Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in February πŸ’• Lots of Studying AND Lots of Books πŸ˜±

February Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’• We’ve finally made it to March! February is the shortest month of the year, yet it felt really long and tedious for me. Mostly because I was studying for my finals and didn’t have a change of scenery for weeks πŸ˜ͺ In the beginning I was stressed, and then mostly tired. The exam is next Monday and after that I’ve got my semester break!! I cannot wait for that, as I would love to write the exam now to get it over with πŸ˜… I announced a hiatus on Twitter because studying was taking a toll, but I’m happy to announce it will be over next week & I’ll catch up on anything I have missed!

Important Resources

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whatiread

πŸ” = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books βŒ› = Digital Arc

πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR πŸ“– = #DevourYourTBR 😊 = Buddy Read πŸ’• = 12 Book Recs by Friends

I read 36 books in February which I honestly didn’t expect, especially as I knew I had to study for my exam. 28 of these were graphic novels for the month-long GraphicsAThon, that really boosted my reading! I could easily read a graphic novel in the evening most days as they are quicker to read and I love visual media ❀️ I hadn’t planned on fulfilling the ‘reading 28 graphics’ challenge, it just happened naturally because I was having so much fun! I also made use audiobooks (I listened to 6 this month) when I was feeling tired and not up for reading a book visually, it really helped to motivate me to read when I didn’t have much energy. I found my first least-favorite book of the year (Squad), but I had five 5-star reads, so my reading year is going amazing so far! I never have found this many favorites this early in the year πŸ’•

OC Update (1)

I read 9 books out of my comfort zone this month and I’m really happy that I’m reading so much this year! I have been reading more adult books recently (Adult Romance ftw ~ all the books in Part 1) and it has been lovely: I enjoyed all the books I read πŸ₯° I also picked up two nonfiction graphic novels (Spinning & Ain’t Burned All the Bright), as I have loved this combination before! The only book I was a bit disappointed by was A Psalm for the Wild-Built – my buddy read with Destiny – as it was lacking so much story structure and pace, despite the cozyness and robots.

February 1

  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown (Talia Hibbert) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ§
  • Boyfriend Material (Alexis Hall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ§
  • Weather Girl (Rachel Lynn Solomon) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§
  • The Intimacy Experiment (Rosie Danan) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

February 2

  • Lore Olympus #1.(Rachel Smythe)β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–
  • Lore Olympus #2.(Rachel Smythe)β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–
  • Spinning (Tillie Walden) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ
  • Ain’t Burned All the Bright (Jason Reynolds & Griffin) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Becky Chambers)⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸ˜Š

Graphicsathon

GraphicsAThon

1. Cat’s CafΓ© (Matt Tarpley) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ”

2. The Sad Ghost Club #1. (Lize Meddings) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“–

3. The Sad Ghost Club #2. (Lize Meddings) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“–

4/5. My Brother’s Husband #1. & 2 (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

6. Spy x Family #4. (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

7. Spy x Family #5. (Tatsuya Endo) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

8. Spy x Family #6. (Tatsuya Endo) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

9. Lore Olympus #1. (Rachel Smythe)β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

10. Lore Olympus #2. (Rachel Smythe)β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

11. Twins (Johnson & Wright) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

12. The Promised Neverland #2. (Kaiu Shirai) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

13. Allergic (Megan Wagner Lloyd) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

14. SΓ©ance Tea Party (Reimena Yee) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

15. Spinning (Tillie Walden) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

16. Ain’t Burned All the Bright (Jason Reynolds & Griffin) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

17. Maybe This Will Help (Michelle Rial) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

18. The Hidden Witch (Molly Ostertag) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

19. The Midnight Witch (Molly Ostertag)β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

20. Haikyu!! #2. (Haruichi Furudate) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

21. Haikyu!! #3. (Haruichi Furudate) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

22. Haikyu!! #4. (Haruichi Furudate) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

23. Lumberjanes #1.(Noelle Stevenson)β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–

24. Yes, I’m Hot in This (Huda Fahmy) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

25. That Can Be Arranged (Huda Fahmy) β­β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

26. Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Justin Reynolds) β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

27. The Magic Fish (Trung Le Nguyen) β­β­β­πŸ’Œ

28. Squad (Maggie Tokuda-Hall) ⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ

Other Books

29. Hollowpox (Jessica Townsend) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ“šπŸ“–

30. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (Rick Riordan) β­β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸŽ§

31. Act Your Age, Eve Brown (Talia Hibbert) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ§

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32. Boyfriend Material (Alexis Hall)⭐⭐⭐⭐.5πŸ“šπŸ“–πŸŽ§

33. Where the Drowned Girls Go (Seanan McGuire) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ

34. The Intimacy Experiment (Rosie Danan) β­β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

35. Weather Girl (Rachel Lynn Solomon) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸŽ§

36. A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Becky Chambers) ⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸ˜Š

37. We Are Inevitable (Gayle Forman) β­β­β­πŸ’ŒπŸ“–πŸ’•πŸŽ§ {Recommended by Lais}

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Favorite Books πŸ’•

Pondathon Garden & Achievement Update 🌷

Round 2 Pondathon Garden

Pondathon Garden

Achievements & Badges

  • Side Quest (Planting Saplings With Gen) ➽ Read 3 books by black authors (Sleepy Sapling Badge)
  • Side Quest (Planting Saplings With Gen) ➽ Read a book by a black author about family, community, nature or friendship (Secret Achievement)
  • Companion Quest (Alechia Dow – Author of The Kindred) ➽ Tell us about your Food Soulmate

Pondathon Character

For more Infos about the Pondathon visit thequietpond 🌷

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whatiposted

What I’ve been up to in January β˜ƒοΈ Starting off the year right with four 5-star reads ~ Review: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan 🐬 … In BUZZWORDS πŸ™

Did I read the books I hauled in 2021? πŸ“š Place your bets now ~ Arc Review: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake 🌈

Books by Black Authors I’ve Loved ❀️ #BHM Recs ~ Arc Review: Chef’s Kiss by Melendez, Brine, Jones & Otsmane-Elhaou πŸ§‘β€πŸ³ Cooking, Crisis & Romance

faveposts

For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month! πŸ’—

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life stuff

Studying, Studying and more Studying. As you can see, nothing too exciting happened this month (which doesn’t have to be a bad thing). I was mostly studying for my upcoming exam and finishing up my assignments. I’m glad that I only had 1 (instead of 3) exam to study for, but there were a lot of topics to cover. The professor is super cool but he always has long powerpoint presentations with many studies and examples that we also had to know. In the beginning it was very overwhelming and I was feeling stressed, especially as it was hard to commit it to long-term memory. Luckily, our prof clarified that there were some parts that wouldn’t come up in the exam, but it was a bit late. Towards the end of the month the stress wasn’t as bad, but staying in all the time to study took a toll on me as well, especially in the week when none of my friends could meet up. I’m glad I have everything finished before my semester break at least!

πŸ’« Highlights πŸ’«

➽ What I Watched in February ❀ Once again, I watched some great, entertaining shows 😊

'Raising Dion' Will Return for Season 2 Netflix's Inventing Anna Early Review The Darkest Minds (ζš—ι»‘δΉ‹εΏƒ) Movie Review | by TiffanyYong.comΒ Emily in Paris on Netflix | TV Show, Episodes, Reviews and ...

  • Raising Dion (S2) ~ So glad this show got renewed for another season! Normally I’m not that into superhero shows, but this is so well-made, suspenseful and has great characters πŸ₯°
  • Inventing Anna (S1) ~ This was a new show that looked intriguing and is I think based on a true article. The episodes were all pretty long but super interesting. The main character ‘Anna Delvey’ was very intriguing and I liked uncovering the mystery of who she really was πŸ‘€
  • The Darkest MindsΒ (Movie) ~ I wanted to read the book first & watch the movie in March but it left Netflix on Feb 28th, so I had to rethink my plan πŸ˜‚ I really liked the movie though, it was lots of fun and I cannot wait to finally read the book!
  • Emily in Paris (S2) ~ My friend and I had to watch the second season and it was a fun mess πŸ˜‚ I’m mostly here for Paris and the drama tbh, I even like some of the characters! The most annoying thing is the constant cheating though.

➽ Mini Magical Readathon Announcement! I participated in the new version of the Magical Readathon last September and was excited to find out that there will be a smaller week-long Readathon in March, in the second week of my break πŸŽ‰ This is one of my favorite Readathons and I loved picked out my TBR (coming soon πŸ‘€)

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looking ahead

We’re finally in March! My semester break is fast approaching and I’m very excited! It’s my last chance to rest before I start my 3 month long internship in Mid April and I hope to make the most of it ❀️ I’m still nervous about the internship, especially as I’m no longer used to being out of the house all day and probably won’t have much time. That’s why I’ll use the free time I have ahead of me. I’m planning on reading a lot, participating in the week-long Magical Readathon and catching up on blogging πŸ˜„ I also hope to play some games on my Nintendo again, listen to some podcasts and generally relax!

#DevourYourTBR πŸ“š

This month’s challenge is to read the books by BIPOC authors (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)

Β© DevourYourTBR

  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (Axie Oh) βŒ›
  • The Promised Neverland Vol 3. (Kaiu Shirai) πŸ’Œ
  • Six Crimson Cranes (Elizabeth Lim) πŸ’•πŸŽ§ 12 in 12: Recommended by Pauliina

  • A Girl Like Her (Talia Hibbert) πŸ“š
  • Concrete Rose (Angie Thomas) πŸ“š
  • Amari and the Nightbrothers (B.B. Alston) πŸ’Œ

The Horn Book | Review of Punching the Air

  • Turtle Under Ice (Juleah Del Rosario) πŸ’Œ 🎧
  • Punching the Air (Ibi Zoboi & Yusuf Salaam) πŸ’Œ 🎧
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold (Toshikazu Kawaguchi) πŸ’Œ

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What were you up to in February? What was your favorite book? What are your favorite books by BIPOC authors?πŸ’•

30 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in February πŸ’• Lots of Studying AND Lots of Books πŸ˜±

  1. I’m sure, all the time you took for studying will pay off and I hope that will mean you can enjoy your break in March πŸ™‚ Also, I watched the Darkest Minds movie before reading the book too and it worked well for me. There’s a bunch of differences that keep the experience interesting. I’m sad they never continued the movies, I liked the cast.
    And thank you so much for sharing my posts!! You’re the best!! ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you, Kat! 😊 I’ve now read The Darkest Minds as well and I liked seeing the differences between book and movie! I also wish they had continued the movies, sadly so many get canceled after the first movie nowadays πŸ₯Ί I’ll definitely continue the books though πŸ₯° You’re welcome! I hope you’re having a good March ❀️

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  2. I’m so sorry this was a stressful, tiring month for you Caro, I hopep that your break in March will do you good, take care of yourself always! ❀ I am amazed by how much you've read despite everything, that's amazing! And I need to watch Inventing Anna, SO curious about this show!
    Thank you so, so much for always sharing my posts, this means so much! ❀

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    1. Thank you, Marie! ❀️ My exam went well and now I have some time to relax πŸ₯° I read lots of graphic novels and audiobooks which really helped! Inventing Anna was such an interesting show though I thought that the beginning was a bit stronger than the ending πŸ˜… You’re welcome! I hope you’re doing well 🌷

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  3. Look at you go! You did amazing this month and you just reminded me that I need to pick up more graphic novels. I’ve been eyeing Spy x Family for a while, so glad you are enjoying them. Good luck on your exam! I hope you are able to give yourself a little rest afterward. Happy March πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you! Graphic Novels are such a delight to read πŸ₯° Spy x Family is such a great manga with found family, I highly recommend it! Thank you! My exam went well and I’m not on my break 😊 I hope you’re having a good March as well ❀️

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  4. Wishing you all the luck for your exam! πŸ’œ I hope you’ll have a lovely break before your internship. What is the topic of your internship, if I can ask? πŸ₯Ί
    Lore Olympus is gorgeously illustrated, I was in awe of all the colours. I’m sad to see you didn’t love The Magic Fish, what aspect did you not enjoy?
    Morrigan Crow and Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods 😍 I have the illustrated version of the latter, it’s a huge book, I only dare to read it either on my bed or at a desk. πŸ˜‚ I’ve been meaning to do a reread of it, hopefully I’ll do it this year.
    Thank you for sharing my post. πŸ₯Ί

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    1. Thank you! The exam went really well ❀️ My internship will be about health management/work-life balance at my university and I hope it’ll go well πŸ™πŸ» Lore Olympus truly had the most stunning colors, I’m glad that I finally gave it a try 😊 The art for The Magic Fish was also great, but since it tells three stories in one, I found that the fairytales took away a bit from the main story for me personally πŸ₯Ί Nevermoor and Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods were such highlights! I would love a copy of the latter πŸ₯° You’re welcome! I hope you’re having a great March 🌷

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  5. The whole revision process sounds intense and I wish you all the luck for your exam next week. That moment when the exam is over and you can *breathe* is sooo nice. I hope you enjoy your well-earned break after! Wow, so many graphic novels. That’s amazing! I have seen many I need to read. I read Finding Home by Hari Conner last month on tapas and that was a really enjoyable webcomic/graphic novel. I’m happy to see you enjoyed Boyfriend Material and Act Your Age, Eve Brown. I can’t wait to read them! I hope you enjoy Amari and The Night Brothers, I am currently halfway through it and really enjoying it! I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on Turtle Under Ice and Before The Coffee Gets Cold too. Have a wonderful March πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you, Sophie! ❀️ The exam went really well and I’m enjoying my break 😊 Reading graphic novels is always so nice! I hadn’t heard of Finding Home but I’ll check it out! Boyfriend Material and Act Your Age, Eve Brown were such great romances πŸ₯° Amari and the Nightbrothers is my next read and I’m so excited! I enjoyed Turtle Under Ice (the audiobook is great) and hope to read Before The Coffee Gets Cold as well 😊 I hope you’re also having a great month! ❀️

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  6. It’s so cool that you managed to read so many books out of your comfort zone, I find that very rewarding. I also see you read some Haikyuu mangas πŸ‘€ It’s the only long manga series I’ve completed and I loved every single volume, so I’m glad to see you enjoyed them too! Best of luck with your internship and I hope you have a lovely March πŸ’•

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    1. Yes! I love reading books outside of my comfort zone, it’s so great to find an unexpected favorite πŸ₯° I have been slowly making my way through the Haikyuu manga and I’m enjoying them! There is so much to read though πŸ˜„ Thank you! I hope you’re having a great month ❀️

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  7. That’s amazing that you read 36 books! I need to read more graphic novels. I have a few on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet, but I definitely want to check out more! I love that they are quick reads and so fun to read too. I really enjoyed Boyfriend Material and can’t wait for the sequel. I really want to get my hands on The Sad Ghost Club. I have Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and I really want to finally read it this year. I hope you have an amazing March! ❀

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    1. Thank you! Graphic novels are so much fun to read 😊 Boyfriend Material was another great surprise this month, I loved it so much and I’m also excited for the sequel to come out πŸ₯° The Sad Ghost Club and Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods were both great reads! I hope you’re also having a good month ❀️

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  8. Oh wow, what a month!! Sorry it was so stressful, but I’m also glad you read so many amazing books!! The Nevermoor series is one of my absolute faves, so I’m very pleased that Hollowpox was in your favourite reads for February.
    Thanks so much for sharing my post, and I hope you have a wonderful March!! πŸ’•

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    1. Reading great books definitely made the month so much better πŸ₯° I’m so glad to hear that Nevermoor is also among your favorites, I love the series so much and cannot wait for the fourth book to come out! ❀️
      You’re welcome! I hope you’re having a great March as well 🌷

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  9. You go Caro, finding time to read so much with all that studying? I need that same motivation right now πŸ˜‚πŸ’• I’m hoping to read more graphic novels & manga this month actually, there’s lots I’ve been meaning to read! Happy March πŸ€—

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    1. You’re welcome! It was mostly due to so many great graphic novels πŸ˜„ I truly read so many great adult romances, I’m glad that you liked Act Your Age Eve Brown, Boyfriend Material, and The Intimacy Experiment as well πŸ₯°

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  10. wow 36 books is so impressive!! i’m glad that you loved most of themβ€”and i’m especially happy that you were able to read and enjoy seance tea party!! i’ll have to check out a lot of the graphic novel titles you read, since i’ve been in a mood for more of them recently. and sorry that you didn’t quite love a psalm for the wild-built! i enjoyed it but i can definitely see where you come from about the pace/structure. i hope your break in march is restful, as you deserve! ❀

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    1. It was mostly due to reading so many graphic novels this month πŸ˜„ Seance Tea Party was such a great graphic novel & I’m so glad that I read it πŸ₯° I hope you discover many great graphic novels! I loved the cozy atmosphere of A Psalm for the Wild-Built, but the structure & pace sadly didn’t work for me πŸ₯Ί Thank you! I hope you’re having a good month as well ❀️

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  11. Hopefully your exam went well and you’ve done good on it πŸ’•
    Such a good reading month, love that for you! Graphic novels & audiobook just feels like the perfect pallet cleanser of intensive studying 😘

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