February Adventure Log | Month in Review

(Last Updated On: March 1, 2020)

February sucked and I am not sorry to see it in the rear view mirror. From health issues to reading slumps to laptop repair needs, it feels like every aspect of my life took a hit and tested me last month.

As a result of everything going on in my life, I went on a bit of an unannounced hiatus for a large part of the month. I know it was (and kind of is right now) needed, but I’m still struggling with the guilt associated with it. Being Type A means that I set goals… for pretty much everything, and not meeting them is a failure. Trying to work with that rigidity is a struggle, my friends.

But let’s talk about the adventures experienced in February, shall we?



Hahaha, what reading? I read a total of 2,213 pages across 7 books in February. If it weren’t for a group of friends reading theย Shatter Meย series and my deciding to hate re-read because FOMO is real, this would be an even shorter section.

My Favorite Read of February

Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal is the first book in a new duology set in a rich fantasy world.

Friends, this book blew me away last week when I read it! It has:

๐ŸŒน tattoo magic
๐Ÿค— friendship
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer AF cast

While I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and groundwork that Smejkal lays in the first 140 pages, the book took off for me at the end of Part I. If you find yourself struggling with the start of the book, I do recommend trying to push through .

Read my ARC Review

All February Reads

ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted below by an asterisk *

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook readalong): Creative and evocative, I enjoyed this look at a fictional rock group. But not as much as I thought I would have. The writing is beautiful and the way the “interviews” are pieced together to tell the story is clever, but the truth is that I wouldn’t have finished this one had it not been for the amazing full-cast audiobook performance. The voice actors brought the story to life in a way that on the page alone wouldn’t have really engaged me at all.
  • * Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood #1) by Kim Smejkal:ย  this book was so good and I can’t wait for next year so I can dive back into this world!

  • The Shatter Me series (original trilogy & novellas) by Tahereh Mafi: I have some complicated feelings about these books that I’ve fully unpacked them yet even after this re-read. I definitely enjoyed it more the second time since my abject horror was abated with knowing how the ships happen, but I am still not sure that I’m comfortable with it? I don’t know. Maybe one of these days I will write a discussion post about my thoughts.

Did Not Finish

I’ve recommitted myself to setting aside books that I don’t enjoy for 2020, and it is especially liberating! Forcing a book that I don’t like and have no interest in seeing how it resolves doesn’t do the author any favors considering I am setting myself up for a negative review and a potential slump to boot.

Life’s too short to dwell on books that aren’t for me: none!

February Statistics

Total Books Read: 7 | Total Pages Read: 2,213

Feb20_2020 Reading by Source

Total Books Read in 2020: 17
Goodreads Reading Goal:ย 52


ARC Mountain Update

I put myself on an ARC Ban on July 12, 2019. Back in July I wrote a post about the ban to hold me accountable, and I’m reporting on the mountain each month.

Pre-2020 ARCs: 16 (read 0)
2020 ARCs:
20 (read 0, 3 hauled)
ARC Reviews to Write: 2 (Diamond City, All the Stars and Teeth)

I’ve joined Destiny @ Howling Libraries’ #ARCApocalypse readathon and you can expect a more detailed TBR of my ARCs at some point.


Blog & Personal Update

I am still behind on blog comments, but only a week or so! Blog hopping on the other hand is another beast altogether and one that I am going to have to let go of until I can get my laptop repaired. My focus is going to be on content creation and replying to my comments when I have the energy (with hopping back to commenters).

I don’t want to dwell on the unfun things that happened in February. It happened. But I did go to an estate sale with my best friend for the first time… because that is apparently what you do in your thirties. I bought a crystal vase and “Build Your Own Stonehenge” for $2.

I was also fortunate enough to attend the launch event for Adalyn Grace’s debut fantasy All the Stars and Teeth! She and Tomi Adeyemi were dressed in pirate garb to celebrate and it was a fun night. I still haven’t written my review for the book (oops), but I loved it and highly recommend it if you’re looking for a YA pirate adventure with mermaids and medium-burn romance.


Thank you, everyone, so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me last month! I look forward to catching up with you all as I’m able to do so — feel free to poke me on Twitter anytime as I kind of live there.

How was February for you? What were your favorite reads of the month & what’s your favorite post from the month that you want me to check out? Drop in the comments to let me know!

spacer_wLetโ€™sย go on another /adventureย together!


  1. May @ Forever and Everly

    March 2, 2020 at 12:24 AM

    aahh i just now realized you had a bookstagram!! followed you <33 but i'm so sorry to hear february wasn't a good month for you, kal. i hope your computer woes disappear soon, and that your march is full of good health and books! that even you went to with adalyn and tomi seems super cool and i'm glad you had a lot of fun! and i know we all read at different paces so 7 might be a small number for you, but i think it's a great amount of books to read while you're slumping. (i've tried so many ways to get out of slumps but i haven't tried hate reading lmao!)

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2020 at 11:45 AM

      ahhh thanks for the follow on IG! I don’t post there often but much appreciated!!! I *finally* have a working laptop, but my main one is forever dead and I am so sad about it. I hope you are doing well and I love you oodles

      hate reading was a wild way to get over a slump, lol! It was also like 5 of us reading together and talking about the books in a discord server, so it was a fun activity with friends haha.

  2. Dianthaa

    March 2, 2020 at 6:55 AM

    I hope the shitty things pass!
    Ink in the Blood sounds so cool, looking forward to getting my hands on it

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2020 at 11:56 AM

      Shitty things seem to have spread globally instead of abating, RUDE! I hope you enjoy(ed) INK IN THE BLOOD!

  3. Dini @ dinipandareads

    March 3, 2020 at 12:33 AM

    February was a huge romance month for me and I challenged myself to read 10 romance books for Valentines week and I crazily enough managed. Hah. It was great! That event for All the Stars and Teeth looked like so much fun ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m excited to read that book so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Hope March is a much better month than February was for you ๐Ÿ’œ

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2020 at 12:10 PM

      Look at you getting so much romance read in a week, that’s amazing!!! I hope that you enjoy ATSAT as much as I do (I really need to write that review), and I hope you & your loved ones are healthy!

  4. Lauren

    March 3, 2020 at 4:43 PM

    i had no idea u felt similarly to me, or at least it sounds like u do, about shatter me. i only ever read the first though!

    so glad you went to the event and had a good time <3

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2020 at 12:13 PM

      GIRL, I have some THOUGHTS about that series and they aren’t good lmao. I’m working on a patreon discussion about them because I need to talk about it hahaha

  5. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea

    March 4, 2020 at 10:35 PM

    I feel like our Februarys were pretty similar, haha. February was pretty horrible for me, and like you, I’m not sad to see it in the rearview mirror. I also fell into a reading slump last month, which I’m super mad about because I had so many books to read in February! But it’s so cool that you were able to attend a signing for All the Stars and Teeth, and that Tomi Adeyemi was there!
    I sincerely wish you a wonderful March and rest of your year—you really deserve it ๐Ÿ’•

    1. Kal

      April 6, 2020 at 12:16 PM

      I am so sorry to hear you also had a crappy February, Caitlin! I think 2020 needs to just be canceled at this point, wake me when it ends. I hope you are doing alright and are healthy!

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