Hey everyone! I am kind of late for my February wrap-up this month and I think it is just because I had other posts I wanted to upload. February went by so quickly, which is very normal for February, as it is the shortest month. It was my last month off university before I went back and I honestly cannot even remember what I did! I spent the first two weeks of February reading books fairly quickly, and then it took me two weeks to finish a book. So, reading-wise, I was a bit all over the place.
I read five books in February and I rated them quite varying star-ratings. Three of them were ARCs, and one of them was my first physical ARC! I am the worst at figuring out how to get ARCs in the mail, so the fact that I actually managed to get one is a mystery.
1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I don’t really like science-fiction, but I actually really enjoyed Cinder! I think anyone who likes sci-fi would be more inclined to rate it five stars. I liked the unique take on the Cinderella retelling and I thought it was very creative. Lately, I have been terrible at reading series, but I did like the ending, so hopefully I will pick up the sequel one day.
2. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
After watching the movie, I had to read the book. The book, like usual, gave more insight into the story and really pulled me in. Although the writing is kind of flowery, I liked reading every word on the page. The movie is just so amazing; I would recommend it to anyone!
3. Hearts Like Hers by Melissa Brayden
While this book was fluffy and cute, it lacked depth and character development. I felt really disconnected with the characters and did not enjoy the story. The two main characters fell in love so quickly and it was just a bad case of instalove. But, if you want something quick to read, Hearts Like Hers would be good.
4. Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris
I love thrillers and mysteries, but I’m not that big a fan of them that I will read them all the time. I like to read them occasionally. I feel like I have read enough to see twists coming, though I still often get shocked. I liked the majority of this book, even though the thrilling aspect sometimes felt repetitive. The twist at the end was a little bit ridiculous and I did have trouble believing it. But overall, it was entertaining.
5. Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
Before I Let You Go was the one that I got as an ARC in the mail. I had never heard anything about it before receiving it. It is the story of two sisters, one of whom is a drug addict and pregnant. I really liked this novel and enjoyed the writing. The plot was fascinating, as I don’t often read about characters with drug problems. At first, I was prejudiced against the pregnant meth addict, but over time I grew to feel sorry for her. I think this was the intention of the novel and it really worked.
My favourite novel of the month was Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. I read it the quickest, which is usually a sign that I love a book.
I am currently reading A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck. I actually do not like it so far; it is a little too juvenile for my liking.
For March I am making a TBR but I am not going to worry if I don’t read everything from it.
- Twice in a Lifetime by PJ Trebelhorn
- A little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Favourite TV Show of February
I started watching The Good Place in February. I used to be able to watch any kind of TV show and watch the whole thing, but lately I don’t care if I completely abandon the show. What prompted me to start watching The Good Place was that I saw on Twitter that it was produced by Michael Shur. He produced two other shows that I love: Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine Nine (even though I stopped watching BNN, oops). My favourite genre of television is definitely comedy, but I am so over sitcoms, and this one is actually funny.
There are so many things that I like about The Good Place. If you don’t know already, it is about a woman who finds herself in “the good place”, which is basically like heaven. But don’t think of it like a serious show, as it is definitely not. I was actually thinking that there should be a genre of TV shows/movies about what happens when you die, because literally anything could happen, and you could be so creative about it. But maybe that’s a touchy subject… Anyway, I binged watched it all in a week, and it was a great show.
My writing went okay this month. I kept a page in my bullet journal and would set a goal for myself every day to write a certain amount. I managed to write 9,053 words, which is not bad for me considering I always have to push myself to write.
How was your February? How many books did you read?