February was filled with some fun moments with family and friends- and all the homework and school/senior year stress- but I was content with the amount of time I was able to commit to reading this month! March is going to be an even busier month with school and work, but I have some really exciting weekend plans with friends and family coming up. While I do have work and homework to do, I just started my spring break and I’m hoping to dedicate some serious time to reading and blogging this week.
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug | 4/5 Stars
My friends are reading Belonging in a course on the Holocaust that I’ve already taken, and I was really intrigued by this graphic novel while looking over their syllabus. Exploring her family’s life in World War II Germany, Nora Krug’s memoir is told through a variety of historical documents, letters, and photographs. It had such a unique format and a very interesting story.
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton | 4/5
I finally gave into the hype and read Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year in Havana, which I really enjoyed! Despite all of the reviews I had read before, there were a few twists I was not expecting at all!
Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman (ARC) | 5/5
My favorite read of the month and so far in 2020, I was blown away by Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Harley in the Sky. The circus setting absolutely sold and I loved the focus on Harley’s relationship with her parents.
Night by Elie Wiesel (reread) | 5/5
I’ve been reading Holocaust memoirs for my independent study this semester, which made me want to reread Elie Wiesel’s Night– I hadn’t read it since the eighth grade!
Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer | 4/5
I finally finished the Renegades trilogy in February. While Supernova didn’t absolutely blow me away, there were a few reveals I still can’t get over.
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young (reread) | 4/5
I reread Girls with Sharp Sticks while preparing to read my review copy of Girls with Razor Hearts.
Girls with Razor Hearts (Girls with Sharp Sticks #1) by Suzanne Young (ARC) | 4/5
Girls with Razor Hearts was a satisfying follow-up to Girls with Sharp Sticks, but it definitely fell into middle book syndrome (I’m assuming we’re getting a series or at least a trilogy.
P.S. I Still Love You (Netflix) – I won’t go into too much detail because pretty much every YA book blogger watched and reviewed (including myself) P.S. I Still Love You. As expected, I very much fell head-over-heels in love with Lara Jean and Peter K once again- not to mention John Ambrose!
Love Is Blind (Netflix) – Like everyone, I was absolutely obsessed with Netflix’s dating experiment show, Love Is Blind. I watched about half the season by myself, but I definitely recommend watching this one with someone because it’s so much funnier to react to all the drama together. My best friend and I watched the second set of episodes together and we had the best time laughing over and gasping over the couples.
Miss Americana (Netflix) – I spent a really cozy Saturday night in watching Taylor Swift’s Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, and as expected, I loved it! This documentary does such an incredible job tracking Taylor Swift’s career, her new projects, and outlook. It must sound obvious, but the documentary showed that despite her amazing career and influence, Taylor Swift is a human being just like the rest of us. I also loved seeing the behinds-the-scenes while creating and writing Lover.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine S7 (NBC) – I haven’t been keeping up with B99 while I’m at school, so I definitely need to catch up over break. I’ve only watched the first two episodes so far, but I’m so happy this show is back.
Cheer (Netflix) – Again, like everyone on the Internet, I fell into a Cheer rabbit hole in the beginning of February. The show is created by the same people who created one of my favorite docuseries, Last Chance U, and I once again loved the cintematography and story-telling style. Cheer follows a junior college’s cheer squad as they prepare for national completion.
The Bachelor (ABC) – After having them tell me about it all the time, my best friends finally got me to actually watch The Bachelor. It’s been a really fun way to destress and understand all the funny Bachelor-related memes and Tik Toks.
Shows Continued from Last Month: Schitt’s Creek S6, Say Yes to the Dress America
Phantom of the Opera & Bibble+Sip – One of my best friends and I saw Phantom of the Opera with our school this month. I really didn’t know much about the show before going in, other than knowing it’s a Broadway classic, but I loved it! I was really into the music and could not get over the set design.
Before the show, we went to an alapca -themed café, Bibble & Sip. They had the cutest pastires- my friend got a tart with macaroons on type and brought a llama-shaped macaroon home- while I went with a float that was a mix of cold brew and salted caramel cream. I really liked the drink, but I would’ve been fine just eating the cream!
Visiting Books Are Magic – I was in Brooklyn last week, and I knew that I finally had to stop by Books Are Magic! I of course had to get a photo of the mural and I took a few photos of the signs inside. Although I didn’t buy a book, I bought a poem from their bubble gum machine!
What did you read and watch in February? Do you have any Netflix recommendations for me? Share in the comments!