February Wrap Up

I really wanted to write an intro to this post that did NOT talk about how fast time has gone, but I then spent a good five minutes (it was more like half a minute, but it felt like five) thinking of what I could start this post by saying, and having not thought of anything, you get this. I successfully avoided talking about the speed of time! Kind of!

  • Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland. I picked this one up on a whim, and it was a quick middle grade read. It’s interesting to read a middle grade that’s set in the earlier 1900s and I like how the author incorporated that in there. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. This book was very good for the first 100 and last 100 pages. It kept me reading and I really enjoyed the awareness that it spread. I did feel like the middle dragged considerably, however. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy. This book was half told in drawings, half in diary entries, and it was a fascinating concept, but I did not end up enjoying it much. It was a dark story, and it had an inconclusive and sad ending. ⭐⭐
  • Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki. This was such a nice story, with found family and also lots of violins. I am definitely nowhere near as good at violin as two of the main characters of this story (nor do I wish to be) but it was still cool to see all the violin terms and techniques. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • White Smoke by Tiffany Jackson. Shockingly enough, this was my first book by Tiffany Jackson??? It was also horror, which I don’t read much, but I found this to be a really gripping and enjoyable book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. This book was a memoir in graphic novel form, and it was really interesting to see Maia’s journey to figuring out eir sexuality and gender. [no rating]
  • Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor. FBH was my most anticipated release of 2022, and I have to say, it was not what I expected. There were a lot of politics and just talking, but I did really enjoy the worldbuilding and!!! the!!! aroace spec!!! rep!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White. Woman playing professional baseball. Do I need to say anything else? This book was great for anyone who loves baseball, it’s a fiction story about a girl who becomes the first woman in professional baseball. You do have to love baseball to read it though, because there’s a lot of baseball game scenes. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura. At the time that I read this, it was just what I needed, a nice realistic fiction that I just enjoyed all the way through. This one also has the fake dating trope which has been coming out more and more and is always so fun. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Keeper of the Night by Kylie Lee Baker. This was a super unique story and was really fun to read. I loved a lot of the characters as well as the story itself, but I do think that the pacing was off at the ending and that the ending overall could have been better. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. Given the popularity of this book, I cannot believe that I haven’t picked it up until now. That being said, I found it to be an awesome world and an altogether enjoyable book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy. Magical politics was most of this book. Still, I felt like it picked up a lot near the end and really interested me; I just wish there were more plots before then. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I posted four times this month and I’m very happy about this! And I mention it at least once more in this post because I’m going to keep talking about it! I have a good posting schedule! Anyways, these were all really fun posts and I hope that you enjoyed them too!

The Best Books of 2021 Tag
The Book Blogging Pressure to Review Books
The Evermore Book Tag
4 Awesome, Underhyped Authors

February Goals:

  • Keep up with my posting! ✅
  • Drink. Water.

I was able to keep up with my posting schedule, in which I posted once each week, every Sunday, and I’m really happy about this because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep going with this due to school!

  • Keep up with posting schedule (yes I will just keep writing this goal)
  • Organize my goodreads shelves
  • Do a little blog editing

I started to do a few things with blog editing and goodreads shelves and I hope to continue doing so when I have time!

If I’m being honest, nothing much really happened in February. We had a week long break from school, and my family went on a vacation to a farm, where we got to meet some animals, which was a very nice break from school.
Valentine’s Day also happens in February, and there’s a bunch of ways to sort of show your appreciation for your friends (and I suppose romantic partners if you have them) at my school on Valentine’s Day. The biggest way is that there’s a way to send carnations to people, so I ended up with a bunch of carnations, and it’s really just a fun day to see all the carnations and trade treats with people and just have fun!
The other thing that happens in February is aromantic awareness week! Aro awareness week starts the Sunday after Valentine’s Day (I think) and I’m a little sad that I didn’t get any posts out about aro rep or anything of the sort during this week, but I did just want to let everyone know about this! If you’ve seen any great posts about aro rep or anything of the sort, please let me know in the comments because I would love to read them, and you can also look back at my own post that I published last pride month about why aroace spec rep is so important in books!
Oh yeah the other thing that happened this month was that I DNFed a book haha. Not a super huge achievement, but I find it very hard to leave books half read, even if I’m not enjoying them, so the fact that I was able to step away from this book that was boring me was good for me. Now I will just live with the knowledge that I am probably missing an extremely interesting plot in the last half of the book.

What did you read this month? Were there any posts that you enjoyed? What are some of your goals for March?

19 thoughts on “February Wrap Up

      1. I am. I have seen a less than positive review (by which I mean one star rant review) for book two which is making me a big wary, but I’m gonna stick with it and see how i like it. The one thing I’m nervous about is that I listened to book one on audiobook and I’m planning on doing so for book two as well, but I hated Lila’s voice in the audiobook, like the way the voice actor did it was just too high and annoying, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get through another book of that lol.

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  1. I relate to your last point so much – I have a tremendous fear of missing extremely interesting plot points in otherwise boring books, so I never DNF anything 😅🙈 I think actually managing to put that book down really is an achievement!

    And I would love to hear about some of your aro recs! Fire Becomes Her already has me very intrigued, because I love my fantasy to be politics heavy! 🥰

    Also – thank you so much for mentioning my post! I guess I’m glad you enjoyed those various scenarious of me dying? 😂

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    1. Haha Thank you!!! Yeah exactly I just always think it might get better later and there’s just something about putting down a book half read that I hate!

      Aah ok so I have an entire goodreads shelf related to aroace characters haha. So I literally JUST finished reading Ophelia After All which doesn’t have an aroace main character but does have some side characters which is great (and good discussions too!). And then one of my favorite books is Loveless which has an aroace main character. Darcie Little Badger’s books both have ace main characters, it’s casual ace rep. Realizing that that’s not aro rep but still lol.

      Haha yes we are all so amused by your death. Nooo It was just really funny and a super creative post!!!

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    1. I did, it was a very good month! Ooh, yeah gender queer is really interesting, I don’t read a lot of memoirs but it being a graphic novel made it easier and it’s always interesting to hear people’s questioning experiences since it so varies between the people and can also help a lot too! It was also great that Maia was ace and we got to see some of eir ace questioning experience because it’s so rare to see that!

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  2. AHhh you read so many books in February!!! And I’ve heard so many amazing things about a darker shade of magic, glad you enjoyed it!! I’ve really been meaning to get to that one for the longest time 😭😭😭
    Have a great March!!💖

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    1. Thank you! Aah, yes ADSOM just seems like a total staple in the bookish community, I’m actually kinda glad to have found someone who hasn’t read them, because I was feeling like a total outcast for not having read them haha. But I hope you read it soon, it’s really good!
      I hope you have an awesome March as well!

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