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 the Shatter Me 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:
🌹 tattoo magic
🏳️🌈 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 .
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: this book was so good and I can’t wait for next year so I can dive back into this world!
the best thing about reading DESTROY ME is the subsequent lamp discourse with the gals @erineliza_reads @LaughnListener @SNovelties @FictionNoChaser @readbydev (in spirit bc she's reading CHAIN OF GOLD) pic.twitter.com/zLW2bURmWC
— Kal @ Reader Voracious (@kalventure) February 19, 2020
- 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!
Total Books Read: 7 | Total Pages Read: 2,213
Total Books Read in 2020: 17
Goodreads Reading Goal: 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 had such a wonderful time at the ALL THE STARS AND TEETH launch at @MystGalaxyBooks tonight!
Thank you to Adalyn and Tomi for not only an amazing discussion, but also being so kind & making everyone feel special! I enjoyed fangirling with Adalyn about ATSAT spoilery endings. pic.twitter.com/MKtWtwMwdN
— Kal @ Reader Voracious (@kalventure) February 5, 2020
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!
Let’s go on another /adventure together!