February 2021 monthly wrap-up

Alright, friends: I’m finally getting back on my game with blogging and Bookstagram. I posted on more than half of the days in February, which is about the ratio I’m trying to go for. February was a great reading month for me, in both quantity and quality. To prevent making this post overly long, let’s dive right in:

What I Read

General Stats

  • Total books read: 11
    • Print books: 3
    • Ebooks: 3
    • Audiobooks: 5
  • Total pages read: 3,930
    • For fun: 3,365
    • For school: 565
  • Books purchased: 2
  • ARCs received: 4 (2 via NetGalley, 2 Goodreads giveaway wins)
  • DNF: none
  • Favorite ones: Concrete Rose, Anxious People, & Loveless

The Books

Where I have written a review for any of these books already, I’ve linked that review here–some on this blog, some on Bookstagram. All others, expect a review in the upcoming weeks–I have all the reviews written in my planner, just haven’t posted them all yet!

The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig (contemporary/magical realism) ★★★★☆ – With stellar depression representation, in-depth reflection on the power of choice and the consequences of decisions, and an overall message of hope, this was an impactful story, if occasionally a bit cheesy. Carey Mulligan’s narration elevated the audiobook to an even higher level of excellence.

Concrete Rose, by Angie Thomas (YA contemporary/recent historical) ★★★★★ – Wow. Angie Thomas has done it again. A Black teen on the cusp of manhood, dealing with unexpected fatherhood, and learning about the meaning of family. This book was nothing short of amazing.

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6), by Seanan McGuire (fantasy/portal fantasy) ★★★★½ – Horse girl, intersex rep, centaurs and unicorns, and other great things! I’m not surprised that this one was great; Seanan always is.

Creature, by Hunter Shea (horror) ★★★★½ – The first time I’ve ever seen Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome represented in a book! The fusion of the horror of chronic illness and the horror of a literal monster was an interesting combination, and I’m pretty sure this slow-burn structure is not common for a horror book?

Muted, by Tami Charles (YA contemporary novel in verse) ★★★★½ – I’m a big fan of the novel-in-verse trend that is becoming gradually more prominent. For a story about a girl in the music industry, specifically a songwriter, the format made a lot of sense. The ending had mixed feelings for me–some of it felt a little “off,” but the emotional impact was huge. And the big reveal at the end…well, I won’t say much, but it was great.

Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman (contemporary literary fiction) ★★★★★ – Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. Excellent writing, complex characters, unconventional narrative structure, and all sorts of other good stuff.

This Golden Flame, by Emily Victoria (YA fantasy) ★★★★☆ – Aro-ace protagonist, pirates, androids, and ancient Greece-inspired world. This story about autonomy, self-definition, and the value of friendship was a fast, fun adventure with A+ diversity.

Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn (YA fantasy) ★★★½☆ – This one got a lot of hype, but at the end of the day, I felt pretty let down by it. I liked what it was trying to do–the interweaving of classic King Arthur mythos with contemporary characters and modern acknowledgement of the role that slavery and racism played in developing those narratives, as well as reflection on grief and trauma–but the execution fell flat for me, with, among other things, a problematic therapist, a poor balance of different setting elements, and a main character who inexplicably accepted everything (no matter how weird) and got way too good at everything, way too fast.

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1), by Martha Wells (science fiction) ★★★★½ – Socially anxious, sarcastic security android trying to save its humans when an interplanetary mission goes awry, even though it really just wants to sit alone and watch soap operas? What a mood.

One to Watch, by Kate Stayman-London (contemporary/romance) ★★★★☆ – The Bachelorette + a plus-size lead + a format including blog posts, texts, and more…all fun things. This was compulsively readable and really entertaining, with an overall positive message (despite some stumbles along the way).

Loveless, by Alice Oseman (YA contemporary) ★★★★★ – I will fully admit, this book in terms of objective quality is probably more of a 4-4.5ish area. But for me personally, it’s a 5–this book was so meaningful for me. I wish I’d had this book when I was in high school/college and didn’t know what asexuality was.

Currently Reading

A Promised Land, by Barack Obama – This one is crazy long, and my audiobook checkout will likely be due back at the library before I finish, but so far I like it!

Perfect on Paper, by Sophie Gonzales – I had high hopes for this one, because I loved the author’s first book–and so far, it seems to be living up to them!

Sweet & Bitter Magic, by Adrienne Tooley – I’m on a blog tour for this one next week, and while I’ve only recently started, I already am super into it.

Miscellanea

  • This month, I knew that two of my books–Loveless and This Golden Flame–would have ace rep. But imagine my surprise when I got two more as well! All Systems Red and One to Watch also both had major ace characters in them.
  • Two months into the year, I’m still regularly using my Always Fully Booked planner, which is impressive for me. Usually I kind of fall off my planner game eventually, but this one I’m really committing to–even with coloring, monthly wrap-ups, and things like that!
  • I’m finally back on my Bookstagram game! Check out the pictures in my sidebar to see some of the images I’ve been posting lately.
  • My brother and I started watching The Witcher this past weekend–late to the game, I know–but the first two episodes make for a promising start! The “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” song is now hopelessly stuck in my head all the time.

That’s all for now!

What’s new with you? Have you read any good books recently? Got any posts you’d like to see me write in the upcoming weeks?

One thought on “February 2021 monthly wrap-up

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates March 3, 2021 / 2:36 am

    Wow you had an amazing reading month! I really want to get to Across the Green Grass Fields and I’ll have to add This Golden Flame to my TBR immediately–I almost never come across SFF with an aroace protagonist–so I’m glad you enjoyed them both. I hope March is another strong reading month for you!

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