This is my second month of wrap-ups and I am very glad I started doing them, as I’ve found it to be really helpful in keeping track of everything I’ve done throughout the month! I got so much reading done in February, so I have a lot to say in this post.
In this wrap up, I want to cast an eye over everything I read this month, celebrating my favourites, as well as talking about a few other highlights of my month! I also will be drawing attention to upcoming releases that I am excited for!
Book of the Month
Again, it’s got to be two: The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury, the finale to the Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy. And also Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, as I read the first book in that trilogy this month and absolutely LOVED it. As you can see, I really enjoyed fantasy YA in February.
There are two books in particular I would like to mention that are being published this month – today in fact, on the 2nd! The first is The Scarecrow Queen (pictured above) and the second is Damage by Eve Ainsworth. This is a story about self-harm, and I am very much looking forward to reading it as I know that Eve Ainsworth’s previous books, in which she tackles other important topics, were very well written and moving.
The only new book I bought this month was The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury, but I was also sent a copy of The Auctor Trilogy by T. R. Wolf which I will be reading and reviewing at some point in March!
The little things:
- A book I discovered – The Program (by Suzanne Young). I saw this book in the library earlier in the month and decided to take it out, despite definitely not having the space in my bag. It’s a dystopian novel about an epidemic of depression hitting the teenage population, and I found it pretty interesting.
- A blogging thing I did – not so much a ‘blogging’ thing, but I went to Melinda Salisbury, Sara Barnard, Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle’s What Makes A Girl Strong talk in London. It was really entertaining and I had lots of fun listening to their panel and talking to lots of lovely people afterwards!
- How my challenges are going – this month, I read 3 books for my Beat the Backlist challenge – that’s 5 in total. One third of the way there already!
- Music I have enjoyed – I made myself a small Youtube playlist this month which I have been listening to a lot. It consists of a few Troye Sivan songs, Taylor Swift and Zayn’s new song, and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’.
- A movie I have enjoyed – I rewatched The Martian this month, and it was just as great as I remembered!
- Goal for February – I wanted to introduce a star-rating for my reviews, and I have done that! So far the books I officially reviewed were two I enjoyed immensely and gave five stars, but I also rated all the books I read during my WiFi-less Readathon.
- Goal for March – I want to start cross-posting my reviews to Goodreads. I don’t usually use my Goodreads account except to keep track of my TBR, but I think that if I’ve written a review I might as well.
This month I read . . .
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
- A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
- The Program Suzanne Young
- When We Collided by Emery Lord
- Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty
- The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury
- Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider
- An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
- Show Stopper by Hayley Barker
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
- Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson
- Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
This month I posted . . .
- Empowering Romances for Valentine’s Day
- Review – The Sleeping Prince
- The Book Fests Awards
- WiFiless Readathon
- Review – Optimists Die First
- Review – The Scarecrow Queen
What have you read and enjoyed this month? And is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in March?