Wrap-Ups

February Wrap-Up

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:

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:

How was your reading month? Did you find some new favourite books?

18 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up

  1. Looks like you had a great reading month despite the busy-ness of the month. I want to read Neruda but I’m afraid that it’ll also go over my head (it likely would)! 😂 I can’t wait to read A Brush With Love and I think I’ll be adding Sam Sylvester to my TBR cos it looks fab! Hope you have a great month in March!

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    1. I’m honestly surprised I managed to read so much 😂 I feel like you need to be in the right mindset for Neruda, but what I did get was enjoyable. Oooh, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy A Brush With Love and yeah, you should totally give Sam Sylvester a chance, because it’s great! Hope you have a great March too 💕

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  2. I’m not gonna lie – I kind of feel insanely proud to be the inspiration behind you deciding to read more books in foreign languages!! 😇 (And also insanely guilty, because how many books have I read in languages that aren’t German or English this year? Zéro. Абсолютно никакие. Ingenting.)

    But anyway, I’m glad you had such a great reading month, and don’t fret about feeling behind on blog hopping – this book owl who now has an actual job very much relates 🙈😂 It happens! Still, I’m thrilled to hear you loved our take on the Know Your Buddy Tag – Line and I had so much fun writing it! 🥰

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    1. I did feel very accomplished when I finished the comic and I had actually understood what was going on. I failed to mention it but I also watched an Italian tv show and not only did I understand but it was also a great show so that was very exciting!! Italian is my best friend, confirmed ♥

      I try to stay on top of it but sometimes there is simply no time unfortunately. Oooh, I loved that tag so much, it really made me laugh a lot 😂

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  3. Sometimes life just won’t stay calm, eh? I totally get just lurking from time to time though and I think you did really well on your blog and with reading regardless! Thank you for sharing my post!! ❤

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  4. My February was a super slow reading month because somehow the days just slipped away from me and I did anything but reading lol. I somehow also managed to get an ARC for I Kissed Shara Wheeler (I think it was read now for the first 100 people or something?) and I’m really excited to read it! Thank you so much for sharing my post! 💜

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