Despite February being the shortest month, I ended up reading quite a bit this month! Most of it was audiobooks, which is a pretty normal occurrence for me. Since I’m in school right now and I don’t use public transportation, I don’t have a lot of time to read physical books unless it’s at night before bed. Also, I was able to get audiobooks that I’ve really been wanting to read for a while. T god I’m starting to tick those books off my Goodreads TBR because sweet baby Jesus knows I have waaaaay too many books on that. Good thing I’m doing the Down the TBR Hole tag!
I’m super happy with this reading month as well because the majority of the books ended up being 4 or 5 stars! I even think I found a new favorite or two this month which is SUPER exciting since I don’t really find books I consider favorites anymore.
As always, here’s the books I was planning on reading this month:
Oooooh. Aaaaaah. Wow much books, such reading. I didn’t end up getting to all of these books, though the ones I didn’t get to will be following me to next month because I am determined to read them!
Here’s the books I actually did end up reading:
Sourdough – Robin Sloan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a super light, fun, and easy read. I think it really speaks to recent grads, or people like me who are about to graduate because it follows a girl named Lois who recently graduated college and gets a job at a major technology firm. She gets burnt out very quickly and finds solace in a local small restaurant. Eventually the restaurant owners leave but not before gifting her with their sourdough starter, which leads to her slowly finding joy in life again through learning to bake sourdough. It’s not a super deep book and doesn’t cover any heavy topics (which was a relief because several of the books I read before did). It’s a great book about discovering yourself, following your passions, friendships, and possibly love?
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ummmm ok, so there’s a lot to unwrap with this book. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it’s not for people who are sensitive to various heavy topics. I’m going to write a review for this book soon once I’m able to figure out a cohesive way to put down all my thoughts. I will say now though that I genuinely don’t understand why people are so obsessed with Jamie after reading this book. I feel like even though it’s a romance, it’s so much more than that and I was seriously disgusted at certain parts of it. I obviously didn’t hate it though so there’s that.
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ho-lee shit. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, especially with all the hype. I absolutely loved all the characters though, and the world building was insane. The depictions of the two societies are clearly distinct despite them not being thoroughly described. The only thing I could have had a problem with is it’s a bit insta-lovey, but I didn’t mind because we got to know the two characters so well before they met. I can’t wait to get into Muse of Nightmares!
Shadowhouse Fall – Daniel Jose Older ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This series is amazing. It covers what it’s like to be black and latino poc in America, including racial profiling, treatment by police officers, even being lgbtq in those communities, while still having an interesting urban fantasy plot!
The Girl From Everywhere – Heidi Heilig ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
This book was relatively quick and enjoyable. It didn’t require a lot of thinking and the premise is very interesting! It tapped into my fantasy of being a pirate as well as being able to enter different worlds. I’m definitely going to continue the series.
An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Quick, easy, fun fae book. It’s nothing new but enjoyable none the less if you like fae romance books. Review here.
Reign the Earth – A.C. Gaughen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Holy hell this book covers some heavy topics that I was seriously not expecting. Trigger warnings for implied marital rape and abuse, violence, lots of death, along with some other things. Nothing is too graphic but if you’re sensitive to those things it’s probs not the book for you. Other than that, the magic system was interesting, political intrigue made sense, there is great familial relationships and a relatively slow-burning romance which was nice. It also has a great antagonist. And by great I mean I seriously hated him, he’s the worst. I’m interested to see where the second book takes us!
As you can see I have trouble reading physical books. I’m not taking complete blame for this though, because I have a lot going on right now and I’m stressing tf out over graduating and having to have a real job and be an actual adult. Whatever. I want to try to read more physical or e-books in March, and finish the books that I wanted to read this past month. I think I’ll be able to do it, especially since I have my spring break in March!
Also, I’ve read 16 books so far this year which I am SO EXCITED ABOUT!!!! I’m hopeful I’ll actually be able to surpass it this year even though it’s significantly larger than my Goodreads goals the past couple years!
That’s it for today! I hope you all finished your February TBR’s, or at least got a good way through them like I did!
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