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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2021

This month I read a total of 16 books! I have been on fire these past two months, and I’m hoping this will continue to be the trend. I’m a little worried that I’m going to burn myself out, but I guess that’s future me’s problem 😂

While I am aiming for 150, I am also aiming to diversify my reading. I am trying to break into genres I don’t typically gravitate toward. I am hoping to read more non-fiction and classics. And, as always, I am taking part in several reading challenges.

Let’s get into it!


Books I Read:

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon (5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book set mostly or entirely outdoors); Little Inklings Challenge (A book that’s title begins with the first letter of your name); On the Cover (A mode of transportation)

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (4 Stars) (REVIEW) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book where the main character works at your current or dream job (librarian)); Little Inklings Challenge (An e-book); On the Cover (A book)

My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book from your TBR list chosen at random); A to Z Challenge (M)

What If It’s Us (What If It’s Us #1) by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book about do-overs or fresh starts); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist)

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A sequel); A to Z Challenge (G)

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: A to Z Challenge (O)

The Huntress by Kate Quinn (3.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a black-and-white cover); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Grey)

When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good by Emily Ley (4.5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with an oxymoron in the title); The Unread Shelf Challenge (A book you got for free)

Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2) by Sara Holland (3 Stars) (review coming soon) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A book involving magic); A to Z Challenge (P)

The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging by Hannalora Leavitt (3 Stars) (review coming soon) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: Read Harder Challenge (Read an own voices book about disability); Little Inklings Challenge (A book with a 6-word title)

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo (4 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, on a TV show, etc.); Little Inklings Challenge (A debut book)

Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones (4 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with something broken on the cover); Little Inklings Challenge (A book by an author of a different race than you); Reading Rainbow Challenge (Purple)

Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: Little Inklings Challenge (A book being adapted to TV/film)

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer (3 Stars) ~ e-book

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover); Read Harder Challenge (Read a book with a cover you don’t like); A to Z Challenge (A)

Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo (4.5 Stars) ~ audio

~Reading Challenges: A to Z Challenge (R)

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas (5 Stars) ~ print

~Reading Challenges: PopSugar Challenge (A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title); On the Cover Challenge (A mask)

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Format: ……………………………………………..Reading Challenges:

Physical Books: 7                                    PopSugar Challenge: 20/50

E-Books: 4                                                Read Harder Challenge: 5/24

Audiobooks: 5                                         The Unread Shelf Challenge: 2/12

Non-fiction: 2                                          Little Inklings Challenge: 17/26

.                                                                  On the Cover: 6/10

.                                                                  Reading Rainbow: 5/10

.                                                                  A to Z Challenge: 12/26

.                                                                  Goodreads Challenge: 31/150        

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Star Ratings

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ : Four (Where the Lost Wander, Gemina, Obsidio, A Court of Silver Flames)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 : Three (When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ : Five (The Paris Library, My Calamity Jane, What If It’s Us, Shadow and Bone, Shadowsong)

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 : One (The Huntress)

⭐️⭐️⭐️ : Three (Phoenix Flame, The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging, Annihilation)

⭐️⭐️1/2 : Zero

⭐️⭐️ : Zero

⭐️1/2 : Zero

⭐️ : Zero


Things I Posted:

Book Review: The Paris Library ~ Fantastic Audiobooks For You to Read


Getting Personal:

This month was very interesting. Strangely, it was interesting because I barely left my house! The first two weeks of the month we were under quarantine because my daughter was exposed to someone at school with COVID. We did not end up getting sick, so that was a huge blessing.

Right on the tail end of that we were hit with the terrible winter storm! Our power was off for about five straight days and the temperatures were in the 10’s. Thankfully my parents lived in an area where they did not lose power or water, so we were able to go and stay with them.

I was able to get my first COVID vaccine shot! My husband is still on the waiting list, but we are hopeful he will get his appointment soon. Then, to end off the month, my daughter turned 4!! It is so crazy to think that she has been with us for almost two years already!! ❤️


My March TBR Pile:

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Namesake by Adrienne Young

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

These Dark Wings by John Owen Theobald

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab


How many books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I read? Are you participating in any reading challenges? What about the books on my TBR for March? Let me know down in the comments! 

Interested in my monthly wrap-up for January? Check it out here!


Love and happy reading,

Whitney

Author:

Hello!! My name is Whitney, and I love books! I spend a huge amount of time reading (way more time than I should, if we are being perfectly honest!) I am currently working as a library page at a branch of my local public library. I live in Texas with my husband, daughter, and my dogs, who are a total mess and generally are my reading buddies. I also love to sing, hike, play The Sims, watch tons of YouTube videos, and drink creamy tea and coffee.

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