tries to explain the current status of Artificial Intelligence, which it didn't quite manage. I also finished Der Vater eines Mörders by Alfred Andersch, who was born and died in the month of February.

Edited: Feb 11, 7:00am Top

COMPLETED The Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L'Engle (American Black History Month).

Starting It Shouldn't Happen To A Vet by James Herriot (Love Your Pet day also the author died on 23 February 1995)

Feb 11, 4:25pm Top

In honor of Valentine's Day, I have read Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn.

Feb 12, 6:29am Top

COMPLETED It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet by James Herriot (love your pet day and anniversary of the author's death)

Feb 12, 10:24am Top

I've finished several books that fit for February:
For Tell a Fairy Tale Day: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.
For Valentine's Day, Oronoko by Aphra Behn, which although tragic, is a romance.
The first three books in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The author's birthday is 2/28/70 and one of the main characters is named Violet which is one of February's flowers.

Feb 12, 10:33am Top

Because the Super Bowl was this month, I read Belichick and Brady by Michael Folley.

Feb 13, 6:43pm Top

Finished Outside Valentine, as related to Valentine's Day. Full review written, but I'm afraid I can't recommend the book.

Feb 13, 10:59pm Top

I read The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (Black History Month).

Edited: Feb 14, 9:06pm Top

I read A Horse and His Boy which could be used for Love Your Pet Day.
And I will use There There for pistol patent day as there is a pistol made by a 3 D printer in the book.

Feb 14, 10:11pm Top

>56 Kristelh: Who is the pet, the horse or his boy?

Edited: Feb 15, 7:20am Top

>57 Robertgreaves: I could not decide but I think most animals do think we are their pets.

Feb 15, 3:38pm Top

Feb 16, 3:00am Top

For Grammy Awards on the 10th and Valentine's Day, 14th I read I think I love you by Allison Pearson about a couple of teenagers in Wales in 1974 who were besotted by David Cassidy. (Review posted on the work page).

Unfortunately I can't remember who recommended this book to me. I've had it for a few years because I've never had the slightest interest in David Cassidy nor have I seen him in any of his tv shows. I’ve no idea what he looks like or sounds like. Sorry I waited, it was more than the chick-lit that I expected. I really enjoyed Pearson's funny, bittersweet story. I'm sure Cassidy fans would enjoy it even more.

Edited: Feb 17, 8:10am Top

COMPLETED Darwin: A Very Short Introduction (Darwin day) -- good intro to the man and his work, less so when the author discusses contemporary issues

Yesterday, 11:32am Top

I counted Feedback by Mira Grant for President's Day. The main characters are reporters covering the presidential election in a US plagued by zombies. And for Valentine's Day I've counted The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke because one of the characters is named Valentine.

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