February Wrap-up & March TBR

Was February a real month? Is this post real? Am *I* real?? Idk, I feel like February was an entire haze that seems like so far ago and super fast at the same time. Also, it could be the weird sickness I had for a day that has me all out of sorts.

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Books Read

✔️ Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby – 5 👑
✔️ Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan – 4 👑
✔️ The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs – 1 👑
✔️ The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – 5 👑
✔️ Heavy Vinyl – 3 👑
✔️ Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis – 2 👑
✔️ Percy Jackon’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan – 3👑
✔️ Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd – 1 👑
✔️ Opposite of Always by Justin A Reynolds – 5 👑
✔️ Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – 2 👑

Summary

I ended up reading 10 books this month. Not too bad, but it was definitely a lower amount for what I was aiming for and what I usually do. It’s been a slower few months for this girl, and Goodreads is constantly reminding me I’m 9 books behind schedule. Excuse me as I go cry. I had some fantastic reads this month, and then of course, since it’s me, I have the bad. But I’m excited about my highs because they were really high!

The Highs

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This girl…gained not one…BUT TWO new favorite books. I mean, when all hope was lost and this girl thought she would literally need to put a PSA out there that yes, she does, in fact, actually LIKE the occasional book – she found two new loves.

The first was Hurricane Season, which is perhaps the best middle grade book I’ve ever read. It’s emotional, hopeful, amazingly well written, and takes such an in-depth look at finding yourself and mental health. Omigosh, I feel so many feels just thinking about it. The next was Poet X, which I was a bit skeptical about since I didn’t know what it was really about and me and verse don’t always do so well. BUT IT WAS AMAZINGGGGGGGGGG. *screeches* <– That is me whenever I think about it. And the audiobook? It was allllll the fire emojis I can ever offer.

Another fabulous read was Opposite of Always. Reynolds NEEDS to become a name you remember, because this book was everything – funny, easy breezy, emotional, has a ship that IS SO MUCH LOVE, and just so well done. There was one small bump or two that kept it from being a favorite, but every time I think about it, I like it more and more.

The Lows

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Well, actually, besides Greek Gods, the rest of the reads were less than stellar. Grim Lovelies and The DarkDeep were my worst reads of the month. They both fell so so flat for me. I finally read Throne of Glass, and yes, yes, I failed. But I wrote a 1500 word review for all y’all’s pleasure so like, win? (And the crowd collectively sighs and says, “No, Mandy, noooooooo.”) I didn’t actually fully hate it, though, so I’m taking it as a win! Queen of the Sea had some potential, but it just didn’t work out the way I wanted.

Other BPR Activities

valitinesMandy and Sha participated in another readathon this month. I think…I think I might have won? I’m not sure. We surprisingly fell apart at the end of it due to some illness, so we didn’t go as hard as we would have liked. I actually failed at getting myself a bingo, though, because I didn’t actually follow the bingo patterns???? How much faillllll can this girl dooooooooooooooo. Apparently much.

cropped-logoblog-1.jpgSha and I are planning some fun things for March. We’re going back to basics for a few things (like maybe introducing a new fairytale series???), and getting to know these two bloggers better. I mean, besides the known fact I suck with books and screech about anything Cresswell.

Sha also created a new epic logo for us, and we are now forever book princess twinning.

Sha and I also joined the YARC challenge, and we’re both aiming to read at least 1 – 10 more books by Asian authors this year. Read some of the epic books we have on our TBR here!

Book Haul

I actually failed on keeping an accurate record on what I did. A few books that I do remember:

  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
  • In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton
  • That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  • The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
  • Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
  • The Haunted by Danielle Vega

March TBR

  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
  • In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton
  • Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
  • That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  • The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
  • We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra
  • Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
  • and UM UM UM IDKKKKKKKKKK. I need to find some prompts to force myself. I need to go back to reading books on my shelf, though. And short books so I can catch myself up.

There are so many books that I’m super excited for on this list. I will be dropping all books to immediately jump to That’s Not What I Heard because I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee me some Strohmmmmmmmmmmm. And then I will be immediately jumping to Serious Moonlight because this is one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I’m trying to focus again on books that are actually on my shelf. Wish me luckkkkkk???? But I’m feeling so aimless right now that we will have to see where this month takes me.

What do you think? What books did you read last month? Did we share any of the same? What do you plan for March? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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22 thoughts on “February Wrap-up & March TBR

  1. Mandy you seem to have many interesting things planned ahead!!!! I can’t wait to get to know you and Sha even better!

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  2. wow your ratings were really all over the place haha!
    I really want to read the princess and the fangirl as well!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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    1. Yesssssssssssss. It sounds so so good. I’m trying to lower my expectations right now so I won’t combust when reading it.

      And omg YESSSsssss. Are you excited for her next book?

      And I think I might. I’m still debating, but I’ve heard that it either gets better or worst?

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  3. Hurricane Season looks and sounds amazing. I love a good middle grade novel :] It’s funny though, when I looked at your list (without seeing the covers) I saw The Opposite of Always by J Reynolds so I balked and thought Jason Reynolds came out with a new book, but when I saw the cover I was like, wait…that’s not Jason Reynolds…mass confusion all around.
    I’m really glad you liked the Poet X though. It really was something completely different than I was expecting in the best way possible. I simply CANNOT wait to read her new book this May!

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    1. It is so so so so gooddddddddd. And omg, I did that too! I glanced real quick and I was like oh Jason!! But then I had to squint a few times and I’m like OH OH Justin. XD I really did the same thing too.
      And omigosh YESSSS. May can come faster nowwwwwwww.

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  4. OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS WAS SO WONDERFUL!!! A total 5-star read for me too, and yeah! for Hurricane Season, because I have that book too. Your TBR is stacked with a lot of books I will eventually read, but like, I have so many March books, and am still working through them. April books are in my near future though, I hope you have more highs than lows.

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  5. I have Serious Moonlight to read too but I’ve been waiting to read it because I have it on Bluefire app since it’s a PDF and it didn’t have the send to Kindle option for when I was on vacation. I can’t read on phones. 😦 I did try though!

    I read 7 books this month. That was low for me too but I only DNF one book, Two can keep a secret. I enjoyed the rest.

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      1. I’ll be home tomorrow afternoon sometime. Wasn’t quite ready to rush home just to be bored a few hours later. I’m not always good with the quiet but I like coming home to it after working. Just not after a trip with people.

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      2. And yes it really was a short and busy month. I thought I’d read more on the cruise but it took me a full day to decide what to read and Since You’ve Been Gone is a long book. I also really liked Emily and Frank too.

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