February 2019 || Monthly Wrap Up

Hello beautiful people!

February is usually a REALLY hard month for me; I think it’s hard for a lot of us who live more North, for it’s about that time that we’re sick of: snow, the sun setting too early, too much overcast and no sunny days, the switch between -5 C and -30 C by the day … the list goes on.

But for once … it wasn’t too bad! Honestly, I was b***hing a lot but I actually had a fairly good month. The first half was stressful with work but now I found out I can work compressed — which means I work an extra amount of time every day so that I get every other Monday off — SO EXCITED!

All of this with the added amazement of FINALLY watching Wreck-It Ralph, seeing and loving How to Train Your Dragon 3 (forewarning — you’ll cry but it’s a good thing), spending more time with friends instead of chronically being a hermit, finding food that I can eat without buckling over in pain, and with the prospect of Spring coming soon …what’s not to be happy about?! Bring on the sunshine, Spring!

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Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

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“A lighthearted young adult short story collection, Rainbow Rowell’s Almost Midnight is guaranteed to bring a smile on readers’ faces. Midnights follows the every growing connection between two teens through their multiple New Year celebration experiences, while Kindred Spirits explores the variety of those in the “nerd” Star Wars Fans community by diving into the lives of two very different yet very similar teens. A beautiful collection of uplifting short stories presented through Rowell’s exemplary writing skills and Blocker’s lovable illustrations, readers can’t go wrong with reading Almost Midnight.”

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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“An extraordinary and utterly emotionally novel, Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography is a completely new reading experience in the realm of LGBTQ+ young adult literature. A coming of age self discovery story, Lauren’s novel follows Tanner’s journey as a bisexual teen surrounded by a community that may not completely accept his sexual identity. But then there’s Sebastian, a recently graduated Mormon who devours his attention — and the feelings are more than mutual. A complex story about love and acceptance, Lauren’s Autoboyography is absolutely impossible to put down.”

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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“Following the powerful and important #blacklivematter movement, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is an inspirational story about fighting oppression and seeking equality for all. When Starr Carter witnesses a police officer commit a horrific act upon her childhood friend, her view on the world begins to crumble. This event becomes the catalyst towards Starr’s self-discovery journey, as she tries to find how she fits into this complex world where she has to hide her true self in order to not only be accepted but to survive. An authentic piece of literature, Thomas dares to show the world the TRUE nature of how the oppressed are treated and how to fight for justice in a corrupt society.”

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Narrative Paradise | Black History Month

Lauren Hannah | Book Trigger List

Bridget & Books | Why do we have such strong feelings for love triangles?

Lit Lemon | Revisiting Audible

Chapter Charms | ARC Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Another Book in the Wall | YA Books by Asian Authors I Need to Read

BookBum | Review: A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

The Tattooed Book Geek | Let’s talk Trigger Warnings

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I did not request any NetGalley Books during January 2019.

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I’m about two books behind, but I’m almost done three books — catching up already!

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Jenna | Bookmark Your Thoughts has
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The new aesthetic has arrived — as many know already from my update post. Thank you again for all of the lovely compliments you’ve all made — it made me feel even more positive about my updates! If you’re looking to update your theme aesthetics, make sure to check out LunaBlushDesigns on Etsy. And for those interested, I’m using the Rosalie theme.

I want to start writing more interesting Bullet Journal posts, the kinds that will help anyone who wants to get started. So please do not hesitate to send any suggestions. GraceBought made a great suggestion to make a mini series, which I’m attempting to plan out this month and start March or April. It won’t be a scheduled thing — I will post as I come up with ideas and when people make recommendations. Thanks again for the suggestion, darlin’!

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23 thoughts on “February 2019 || Monthly Wrap Up

  1. You and me both, sister! I’m so done with winter! This last snow dumping, like seriously!?! I can’t wait for Spring! 😀 Getting every other Monday off sounds beautiful!
    I love Wreck it Ralph… are you going to watch Ralph Breaks the Internet? I loved it just as much! I still have to see How to Train Your Dragon 3, I can’t wait to see it! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it!
    It looks like you had a good month! 🙂

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    1. Ugh … Ottawa is littered in ice and snow … it’s actually a hazard to walk to and home from work! Oh yes, super excited for my compressed shift.

      I’m definitely watching the sequel!! That was actually how I ended up watching it, because my friend wants to watch it with me haha!

      Thanks! I really did!! I hope you had a lovely month as well!

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      1. I appreciate that.😀 Especially as you use trigger warnings. I’m often blunt and opinionated in posts but really tried with this one to make it respectful and look at both sides so reading that I made a great number of points from someone who uses trigger warnings is great to read.

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    1. I know eh?!? I tend to never give out 5 stars, so I was SUPER shocked ha-ha!

      And of course! I always love your posts, especially your reviews; they’re so well put together!

      THANK YOU!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I am SO happy with my decision to change it up. NOW I just need to update my Instagram aesthetics and I'll be golden! Still working on that though … ha-ha

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  2. Omg that weather is too cold! I’m over here in California, complaining about 40 degrees-Fahrenheit weather, while you’re literally dying. Ah! Hoping the sun comes out soon for you, love! ❤️

    I LOVED the newest HTTYD movie with all my heart! That series has been with me for so long and has always been one of my favorites! I feel so happy and sad and empty that it’s over now. But it ended on a lovely note! 💕

    And thanks for sharing my post, Jenna! ☺️

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    1. Ha-ha! You get used to it after living here all of your life. But EVERY February … I get the “THIS NEEDS TO END” rage ha-ha! CALIFORNIA!!! I’m so jealous. I’ve never been but I want to go! We actually had sun almost every day this week, so my colleagues and I all bundled up and went out to enjoy it (even though it was freezing ha-ha).

      THE FEELS OF THAT MOVIE!! Oh my gosh yes … I get that with a really good series, especially when it has such a perfect ending. I had that with Toy Story as well … I was ugly crying at the end of that series. It was so cool because when I went to see Toy Story 3, the WHOLE theater was people in my age demographic … and I’m fairly certain everyone cried ha-ha.

      Of course! I loved it and really hope that your new group grows more and more!

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