February, you left this fangirl craving more reading and binge-watching TV shows. Fine, maybe it wasn’t so much February’s fault, but more so midterms season! Compared to January, I wish I read more in February but it was a super busy month for me academically and socially. However, aside from my one DNF, I really enjoyed the books I read (especially since I found my favorite 2019 read thus far). I also especially loved my February content and the TV/movies I indulged in this month. I’m currently on spring break, so here’s to hoping to being able to catch up on reading and TV (and the two papers I need to write for next week!).
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden | 4/5 Stars
Much like the first two books in the Winternight trilogy, The Winter of the Witch is filled with luscious and atmospheric writing. I loved Vasya’s relationship with Morozko and as always, Olga, Marya, and Sasha were the perfect family compliments. However, I found myself feeling some disconnect with the story. It took me some to figure out what Vasya was doing for what cause, and I was really expecting to love this conclusion a bit more.
The Dating Game by Kiley Roache | 4.5/5
This was such a fun and binge-worthy college YA. It made me really want to pick up Kiley Roache’s debut, Frat Girl.
Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard (reread) 5/5
I loved this fantasy read featuring witches and friendship even more the second time around!
Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard | 4/5
Windwitch was such a great follow-up to Truthwitch and further expanded the Witchlands world. I need to read Bloodwitch ASAP!
Lovely War by Julie Berry (ARC) | 5/5
My favorite 2019 so far, Lovely War is such a emotional and beautifully-written read. Definitely a new favorite historical fiction book that everyone needs to pick up!
DNF: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Since I’ve been in a historical fiction mood lately and its received much acclaim, I really wanted to love Code Name Verity. Although unique to YA historical fiction between its story and narration, I just couldn’t connect to this story and struggled to read more than twenty pages at a time. If I hadn’t been so busy in February, maybe I would have pushed through, but I really value by reading for fun/review time during the school year.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine S6 (NBC) – I’m still absolutely loving this new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Here’s to the show being renewed for Season 7!
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (Netflix) – You’ll probably be able to tell with the next few shows, but I was really into documentaries this month. I actually didn’t know too much about the FYRE Festival before watching. From a PR/marketing standpoint, it was so interesting and unbelievable to see how the festival’s creators though their plans would actually work.
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie (Hulu)- My women’s contemporary lit professor highly recommended this Hulu documentary following Barbie and the company’s creation of dolls with different body types. I really enjoyed learning more about the company and seeing this new initiative come to life.
Last Chance U (Netflix)– Blame it on my Friday Night Lights withdrawals, but Last Chance U has really opened my eyes to college sports.
The Edge of Seventeen (Netflix)- A tad dark, but I loved this movie’s cast and humor.
Say Yes to the Dress S17 (TLC)- I am a firm believe that midterms season calls for some fun and binge-worthy TV shows, like Say Yes to the Dress. Similar to the last few seasons, I love the one-hour episodes and learning more about Kleinfeld’s employees and designers.
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What did you read and watch in February? Share in the comments!