With the installment of Aly into our software came the idea to start writing monthly wrap-up posts. This is my first wrap-up post, so bear with me here.
So February was kind of an exciting month for Bookshelf Reflections! We’ve been given a brand new make-over (again) and we’ve been merged with my positivity and mental health blog, Whimsicality. I didn’t have the energy to man two blogs, two Facebook pages, and two Twitter accounts anymore, so I decided to run the whole shebang right here. On that note, we’ve got a few exciting things for you in store, but more on that another time.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // ★★★★★
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // ★
Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan // ★★★
Nutters by P.J. Davy // ★★
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // ★★★ 1/2
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb // ★★★
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern // ★★★★★
Life After the Undead by Pembroke Sinclair // DNF
Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach // DNF
The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan // ★★
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch // ★★
Red Rising by Pierce Brown // ★★★
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson // ★★★★
Not a crazily good reading month in terms of ratings, but I still got to tackle some books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time! And I also finally reread Where Rainbows End, which I got in 2011 and have loved ever since. Also, I read Me Before You exactly when the trailer came out and it looks so good. The book BROKE ME. In all the good ways. But oh my god.
Compared to Inge’s spectacular reading month, mine is very much “meh.” However, although I didn’t read lots and lots of books, those I did read were pretty damn amazing!
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton ★★★★★
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye ★★
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ★★★★
I have been screeching about the amazingness of Rebel of the Sands pretty much every day since before it came out, and have managed to convert at least three people into hardcore fans. Also, my fangirling tweet was mentioned in a Maximum Pop Books article, and so my job here is done.
If you haven’t read it — what are you waiting for? We’re talking sharp-shooting, badass heroines, a love interest to die for, desert battles, myths and mysteries, and an unbreakable Sultan’s army. It’s literally the best of YA fantasy all rolled into one, with some added smartass to make the recipe just that more delicious. It should be on everyone’s favourites list or, at the very least, bumped up to #1 on your TBR.
On another note, I’m currently reading A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab and it’s so, so, so amazing. I am super, super glad to be back in Red London with my favourite thief, Antari and a ship full of pirates. YES PLEASE. Also, starting from today, the 29th February 2016, I have a week off work (SHOCKING!) which means I can do stuff like READ and take non-work related naps! But mostly read. Yay!
These include the posts that have been moved from Whimsicality, so this month had a few double posts.
Feb 7: Stock Up On Smiles #014 (this is a weekly feature filled with links, videos, pictures to make you smile, as well as links to mental health-related things)
Feb 12: Angie & Her Favourite Books (Angie’s official first post!)
Feb 14: Stock Up On Smiles #015
Feb 16: Why You Should Watch Doctor Who (spoiler alert: David Tennant’s hair)
Feb 17: It’s The Little Things #003 (another feature for little things that are wonderful)
Feb 22: Hire Me to Beta Read!
Feb 23: Benedict Cumbersmurf and Other Peculiar Dreams (if “a dream is a wish your heart makes”, I’m screwed)
Feb 28: Stock Up On Smiles #017
So I don’t really expect this section to be really exciting because I’m house bound, but we’ll give it a go.
First of all, moving Whimsicality to Bookshelf Reflections! That was a bit stressful and a lot of unexpected work, which I’m still not finished with, so bear with me here. But I’m happy to have everything in one place again.
I’ve decided to start a beta reading service! This is really exciting for me because it means I can actually do something productive. You can find more information here. Also, I’d really appreciate it if you could help me spread the word!
Also, mum and I started frequenting a nearby kitty shelter. We go there for about an hour to cuddle with these attention-deprived cats who purr like an engine. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
This month was pretty awful for me, and I won’t sugar coat it. With the added stress of doing more and more overtime every week at work, I actually worked out that I was getting less than 5 hours sleep a day, and so I put in an emergency request to take a week off at the end of the month. Surprisingly, it was approved, and so I am now officially on holiday! Although I am sick, so it’s a good thing I wasn’t planning on doing anything extraneous this week.
And because of all the work stress and sleeplessness, I’ve hardly had the energy to read or write, but I did start watching The 100, and I can’t believe I waited this long to start it! SO GOOD! Except it’s super, super dark, so after every six episodes or so, I have to watch at least one Disney film to cheer myself up.
So that’s my month! Hopefully next month will be slightly more exciting.
How was your month? What’s the most fun thing you did?