A Bookish February

I honestly don’t know how we’re at the end of another month already, but here we are.

Well, 2021 continues to be…interesting… doesn’t it? The end of January was a particularly grim time for me, we had some less-than-great news in February and I was unwell after I reacted badly to some medication that was meant to ease my asthma. On the positive side, we had a week off work, a couple of walks to the seaside, lockdown restrictions are due to start easing, and I am booked in to get my first covid vaccination in the next few weeks! There were also a lot of little things to be happy about in February, especially my friends (hi Steph!).

This month’s TBR was chosen by the wonderful Adele, a perpetual ray of sunshine in my world. Her book recommendations are always amazing, and this list was no exception. As things currently stand, I have not read all the books on the list. But I am part way through two of the remaining three and the last one is a novella, so I am still holding out some (slim) hope that I can get through them in time. It’s entirely because I decided to read The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon the moment it arrived. I have no regrets.

reading stats

Number of books read: 11

StoryGraph Stats: This month I mostly read medium-paced fantasy and contemporary books between 300 and 499 pages long. They were categorised as adventurous and emotional. This is very similar to last month, so I assume this is now my personal bookish brand.

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder – I loved this book. It’s packed with adventure, magic and mystery, brilliant characters and excellent settings (including a library and Big Ben). 

The Gender Games by Juno Dawson – A brilliant, thought-provoking book about identity, being transgender, intersectional feminism and Juno’s journey. It’s important, and witty, and everyone should read it. 

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – Daunis becomes a confidential informant for the FBI trying to balance the needs of the investigation with the needs of her tribe, her grief, her relationships and discovering her place in her tribe. A phenomenal, gorgeous debut

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given – A good introduction to feminism and what it means to be a feminist in the modern world. 

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon – I do not know what I just read. Obviously, it’s another amazing book in the Bone Season series, stunningly written with a brilliant plot. But I am now broken and I might never be okay again. 

Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter – This was lush. I adore Bethany’s writing and story telling. I was totally swept up in Lily’s story, her summer holiday, the ice cream, the friendship, the romance. All of it. The ending made my little heart happy. I want more from these two. 

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – I’m absolutely blown away by this brutal but stunning debut. I loved the world, the premise, the characters, the bond between the alaki, the way Deka’s story unfolded. This is a definite new favourite. 

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant – A brilliant fantasy take on Les Miserables. I loved this. The characters are awesome, the Miracle Court fascinated me, the plot kept me hooked to the end. Really looking forward to the sequel. 

All This Time by Rachael Lippincott and Mikki Daughtry – I have mixed feelings about this one. The first part I absolutely loved, it was well written and explores grief and trauma brilliantly. But I struggled with the twists in the story and the bits that came after that. 

Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend – I absolutely loved being back in Nevermoor with Morrigan and her pals. This took a darker, more political turn than the earlier books with some brilliant developments. I can’t wait to see where it’s going next. 

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – Absolutely loved this prequel to The Hate U Give telling Maverick’s story. I loved seeing his relationship with Lisa changing and how he changed as he became a dad. I will never get enough of these characters and their story. 

challenge updates
My 2021 resolutions are still going alright. I am still using The StoryGraph and I am really enjoying not pressuring myself to read and review every book I read. I’ve skipped a couple of days I would normally review this month, but I’m not beating myself up about that either. Life happens.

StoryGraph: 19/100 which puts me ahead of my target by four books. I’ll take that!

Reading Diversely: I am plodding along with these goals but there are a fair few letters on the alphabet challenge I’m struggling to fill, and some categories from the diverse reading one too.

Read Diversely Challenge: 5/20 BIPOC Alphabet Challenge: 2/ 26

Diverse Reading Challenge: 5/38

TBR: was 132 and is now 129. It should have been more, but I got some books back from a person I’d loaned them to, and it turns out there were a handful I hadn’t read so I have to declare them now! I also got approved for another book I had previously requested on Netgalley, won a book in a giveaway, and had two pre-orders arrive this month.

Unread Shelf: 2/24 Beat the Backlist: 13/52

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Next month I am most looking forward to The Storm Keeper’s Battle by Catherine Doyle, Dragon Legend by Katie and Kevin Tsang, and Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare.

What books are you looking forward to this month? How was your February?

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  1. Onto good progress for your challenges !, happy to hear you had a good reading month aswell 🥰

    Ahh!! good news to hear you’ll have the vaccine soon, mother should have hers within the next few months aswell xx

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