February Wrap-Up | two years of blogging down

Happy March!

Okay, I know that February is the shortest month of the year, but it always manages to take me by surprise when it ends. And we even had an extra day this year! I just have no sense of the passage of time, I guess.

February has been…a month. I don’t know what to say beyond that. I hasn’t been particularly good or particularly bad…it’s just kinda been. I read a lot (obviously), wrote a bit, got to spend a few days on the beach on California. I planned out the Women’s History Month Readathon that I’m hosting in March. You know, keeping busy.

Also, February was my two year blogiversary! Can you believe I’ve been doing this for a full two years?? Yeah, neither can I.

In February, I read a total of eleven books, including two novellas, one graphic novel, and one short story collection. My average rating for the month was 3.82 stars. I feel like I read a lot of middling books – lots of three and four stars. But there were a few standouts! Since it was Black History Month, all but one of the books I read in February were by black authors, and most of what I read was SFF.

Now let’s get into this wrap-up!

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Books I read

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orisha #2) ⭐️⭐️/5

Mini review here. The sequel to Children of Blood and Bone was a huge letdown for me, unfortunately.

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This was an interesting story with a cool premise…though I don’t think it quite lived up to its potential. Mini review to come.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Mini review here. A wonderful little novella involving aliens and African culture.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

A YA contemporary about a Haitian immigrant that pulled on my heartstrings. Mini review to come.

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How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Mini review here.  A collection of SFF short stories! Some of these were incredible, some were weird and confusing, but overall I enjoyed this collection.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Mini review here. Another novella, this one about mermaids descended from drowned slaves. Incredibly well written!

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A YA contemporary about a girl trying to contact her astronaut mother. This unexpectedly made me cry. Mini review to come.

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin (ARC) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

N. K. Jemisin strikes again with an urban fantasy about a sentient New York City. Full review to come.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

A sweet, feel-good romance about a chronically ill woman who wants to get more out of life after a near-death experience. Mini review to come.

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland (Dread Nation #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Mini review here. The long-awaited sequel to Dread Nation, which was just as fantastic as I hoped it would be! I love Jane and Katherine so much.

Heartstopper Vol. 3 by Alice Oseman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Heartstopper always manages to cheer me up! This latest volume was as sweet as ever, with more relationship growth, focus on side characters, and shenanigans in Paris. Nick and Charlie really are the ultimate, huh?

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Other things

Hitting 500 blog followers!

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Early in February (incidentally, right around my two-year blogiversary), I hit 500 followers on WordPress. WOW! Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has considered my lowly blog worthy of a follow. I’m so grateful to all of you!

I haven’t figured out yet if I’m going to do anything special to commemorate this landmark. I’d like to do something small, but I have a lot on my plate at the moment. But I’m not any less grateful! ❤️

Miss Americana (2020)

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I wasn’t planning on watching Taylor Swift’s new documentary, but it seemed like everyone was talking about it, so I caved…and I’m so glad I did! I was a big Taylor Swift fan way back in the Fearless and Speak Now era and this brought that all back. Not only was it a really interesting look into how this level of extreme fame has impacted Taylor Swift’s self-image and mental health, but it was inspiring to hear about the growth in her attitude toward political activism. It made me rethink many of my perceptions toward her, and I’m grateful for that.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

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The sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is finally out! And it was ADORABLE. I still think I prefer the first movie, since this one just felt like it was missing a little something, but I still had a great time watching it. I did not expect to get so on board with Team John, though. I was always fully Team Peter but then Jordan Fisher came along and I’m suddenly conflicted! He really got the short end of the stick in this movie. I don’t remember the book well enough to say whether the movie followed it faithfully, but it felt like a worthy sequel to the first movie.

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Favorite February blog posts

💕 Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks talked about her favorite YA tropes, both romantic and nonromantic, and paired books along with all of them!

💕 Alice @ love for words explored characters/character types that show up in different stories, which was both interesting and hilarious to read!

💕 Clara @ thebookwormofnotredame recounted her journey with romance books and what she thinks about them now.

💕 thewolfandbooks listed some upcoming releases by black authors to keep an eye out for, which managed to grow my TBR substantially.

💕 Xandra @ Starry Sky Books talked about her favorite and least favorite audiobooks, including some that I’ve also loved!

💕 Malka and Chana @ Paper Procrastinators shared the top ten life skills they’ve learned from reading.

💕 Caro @ bookcheshirecat recommended books by black authors for Black History Month.

💕 Sophie @ Me and Ink talked about traits she loves in characters, including a few of my own favorite character types!

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March TBR

In March, I’m hosting the Women’s History Month Readathon, which means I’m reading all books written by women! I’ve already posted my full TBR separately, but here’s a quick summary of the books I’m planning to read.

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  • Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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What did you read in February? Have you read any of the books I read? What’s on your March TBR?

x Margaret

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31 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up | two years of blogging down

  1. i’m sOOOO excited for the city we became!! every new good review just hypes me up even more lmao. i love it, like, sentient city just sounds awesome!! i also, really, truly, soonish, need to start on heartstopper. it seems so so soft and the colors are so warm and the covers are so lovely and i just feel like i will absolutely adore it. ps: congrats on 500 followers!! c:

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  2. Wow! Congrats of your 2 year blogversary! And on reaching 500 followers! Both are such big milestones! I’m so happy for you!

    I really enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown as well and I’m so excited for Take a Hint, Dani Brown to come out later this year! I also really need to continue with Heartstopper because I’ve only read the first volume, but I enjoyed it a lot, so I’m unsure why I haven’t picked up the other 2 volumes. Hopefully I’ll fix that sometime this year!

    Thank you so much for mentioning our post! I’m so happy when I see that people loved our posts enough to share them! 💕

    I hope you have a wonderful March!

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    1. Ahhh thank you!! ❤

      Yes I'm excited for Dani Brown as well! I have very high hopes for it. And I hope you do pick up the next Heartstopper volumes, since they're all wonderful 😀

      You're welcome, and happy March to you too!

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  3. thewolfandbooks

    I’m always excited to read your wrap ups!
    I was pleasantly surprised by Miss. Americana. It definitely showed an additional side of Taylor we don’t normally see.

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  4. I really need to pick up Heartstopper because I‘ve heard nothing but good things about it! I think it being a graphic novel will be good for the slumpy mood I’ve been in 😅. Also, you’re making me want to cave in and just watch Miss Americana. Speak Now and Fearless Taylor Swift was my favorite era of hers too 😁.
    Congrats on 2 years and 500 followers, Margaret—you deserve it 🌟.

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    1. Oh you definitely should read Heartstopper, especially if you need something to get you out of a slump! And yesss ahaha you should watch Miss Americana 😀 It brought back all those old school Taylor Swift feels 😉

      Thanks so much, and happy March! ❤

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  5. Sounds like you’ve had a very busy reading month and it has mostly been good reads which is wonderful !! I definitely understand days which have just been because some days don’t really reach good or bad so it felt like you just read my mind if I’m being honest 😂
    I’m so glad you enjoyed N.K.Jemisin latest book and I need to try her books ASAP and I’m glad you loved it!!
    Yay for the third Heartstopper comic. I’m glad you loved it. I am determined to read Solitaire first and at least do that bit in order 😂 but I’m very excited !!
    Congratulations on 2 years and on reaching 500 followers. That’s amazing and you deserve it so much. Your blog is amazing and you deserve all the followers! 💕💕
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, I’m so glad you enjoyed it ❤ happy reading for your readathon and I hope you have a great March!!

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  6. I feel like February was a meh month for everyone, and we all also read Heartstopper to make us feel better. 😂 Either way, I’m definitely glad it’s over, and March is already looking up. Can’t wait to start my WHM books!

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  7. Margaret! Your! Posts! Are! So! Full! Of! Good! Vibes! Congrats on the 500 followers, you deserve ten times as much!

    I thought of you a couple of days when I got The Deep. I saw it and grabbed it immediately, I couldn’t believe my luck xD

    It’s great that you got to watch PS I Love You! My little sister did as well, but she liked it less than To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I’ve heard that it’s quite different from the book, like it misses a little something. Since I’ve read it recently, I’ll wait to watch it, so I’ll be able to enjoy it as a sequel movie, as you did.

    Now… Thank you, thank you, thank you for mentioning my post! You’re one of the bloggers I look up to, so knowing that you liked it means a lot!

    Happy March and happy reading!

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    1. Ahhhh THANK YOU! ❤

      Omg I'm so glad you picked up The Deep, I hope you love it! And yep, PS I Still Love You was fun…but just not quite as good as the first one. You're welcome, I was happy to share your post! 😀 Happy March to you as well! ❤

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  8. Thank you so much for featuring my post! 🥰 Happy Blogversary and congrats on 500 followers, two amazing milestones! 🎉 Sad to see that you didn’t like Children of Virtue and Vengeance, I feel like I’ve barely seen any positive reviews for it, which is such a shame as I really liked the first book 😱

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