February Wrap-Up and March Goals

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So January started off AMAZING… and February was not. For someone who gave herself only four books to read, I failed. I mean, I read four. So there’s that. I just didn’t read all of the four on my TBR. But it is no match for the seven that I read in January. Could I use the fact that February is a shorter month as my defence? I don’t even care that it’s only two or three days shorter than all the other months, it’s a defence and it counts! Oh, and my other defence is that I had an operation. I think that counts, too. Not to mention the deadlines I had in college because apparently I still have to do college work when I’ve had an operation. RUDE. February was actually a busy month. I don’t feel as bad now.

I took a slight break from the blog towards the end of February. In total, I managed to publish six posts:

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If you read my January Wrap-Up and February Goals post then you’ll know that my TBR for the year is based on prompts. I have four prompts and a book for each prompt. The prompts for February were:

  • Fantastic February

The main goal of Fantastic February was to tackle the fantasy books on your TBR. I chose Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan as my pick for this prompt. It was the first book I read in February. I really enjoyed it, although, if you’re not aware of this book, be mindful that there is a trigger warning for sexual assault. There is also an animal death that I wasn’t aware of that is pretty brutal, so if that’s something that bothers you, just be aware of it.

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I also read one other book for this prompt and this has become one of my absolute favourite books – The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. This book is an adult fantasy book but with YA elements. Some of the content is quite graphic and depicts a war (if ya couldn’t tell from the title). I LOVE The Poppy War and you’ll see me talk about this A LOT because I can’t contain just how much I loved it. I’m counting down the days until the sequel is released!

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  • A classic book

It’s time to call myself out. I did not read the classic book that I chose for February. I tried. I really tried. But, once I had read Girls of Paper and Fire, I was really on a fantasy kick and so I just had to read The Poppy War, which took me so long to finish for as much as I loved it because of college deadlines, so The Picture of Dorian Gray (the classic book that I was supposed to read in February) took a back seat. I clearly have my priorities sorted. Then the end of the month happened (seriously, the fact we miss two/three days of February really makes a difference, and yes I am sticking to that defence, IT COUNTS, OKAY?) I tried reading it on the last day of February but The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon came out on the 26th February and it’s my most anticipated read of the year so how was I supposed to read The Picture of Dorian Gray when Priory was just staring at me? IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE.

  • An ARC

I read one ARC in February and that was The Colour of Shadows by Phyllida Shrimpton. It’s a YA contemporary that deals with some hard-hitting topics such as homelessness and grooming. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it. You can find my review of it here.

  • A re-read

I’m currently participating in a re-read of the Harry Potter books. January’s book was The Philosopher’s Stone and February’s was The Chamber of Secrets. If I didn’t re-read The Chamber of Secrets then I would have given up book blogging for the rest of my life. That goes for the entire re-read. I did read the illustrated version and I’m not gonna lie, I had such bad spider paranoia throughout the entire thing! The illustrations are beautiful, though!

All in all, the books I read in February were:

  • Girls of Paper and Fire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Colour of Shadows ⭐⭐⭐.5
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Poppy War ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Two five-star reads… not too bad at all!

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So, what is my TBR for March?

  • Monstrous March

The prompt from the Devour Your TBR group on Goodreads for March is Monstrous March. This can be taken in two ways – reading books featuring monsters and all kind of horrifying creatures, or reading gigantic tomes. I’m going to be interpreting Monstrous March as the latter because I’m not much of a horror reader, but also because I have the perfect book for this prompt – my most anticipated read of the year: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. At over 800 pages long, it is most definitely gigantic. Seriously, you could murder someone with it (that’s illegal so please don’t do that).

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  • A classic book

Since I failed to read The Picture of Dorian Gray last month, I’m going to attempt to read it this month. But I’m also going to read Pride & Prejudice. A lot of people rave about this book but I’m not sure how I feel about it. We’ll see.

  • An ARC

The ARC I’ve chosen for March is one I’m super excited about and that is Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I know this book is already out in America and I’ve seen so many of my favourite bloggers rave about how amazing it is and I was so confused as to why I couldn’t pick it up here in the UK. Turns out it’s not out until April and ARCs of it are still available to request on NetGalley. I’m super excited to have an ARC and I cannot wait to read it.

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(look how pretty that cover is!!)

  • A re-read

I’ve read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and so now it’s time for my absolute favourite of the Potter books and that is The Prisoner of Azkaban! I’ve not read the illustrated version yet despite owning it (I KNOW, I’M SO TERRIBLE), so I’m really excited to see all the beautiful illustrations.

How was your February for reading? Did you read anything interesting? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? What’s on your March TBR? Let me know in the comments below! 

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5 Comments

  1. I absolutely cannot wait to read The Poppy War after hearing how much you enjoyed it, love! <3 My favorite read of the month was probably the Wicked King, which surprised me since I wasn't the biggest fan of the Cruel Prince. I hope you March is a better reading month for you! 🙂

  2. I’m hopefully reading Summer Bird Blue this month as well. I wanted to do the Harry Potter Readathon this year but I just keep forgetting as I’ve had so many other books. Good Luck with your Monstrous Read.

  3. Doll, February is a WAY shorter month – it flies by every year, I don’t care if it “only” has two or three days less than other months, it FEELS like more! Even so, it really sounds like you got a LOT done and read, no excuses necessary! If it helps, I read The Picture Of Dorian Gray for the first time a little while back, and it’s not a long book at all – shouldn’t be too challenging to squeeze in alongside P&P and the others. Enjoy!

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