February 2021 Wrap Up

Hi! How is it March already? I can’t believe it we’re almost through a QUARTER of 2021. Madness.

February, although short, was a great reading month volume wise. I’ve read 10 books. Let’s look at stats!

  • Number of books read: 10
  • Number of pages read: 3241
  • Average star rating: 3.6
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 46
  • Books read: 3
  • Physical TBR: 43
  • DNF: 1

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch’s books always make me feel stupid. It’s not a bad thing. They’re just so well thought out and complex, it takes all my brain power to understand them. Recursion was no different. I enjoyed it a lot, as it deals with time travel, and we know how I feel about that! It was the right amount of mind bendy and confusing, but still engaging.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

Full review to come soon. The idea was better than the execution which I find to be a thing for me a lot when it comes to thrillers. Still quite enjoyed the read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

In my opinion the weakest book in the Wayfarers’ series. Full review to come in a few days!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A quite enjoyable Cinderella retelling. I appreciated the representation, though I think it read quite young and was predictable. One thing that definitely brought the rating down for me was the unnecessary “love triangle”.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

I loved the premise of this one more than the execution. It’s about a pair of siblings with super powers. I think it’s best to go into it not knowing anything else. Sadly, the transitions made it hard for me to follow and took me out of the story a lot.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I don’t understand anyone who says this is Sanderson’s worst book. Ahem… Warbreaker? I found Elantris really enjoyable and I really grew to love all of the characters. And! Hoid!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

A full review to come. I found this to be a great and satisfying ending to an overall fantastic series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

I don’t have much to say about this one at all. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I think it was perfectly fine for what it was, a whimsical story about magical forest creatures and it’s definitely to many people’s taste, just not exactly my thing. I don’t regret picking it up, I just really don’t have anything to say about it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan

I jinxed myself when I said Levithan can do no wrong. Everything I picked up by him since was not at all what I expected and I’ve been disappointed. Marly’s Ghost was predictable and had nothing that set it apart. Yes, I still do like Levithan’s writing, so I gave it 3 stars, even though objectively I think it deserves 2.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

How was your February? What’s the best book you read last month?

Thank you for reading. Talk soon!

February Wrap Up

Hi! I’m a bit late with this post as we’re already 4 days into March! Honestly, where does the time go? I had a really good reading month in February, at least quantity wise, I’ve read 9 books and it’s the most I’ve read in a month in a looong while. Quality wise? Well, I haven’t had a proper 5 star read since the very first book I finished this year (not counting a comic I’ll mention below) so that’s not ideal.

  • Number of books read: 9
  • Number of pages read: 3452
  • Average star rating: 3.4

I’ve decided to add stats of the number of books on my physical TBR at the start of each month, how many books I’ve read from it and how many I’ve added to it.

  • TBR at the start of February: 63
  • Books added: 2
  • Books read: 4
  • Current TBR: 60
Birthday by Meredith Russo

This book has been on my radar for a couple of months, and when I realised my library had an ebook version of it, I decided to pick it up. Birthday is an own voices novel with a trans main character. It spans over 7 (?) birthdays and is told from the perspective of two best friends, Morgan and Eric. This book hurt me emotionally, as it deals with some difficult subjects. It’s gut wrenching and frustrating at times, but also lovely and hopeful. I think it’s an important read and a topic that should be discussed in YA more often.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I have a full review for this book here if you want to check it out. I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’ll make this short and sweet. I liked the way the story was told, though I think it limited the amount of info that could be conveyed (world building, magic etc.). The Name of the Wind was a really cosy read. I wanted a bit more from it, but I still really enjoyed it for what it was.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I buddy-read this with my boyfriend (it was my pick) and LOVED it. It was a great mix of sci-fi and mystery/thriller. Dark Matter deals with parallel universes and along with time travel, that’s my favourite kind of sci-fi, so I was hooked on it from the start. The story did take a while to unfold and I needed to wrap my head around what was going on, but it was the good type of confusing. And once it got going… oh my god, was it suspenseful and mind-blowing and just a good fucking time.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power

First of all, can we please acknowledge how beautiful this cover is?! Okay, now that we’re all in agreement… This book was great. It was gory and atmospheric and gross and creepy. I’m surprised how much I enjoyed it – lately I’ve been disappointed with every hyped YA book out there. Also, it turns out horror is my genre. The ending wasn’t to my liking, though, so it wasn’t perfect, but I guess you can’t have everything.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle

Here’s my one and only 5 star read of this month. My boyfriend got me this for Valentines and I read it slowly throughout a week or so. I’ve been obsessed with these comics since I found them on Twitter, and I think they’re just adorable and funny. I’ve nothing else to say, really.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

This one disappointed me immensely. I love Brandon Sanderson, but something about Warbreaker just didn’t work for me. If you want to read my full thoughts, a review can be found here. Ultimately, this read like a wannabe Sanderson book.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The Silent House by Nell Pattison

I hate rating arcs low, but it has to be done sometimes. The Silent House seemed like a book right up my alley, but ended up being a huge disappointment. It’s releasing tomorrow, so I will be posting a full review either later on today, or tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I have an issue with picking up books from my physical TBR (don’t ask me why, I have no clue), so as an incentive to read them instead of getting new books, I made a TBR jar. In February, my lucky pick was Fahrenheit 451. I’m sure if I didn’t force myself, I wouldn’t have read it for years, because I’m not that big on classics. I ended up really enjoying it, to my surprise! I’m sure I don’t need to summarise the book for any of you, I also don’t have anything profound to say about it. I enjoyed the writing and the message. I think it’s insane how valid and relatable it still is, 50 years later.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Lastly, I kind of set myself up for fail with this one. I don’t read self-help books, they’re not for me, I don’t enjoy them. Why did I pick this one up, so? Honestly, I have no idea. Partially because I’m an anxious person myself, partially because everyone raves about this book and also a bit because I liked Haig’s Humans. As I should’ve expected, I didn’t get anything out of it. I didn’t relate, as my anxiety is triggered by the news or social media. I also thought the solutions listed in the books were very cliched and targeted at a very specific demographic which I’m not part of, and nor are all the people I know who deal with anxiety on a daily basis.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

As you can see, February was a mixed bag. March has been much slower reading wise already, but according to my Goodreads, I’m 4 books ahead of schedule, so I’m trying not to stress myself out too much about it.

I won’t be posting a TBR for the month, as I’m trying to not restrict myself too much and read whatever I’m in the mood for.

How was your February? Let me know down in the comments! I’ll talk to you soon.