For being the shortest month of the year, February dragged on and on for me. It started out on a bad note with me being sick, and then all of a sudden, I wasn’t in the mood to read at all. Instead, I spent most of my nights watching my boyfriend play video games, and messing around on my iPad.
At first, I felt guilty about it: so many books to read, so little time right!? But its okay to have sub par reading months, just as its okay to have amazing reading months. This is a past time, a pleasure hobby, not a job. I can read as much or as little as I want; it’s my time and I certainly am not getting paid to read and review books.
Anyways, I just wanted to go on that mini rant and let anyone know that if they are feeling down on themselves for being in a reading slump, everything is going to be okay. Sometimes we need a little break.
With all of that out-of-the-way, my monthly wrap up for February is going to seem a lot bigger and more impressive than it actually was; let me explain.
- Wayfarer – I read this in two days while I was confined to my bed when sick. I liked the overall story, and I adored the characters, but I couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed at the end. I really wanted more, and I am disappointed that there isn’t going to be another book in this series. Still though, 4 stars!
- Ballistic – the third book in the Gray Man series that I have been listening to on audible whenever I drive to and from work and when I walk my pups at night. The problem with this book though, was almost everything BUT the narrator. I actually had to just DNF this because I cared so little about what the end outcome was. I hardly EVER not finish a book so that speaks volumes for me. 1.5 stars because the narrator is fantastic.
- A Darker Shade of Magic – I really wish I would have waited to read this when I was really in the reading mood. I enjoyed it for sure, but not as much as I feel like I should have. The characters were original, and I absolutely love any plots involving parallel worlds, so why didn’t I like this more? 4 stars.
- A Monster Calls – Technically a book that goes towards my Goodreads reading goal, but this only took me 2 hours to read while I was in the bathtub; that I subsequently filled with my tears. 5 stars.
- I Want Superpowers – I actually read most of this in January, and then borderline lost the book in my truck for a couple of weeks. I randomly found it mid-February and finished it that night. This book was so much better than I hoped it would be, I loved the friendships and the comic book integrations. 4.5 stars.
- Rebel of the Sands – DANGIT! I really wanted to love this book, but instead I ended up simply enjoying it but not being blown away by it. The aspect of the book that most people seemed to like most was the blend of genres; in this case Western and Middle Eastern, but that was my least favorite part of the story. It felt bizarre to me and I couldn’t really get over it. Oh well, it happens unfortunately. 3 stars.
- The Golem & the Jinni – Okay, I actually am not yet finished with this, but I am going to finish soon so I am going to count it here. The writing is beautiful and I love the characters, it is just a very long, and very dense book. Rating withheld until I actually finish.
I know I can’t be the only person that looks at their bookshelf and thinks: “I have nothing to read” while 80 unread books are staring back at you and screaming “what the fuck?!?!?!”
Anyways, that happened to me this month. Which, when I look back on it, is kind of embarrassing because sure enough: one thing led to another and good lord I ended up with a lot of books this month! So, basically I’m good until mid 2017… #whooops.
- Nick got me Rebel of the Sands for Valentine’s because he is adorable. He said he not only picked it out based on the cover, but he even did some research on Goodreads to see some of the ratings. I will turn him into a book-worm yet!
- Lincoln in the Bardo
- Alchemists of Loom
- A Gathering of Shadows
- The Bird and the Sword
- The Dragon’s Price
- City of Saints & Thieves
- The Valiant
- The Careful Undressing of Love
- Carve the Mark (Book Boyfriend Box)
- Empress of a Thousand Skies (FairyLoot)
I do find it mildly ironic that my biggest book haul of six months, is the same month that I read the least. Oh well. Like I said earlier, it happens, and I am not going to beat myself up about it. Plus, there really aren’t that many new releases in March and April that I NEED, so I really do believe I will be set on books until May hits.
How was everyone else’s February? Any books that I should get to first? Let me know, and until next time!