Monthly Wrap-Up: February ’16

MonthlyWrap-UPOh, February. My reading took a bit of a hit this month as I only managed to pick up five books (really, I’m shocked I got to even that number). I was really busy and things just kept coming up and then toward the end of the month, I got sick for the first time this season (I was so confident that I had beaten this sick season!) which meant I spent several days not reading anything. I did participated in a really fun comment challenge with Lonna @ FLYLēF where we commented on each other’s blogs all month long. It was a great way to engage with one another and we’re now mulling over a few ideas regarding it. Next month I’m planning to really step up my reading game and get to a few ARCs I have piling up on my tablet.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews unless otherwise specified.)

Favorite Book This Month:


I still haven’t picked up a five-star book this year, but V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows came very close (so close). I am continually in awe of what an amazing writer Schwab is, but what do you mean I have to wait another year for the next book? My review for this one will be up next week. Cover above is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

Once again, I didn’t pick up any books this month that rated under three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed (Yet):

I really enjoyed Heidi Heilig’s The Girl from Everywhere. As far as debuts go, it’s a really good start to an interesting series. I haven’t posted my review of this one yet (expect it this Wednesday or Thursday), but if you’re curious to know how I rated it, I gave it four out of five stars.

2016 Reading Challenges:

I did loads better than last month and it finally feels like I might actually have a shot at meeting all of my goals by the end of the year. I’ll have my recap post up later this week.

Kernels of Nonsense:

This month I did a discussion post on shipping in honor of Valentine’s Day (Kernels of Nonsense: A Bookish [and not-so bookish] Valentine’s) and I also did a post discussing why I tend to shy away from readathons (Kernels of Nonsense: Readathons or Stressathons?).

Favorite Blog Meme Posts This Month:

I really had fun putting together Top Ten Tuesday: Music for Fans of Magical Realism where I listed music that I thought fans of the genre would enjoy.

Things I’m Looking Forward to in March:

Monthly TBR: I decided that this month I’m not going to do a monthly TBR. I’m experiencing a little apprehension over doing these lists as I’m never sure which books I’ll be able to get from the library and I don’t know what books I may or may not be in the mood for when the time comes to pick up a new book. This month I want to give myself a whole lot of freedom and at the end of the month I’ll have to decide if I’m going to do away with these posts for good.

ARCs: I have somehow managed to accumulate far too many ARCs. Read.Sleep.Repeat. will be hosting an ARC April for those interested in finally getting through all the ARCs they have. I’m not sure I can wait, so I’ll be reading at least two this month.

New Releases: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski is coming out at the end of the month and I cannot be more excited about it!

Spring Week Long Bloggiesta: I haven’t decided if I’m going to participate in this Bloggiesta yet. I would really like to, but I just might pass this time around.
Month in Review

How was your blogging month? Did you get to a lot of books in February? Any March releases you’re excited about? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

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14 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: February ’16

  1. Awe. Thank you for the mentioned in this post, Alicia. I had a lot more fun than I thought I would stalking, I mean following, your blog. I really enjoy gathering reading ideas from you TTT and reviews. I look forward to our collaboration. It’s taking me a bit of time to put together that Google doc to share with you. Thanks for understanding. One a side note, was it the flu you caught? I didn’t know this until recently, but the peak flu season is actually Jan/Feb. Go figures. I’m glad you’re well now.

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    • Haha, ditto here. No problem about the Google Doc, I actually think I still need to email you back. You know, I’m not sure if it was the flu, I never bothered to take my temperature, I just burrowed under my blankets for a few days. Thanks, Lonna!

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  2. Hope you’re feeling better now! I keep seeing the Schwab books and now I’m feeling like I’m missing out on something great.
    I have a hard time with monthly TBR lists. I’m too moody of a reader to commit to a certain list of books. I wish I could – it would make picking a new book to read much easier.

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    • I am feeling better, thank you. V.E. Schwab is definitely more popular because of her A Darker Shade of Magic series. It’s a really great fantasy series. I liked doing TBR lists when I first started, but this month I just wasn’t feeling anything on the TBR which begs the question: are they really necessary when I change my mind so much?

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  3. Five is five and sometimes life happens! I have noticed in my visits around blogs that many of the winter people have succumbed to sickness as the Spring is about to happen! All the best for March.Hope it’s not quite as busy.

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  4. Feb was an epic fail for me. Maybe 3 books but i binged watched soooo much tv and loved it! I just feel a bit let down by the last few books I read and the tbr list does not excite me… Oh well! What a dilemma to have #firstworldproblem

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  5. February was simultaneously hectic and tragic for me. Hectic because as you read in my own Monthly Wrap-up, we’re busy getting our house packed up for our big move, and tragic in view of the atrocity of only reading 4 books! Life is so unfair at times 😦

    I’m not good with TBR’s either ha! And I’m wholly with you on the freedom banner to choose what I want to read, when I want to read! I don’t like feeling tied down or having my book adventures feel like a chore :/

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    • This is the second time in the last few months that I only managed five books and it just feels like I’ve failed as a book nerd. I’m so glad I decided not to a TBR this month because I’m finding this new found freedom liberating! I may just include a “Books I’m Looking Forward To” section to my monthly wrap-up posts instead.

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