Well well well, this month started out pretty calm but the last two weeks have been pretty hectic for me, and I think you can see that here because my presence on the blog diminished a bit—mainly it took me way longer than usual to reply to comments and the fact that I’ve been reading and liking posts but I haven’t commented as much. However, I’m here now to go over all the books I read, the posts I wrote, and the posts I loved in February. So let’s get started, because the list is fairly long once again.
What I Read
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
I read most of this in January, but I finished it on the 1st of February, so it obviously belongs in this wrap-up.
This was an interesting read that I wasn’t to sure about when I started it, but I ended up liking this story. It was an enjoyable exploration of growing up as a lesbian in America in the 1950s and onwards.
Recitatif by Toni Morrison
This is a very very short read. I’d been wanting to read Toni Morrison’s work for years so when I saw this as one of Libro.fm’s ALC I immediately started it.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, from the introduction by Zadie Smith to the actual story. The concept of Recitatif is truly interesting and I would 100% recommend it to anyone.
Diabolik: A Prima Vista by Tito Faraci
Somewhat inspired by Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner I decided to increase my consumption of media in my target languages (it’s been mostly Italian because Korean is hard). After watching Lucrezia’s video I decided to give this a try and was very happy to find I understood about 90% of it (I’m very grateful to have been brought up speaking two romance languages)
100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda
Following the “1 year, 12 classics” challenge that I decided to start, I picked this up for February.
I would like to report that I’m indeed not smart enough for this. I did enjoy some of the sonnets but overall I believe this went over my head. I might revisit it at a later time when I can truly focus on it and hopefully make sense of more of it.
A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings
Another ALC I had the privilege to be sent by Libro.fm. This story was extremely cute and exactly what I needed at the time of reading it. I had a blast listening to this.
I found the setting—dental school—to be quite interesting, mainly because of how unexpected it was for a romance. Overall it was a very sweet book.
The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey by Echo Brown
I was sent this by Hachette Audio and, unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. I found the premise quite intriguing and it sounded like something that I might enjoy, but I wasn’t a fan of the execution. It also was a confirmation that I don’t think magical realism is my thing.
Find my whole review HERE.
Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor’s Life by Marilyn Nelson
This was one that I totally read on a whim, I couldn’t tell you what exactly compelled me to give this a go. The idea of a verse biography sounded interesting but I didn’t really like this in the end.
The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor
This has been my favourite read of the year so far. I had such a great time reading it and I thought it was a brilliant story. I’m planning on posting a full review closer to publishing day, but so far just know that I will be forcing everyone I can to read this.
Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
After three tries, and switching to the audiobook, I finally managed to finish this. I had an ARC of it since last year, and the story sounded great, but I just couldn’t get into it.
If you’re interested in reading more of my thoughts, you can find my full review HERE.
Sex Education: A Guide to Life by Jordan Paramor
Sex Education has become one of my absolute favourite shows, so when I saw this available as a Hachette Audio ALC, I had to give it a try.
This was a very nice guide about all things sex, and I thought it was actually a useful resource for teens.
Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out by Jamie Lynn Spears
Although I’m not 100% acquainted with the Spears’ ongoing feud, I know the basics. Additionally, seeing the controversy this book brought to the table, I wanted to read it myself to see what I thought.
To be quite frank, I don’t have any solid opinions on the actual story, but the book itself didn’t blow me away.
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
This was one my most anticipated books of the year, so believe me when I say I was speechless when I got an early ARC (my friends can attest to this as they saw my reaction live via Skype).
Although Red, White & Royal Blue is still my favourite Casey book, I had a great time reading this. Once again, I’ll post a review closer to the publishing day.
Bound by Aveda Vice
When I saw Aveda Vice was once again sending ARCs of their new story, I immediately signed up.
Bound was probably the most intense of her books I’ve read, but it was still a very fun read. There’s something about Aveda’s books that is kind of hypnotising, so I think I’ll continue reading their stories.
What I Wrote
Despite being quite busy, I only skipped one post! That’s in part thanks to book reviews, which were my crotch this month. Here are some posts I wrote this month:
- Recommending Books Based On Songs: Part 3: You know by now that I always enjoy writing this type of posts, and this month I wrote another one.
- Romance Recommendations: I wanted to join in on the themed recommendations for Valentine’s day.
- Pressure to Write Reviews as a Book Blogger: This post was 100% inspired by Phoenix @ Books With Wings and I had lots of fun writing it.
- Mini Reviews: Audiobooks Under 6 Hours: An unexpected post that I really enjoyed because I could talk about a weird mix of books.
Blog Posts I Loved
Like I said, I have been commenting less and lurking more this month, but I did still read your posts and I enjoyed quite a few of them. So, here are some of those:
- Recent News Stories about U.S. Book Bans: A Summary by Briana @ Pages Unbound
- Ten Books I Bought Because I Loved Their Covers and Rivals to Lovers Book Recommendations by Vera @ Wordy and Whimsical
- Some of the nonfiction books I’m excited about by Morgan @ Morgan Is Reading Again
- Did I read the books I hauled in 2021? 📚 Place your bets now by Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat
- 666 Reading Challenge: Translated, Classic, and Nonfiction Books I Want to Read This Year by May @ Forever and Everly
- Know Your Buddy Tag ft. Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner and The Know Your Buddy Tag || featuring Line @ First Line Reader: a collab between Line @ First Line Reader and Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner
- 15 Things Only Bibliophiles Can Relate To by Isha @ paperbacktomes
- How I Read 30 Books in 31 Days | Lessons from a Reading Challenge by Lay @ bookshelfsoliloquies
- book recommendations based on olivia rodrigo’s sour! by Lais @ The Bookish Skies
- 6 Types of Book Covers with Plants on Them by Tasya @ The Literary Huntress
- Are Lupita Nyong’o and I compatible (readers)? by Kat @ Life and Other Disasters
How was your reading month? Did you find some new favourite books?