Friday, March 6, 2020

Month in Review: February 2020

February was a packed reading month and I mainly focused on getting through all of my upcoming spring ARCs that have been piling--and I think I did a pretty good job at that, if I may say so. I read through about eleven or so upcoming 2020 ARCs, as well as one old ARC and just a couple backlist books I'd been meaning to check out. This month was honestly sort of a mixed bag of books, because I read some truly phenomenal five star reads that I can't get enough of (The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Only Good Indians, The Obsidian Tower), a really clever and inventive book that I'm still obsessed with (Crossings), and then some books that really just fell flat with me and I don't have super strong feelings about them one way or another (Providence, Master Class). I don't have reviews up yet for most of these ARCs, but you should expect them in the next couple months in accordance with their release dates!

In personal news... I'm not sure I have much to report, personally. I've been incredibly busy with this semester of grad school because I'm taking one more class than I did last semester and I am feeling the heavy load immensely--not sure I'll do a load this heavy again, haha. I'm enjoying my classes, but since they are heavily centered around Rome I'm finding myself missing all my Greek content! I'm still debating whether I should include some of my school readings into my monthly wrap-ups since I do end up reading a lot of extra stuff.

Also, I really want to take this time to once again apologize for how awful I have been at responding to comments/visiting blogs and commenting in a timely manner lately! Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with work/school and getting my posts up on time that I find very little time left to actually do the interaction part, which is honestly what I love the most about blogging. I try to set aside some time at the end of each week at minimum to make sure I can go through and respond to everything, but please bear with me as I'm a bit slow still. (This also applies to anyone who has emailed me with a review request/etc.--I'm a couple weeks behind on those, but I'm working on them and will hopefully get back to you all soon!)

 So finally...How was your reading month? Did you read any great books? Have you read any of the books I read? Let me know!

# books read: 14

The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin, #1)The Only Good IndiansBrightstormCrossingsThe House in the Cerulean Sea
The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso 
Source: Publisher (Orbit) | Format: Physical ARC

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Crossings by Alex Landragin 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Children of Time (Children of Time #1)The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice, #1)ProvidenceMaster ClassThe Woman in the Mirror
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky 
Source: Publisher | Format: Paperback

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

Providence by Max Barry 
Source: Publisher| Format: Physical ARC

Master Class by Christina Dalcher 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

Hannah's WarThe Last Smile in Sunder CityAn Anonymous GirlSorcery of Thorns
Hannah's War by Jan Eliasberg 
Source: Publisher (Little, Brown) | Format: Physical ARC

The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold 
Source: Publisher (Orbit) | Format: Paperback

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen 
Source: Publisher | Format: eARC

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

Daughter from the DarkThe Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, #1)The Wolf of Oren-YaroCrisis of FateMaster of Sorrows (The Silent Gods, #1)A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)The Last Smile in Sunder CityHannah's War
Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko 
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood 
The Wolf of Oren-Yar by K.S. Villoso 
Crisis of Fate by Jesse Teller 
Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call 
A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden 
The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold 
Hannah's War by Jan Eliasberg ★.5

(other than reviews)

The Friday Face-Off:

Have you read any of these? What books did you read this month? I hope you all had a great month-- comment below and let me know!


  1. With all of the reading and work you have to do for your grad classes, I'm so impressed with how you keep up with blogging! And wow, so many books this month! Glad you were able to get lots of ARCs knocked off your list.

    1. Thank you! And it definitely feels good to be making some progress, haha.

  2. I'm happy to hear you loved The Only Good Indians and The House in the Cerulean Sea. I'm so jealous of how far ahead you are with ARCs, and it's amazing because you're in grad school too😁

    1. Haha, I just told myself that if I don't start reading them now, I'm going to end up being so behind that I will probably end up not getting to some!