February is the shortest month of the year. Even shorter this year because we don’t have the 29th. Reading-wise, I did okay. But the thing that stood out was the amount of signed and full-priced books that I acquired this month. I buy books at full price very seldom – only if they come signed, really. But I went to two back-to-back author events and found signed copies of books that I love. When did I ever been this concerned about new releases?
I fully had a TBR in my head for February. I wanted to read books with a romantic aspect. Not contemporary or new adult. Just anything with romance in it. I also planned to finish Orange but I started Black Butler instead. And I actually played around with the idea of a March TBR but given my history with them, I dunno. LOL.
Anyway, I still call this a good month. I could’ve done better but my anticipation for A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab got in the way of everything. I actually did start it in February but only finished it yesterday. Yep, I was destroyed. But that’s for the next wrap-up.
TOTAL BOOKS READ: 10.
- Black Butler, Volumes 1-3 by Yana Toboso. I’ve been meaning to read this manga series for a long time. I recently watched the entirety of the anime and loved it. I didn’t love the second season then I find out it’s an anime original. Well, that explains it. To be honest, I’m a bit lukewarm towards the manga. It’s still fun but it definitely benefited from seeing the pictures move. I still enjoy it and squee whenever Finnian is on the page. I can actually hear Grell’s and Lizzie’s Japanese voices when I read their panels! I’m definitely continuing with it.
- Volume 1 – 3/5 stars
- Volume 2 – 4/5 stars
- Volume 3 – 3/5 stars
- Orange, Volumes 2 & 3 by Ichigo Takano. I don’t know why I’m taking my time with this finished series. I mean, I know what happens – I watched the anime and live action. Still, I have one more volume to go (as of this posting). I love it. I think I’ll end up rating all five volumes a full five star. I was actually just rewatching the 9th episode this morning. The more I do that, the more I’m sure that I’m Team Suwa. I love Kakeru but Suwa’s taking a MAJOR one for the team. Both 5/5 stars.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Oh dear. This book. I finally cave only to have my initial hesitations prove me right. I posted a word vomit about this when I was around halfway through the book. I have a full review outlined that I might not post because it really just boils down to one question: how was this a good book? Harsh, I know. But I just don’t get why people literally puke and cry over this book and the rest of the author’s work. Granted I will still read the next one but this time, with the mindset that this is strictly a guilty pleasure read. I may or may not post a full review for this book but let’s just say that I don’t get the hype. 3/5 stars. And that’s me being generous.
- Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz. I should do better with my Blogging For Books reviews. I got this almost two months before reading and reviewing it but it only took me an hour to read it. I loved it. This should be in every library. I hope there’ll be a second volume. 5/5 stars.
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I’m torn with this. At first, I loved it. It was atmospheric, the Indian culture was rich and lovely. But then the purple prose started to weigh on me. It got tedious. The writing is already beautiful even without the flowery words but it got too much. All that bogged down my reading experience. The romance was sweet though. I already pre-ordered the next book; that comes out later this month. 3/5 stars.
- The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins. More Kowalski, please. This is another audio book but I’m counting pages. I am enjoying these in the audio format (I’m listening to another Rollins audio book right now). But I also think that I will eventually re-read them in physical form. These books are very formulaic but never boring. 4/5 stars.
- Sorako by Takayuki Fujimura. I borrowed this one on a whim from Hoopla Digital. It’s about Sorako, a young woman who just graduated and is on the hunt for a job. It’s a collection of short stories in manga form. It was okay, nothing mind-blowing. 3/5 stars.
- 2649 pages – counting audio books as if I read the physical books
- 1 audio book – ~15 hours
As for my February haul… like I said, I went to two author events, meeting six authors: Leigh Bardugo, S. Jae-Jones, Marie Lu, Jessica Cluess, and Stephanie Garber. I got Leigh Bardugo’s autograph on a Post-it note as kind of a book plate. Then I got a couple of books signed. On top of that, I bought a couple of signed editions. And a mini-Book Outlet order. Here’s the list:
- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – Vroman’s Bookstore on release date
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – Vroman’s Bookstore during the Wintersong event
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Vroman’s Bookstore during author signing
- A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab – Barnes and Noble, signed pre-order
- The Midnight Star by Marie Lu – Barnes and Noble, signed edition
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu – Book Outlet, signed edition
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Book Outlet
- A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard – Book Outlet
- Recent Forgeries by Viggo Mortensen – Better World Books
- Linger by Viggo Mortensen – Better World Books
Honestly, this book haul looks like a TBR list. I already read two out of the list. Notice that I’m missing the first book in The Young Elites trilogy. Well, I recently bought it. And yes, also signed. 😉
That’s my wrap-up. I’m still thinking about a possible TBR for March. Who knows. I got a lot of new releases. I’m inspired.