Hello, beautiful people! I think February went by faster than January, but I guess that’s fair since there are less days in February compared to January. Between reading and fitness and video games, my month has been packed with all the fun things! I fell a little behind in my Instagram posting, but the constant overcast doesn’t really help either. Oh well … it’s all for fun!
Here’s to another month in review!
In The Life of Me
With our COVID numbers going back down, places are starting to open up again! It’s been really nice. Gray and I are still being cautious, to protect ourselves and others. But we did have a fun dinner date night at Pure Kitchen, a fantastic vegetarian/vegan restaurant. We also went for a beautiful wintery walk with a friend … it was great to get all that fresh air!
Reading has been on and off? I was really good at consistently reading at the beginning of the month, but after one book in particular, my reading slump kicked in HARD. So the second half of my month consisted of playing copious amounts of Sims and Guild Wars 2 #livingthatgamerlife
Gray and I have also been really getting into fitness! I’m loving how my body is feeling, especially since my back has been hurting really bad with all the sitting around (…am I even a young adult?). I’m HOPING to include weights, yoga and meditation for March … I’m actually super excited.
Again, not that shocking. I am glad to finally have some challenging books in the pie chart; I’m really aiming for more challenging books this year. The Star Rating chart was more fun to look at this month, since I actually used half star ratings this time … I keep forgetting since that’s not an option on Goodreads. I feel like I’m a really harsh rating reviewer …
Again, the fiction to nonfiction is pretty much going to look like this all of 2021, since I’m participating in the 12 Months, 12 Nonfictions challenge. I still would like to try and read more than 12 nonfiction books, but I’ll just be happy in general reading more nonfiction.
Romance and Contemporary … what a SHOCKER! It’s nice to see some other genres getting to the mix, such as Race and LBGTQIA+. I’ve actually read quite a bit of LBGTQIA+ books this year … and they happen to be my favourites ha-ha!
My Month in Books || February Reads
I read a total of 3 books this month. I’m OKAY with this, but I’m hoping to get back to reading 4 books minimum a month. I’ve been finding that fantasy books take me FOREVER to read … which is weird, because they never used to. And it’s not like they are boring … I love the ones I’m reading! But it’s just not a day read for me.
JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING BY CHRISTINA LAUREN || This friends to lovers rom-com is SO CUTE! Hazel and Josh made me laugh so hard, especially Hazel’s witty and charismatic nature (review available here).
THE WEDDING DATE BY JASMINE GUILLORY || *sigh* … unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me. I really wanted to love it, but the male MC really bothered me and the repetitive nature of the story was a little boring. BUT others seemed to LOVE it, so don’t necessarily take my word for it (review coming soon).
DON’T CALL US DEAD BY DANEZ SMITH || Oof … this collection hit the heartstrings. Smith’s so raw and unapologetic about the racism and discrimination world, being so real with readers about her personal experiences. We definitely need more literature like this (review coming soon).
On The Blog || Book Reviews
JOSH AND HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING BY CHRISTINA LAUREN || After reading Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography, I was excited to read more of their books. Although Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating wasn’t as great as I was expecting, it was definitely the comical romance story I needed (full review available here).
BUILD YOURSELF A BOAT BY CAMONGHNE FELIX || With a stunning exterior and a powerful interior, Felix’s Build Yourself a Boat is an exquisite poetry collection to place upon your ever growing bookshelf and TBR (full review available here).
FABLE BY ADREINNE YOUNG || Young’s at it again with another epic adventure story, full of dubious characters and a beautifully crafted world. I’m honestly glad I waited to read it … because that CLIFF-HANGER is KILLING ME! My emotions were all over the place when reading this novel, feeling so much for the crew of the Marigold. Give me the sequel (full review available here)!
WRITTEN IN THE STARS BY ALEXANDRIA BELLEFLEUR || What a cute story! Bellefleur’s adorable and sexy queer romcom just blew me away. From the character development to the fake relationship trope, I devoured this book within days (full review available here).
JINGLE WARS BY R. HOLMES & VERONICA EDEN || A hallmark love story in novel form, Jingle Wars is a fun and cute romance to dive yourself into. Despite some of the nitpicking, I still recommend this story. Full of whimsical winter getaways and beautiful holiday vibes, this novel shows the power of community and love, through the good and the bad (full review available here).