February was an interesting month. Multiple snow storms and an ice storm gave me more days off work than I ever expected, life threw a curveball at my boyfriend and I that really put us on our toes and tested us, and finally, I’ve spent the last week sick enough that I could barely move, yet doctors still can’t pinpoint exactly what is wrong after multiple blood tests and a urine sample. o.0
Needless to say, I’m hoping that March will be the start of spring weather and a month I truly seize (once I’m healthy again, that is) all the opportunities that being bedridden for a week reminded me I took for granted.
What I Read
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons [review]
Sowing by Angie Grigaliunas [review]
Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet [review]
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve [review]
We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson [review]
The Smoke by Simon Ings
What I Hauled
(Didn’t get a good book tower picture since I store a lot of books on a shelf at work and, since I’ve missed work all week and left this post until the last minute…)
Fleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell: Titan was kind enough to send me a copy of the sequel to Embers of War and I’m pretty excited to read this one! I’m…also pissed that I left it at work, as I definitely planned on having it read already. Thanks, unknown-sickness-currently-dominating-my-life.
Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines: Okay, technically the boyfriend bought this one for me and it was seriously kind of him, as I’ve always been meaning to read this series (we all know how this tune goes) and since I had it home with me, I’ve been reading it while I’m sick and I’m really loving it so far. I’m only 100 pages in, but yes please to this humor and clever worldbuilding!
Mission Improper by Bec McMaster: After devouring Nightchaser, I was about to go on a romance binge, but then I had some ARCs come in that I needed to start reading. But I DO feel like a romance binge is going to be starting here real soon, so definitely want to get to reading one of the new series by one of my favorite romance authors of all time.
Torn by Rowenna Miller: I’m so excited I finally got this in from the library! I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, but it somehow slipped between the cracks and I still haven’t read it. Hoping to read it sooner rather than later.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer: Normally not my genre, but I watched this film on Netflix and it broke me in all the best ways, so now I have to read the book, because who doesn’t want to be broken even more?
Received for Review:
Banebringer by Carol A. Park: The author approached me and asked if I’d be interested in checking out her book! I prolly won’t get to it until the summer, i.e., after I finish up with the SPFBO contest, but I’m definitely curious and excited to have received my copy in the mail! Thanks, Carol!
What I Posted
Here are a few posts that I either a) really enjoyed writing, b) am really proud of or c) was hoping to get a little more interaction on this past month!
- I interviewed fantasy author Jenn Lyons after falling in love with her book and I am seriously proud of this interview! I think I’m going to try and do more interviews in the future!
- I discussed trying to find a balance between work and life–still struggling to actually make this work inside my head, honestly.
- I joined the official 2019 Discussion Challenge and then posted a discussion this month over how you handle so many social media platforms as a creative.
- Finally, I bragged about my awesome beta readers and gave some pointers about why betas are important and how to find them.
Posts I Enjoyed
I had a smattering of posts that I thoroughly enjoyed this month, so I hope you are able to take a few moments to blog hop around and enjoy these gems, too!
→ Karlita at Tale Out Loud offers a wonderful quick guide on some HTML blogging tips you bet I booked marked so I’d never forget them (and still need to read fully, truthfully, but I’m just so excited to make my blog look better thanks to her insight).
→ Jason at Off the TBR shares his February Reading Goals (that I might have convinced him to create).
→ Dani at Perspective of a Writer discusses her confusion on why a lot of dragons are in middle grade books only, wondering where this staple is in literature for an older audience (and I agree!).
→ Soph at Soph is Blogging talks about why she added trigger warnings to her reviews, reminding me that this is something I should seriously start doing with mine, as well.
→ Chuck at Terrible Minds never ceases with the goodness, so I limited myself to two discussions: one about day jobs and starving artists and the other about how our ideas for books aren’t actually that interesting.
→ Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books shares how to stay positive while being a book blogger, killing it with another awesome discussion post.
→ May at Forever and Everly wrote an incredible, analytic post discussing the lack of blogger appreciation.
→ Amina, Gen, Xiaolong and Varian at The Quiet Pond start a wonderful new series called The Pond Gets Loud and friends, I am addicted.
Well, there you have it, my February from a blogging and reading standpoint! Would you all be interested in a “life highlights” section or would you rather just read about blogging related content, like already listed above? Let me know in the comments! I hope you all are healthy and March proves to be your favorite month yet!