I had yet another good month, and I’m quite pleased. Especially since I was on vacation for literally half of it! I read 10 books this month, which was a bit shy of what I was hoping for, but I’m still ahead of my Goodreads goal, so I can’t really complain.
I’ve also really enjoyed the quality of my reading for the second month in a row. I’m starting to wonder when the other shoe is going to drop, but also, I don’t want to start hating things I’m reading. Who wants to deal with that?
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I have really mixed feelings I’m still trying to deal with on this one. Buddy read with Paige, so I’m not gonna say much, but it just didn’t keep me entranced. The end was enough of a WTF moment that I will be continuing, but the second one better be damn fucking good.
Rating: 3 stars
The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo
I really enjoyed this short story about the Darkling’s origins. For as despicable as he is, he’s a fascinating character, and learning more about where he came from only makes that more true. And I certainly do not envy him his childhood. Yikes.
Rating: 4 stars
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
The only thing I regret about reading this series is how long I waited to start. This installment is all about Jack and Jill and how they came to be, and I drank it up. It was a wild ride, and I loved every second of it. It was so delightfully dark.
Rating: 5 stars
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH AND ALSO I WANT TO DIE. I was not ready for any part of this, but I’m here for all of it. I won’t say anything, because it’s new, and I don’t want to be an asshole about it, but please go read it RIGHT NOW.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Everless by Sara Holland
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The story was great, but the pacing and worldbuilding were seriously lacking. I’m definitely going back and forth on how to rate it and how to feel. Sigh.
Rating (for now): 3 stars
Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien
I am a sucker for all things Tolkien. Whether it’s essays, translations, or MIddle-Earth, there’s a better than average chance I’m going to love it on principle alone. This is no exception. I saw it on a Waterstones shelf, and made a beeline from across the section. I’m so glad I allowed myself to buy it. I read it on the plane ride home and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This tiny book packed an enormous punch, and I would encourage everyone to find a copy and take the 45 minutes to experience it.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Star Trek Cats by Jenny Parks
So, after being awake 20 hours, dragging six suitcases through the London Underground, and standing in a customs line for two hours, our flight from JFK to Indianapolis was delayed for almost three hours. I was tired, angry, and ready to sleep in my own bed. Paige, of course, was on the receiving end of all my bitching, and I check my email to THIS. It took me much longer to read than it should, because the art was amazing and hilarious, and it touched on some favorite Star Trek moments. Is it a masterpiece? No. Is it great anyway? Hell yeah, it is!
Emotional Rating: 5 hilarious stars
Quality Rating: 3.5 stars
Please don’t ask me to explain that decision. I’m waffling for absolutely no reason.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I loved most everything about this book. The first DC chapter threw me, because I was expecting a fantastical Beauty and the Beast retelling. Thankfully, that’s exactly what I got and more. It stayed true to the story, almost to a T, but it still felt original. Also, the romance was present and real without being overpowering, and the story as a whole was fun as hell to read. TBR this immediately.
Rating: 4.5 stars
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
This was a delightful little graphic novel that came in February’s Owlcrate box. I wasn’t familiar with it ahead of time, but Paige was, and her enthusiasm was contagious. I am SO glad I set aside a short amount of time to read this. It, much like Leaf by Niggle, was a short but invaluable read. Both the artwork and story were perfect.
Rating: 5 stars
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: more stars than there are in the sky. At this point let’s just assume this is my baseline SJM rating, yeah?
February Goals Follow Up
- I didn’t get Vengeful read. I’m hoping to get to it, but since I just start Illuminae, and I’ll (at least theoretically), be starting a new job soon, I’m concerned about making my March 20 deadline.
- I SUCCEEDED reading four books during my trip. Hooray!
- I half succeeded in organizing my shelves and office. The shelves are done, the room is not. Turns out, boxsprings aren’t a mandatory expense when you’re down an income. It’ll happen in March or April for sure!
- Vengeful. Ugh. I really want to, I just keep getting distracted by other things.
- I’d like to read at least 12 books this month.
So there ya have it! February was an absolutely crazy month, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. So many adventures, and so many great things to read!
What was your favorite (or least favorite!) February read? Let me know in the comments!
See you in March 💜💛