February felt like the longest and shortest month ever – which I guess kind’ve makes sense since February is the shortest calendar month. This is was an intensely busy month for me grad school wise. Once I finish and submit a major assessment for my master’s in early March, grad life *should* get slightly more calm before I graduate in May. We also got a ton of snow where I live in the US – I actually don’t think location matters too much because everywhere in the US seems to have been slammed by snow over the past few weeks – which meant a few more remote work days and plenty of trips out to my car to clean off snow.
I am super excited though that the weather seems to be warming up, and it’s staying light out for longer at night. Going for walks and runs after school and getting fresh air to such a big stress reliever for me, so I’m really looking forward to spring weather. As you can probably tell below, the biggest stress reliever for me in February was reading and watching TV & movies. I was definitely on more of a reading kick early on in the month, but I totally admit my HBO Max subscription got to me and I leaned into TV and movies way more than usual.
I’ve so far read 8 books in February, which I’m pretty content with considering my school schedule and that I’m currently reading a certain 700+ page fantasy read. I have reviews coming or already published for all of the books below, so I’ll just be sharing my star ratings.
Love in English by Maria E. Andreu (ARC) | 4/5 Stars
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes | 4.5/5
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman | 4/5
My February book haul basically resulted from book shopping, book mail, and library holds all from the past week. I’m in the heat of my spring semester right now and how do I deal with stress? Buy books and put more books on hold from the library!
This month, I bought 2 of my most anticipated releases of the year (of course included below) and went on a mini library book spree before the snow storm last week. I am currently reading a certain 700+ page beast and despite a busy week at my internship and grad school requirements…. I’ll probably still (hopefully) have it finished by the end of next weekend, then will be returning to the library books on this list.
A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns & Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas – Between the details above and the fact that I am a huge Sarah J. Maas fan, it’s likely no surprise that I bought A Court of Silver Flames. I have a not-so great track record with ordering SJM books online (in short, they either come 2 weeks after the release or they just don’t come at all…), so I ran to Barnes & Noble on Saturday after a few snowy days. I sort’ve wish I went to the bookstore before we got snowy weather on Thursday and Friday to make sure I got one of the B&N exclusive editions, but I fortunately still managed to grab one of the last copies there! As per usual, I like the A Court of Silver Flames cover better in-person than I did seeing the cover online – I also love the orange hardback for some reason? Probably because I’m so in love with A Court of Silver Flames right now, I’m somewhat tempted to add the new hardback and resigned copies of the original ACOTAR series to my bookshelf.
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon – I have a really big assessment due for my grad program in early March, and I’m going to treat myself once it is turned in by reading one of my most anticipated romances of 2021, Rachel Lynn Solomon’s The Ex Talk. I devoured Rachel Lynn Solomon’s books in 2020 and as one of my favorite authors, I have my own copies of all her books. I’ve been reading such rave reviews from my book blogging friends and trusted book rec sources about this romance following two exes who co-host a public radio show.
Review Books/Sent to Me
The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim – I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of Sheba Karim’s upcoming The Marvelous Mirza Girls. I won’t be reviewing this one on the blog until May (the book comes out on May 18), but I’m really excited to dive into this book following a mother and daughter’s gap year trip to New Dehili.
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens – I typically don’t wait long for library holds, even when it comes to super popular books like This Time Next Year. I had this one on hold from the library in early December. However, I think since the book semi-revolves around New Years Eve, a ton of readers also wanted to read this one around the holidays and my library has a 3-day quarantine period for returned books. I just got my hands-on this romance following Quinn and Minnie, both born on New Years Day in the same year, over one year of their lives…and I had it devoured three days later!
Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper – I’ll be continuing my goal of reading at least 1 non-fiction book every 1-2 months this March with Megan Phelps-Roper’s Unfollow. Based on some of the non-fiction books I read in 2020, I really enjoy non-fiction books about people exploring their past experiences with religion.
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez – Whenever I’m stressed IRL, contemporary romance (or a big SJM book apparently) is my go-to way to relax. I’m so excited to dive into one of the most-well read romance series of the past two years with The Friend Zone.
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le – A Pho Love story was an unexpected pick from the library. I went to pick up the other books and saw this anticipated YA 2021 release on display. Everyone knows that enemies-to-lovers has been the name of my reading game for at least a year, and this one follows two high school protagonists whose families own competing pho restaurants.
What books did you haul in February? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? Share in the comments!