So I know I sort of disappeared towards the end of last year, a lot went down in my personal life, and I just had no time for blogging or bookstagram. My 2.5 year relationship ended, I had to move all my stuff back home, I had to deal with the breakup, I also got a proper adult full-time job, so that had a lot of adjustments of its own. So yeah things have been insanely hectic since October 2017. However, I think things are finally evening out and I now can start dedicating pockets of time to my book hobbies, which makes me really happy.
I can’t promise I will be completely consistent, but I am going to try to make sure at least one post a week goes up, but I won’t let myself feel bad if something comes up stopping that from happening.
So without further ado my first wrap up for 2018!
In February I read:
- Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman. This was a very intriguing read, different to what I normally like, but i was hooked on the “mystery” of the covert, Marsden’s gift and just how everything would fall into place. It did not disappoint, that being said it was still predictable. There were plot points I could see from a mile away, and they were to be expected, but others I only figured out right before it was revealed. There will definitely be a full review coming for this one.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This book took me a lot longer to get through than I anticipated! I started it in July 2017, and I just hit a wall, I had seen the first season of the TV show and thought that would help make sense of what I was sure was going to be a very eccentric novel, but I just really got stuck. So, I had to put it down for a while and read other books, I did this quite a bit until, January this year when I became determined to read it, and once I did I really got sucked into the fantastical world that Neil created for the Gods living among us and how they interact to get their “sacrifices” and “prayers”. So much is different to the TV show that I will be interested to see how they will meet back up with the book. I think in a few years I’ll give it a reread.
- The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend. I read this book as an eARC from the publisher and enjoyed it so much, that I went out and bought the paperback the first chance I got. I loved this book! They weren’t kidding on the cover when they said it was like Harry Potter in Wonderland, because it is and it’s just perfection, I can not wait to see where this series goes.
- Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung. Debbie and I would get along so well, because I identified so hard with the majority of situations she presented here! She is also someone who appreciates a good cup of tea, which is very important. I felt so represented it was uncanny, I kept having to stop reading to show pages to me sister because it was insane. So much love for this book and Debbie, will definitely be looking out for more of her work in the future.
- Zen Pencils: Creative Struggles by Gavin Aung Than. This was a great read, it was very fascinating to learn the background about some of the greatest minds the world has ever seen. Especially Mary Shelley’s story, about how she dreamt the Frankenstein book. I learned a lot from this and it was really nice to know that even these greats had some trepidation about their skills, since I have massive imposter syndrome all the time.
- The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza. So many tears. I resonated with this book so deeply, probably because it’s about a breakup, and I went through a big one not long ago, and it just pulled at all those wounds that are still healing. It was actually hard to read at times, but also so therapeutic reading someone else describe exactly how I’m feeling. I think I will be on the lookout for my copy paperback copy of this book, think I’m going to slowly build myself a poetry collection (recommendations are welcome below!)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book, I just … this book made my heart happy, I finished the book filled with a bubble of happiness. The characters are so loveable, and sincere, Simon and Blue!! I shipped them so hard. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming film Love, Simon and I pray they do it justice! Although I get why they changed the name, but still unsure whether “Love, Simon” was the right choice.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman). This was my first time listening to an entire audiobook and I loved it. Neil Gaiman has officially been deemed the narrator of my life. His voice was just perfect as he wrote his words to life, and he even gave different inflections in his voice to characters, which something I loved when I was being read to as a child.
- Cruelty by Roald Dahl. For Christmas I bought myself all four of the ‘new’ short story collections written by Roald Dahl, I really love his darker ‘adult’ stories as they have such wonderfully dark twists in them “Lamb to the Slaughter” is one of my all time favourite short stories. So will be looking forward to seeing what Cruelty has to offer.
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. I absolutely loved Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (read my review here), so when I found out she had released a second poetry collection I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and see what lay inside.
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This was a series that I felt quite afraid to start, because of how much hype and love surrounds it in the book community, but I finally caved and read the first book, and oh my god I loved it. So I can’t wait to see what happens next!
- Warcross by Marie Lu. I haven’t read many books like Warcross, I think Ready Player One has a similar premise and I really ought to read it, especially since it’s film adaptation is being released soon. But it’s rather surprising that books focusing on gaming, virtual reality and the online world are being released more, considering that is the world we are heading towards. “Warcross isn’t just a game, its a way of life,” we follow hacker Emika Chen as she is hired by the creators of Warcross to spy on an upcoming tournament to uncover a security problem. This is just part of Goodreads basic blurb, and I am definitely intrigued to see what the game is like and why so many are obsessed. Can’t wait to read it.
Not pictured because they’re egalleys, but I also plan to read this month are:
- Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav. I’m currently halfway through, this is my first poetry book by Lang Leav and it is affecting more than I anticipated. Though that is probably because a lot of poems focus on love and my heart is still healing from my breakup (even though it was over four months and I’m frustrated that it still affects me) so a few poems have hit hard, and I’ve taken tear breaks. Overall I am enjoying the poem.
- The Student by Iain Ryan. I’m halfway through this e-book, its different to what I expected and rather slow at point, but I’m intrigued enough to continue and see how things wrap up.
- Indigo Blue by Jessica Watson. Jessica is a well-known Australian sailor who made a name for herself, when at the age of 16 completed a solo circumnavigation of the Southern Hemisphere. Which is beyond incredible. So when it comes to sailing she knows what she’s talking about and I look forward to seeing her bring it to life in this book. Indigo Blue focuses on Alex who feels like a “fish out of water” after moving to a new town where no one wants to about the new girl, so she spends her savings on an old yacht and throws herself into restoring it. This sounds like its going to be a very sweet Middle-Grade read.
What books did you read in February? What do you have planned for this month? Leave recommendations in the comments below x