February 2019 Wrap Up

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.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi and A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole ⇢ I didn’t expect to enjoy these two books as much as I did. The romance in Pride didn’t work for me, but everything else was great.

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.
  • 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.
Thank you Disney Books for sending me The Everlasting Rose

That’s all for now friends. How was your reading this month? What was your favorite book? Least favorite?

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16 thoughts on “February 2019 Wrap Up

  1. I should read a princess in theory! I read the novella, once ghosted twice shy, last month and really enjoyed it!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  2. – I’m half way through Umbrella Academy and I hate it but I can’t seem to stop watching, lol. I’m watching for the mystery subplot. It seems like their dad had a lot of secrets and that’s the one thing keeping me interested.
    – Yes, to a new skin care routine! I’m loving mine. One small change in my life has made a difference in how I feel overall.
    – Oooh I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on all those ARCS. They look SO good.
    – AND OMG I’M SO HAPPY THAT YOU GOT THE EVERLASTING ROSE. That was so thoughtful of them!

    Happy March! xo

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    1. I honestly didn’t have anything to do so I kept watching but it was really hard to get through the rest of the season after episode 8. I’m still going to tune in for season 2 because I love Klaus and Ben.

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  3. HECK YEAH ON THE JO BROS! Their new song is making the 13-year-old inside of me swoon! Also, I’m with you on half-star ratings – I stick almost exclusively to full-star ratings, I feel like I could drive myself crazy trying to work out what books should be a half- or even quarter-star better or worse than others. Great wrap up, hi from a new follower!! 🙂

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  4. Okay, but can we talk about how all the ARCs you got approved for have a woman of color in the cover and were also written by women of color? That’s awesome!
    I’m writing this comment while listening to old JoBros songs. I still can’t believe they’re back! 2019 is their last-album 10th anniversary, so it was the absolutely perfect timing for a reunion. I loved the music video for Sucker and it was so fun seeing them with their fiancés/wives. Who knew we’d be here, right? They were my favorite band growing up. When I was a little older, it turned out to be One Direction, but I don’t think we’ll be getting a reunion from them any time soon. Maybe in 10 years, lol!
    Wishing you a great March! 💛

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    1. Hahaha! I never thought they would reunite now. I expected them to be much older when they finally reunited. This is so amazing and I can’t wait for all the JoBros content.

      I’m so happy that I got approved for those ARCS!

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  5. Geekerella was adorable and wormed it’s way into my heart, although that’s partially because I’m fan of the “enemies who unknowingly are pen pals” rom-com trope.

    You got some great eARCs, looking forward to your thoughts!

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