What even is time anymore? The older I get the more quickly it seems to fly past. However, the cold weather seems to be finally starting to lift and there is more and more sunlight in the evenings. That light and warmth certainly has been a fantastic mood lifter.
Despite that lift, I did not read nearly as much in February as I did in January. I thought that it would irritate me but, honestly, it doesn’t. Why? Because most of what I read were books I truly enjoyed and quality will most often outclass quantity.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – This book was everything I hoped it would be. I used to read historical fiction almost exclusively so to return to that mind set was actually very comforting for me…despite the fact that this book has some dark themes. Ariadne sucked me in, made me hurt, made me smile, and left me feeling like I’d finished a good, complete story. (adult, mythology, historical, retelling) 4/5
Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan – I picked up this book because, every so often, I let my daughter pick a book for me to read and this is the one she plucked from my shelf. It was…okay. I wasn’t particularly drawn into the story but that was more my own fault than the book’s. I just haven’t been in the mood for much YA fantasy. This was an okay read. Not bad, not great. But, at the end of the day, utterly forgettable. (young adult, fantasy) 3/5
A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) Freya Marske – While I enjoyed this book, it is also one I’ve found difficult to discuss. Not because of triggering events or anything, I think I just took so long to read it that important bits of it have gotten muddled in my brain. Anyway, I liked this magical mystery along with its delightfully trope filled grumpy/sunshine gay romance. (adult, mystery, romance, magic, LGBT) 4/5
Boyfriend Material (Boyfriend Material #1) by Alexis Hall – I’m not usually one to read contemporary romance but I wanted something simple and fluffy and what is more fluffy than contemporary romance? It is even better when you make it gay. This book was a good moment of escapism and the ending was very sweet. However, the main characters were both such glaring caricatures of their respective personally types that it became a little absurd. (adult, contemporary, romance, LGBT) 3/5
This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom #1) by Tahereh Mafi – This YA fantasy romance was everything I look for in the genre. High stakes, romance that makes me feel, promise of massive upheaval in the future, and some magic to move things along. This book was exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up and I’m very pleased. Can’t wait to read the next one in the trilogy! (young adult, fantasy, romance) 4/5
Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier – It has been a long time since I truly fell in love with a story. I enjoy them, absolutely, but for every page of this book I was completely invested and it had my entire attention. This story is fantasy, sure, but it also explores human mental and emotional pain and some of the challenges that occur when trying to overcome that pain. The characters were brilliant, the story attention grabbing, and I will absolutely read more from Lucier in the future. (young adult, fantasy) 5/5
Little Thieves (Little Thieves #1) by Margaret Owen – Here is another YA fantasy I enjoyed this month, what a surprise to me. This one features Vanja, a girl who has been raised by the gods Death and Fortune. She tries to free herself from a life of indentured servitude and gets herself into a great deal of trouble along the way. Something I loved about this book was the character development. Everything is fleshed out and you watch Vanja slowly develop into a better person through a series of, quite frankly, horrible circumstances. (young adult, fantasy, romance, retelling) 4/5
Total Read: 7
Total DNFed: 0
- This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom #1) by Tahereh Mafi (physical) read
- Skin of the Sea (Skin of the Sea #1) by Natasha Bowen – OwlCrate Dec ’21 (physical)
- An Impossible Imposter (Veronica Speedwell Mystery #7) by Deanna Raybourn (physical)
- Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes (physical)
- Only a Monster (Monsters #1) by Vanessa Len – FairyLoot Jan ’22 (physical)
- Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan – FairyLoot Feb ’22 (physical)
- The City of Dusk by Tara Sim – ARC (physical)
Non Review Posts
- January Wrap Up
- Series I Need to Finish
- Book Spotlight | City of Dusk (The Dark Gods #1) by Tara Sim
- What I DNFed in January
- The Bookish Blog Tag
- WWW Wednesday | Feb 23
- A Look Back | First Quarter Anticipated Reads from 2021
In the Life
Sometimes I add this bit to my wrap up, sometimes I don’t, but it has been an eventful month so it felt appropriate to talk about things outside of books for a moment.
Going into February there were two things I was really looking forward to. First, the 2022 Winter Olympics! I’ve watched the Olympics since I was a child and have always enjoyed seeing the amazing feats people can do. It is awesome in the traditional sense of the word. Most of my favorite olympic events come in the winter with snowboarding, ice skating, and all of the wonderful sports with ice and blades.
Sadly, this year took on a different flavor. When it came out that one of the female skaters from the ROC had been caught doping, cheating, and she and her coaches faced no repercussions my joy of the games significantly soured. If you recall, in the summer games last year an American track star was banned from competing because she had tested positive for marijuana, a drug that is not performance enhancing. However, the ROC skater tested positive for a banned and performance enhancing drug and she was still permitted to compete. The unfairness and obvious political motives in the situation were disgusting and I did not watch a moment more of the games.
Next, I am a huge fan of American football. During the football season it is a highlight of my week to sit down on Sundays and just watch the various games all day curled up in my favorite chair under a warm blanket. February brought the championship Super Bowl and what a game it was! This is the first time in my memory that I was excited for both teams prior to the game. It was a great game through every quarter and the most engaged I’ve been in the Super Bowl since my favorite team, the Baltimore Ravens, won back in the 2012-2013 season.
Lastly, I want to quickly touch on the fighting between Ukraine and Russia. I don’t know how to help those people but I know praying and well-wishing isn’t the way. Russia’s actions are reprehensible and other countries need to step in and offer assistance to the Ukrainian people. Making some phone calls and telling the leader of their country to flee isn’t the way. I’m looking at you, Biden.
This certainly isn’t how I expected my February to turn out but here we are. May you read books you love, may your health not falter, and may humankind find true peace in our time.
Happy reading. 🖤