February was a very slumpy month for April
I was hinted of a slump when I picked up four separate books and couldn’t find the motivation to finish any of them. I think I’ll come back to them eventually but I’ve temporarily dnf’ed Hot British Boyfriend (annoying mc), The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre (Melody is a sucky friend), We Hunt the Flame (felt really slow), and This Train Is Being Held (never got into it). I honestly think I would enjoy them, but at the time I wasn’t in the right headspace to enjoy them as much as I could.
I spent most of February ultra stressed, which I think was the main contributor to my lack of motivation to read. Trying to post three times a week did not help things. If I have an extra post, I’ll post on Sundays, but I’m going to go for a more loosey-goosey approach because I will drive myself nuts otherwise.
Alright, let’s talk about books of February. Let me tell ya, I was going strong the first week, but after that… it was slow going. The last three weeks of February I binge read a couple of fluffy books and then started and stalled out of all the rest I attempted to read.
3 🌟 All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Amora: *tortures someone in front of a live studio audience*
Also Amora: why don’t they like me.
4 🌟 All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
excuse me, but WHAT
4 🌟 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Disaster! at the graveyard *spooky noises*
5🌟 Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I reread an old favorite to try to pull me out of my slump. 10/10 enjoyed, but still cannot find the motivation to read anything new
3.5 🌟 The Sixth Gate by K.T Munson
loved the world hopping
3.5 🌟 A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen
baking competition meets the Bachelor meets modern Pride and Prejudice
- The regular season for speech team is officially over. I made it to sectionls in both of my events (Humorous Interpretation and Original Comedy) which was something I am super proud of accomplishing as a sophomore. National Qualifiers are coming up once again, so I can’t wait to see how that plays out.
- I began a rough outline for an idea I had bouncing around. For the last several months I had been jotting down ideas and inspiration that I came across, but I decided to actually start an outline. It’s a bit of a hot mess right now, but you gotta start somewhere!
- Phoenix @ Books with Wings and I collaborated on a discussion post! I’d never done a collaborative post before, but I so much fun bouncing ideas around and working on it together! I’m always down to obsess over retellings and I absolutely love how the posts turned out. You can check out the half on Phoenix’s blog here, and the other half is linked above!!
- Cat @ This is One For the Books created mood boards for characters in the Shadow & Bone trilogy! I really need to read this series, and these mood boards got me even more hyped to dive in!
- Lauren @ Twenty-Seven Letters shared 53 thoughts she had while watching the Percy Jackson movies. I absolutely loved reading this, some of her thoughts were just too funny.
- Belle @ This Belle Reads Too recommends historical fiction and fantasy books with romance in honor of Valentines Day! I cannot wait to check some of these out!
- Sanah @ Stories & Stardust reviews Wings of Ebony by J. Elle. I’m still waiting for my copy to be available from the library, but based on this review I think I’ll love this one!
- Caitlyn @ Tea Time Lit recommends 7 books to read when you’ve got a travel bug! After almost a year of quarantining and not travel, I’m itching to travel, even if it is only vicariously through books!!
- April @ Lost in the Bookstacks wrote a beautiful reflection about what the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before stories mean to her.
- Alice @ Love For Words talks about inscribing books before giving them away! It’s such a creative idea that I might need to try next time I donate old books.
- Marley @ Dragon On a Book reviews Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala! Their enthusiasm for the book is absolutely contagious, so if you’re wondering about Be Dazzled be sure to give it a read!!
- Saniya @ Sunny Side Reviews recommends some books to read for Valentine’s Day! Her taste is absolutely immaculate, and I cannot wait to read some of the books from her list!!
- I organized a book cart! I have rainbow shelves decked out with flowers and fairy lights, and even some extra room for library books I might check out. I absolutely love how it turned out. Update: it fell over. Might need to stabilize.
- The third To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie, Always and Forever, came out. After my reread of the series, I was super pumped for it’s release. I spent a nice Saturday morning, curled up with a blanket and eating cinnamon rolls while watching. 10/10 recommend the experience. The movie was fun too.
- The local library reopened it’s building, so I was able to go in and browse the shelves once again. Don’t get me wrong, I love ebooks and all (can I get a convenience!), but something about being surrounded by books is super special.
- We finished reading 1984 for a class assignment, and I cannot express the depth of my hatred for that book. Yeah, yeah, dystopia or whatever, but nope. Not for me.
- I found a reading spreadsheet template online and I might be obsessed. I’ve always considered myself to be more of a word person over a number person, but something about all the shiny graphs and numbers had me nerding out to an extreme level.
- 3 buddy reads this month! I’m still in the middle of one of them, but I have absolutely loved diving into the books (and sometimes talking about portal dragons and flying tigers while we were at it). I’m hoping to do even more in the future because I always have a blast!
- THE SHADOW AND BONE TRAILER *AHHHHHHHHH* Ok, I’ll admit, I haven’t read Shadow and Bone yet. I’m was planning on diving back into the Grishaverse this month, but then the handy dandy reading slump decide to waltz in and muck everything up. Maybe next month. But the moments with the Crows??? A gift to humanity right there.
Well, that’s basically my February for ya. It felt like an unnaturally long month, so hopefully March is better. I might be taking a short break from reading for a little bit until I get back into my groove, but we shall see.
How was your month?? Read anything interesting? What was your favorite book from February?