Monthly Wrap-Up: February ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI’ve been in a bit of a weird head space for the last couple of weeks. I DNFed an ARC for the first time and feel like I wasted almost a week trying to get through it before doing so. I’m trying to feel better about reading less, but it’s a really hard switch to flip. I decided to join Can’t-Wait Wednesdays as a way to fill the blog and not feel so much pressure to produce a certain number of reviews a month. Still, I managed to finish five books in February. I’m planning a two-week hiatus at the end of March, going into April, so expect an announcement around March 24th. Also, I will be posting a giveaway tomorrow for a few bookmarks I made, so look for that.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read this month was Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi. I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up this adorable rom-com. I loved both leads and smiled way too much reading it. My review will be posted in March. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No read this month received less than three stars from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Valentine’s Day: Book Recommendations to Make You SwoonΒ – Loved sharing some of my favorite swoon-worthy contemporary novels for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Romantic Movies I’ve Never Seen – I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to rom-coms and the like. Here are ten romantic movies (now nine), I have yet to see.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – This is my first time participating in this meme, which will be appearing on the blog at least a couple of times a month.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read one debut book: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 2 books

March Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How was your February? Which March release are you most looking forward to? Let me know inΒ the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

30 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: February ’18

  1. I did a little dance of joy when I saw you like WDMR. It was just the sweetest, most adorable book I read last year, and it made me so happy. Yeah!!! I don’t feel bad about DNFing. Every book won’t be a perfect fit, but you can provide constructive feedback, even if you don’t feature the book on your blog via a review. Life is too short to read books we don’t enjoy.

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      1. I’ve never DNFed an ARC, so there was a lot of guilt, but ultimately resignation happening. Not wanting to put people off of reading said book, I think I’m going to remain tight-lipped about it because I think my DNFing had a lot to do with my personal slumpiness. If you’re still curious, DM me on Twitter and I’ll tell you. Do we follow each other? I’m going to hunt you down right now.


        1. Yeah, I think it’s better for a author if you say “this isn’t for me” than write a review bashing a book. Not that people shouldn’t be honest, but it’s not always necessary to say anything at all.

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  2. When Dimple Met Rishi was just super cute! I’m really excited for her next book!! πŸ˜€ I’m also excited for The Astonishing Color of After. The hype for that book and for Children of Blood and Bone is crazy!

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  3. When Dimple Met Rishi had me smiling way too much too, haha. I really enjoyed it and I can’t believe it took me this long to read it too! I am excited for Children of Blood and Bone too! I can’t wait for my copy to finally get here.

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  4. Just from the cover When Dimple Met Rishi is so inviting and looks such fun. Pity about the ARC and the time it took you to put it away and move on. All the best for March and your planned break.

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  5. I definitely feel more weird about DNFing ARCs than any other book but if you are only reading something because you don’t want to put it down as a DNF, it’s probably not going to be a good review anyway.

    I am so excited for Children of Blood and Bone! All the ARC reviews have been positive so far and the summary sounds awesome.

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  6. I still can’t believe I missed Elizabeth Acevedo’s reading when she came to my town. I feel like I really missed out on something because now everyone is talking about her a ton. February was tough for me. I spent most of it slogging through Reading Lolita in Tehran. Like you, I have trouble quitting a book I’ve put so much time into. I’m about 35 pages from the end, which might as well be 200.

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  7. I’ve been in a bit of a funk as well… I feel like it may just be a combination of the time of the year, and being crazy busy… We’ll see how March goes πŸ™‚ Have a great month!!

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  8. I found WDMR a little lacking but I still did love it, and I’m glad you did too! I’m looking forward to seeing what you thought about Cruel Prince, and also, yes, I’m excited for The Astonishing Color of After and Tyler Johnson Was Here too!! Hope you have an even better month ahead, Alicia! <33

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