Friday, March 5, 2021

Month in Review: February 2021

February took about one or two blinks of the eye two go by, and from what I've seen a lot of other people seem to feel the same way about it. How is this year speeding along so much already? I'm not sure what to think.

I don't really feel like I have all that much to update about February because I'm honestly not even sure what I did in February at this point, haha. It's mainly been me in the deep grind of finishing up school and preparing for my final Master's exam (it's next week! :O) and trying not to entirely drown in my intensive Latin course (spoiler: it's not going well). I've been struggling a lot this past month with brain fog and the lack of motivation to get anything done--anyone else still struggling a lot with anything similar? Reading has been a nice escape for me, which I'm glad still holds true because a reading slump would just be the worst right now! How are you guys all holding up? Things have been so stressful and it's crazy that we're coming up on a year of the pandemic, but hopefully you're all doing alright and feeling healthy and taking care of yourselves!

In book news, I managed to read 15 books in February! I'm not sure what's been happening lately, but I have just been on a reading kick that I don't want to jinx by talking about too much, haha. The inclusion of audiobooks has also been nice, although that really only makes up one-two books a month since I'm pretty slow getting through them. I'm currently reading The Trials of Koli via audiobook and I've been really enjoying much more than I expected since I read the first book in physical format. I love the narrators!
I also feel like I read a lot of five star reads last month, so it's hard to pick highlights, but a few that I really loved are: The Marrow Thieves, The Light of the Midnight Stars (I can't wait to review this one because it was so stunning), All the Murmuring Bones, The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World, The Councillor, and Watcher of the Dead. As I said, a lot of good stuff last month--and some great variety. :) My audiobook read last month was The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and I am still so frustrated by. my inability to determine if I liked it or not. It's a truly fascinating concept and I love what Jemisin does with the narrative and exploration of new ideas, but I didn't care for any of the characters and I found myself only continuing to listen to it because I wanted to know how the world-building would evolve and not really enjoying much else. I don't have nay current plans to continue the series.

How was your reading month!? Read any new favorites? Anything not so great? Let me know in the comments, I love chatting!

# books read: 15

The Marrow ThievesThe Light of the Midnight StarsAll the Murmuring BonesThe Ikessar Falcon (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, #2)

The Marrow Thieves by Cheri Dimaline 
Source: Library | Format: Paperback

The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter  
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the WorldThe Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)The Councillor (The Councillor, #1)Watcher of the Dead

The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin 
Source: Audible | Format: Audiobook

The Councillor by E.J. Beaton 
Source: NetGalley | Format: eARC

Watcher of the Dead (Sword of Shadows #4) by J.V. Jones 
Source: Owned | Format: Hardcover

The RemovedThe Ladies of the Secret CircusThe Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1)The Forever Sea (The Forever Sea, #1)

The Removed by Brandon Hobson 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC
The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC
The Black Company by Glen Cook 
Source: Gift | Format: Paperback
The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover

The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4)Cinders and SparrowsWe Begin at the End
The King of Crows by Libba Bray 
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
Cinders & Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann 
Source: Gift | Format: Hardcover
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker 
Source: Publisher | Format: Physical ARC

None! :)

The Witch's HeartThis Golden FlameThe Echo WifeThe Forever Sea (The Forever Sea, #1)The RemovedThe Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, #1)The Councillor (The Councillor, #1)Machinehood

(other than reviews)
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  1. Congrats on such an awesome reading month - hope it continues into March! Good luck on your exam!

  2. I can't believe all those 5 star reads!! Wow, I have a couple coming up, like All the Murmuring Bones and The Light of the Midnight Stars. I just bought a copy of We Begin at the End because its all the buzz right now😁

  3. Looks like an awesome month! I think books can be an excellent way of dealing with the pandemic- what would we do without them? Glad so many of your reads were good this month! I'm hoping my reading will pick up in March.

    Good luck with your exam!!!

  4. February has gone by so fast! Good luck with your exam and your Latin!