My February

februaryHuh. 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-abercrombieHalf 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 AttractionInstant 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.
  • gates-thread-stone-lori-leeThe 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:

Reviews (huh, a good selection for this month!):

Tough Travels:

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Link love:

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How was your February? Did you do/see/read anything exciting?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

  • Jill Shalvis does do great contemporary romance! I have a book of hers from Netgalley, i think, and I cannot wait to read that. I think I’m going to read it very soon!

    And I agree, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is not JQ’s best book.

    • Kaja

      Well, it’s confirmed, you have very good taste in romance all-round! :D Any other reccomendations? I’m searching for something similar to Shalvis but not too “inspirational”, if you know what I mean…

  • Yay, tell your husband to hurry it up with Half the World so you can read it :)

    And happy six month bday to the baby! They do grow so fast, don’t they. My oldest is 3 today and my other daughter is coming up on 6 weeks. Time flies…

    • Kaja

      He’s halfway through already so: SOON! :) Can’t wait!

      Thanks – the baby doesn’t know that the day is special in any way, of course :) Happy birthday right back!!

  • Wow it looks like you’ve had a busy month. I know what you mean about Na and adult reads though. They’re just so easy to read especially if you dont have the time to give it your full attention. Ive also bought Half The World to read bit I’ve not read the first one so I dont know why I bought it apart from i know want to read them both.

    • Kaja

      Ooh, read Half a King first (I think you’ll like it despite it being somewhat different from your usual fare).
      And yeah, it’s been busy, but in a different way than pre-baby. Then, I had meetings, work, studies – now it’s feeding, cooking, nappies, strolls :) But slowly, it’s beginning to make sense again!

  • How is February over? I’m not ready for the craziness that is March yet!!! *sobs* I love getting baby updates from you, it sounds like you’re loving being a new mom (sleep deprivation aside). I’m very intrigued by Scarlet, I was checking it out on GR after you recommended it to me and it looks soooo good. Complete sucker for Robin Hood retellings. Also, very impressive number of reviews! I find them so difficult to write sometimes…I just want to ramble on forever. Here’s to a happy March! :)

    • Kaja

      Yeah, that’s 1/6 of the year GONE already. I have no idea how that happened… And yeah, I love being a mom, I’m actually surprised by how much I love it (I’ve always wanted kids but never really thought about motherhood). This sounds sappy, but I’m comfortable in the knowledge that being a mom isn’t ALL that I am, so that’s fine. The impressive number of reviews is due to the quite impressive number of books I’ve read – it’s easy to fit in some reading into my routine.
      And yes, Scarlet. SO GOOD. But you know – don’t hate me if you don’t love it :D

  • Ooo I saw Gates of Thread and Stone on somebody’s Waiting For Wednesday! Looks great. And The Handmaid’s Tales is an incredible book, as controversial as it is. (I didn’t know you’d recently had a baby, congratulations! Aw c:) I can’t believe Feb’s over already. I’ve missed a lot of your posts but hopefully I can catch up soon.

    • Kaja

      Yeah Gates of Tread and Stone wasn’t my favourite :( The cover is so pretty but the story just didn’t match it for me – you can check out my review!
      Thanks! The baby is currently sleeping so I have time for my blog! :)
      Time is running away from me, too! I never seem to find the time to read all the posts I want and comment and everything :( I do try, but still.