Huh. Is it really the end of February? Where the hell have two months of this year gone? This is a recap post (for January, go here) in which I’ll try to make sense of the happenings on the blog and in my life in general.
Tomorrow, our baby will be six months old. It seems impossible that we’ve only known him for such a short time and yet he’s grown so much. He now eats some veggies, has two tiny teeth, often chews on his toes, and manages to slide himself along the floor – backwards. He’s adorable. He is, however, not a very good sleeper lately, so we’re running on empty most days. But this too shall pass.
I’ve been reading a lot because it seems like the only intellectual activity I can manage at the moment. The weather has also been miserable (wet and cold, but no snow, thankfully) and I am ready for spring! I can’t wait for sunny days when I’ll be able to pack the kiddo up and spend the day in the park or take longer trips.
The best read of the month goes to The Handmaid’s Tale (review here), with Scarlet coming in a close second (I’ll be reviewing that one soon!). Other than that, I read a huge amount of NA and adult romance, because I’m still in need of easy, fluffy stuff. I have a couple of good fantasy titles lined up for the next couple of weeks, though, so I’ll be slowing down a bit.
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Books I got:
Let’s just say I didn’t follow my the rule about reading already acquired books first…
- Half the World by Joe Abercrombie (purchased, hardback) – I’m really excited about this one but my husband’s reading it first.
- The Master by Kresley Cole (purchased for Kindle) – this is erotica; I’ll probably be reviewing it soon-ish.
- The Return by Jennifer L. Amentrout (purchased for Kindle) – the beginning of a new series. I’m still on the fence with this one.
- Instant Attraction, Instant Gratification, and Instant Temptation by Jill Shalvis (purchased for Kindle) – a perfect binge series. Shalvis does great contemporary romance.
- Talk of the Town by Karen Hawkins (purchased for Kindle) – I prefer her historical romances.
- The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle (purchased for Kindle) – a nice historical.
- The Secrects of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn (purchased for Kindle) – well, it was ok but not my favourite Quinn book.
- Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee (Netgalley) – my review here.
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (library) – not too impressed.
- Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen (purchased, paperback) – I just got it and it’s SO PRETTY! Starting now. (Update: EEeeeEEe! <3)
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What I wrote about:
Discussions & Stuff:
- Becky and I started a new feature, Author Addiction, and this month’s chosen author was Jennifer L. Armentrout!
- Totally My Cup of Tea – in which I explain which topics and themes are my catnip.
- How Do You Like Your Romance? – why there will always be a special place in my heart for Mr. Darcy.
- Top Ten Tuesday: Heroines – my very favourite leading ladies.
Reviews (huh, a good selection for this month!):
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman – it’s a new favourite! (4.5/5)
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – with some flailing and arguing with myself. (5/5)
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – a strong beginning of a YA fantasy series. (4/5)
- Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare – I liked it but it’s not my favourite Dare book. (3.5/5)
- Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee – meh. I’m really sorry about it, too. (2.5/5)
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – this is the best. (5/5)
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- Books with dragons on the covers. Because you can never have too many dragons.
- 57 things you can do to be a better cook. Some are weird, but some are cool. :)
- Zombie-proof your apartment. I’m not a Walking Dead fan but this seems reasonable.
- Horrible horrible – about the backlash feminist writers are facing every day.
- A guy creates his own sections in a bookstore. Really cool!
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How was your February? Did you do/see/read anything exciting?
I’d love to hear from you! :)