February 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

February didn’t FEEL like it was as productive as January was, but apparently it was. Book hangover are freakin’ real, man… I could of swore that The Aurora Cycle series was a duology so I flew through those audiobooks real quick… and that cliffhanger will be staying with me for awhile. I couldn’t listen or read to a book for what felt like two weeks. I got a lot of reading done at the very end of the month, so that was a plus.

Let’s see what I read…

Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 14/40
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 16/50
2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 10/25
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 2/5
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 2/5
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 2/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6
OCL Adult Winter Reading ChallengeLibrary ~ 16/5 (1/2/21 – 2/28/21)

Aurora Burning was my second five star read this year. The audiobook was everything! Each characters point of view was voiced by a different narrator and I absolutely LOVE those types of books! The plot was great, the characters are relatable and lovable… the cliffhanger ended RUINED me! Please read this YA sci-fi series if you haven’t yet.

Shielded was a book I saw on Instagram and thought it was interesting. I finally forced myself through it and thought there was better out there. Yes, the intriguing magic system was what drew me in, but I didn’t like most of the other elements of the novel. Everything seemed too easy, which is a big turn off. I gave it two stars on Goodreads.

Challenge was a free ebook I found online… something smutty to get me through my reading slump. I gave it three stars because I was a soccer player for almost 20 years and I have a soft spot for soccer books. I liked each main character and their chemistry. I stayed up till 3am reading so I was into it enough to not sleep and that’s why I gave it three stars instead of two, lol. It’s part of a series where the next book focuses on two different characters from the previous book (Camden’s brother and the girl he likes) so I will not be continuing with this series.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the first book in the Hercule Poirot series, and I wanted to read it eventually. It was a good book, but not Hercule’s best. Yes, its the beginning of a series so I usually skew my rating. Poirot is famous so I’m sure the books in the series get better. I gave it a two stars on Goodreads but would probably put this at a generous 2.5 due to the plot twist.

I found The Controversial Princess somewhere online. I’ve read Jodi Ellen Malpas books before and enjoyed them. This book was just okay, as I found myself skimming pages towards the end. of the story just to see how it played out. The ending wasn’t that predictable but when it was happening I was like ‘I see where this is going’ and I was right. A 400 page erotica/romance novel is just long to me, sorry not sorry!

Oh my goodness, the hot mess that was One By One! I knew it’d be like And Then There Were None type mystery, but predictability is all over these pages. I knew “who dunnit” so early on it was sad. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters and didn’t care who was killed off. Could they all of just been thrown off the cliff and ended the book early!! One star given on Goodreads.

Before She Knew Him was just an okay read. I did the audio version through my library, and I think it’s just the style of writing that wasn’t really gripping me. The story was interesting… a serial killer living next door. But, I don’t know… I kept listening though, so I gave it two stars on Goodreads because I didn’t see the ending coming.

Parker Pyne Investigates was a different sort of Agatha Christie book that what I am used to. I enjoyed the little short stories. Overall, I gave it 2.5 stars on Goodreads.

I read 1,666 pages. I listened to books for 38.62 hours.

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The Sunday Post #6

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

February has been a struggle, reading wise. I’ve decided to just put that all behind me and start fresh come March. OMG March is tomorrow!

Last week on my blog I posted:

A Blog Tour for Guns And Gods In My Genes by Neill Mckee
Down The TBR Hole
WWW Wednesday
First Lines Friday #2

Mailbox Goodies: Nothing in the mailbox for me this past week.

Library Haul: I returned the books I know I wasn’t going to get to anytime soon (and added them back to my TBR list). While there the library informed me that All The Tides Of Fate (that I requested forever ago) was available for pick up. This photo is the current library books sitting on my nightstand:

Note: I forgot to put Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie in this stack before I took a picture. I have it where all my Christie novels are for my reading challenge. Oops!

Next Week On The Blog: My monthly recap will be posted tomorrow. And I have a bunch of link up’s mostly ready to go/planned.

Find me on Instagram and I joined Bloglovin’ so follow me there too!

First Lines Friday #2

A weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

Here are the rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Are you ready? Lets do this!

“The black water nipping at her trashing heels was freezing.

Not a bite of winter chill, or even burns of solid ice, but something colder. Deeper.

The cold of the gap between stars, the cold of a world before light.

The cold of hell- true hell, she realized as she bucked against the strong hands of trying to shove her into the Cauldron.”

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These are the opening lines of A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas!

It is on my TBR for later on this year, but with this opening I think it’s gonna move up the list to sooner rather than later.

Have you read? Do you want to read? Share in the comments!

WWW Wednesday – February 24, 2020

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am a mess with my reading this month. Seriously, NOTHING has been holding my interest this whole time. At all!

I started the audiobook of a BOTM book I own called Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. I read another one of his books for edelweiss two years ago and enjoyed it so that was why I ordered this BOTM. So far it’s a dull book (maybe it’s the narrator)… I’m trying to get to at least 25% before I call it quits. The story has potential, but all this groundwork isn’t biding me through.

I just finished the audiobook of One By One by Ruth Ware. One star read for me.

Technically I started reading Gilded Cage but put it down to watch TV. These winter months always make me wanna hibernate and get all cozy under the covers… so then I’m feeling a TV show instead of a book.

The struggle is real.

Down the TBR Hole

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m gonna change it up a little bit and purge specific book shelves I have on Goodreads. This week I will be going through my Instagram Finds TBR shelf (literally books I saw on Booksta that I wanted to read based off of someone else’s review, or liked the cover enough to want to see what the books is about). I have 41 books on that shelf so I think that’s a good place to start.

The Cruel Prince has go to! I tried to read it twice and it’s just not for me.

W.I.T.C.H. Part 1 has to go! I am not into graphic novels, I’ve tried and can’t do it.

Seven Sins of Snow sounded interesting at the time, but I don’t think I’d get to it anytime soon. Toss!

The Unwanteds was presented to me as a Harry Potter type book, but I’m not feeling it anymore. It’s gone!

The Midnight Library will stay on the list. Everyone has been saying such good things about it and I am making sure to get to this one this year. Keep!

So my list is down to 37 books I want to read that I saw on Booksta. It’s a start in the right direction!

Have you read any of these? Have I made a mistake in kicking them off my TBR shelf? Let me know in the comments!