Monthly Wrap Ups

February Wrap Up // *sigh*

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 

ball gowns + mind games = yes yes yes
quick paced fantasy to pull you out of any slump
April makes bad moon jokes… and shares some mini reviews
ahhh I can’t believe the series is over… I’m going to miss the unparalleled banter
aka 1000+ words of a retelling obsession
the hype and I are mortal enemies part 87
READ IT READ IT READ IT *CONTINUED CHANTING AHHHH*
romance tropes: perfect for spreading that Valentines day sweetness since 2021
  • 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.
it might have tipped over right after I took this photo, but I got the photo lol. that’s what we call small victories
  • 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?

27 thoughts on “February Wrap Up // *sigh*

  1. Lovely wrap-up April! And thank you so much for including my post! What can I say, great minds think alike. 😆 I totally understand where you’re coming from. February was so busy for me as well. I hope you have a great March! Also, would you recommend A Taste For Love?

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    1. ahh no problem, I loved your recs so I had to include it!! yes, for sure! it was a quick paced read and i really enjoyed the writing— i was laughing the whole time! there was a bit of drama and a touch of miscommunication, but overall i loved the strong female friendship, the romance, and the light writing!! also be warned that the baking competition doesn’t start until about page 70, so the summary on goodreads is a touch misleading in that way! thank you for reading Saniya!!!

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  2. Hahaaa honestly I was scrolling down and saw the first three books on the books you’ve read this month list and wow those are literally three of my favorite books lol (favorite in a veeeery broad sense).
    Aaah I loved writing the retellings post with you! And that book cart is super cool, oof sorry it fell over! Haha you’re so lucky you finished working with 1984, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be stuck with this for several more months aah.

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    1. omg really??? haha they were all sooo good!! I especially loved Cemetery Boys! the magic system was so interesting and I absolutely loved Purrcaso lol. yesss it was so much fun! I’d def be down to collaborate again sometime!! ahh thank you!! yea it definitely was not balanced and spilled the books all over the floor eek. ah yes, I’m so glad it’s over!! oof best of luck with that, hopefully your 1984 induced suffering is minimal

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        1. haha yesss punny cat names for the win! yea I had to take the flowers out which was tragic, such a hit to the aesthetic tbh. but the rainbow shelves are still nice so I guess there is that. rip. we might have to do a rhetorical analysis of 1984 which sounds miserable, but at least were done reading??? idk little victories I guess. but when it comes to 1984 there is no winning ugh

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          1. That is very tragic but I think that the rainbow shelves are a win. Ouch that’s tough yeah it’s good you’re done reading. I’ve already read it twice -_- and have to continuously look through the book for quotes and such.

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  3. I loved reading this post! And yes, the Shadow and Bone trailer is SO GOOD. I haven’t read read the books either and was planning to but then *exams* happened.

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      1. I’ve hyped it up for myself so much, and now I don’t want to be let down haha. I haven’t either. I just started reading it and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get further that the first book. I know right! Exams suck. Thank you, and happy reading to you too!

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        1. yesss I just got the first one from the library and I’m so hyped to start it. I’ve read six of crows and really vibed with it, but I hope it doesn’t let me down in comparison. I’ve heard it’s good for the world building though. hope you’ll enjoy!! arg yes they really do. exams are 100% the worst

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  4. thank you for mentioning my post, april ❤️️ sorry that you have a sort of slumpy month but you still read plenty! also, read all the tides of fate in feb too and i need to scream. what the fffff the ending destroyed me for NO REASON. 😭 wonderful wrap up, april!! hope march will be a better reading month for you

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    1. for sure! I’m always on the look out for a good romance so I can’t wait to check out some of your recs! ahh yea! during the first half of the month I was going strong but then it just… stopped and it kind of sucked but we’re climbing out of the slump now so that’s good at least. ME TOO!!!! THE ABSOLUTE PAIN!! we spent the whole book with bonding and character development and all that jazz only to rip my heart out and feed it to a soul sucking and tear inducing sea goblin!! thank you so much and I hope you have a charmed march as well!!!

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  5. April, lovely wrap up! Ahh I’m sorry to hear that February hit you with quite a slump, can totally relate on rereading old favs to make it through, truly hope that March treats you better! 💗 Congrats on your achievement in your speech team and that book cart is gorgeous! ✨

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  6. thank you for linking my post! i love how your shelf turned out (even if it did tip over LOL) it looks beautiful! i haven’t read the full tatbilb series, but once i do, i can’t wait to dive in to the movies, they seem adorable! 🥰🥰

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    1. for sure! I absolutely loved reading it and had to include it!! haha I was really happy with it too… until it ended up as a pile of books on my floor. it doesn’t look nearly as aesthetically pleasing sadly, but it is what it is lol. ahhh the whole trilogy is such a fluffy comfort read of mine, so I hope you enjoy! the movies are pretty solid too! happy reading!

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