Hey everyone! I can’t believe it’s time for another wrap up. February was kind of a struggle. I didn’t post much on here (boo work) and I couldn’t quite figure out what I was in the mood to read (boo me for being a mood reader). All things considered, I managed to read six books (kind of) and I’m thrilled about that.
I read five books and DNF’d one. My average rating was 3.9, which is high but kind of close to my new normal because I give out 4 stars liberally. I’m very stingy with my 5 stars.
One of my goals this year is to avoid half-star ratings. Unfortunately, I had to break my own rule this month for A Curse So Dark and Lonely (4.5). It was worth it though because I loved that book. I’ll be more critical next month. Lol. Without further ado, these are the books I read. The reviews are linked.
Vox by Christina Dalcher ⇢ I borrowed this from the library for my Goodreads reading challenge. It was a runner up in the science fiction category. Unfortunately, I DNF’d it at 102 pages. The characters were flat and I didn’t like the way the story was structured.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah ⇢ Because I loved The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, I decided to give The Nightingale a chance. I loved it and it made me cry way too much.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer ⇢ My favorite read this month and one of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I will soon.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston ⇢ My last February read. I borrowed it from the library because I wanted to listen to an audiobook while traveling home for a wedding. This was a cute novel. I loved the female friendship in this. I didn’t like the narrator for the male protagonist though. I haven’t reviewed this either. Will do that in the next round of mini reviews.
Beat the Backlist ⇢ I only read one book from this TBR: Pride by Ibi Zoboi. I unhauled two books. Also, there’s a graphic for this challenge on the sidebar, which I update frequently.
Goodreads Reading Challenge ⇢ I read one book this month: Vox by Christina Dalcher. Unfortunately, this was a miss because I did not finish it. I was bored. Sorry, Goodreads readers who voted for this.
- I can’t recommend One Day At A Time enough. It’s about a multi-generational Cuban family as they tackle important topics like immigration, race, mental health, homophobia, gender identity, PTSD, sexism, alcoholism, and so much more. It’s funny and poignant. I watched season 3 as soon as it became available a few weeks ago and it didn’t disappoint. I hope they get a fourth season. Please watch it!
- Almost everyone on Twitter has been talking about The Umbrella Academy, so I decided to check it out. I watched the entire season and I’m still not sure how I feel about this show. The tropes were bad and it was all over the place, but I liked Klaus, Ben, and the soundtrack. I had to push through after the 8th episode, but I’m interested to see what direction they take the show in season 2.
- The Dragon Prince is so good. I watched it after I finished The Umbrella Academy and I couldn’t get enough of it. Can’t wait for season 3. Don’t sleep on this show.
- THE JONAS BROTHERS ARE BACK. I’m so freaking happy because I love them. The stan in me jumped out when they announced their return and I’ve been listening to my favorite JB songs since the announcement. I want front row seats, the new album, and merch immediately.
- Top Ten Tuesday: I Ship It – My top 5 book ships
- Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – TL;DR: Disappointing
- Blogger Friends Recommend Their Favorite Romance Novels – recommendations from a few romance readers/bloggers
- February TBR – I attempted to make a TBR for February. I think I did well with this. I’ll attempt to make one for March.
- I’m kind of obsessed with skincare routines and perfecting my own routine. I watched a ton of videos and got some fantastic advice from Scrill and Jasmine about their routines and products they use.
- My uncle got married this month and that was a lot of fun. I loved catching up with relatives that I haven’t seen in yeeeears.
- I got approved for some eARCs that I’m really excited about: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maritza Moulite. I can’t wait to read them, especially Dear Haiti because the character is Haitian.
- I don’t know how this happened, but Disney Books reached out to me and kindly sent this beautiful copy of The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton. This is a first for me and the fact that they reached out to me about a book that was already on my TBR is so exciting. I can’t wait to buddy read this with Stacie and Bee.
That’s all for now friends. How was your reading this month? What was your favorite book? Least favorite?