February Wrap-Up & TBR Update

This month went better than I expected it to even if I didn’t stick to my TBR so religiously. My book club ended up going to a library event instead of discussing a book, so The Girl Who Drank the Moon will go back on my TBR for another time. I found that I read more non-fiction and graphic novels this month than usual and I hope that trend continues. Lastly, another observation is that I really need to get better at reading digital ARCs…my bad.

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Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 8
Books currently reading: 2

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 383
TBR at the beginning of February = 411
Books added to TBR = 39
Books completed/deleted from TBR = 6
Total on TBR now = 444

How did your reading go this month?
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February TBR

In February, I have a couple of book club books to get to and some stuff for work. I’m hoping to get to some other fun stuff too, though! (Not that the other stuff isn’t fun, but when it’s assigned, it’s a little different).

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I’ll limit myself to that for now. I didn’t get through as many books as I would have liked last month–we’ll see how this month goes.

Blog posts to share | February 2018

YABookers discussed standalones vs series – Series are definitely a double-edged sword, in my opinion. I agree with pretty much everything they mention in their post here.

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books talked about books she picked up on a whim and loved – I really liked this post because it encourages me to pick up random books too. You never know what hidden gems you might be missing out on!

Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile raved about The Greatest Showman (using lots of gifs) – Hi, yes, I agree that this is the best movie ever. I absolutely LOVED it and the soundtrack is AMAZING and interracial relationship representation is A+.

Courtney @ Buried in a Bookshelf gave some great recommendations for finding books for cheap – I’m always on the hunt for great book deals. The only thing I’ll add is that if you don’t mind eBooks, Amazon is a great place to find those and will often mark down popular eBooks to $1.99 or $2.99 for a limited time. Library book sales are really where it’s at though.

Analee @ Book Snacks discussed different family types in YA books and lists recommendations – This was a great post because sometimes I do feel like YA books have “invisible families”. It’s nice to know that there are books out there that feature both good and bad family dynamics.

Marty @ The Cursed Books listed 8 things that she wished non-readers would stop doing – The struggle is real you guys! Some people legitimately don’t understand the love of reading. While that’s okay, sometimes they still do things that get on every reader’s nerves. Let’s just take a collective deep breath.

Jamieson @ jamishelves gave some tips on how to get into audiobooks – I’ve read a few posts like this and always appreciate them because I do think that audiobooks are slightly underrated (especially in the YA community). But This was such a comprehensive overview to starting audiobooks with some recommendations at the end. A lot of posts like these don’t really talk in depth about how important the narrator/narration is, so I really appreciate that Jamieson really discussed that.

Krysta @ Pages Unbound discussed whether YA books are maturing too fast This post was so interesting to me because I grew up with YA books like The Giver, Hatchet, Ella Enchanted, My Side of the Mountain, etc. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve continued to read YA but haven’t really noticed that the YA books I’ve been reading have also aged with me. I think it’s really something to think about. YA today is definitely not the same content-wise as it was when I first started reading it.

February Wrap-Up/March TBR

Wrap-Up & TBR

February

ARCs
There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz – Read and reviewed
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham – Read and reviewed
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse – Read and reviewed
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner – Read and reviewed
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – DNF 15%
Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley – DNF 40%
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge – Currently Reading

Other
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Read, review coming
Clandestine by Nichole Van – Read, review coming
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Read and reviewed
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer – Read, review coming
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This month I finished 8 books with 2 DNFs.

March

ARCs
These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
The Takedown by Corrie Wang

Other
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
The Crown by Kiera Cass

How did your reading go in February? Did you read anything that you particularly loved? Which book should I look forward to most for March?

January Wrap-Up/February TBR

Wrap-Up & TBR

I feel really good about how much I read this month! I hope that next month is even better with both reading and blogging.

January

ARCs
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – Read and reviewed
The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene – Read, review coming
Gilded Cage by Vic James – Read, review coming
The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green – Read, blog tour

Other
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – Read, review coming
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Currently Reading
Losing/Faking/Finding It by Cora Carmack – Read
Divine by Nichole Van – Read, review coming
Clandestine by Nichole Van – Currently Reading
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

This month I finished reading 9 books.

February

ARCs
There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge

Other
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

How did your reading go in January and what are you hoping to get to in February? Let me know in the comments!

February Wrap-Up/March TBR

February

From last month:
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – Finished

ARCs
Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange – DNF 22%
How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay – Finished
Holding Court by K.C. Held – Finished and reviewed
You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Blog Tours
Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas – 2/20 – Finished, blog tour
Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Tanner – 3/1 – Finished
Meritropolis by Joel Ohman – 3/8
Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore – 3/10

Other
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – Finished and reviewed
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray – Finished, review coming
The Amber Room by Steve Berry (for school) – Finished
Bird Box by Josh Malerman (for school) – Finished
Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca – Finished, review coming
Gambit by C.L. Denault – 2/28 – Finished and reviewed
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (for school) – Finished
Madly by Amy Alward – DNF 11%, I just ran out of time!
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler – Finished, review coming

This month I finished 13 books and had 2 DNF.

March

ARCs
Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson
What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae
Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Lucky Me by Saba Kapur

Blog Tours
Meritropolis by Joel Ohman – 3/8
Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore – 3/10
How to Get Your Heart Broken by Rose Fall – 3/16

Other
The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory (for school)
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Outspoken by Lora Richardson
Austenland by Shannon Hale (for book club)

February Reading Update

From last month:
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – Finished

ARCs
Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange – DNF 22%
How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay – Finished
Holding Court by K.C. Held
You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Blog Tours
Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas – 2/20 – Finished, blog tour coming
Gambit by C.L. Denault – 2/28
Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Tanner – 3/1
Meritropolis by Joel Ohman – 3/8
Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore – 3/10

Other
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord – Finished, review coming
Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray – Currently Reading
The Amber Room by Steve Berry (for school) – Finished
Bird Box by Josh Malerman (for school) – Finished
Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca – Finished, review coming

So far I’ve finished 7 books and had 1 DNF.