February 29, 2020

Wrap Up | February 2020

*Hello my loves! It's time for my February reading wrap up. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and a snack and let's dive in! 💜

February 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Books I Read

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks {⭐⭐}
This was an ok book. I liked the artwork, but the story was way too predictable. If you read the synopsis and study the cover at all, you'll already know the ending.

Sabriel by Garth Nix (The Old Kingdom # 1) {⭐⭐⭐}
This was my third read of Sabriel and I loved it all over again. This story never ceases to interest me. It is quite different from books I normally reach for. The tone of the book is very serious and there is almost zero banter. There is a sassy cat-type companion that makes up for it though. 

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments # 3) {⭐⭐⭐}
I was pretty hesitant to start this book but it turned out so much better than I thought it would. There was finally some resolution to the question that had been plaguing me from the first book. Are Clary and Jace actually related? That and more is revealed in City of Glass. It seems that the series is really starting to take off now and I'm likening it to Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series. I felt that the first two books were meh but the third book just revamped the whole series and I ended up loving it!

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw {⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐}
What a delightfully witchy read! I really enjoyed this book. It was perfectly mysterious and wild. I adored Oliver and Nora. It has amazing witchy, wintery vibes and I am HERE for them. You can read a more in-depth review here!

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse  (The Burning Chambers # 1) {⭐⭐⭐}
This was an interesting book. It was not mind-blowing or gripping but I do think it's a great start to a new trilogy. It was good to be back in Carcossane and medieval France. Because of Kate's books, I will always want to visit southern France and see the locations that feature in her books. I've written a more in-depth review of The Burning Chambers and you can find that here!

Far Away Bird by Douglas A Burton  {⭐⭐⭐⭐}
I was very surprised by this book! It touched a very good chord with me. I really related to the main character, Theodora and was fully in her corner by the end of the book. I loved her character development as well. You can read my full review for this book here.

Say Goodbye to Whining and Complaining by Turansky and Miller {⭐⭐⭐⭐}
One of my goals this year was to read a nonfiction book every month. This book is going to be my new parenting manual. I really resonated with the content and I can't wait to apply these concepts to my own family. I did a quick read-through of it this time to grasp the concepts. Next month I'll go through it again and take notes along the way.

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky {⭐⭐⭐⭐}
I so enjoyed reading this book! I had been wanting to read it for a while now and I'm so glad I got the chance this month. I wrote a quick review of it here if you want to know more about my thoughts.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo {⭐⭐⭐⭐}
I just finished this book last night. It was my last read of February and holy goodness did I like this book. I want to write a review of it but I don't have time before this post needs to go up.

Quick thoughts:

  • I loved Alex as the main character. Dawes is the perfect companion character.
  • I NEED more Darlington
  • The evil person was not who I thought it was going to be.
  • There are some gross/abusive things that happen in this book. Most notably sexual abuse.
  • There was an outright denial by the main character to turn something into a feminist scapegoat and I am HERE for it. (I'm not a feminist.)

A book I dnf'd.

Coral by Sara Ella
I was provided a copy of this book by Net Galley, alas it was not for me. It is a YA Little Mermaid retelling but I couldn't get into it. I think it was going for magical realism but all it got me was confused. There were several points of view the story is told from. One was a mermaid, one was a teen on the run, and the other was a rebellious son of a wealthy family. I knew at once that it wasn't going to be for me. If it would have just been about the mermaid I would have probably finished it but it had way too much "real-life" in it for me to enjoy.

Books I bought.

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers # 1)
I bought this book because I got approved for the sequel on Net Galley(I wasn't expecting to). But I knew I needed to read it right away.

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto (Crown of Feathers # 2)
I actually purchased this back in December but it just released this month. I was lucky to get the gorgeous Owlcrate edition! They still have some available and it comes with a matching pin. 😍

Suite Française by Irène Némrivosky
I actually already owned a copy of this book. I started reading it and got 50 pages in when I encountered a printing error. The next 30ish pages were missing! So I had to put my read on hold and order a new copy.

Reading stats:

At the end of every month, I like to find out how many books I knocked off my unread shelf amid some other random stats. I'll list them quickly here.

Starting unread shelf: 61
Unread shelf books read: 4
March starting unread shelf: 57

*I think I've stated before but just to clarify: I don't count books I've purchased this year (2020) toward my unread shelf. Therefore, even though I read The Burning Chambers this month it does not lower my unread shelf count in any way.*

Total books read: 9
Books Reread: 1
Total new to me books: 8
Best Book: Winterwood
Pages read: 3,299
No. of Print Books: 7
No. of eBooks: 2

That sums up my reading for the month of February! I hope you all had a wonderful month as well. 😄

Happy reading,