February was another great reading month, having read so many good books and 12 total (one of them being the 800+ page beast that was my reread of House of Earth & Blood). I’m so happy with how much I’ve read so far in 2022, and hope I continue this reading energy throughout the year!
I read a total of 12 books this month, with 2 rereads – Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano and House of Earth & Blood by Sarah J. Maas. The Finlay Donovan series has become of my favorites, & I loved being back in the world of SJM with my Crescent City reread. I plan on reading House of Sky & Breath soon! I kept up with my YA mystery/thriller kick by finishing the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series – I don’t have reviews for this trilogy but its become one of my new favorite YA series. The third & final book, As Good as Dead, was so dark & twisty, I’m still thinking about it.
My gems from this month include Running Wild by K.A. Tucker (I need more Marie & Tyler), When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord, and I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys. I also read BookTok fave Reminders of Him and it’s become one of my favorite Colleen Hoover books.
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (reread) | 5/5
New Kid by Jerry Craft | 4/5
When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord | 5/5
Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson | 4.5/5
As Good as Dead (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3) by Holly Jackson | 4.5/5
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
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.