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Monthly Wrap Up- February


Hello, hello! I have read some very interesting books this month and while I might not have finished a series like last month, I am glad to have read these books because they were really good! Overall, this month was really good if I am thinking about reading but towards the end, I don’t know what happened but I kinda had to take a break from bookstagram and blogging because I simply didn’t know what to post on either platforms.  That break did felt good though. Even now, I might take it easy for a couple of weeks as far as blogging goes. So, let’s see how much I post in March.

In any case, let’s get into what I did on the blog during the month, shall we?

WWW Wednesday

Down the TBR Hole

I didn’t deviate much from my routine of these except for the fact that I forgot/ chose not to post once in each of them. I didn’t post the weekly meme because I wasn’t feeling well and I kinda forgot the timing of the Down the TBR Hole in a monthly schedule and it just never happened. Oops? Hopefully, I am better next month.

Top Books by Black Authors on my TBR

Five Star Predictions

I talked about books by black authors that I wanted to read, a couple of them are a bit hard to get but I will see how to get to them. I also talked about rating predictions, it’s been a while since I did something like that. I am hoping that all my predictions turned out to be correct.

The Last Lies of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides

The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Wrote a couple of reviews, I have been seriously loving the books I have been reading so far…Here’s to hoping that this trend continues.

I read a total of six books and I am really happy with my progress because I am on track for my reading goals. I didn’t stray into any new genre so it’s just pretty much a mix of science fiction and fantasy for me. I finally conquered the tome that was Ship of Magic, it’s been evading me for a while. So, yeah, pretty happy with my reading month.

Princess Floralinda and the Forty Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir

This was a wild ride and I really enjoyed it. This was my first ever Tamsyn Muir book and I can’t wait to read more by this author, specifically the Locked Tomb series.  The characters were quirky and defying the typical stereotypes of the damsel in distress. It was a dark theme but there were enough hilarious and vaguely uncomfortable moments that I am now eager to read Gideon the Ninth!

Tiān Guān Cì Fú (Heaven’s Official Blessing) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

I finally finished this behemoth! I knew going in that I needed to be slowly reading it through because of the many, many chapters but maybe I went a bit too slowly.  I absolutely loved the characters and the growth and god. Xie Lian and Hua Cheng might have made me cry, I am not admitting to anything but tears might have been shed.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

This was such a pleasant surprise. I am always wary when I start the classic Sci-fi because I am never sure if I will like it or not. Or if the writing style will be up my alley or not. I really liked the format of the story and how it was laid out. There were a few things that I have to let go of because of the time it was written in but overall, I really enjoyed it and will definitely be continuing on with the series.

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

This one took its sweet time to endear itself to me, possibly because I wasn’t in the mood when I picked it up the first time and even on the second go, it took me about 150/200 pages to really start appreciating Robin Hobb’s writing and how she makes her characters alive on page. I can’t wait to read Mad Ship (possibly in March, who knows?) but yeah, my love for Hobb and my journey with this realm continues.

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos, (Translated by Hildegarde Serle)

I really loved the unique world this book created, the way things worked on different Arks also fascinated me. The main character, Ophelia, also made a great impression on me because she’s not quite bold but when the time asks for it, she will be very forthright. I really loved her because she didn’t really change but different aspects of her came through as the plot progressed. The one problem I have with the book and it might turn out to be a big problem if it continues in the later books is that, for all that Ophelia’s Ark has matriarchal societies, her opinion isn’t really taken into consideration at any given point, it really bugged me. Ugh!

Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

This was such a good break from fantasy and kinda reminded me of Murderbot? But in a wholly different world and situations. I think the fact that I went in with absolutely no expectations and no real idea of the plot helped me a lot. I genuinely loved Brittle, her pragmatism and her logic works to help her survive but it’s memory that helps her to keep going. It’s such a good way of blending two scifi tropes into something new-ish and it’s done so well. I just loved it, okay?

I am pretty happy that I managed to read this many books and the fact that I am still trying to write reviews on time is absolutely blowing my mind every time I see it happening. Let’s continue that, hopefully in the coming months…

Also! I know a few places are going back to normal but there are many countries that are still struggling because of the virus. So, please, take all the precautions. Stay safe and take care of each other. Second waves are a thing and they are happening, please, don’t think it’s okay to let go of the precautions just yet, okay?

What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it the most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.

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