Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2015

february 2015 wrap up

Books I reviewed in February

feb wrap up

I reviewed 4 books in February!

  1. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (★★★★½)
  2. The Flywheel by Erin Gough (★★★★)
  3. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Blunt (★★★★)
  4. Half Wild by Sally Green (★★★½)

(Clicking on the links will take you to my reviews!)

I know four is a bit of a sad number compared to the 11 books I reviewed in January but I've just been so incredibly busy this month, plus although I only reviewed 4 books on the blog, I actually read 7 books this month. The other 3 were ARCs: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliThe Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. I loved all three of them but The Lie Tree was probably the best; I've written and scheduled reviews for all of them already so you'll see those reviews closer to publication!

Of the books I actually reviewed on the blog this month, I enjoyed Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White the most. It was just so incredibly delightful and fun and I fell in love with the main character, Jessamin. Although really I liked all the books I reviewed this month a lot.

I was really hoping to read and review Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World by Janet E. Cameron this month as well for LGBTQ History Month, but I didn't manage it. I'm sure I'll get round to it at some other point though!


Also on the blog in February

I took part in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon hosted by the lovely Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, for which I wrote a total of five posts!

Kick-Off Questionnaire
Mini-Challenge #1: Book Spine Poetry
Mini-Challenge #3: One Can Only Quote
Mini-Challenge #4: Snapshots
Mini-Challenge #5: High-Five

I really enjoyed the event. It was awesome spreading the love and taking part in the Twitter chats and talking to so many new people!

I wrote 4 Top Ten Tuesday posts:

Top Ten YA Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read
Top Ten Things I Want More of from YA Romances
Top Ten Book-Related Problems I Have
Top Ten Favourite Book Heroines

I only managed to write one Keep It Queer post, sadly:

LGBTQ History Month

Also, I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been tweaking my blog design somewhat over the past month and I think I'm finally satisfied with it! Please let me know if anything's not working for you for some reason.


Things I did in February

I finished rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender with my boyfriend and was super emotional about everything. I LOVE ALL THESE CHARACTERS EVEN MORE THE SECOND TIME AROUND. TOOOOPH. And Sokka, and Zuko, and Katara, and Azula, and Mai, and IROOOOOH, and Appa my darling fluffy flying bison. <3 What an amazing show. I will forever cry many tears over Zuko and Iroh. Their relationship is so beautiful.

Having finished A:tLA, we hunted around for something else to watch, and we ended up starting Shirokuma Café, which is just BEAUTIFUL. Oh my god it is the most hilarious anime in the world and so adorable. SO, SO ADORABLE. It's a sort of slice-of-life comedy about a polar bear who runs a café, hence the title of the anime, and a lazy panda and a penguin who both go to the café every day, and all their other animal friends (and some human friends too). It's just ridiculously cute and funny and if you're at all interested in silly, cute anime or animals then you must watch this.

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We also had a really great Valentine's Day together when we went and watched Big Hero 6 together (a rewatch for me) and then had a lovely dinner out. WE HAD THE MOST DELICIOUS STEAK EVER, omg. It was amazing. I'd forgotten how much I loved steak since I don't get to have it very often but I really do love steak a lot.

Oh, and I got a new pair of glasses! What do you guys think of them?me and new glasses yo


Coming Up in March

Contemporary Conversations

In March, I'm taking part in Contemporary Conversations hosted by Kayla @ The Thousand Lives and Veronica @ Talking Bookworm, a month-long celebration of all things contemporary! So I will be posting reviews only for contemporary YA next month, and also hopefully other posts related to contemporary books if I have time! I'm really excited about this event. There's still time to sign up if you're interested!

I hope you guys all had a great February! Did you read any great books this month?

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16 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2015

  1. I love your glasses! And your blog design is gorgeously gorgeous if I haven't told you yet :)

    I still haven't seen Big Hero 6 but will definitely catch it soon. Contemporary Conversations sounds like something that's right up my alley too.

    Ooh I'm intrigued about The Lie Tree and can't wait to read your review of Simon. That is our April book club pick so I'll read it soon.

    Tell the Wolves I'm Home was such an emotional read for me. And I just ordered a copy of Cinnamon Toast after seeing it on the Raiinbow List!

    Hope you have a great March, Cynthia!
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      Thank you so much! <3

      Big Hero 6 is such a good movie! I cried so much when I watched it the first time, haha, but I'm such a crybaby. I hope you join Contemporary Conversations because it looks like it'll be a lot of fun!

      The Lie Tree is really good! I hadn't read any of Frances Hardinge's books before that but now I really need to read all of her books!

      Tell the Wolves I'm Home did make me cry quite a lot. And yes, that's why I bought Cinnamon Toast as well!

      You too, Lucy! :)

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      I really do hope you enjoy it! Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase read it after reading my review and she didn't love it, so I'm worried you might not either! (You might wanna check out her review just to lower your expectations of the book, haha.)

      I WILL NEVER STOP CRYING OVER A:tLA. I can't get over how great that show is. WHY CAN'T WE GET MOOOOORE FOREVER.

      Thank you, Kayla! <3

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      :D It's a really great anime! You should totally check it out. Half Wild comes out soon, so you don't have long to wait! I liked it more than Half Bad. If you like Gabriel anywhere near as much as I do then you're in for a treat.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. HAHAHHA SHIROKUMA CAFE. My best friend and her sister are obsessed with that show and naturally that meant I need to watch some of it too, and yes it is fun and full of fluff. Definitely good after finishing ATLA. I hope you get to read more books next month. Just saying, February is a short month so maybe that's why haha
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      Thank you! :D

      Yeah, I love the cover of Illusions of Fate! I'm really glad they used a PoC as a model on the cover since the main character is a PoC.

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