Of Wonderland’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: February 2017

Posted February 28, 2017 by Both in Wrap-Ups & Unboxings / 8 Comments

Hello!

That’s the shortest month of the year done and over with, and spring is getting closer! Personally, I love me some winter, but I do love the feeling of the days getting longer again. Still, let’s not make it too warm outside, eh? Let’s keep those nasty crawlies in hibernation for a while longer. Dear Wonderling, are you a fan of winter or are you happy that spring is lurking around the corner?

We’ve had a fairly normal month here at Of Wonderland. Lots of reading, bit of blogging, mostly procrastinating. Our month of reading about badass female characters has been quite fun – but more on that tomorrow in our #OWBookClub post. And all four of us have managed to add to the wrap-up post! Check us out, vaguely resembling organisation. Be proud, please.

WWR

Inge

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking // ★★★★★
What’s A Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club #3) by Holly Bourne // ★★★★
There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz // ★★
Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr // ★★★
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★ 1/2
By Your Side by Kasie West // ★★★
The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen // ★★★★
Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy // ★★★ 1/2
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton // ★★★
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin // ★★★★
Caraval by Stephanie Garber // ★★
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard // ★★★★
Still Alice by Lisa Genova // ★★★★
Vicious by V.E. Schwab // ★★★★ 1/2

I still have warm feelings of fuzziness whenever I think back to The Little Book of Hygge. “Hygge” is the Danish term for that feeling of warmth, comfort, cosiness, and safety you feel when you’re tucked in blankets and surrounded by good friends. It is a reminder that we should all enjoy the little things, so by far my favourite read of the month. I confess to being a tad disappointed with Traitor to the Throne and Caraval, but overall, a pretty solid reading month.

Aly

Hunted by Meagan Spooner// ★★★★★
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton // ★★★
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor // ★★ 1/2
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer // ★★★
The Trespasser by Tana French // ★★★★
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel // ★★★★
Caraval by Stephanie Garber // ★★★★

I didn’t think I’d read as many books as I did, because my reading month has been so “meh.” And I totally, 100% blame Meagan Spooner. I started Hunted at the end of January and read it in two days, and it was amazing. It’s the Beauty & the beast retelling we’ve all been waiting for! Meagan Spooner really loved my review, and it was featured in the newsletter her and Amie Kaufman sent out last week, and she also shared her favorite parts on her twitter! Because of Hunted, though, I struggled to find another book as captivating, and two of my most anticipated releases of this year ended up being subpar for me. Boo.

We also read Caraval for the FairyLoot book club, and I picked The Trespasser for the #OWBookClub, because our theme was “Badass Female Characters.” There’s nothing more badass than admitting you’re human, and Detective Antoinette Conway’s realization of that is the most inspirational moment I have ever read in a book.

Anissa

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux // ★★★★
A Pizza My Heart by Various Authors // ★★★★★
Snowbirds by Crissa-Jean Chappell // ★★★★★
The Last Shadow Gate (The Shadow Gate Chronicles #1) by Michael W. Garza // ★★★★
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth // ★★★★
15 Seconds Of Normal by Alex Marestaing // ★★★★

Ella

Meet Me at Beachcomber’s Bay by Jill Mansell // ★★
By Your Side by Kasie West // ★
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Keri Maniscalco // ★★★
The Graces by Laure Eve // ★★★★1/2
The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia // ★★★
A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn // ★★★★★

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Feb 1: The Of Wonderland Book Club: February 2017 + GIVEAWAYS!

Feb 2: [Guest Post] 5 Easy Yet Effective Ways to Calm Yourself Down When You’re Feeling Anxious

Feb 3: Reading Hacks: 9 To Be Exact

Feb 6: Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie // LET ME RELEASE MY BURNING FEELS UPON YOU

Feb 9: The Mother’s Promise // SO BEAUTIFUL

Feb 10: Gifts For Readers! (Other Than Books)

Feb 15: FUN WITH BOOKS: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Feb 17: Bookworm Problems: Emotionally UNSTABLE

Feb 23: Diverse Reads: Dreadnought & Traitor to the Throne

Feb 24: DIY Bookish Keychains! and Other Ideas

Feb 25: Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Feb 27: Wacky, Weird Days We Should Celebrate (With Books!)

LU

Inge

*wails* HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIIIIDE. Yes, I am still trying to claw my way out of the stinky pits of depression. While I felt like I was doing better for a while, at the time of writing this I am back to worse and basically just watching a lot of Friends and Carrie Hope Fletcher videos to get me through the day. BUT we are looking for a new cat to adopt, and I think that will help me loads in making me feel better. I can’t wait to find a new furry friend to snuggle up with. I also went away without wifi a few times this month, so I had lots of time for reading, which was nice. I also want to share with you a picture of the Dominicanen church in Maastricht (Netherlands), which is basically a church in which they’ve built a bookshop. I visited it last week and it is GLORIOUS.

Aly

HI WONDERLINGS! I always feel so strange about February. If January is my favorite month, then February is my second to least favorite because a) it’s super short and b) THE WEATHER IS ALWAYS ATROCIOUS. I didn’t do much this month, except we managed to go to Monkey World again (I went on Valentine’s Day with my best friend’s husband, which was all sorts of ironic. We had a blast!) and I spent a lot of time moping. My shifts have been changed (AGAIN) at work, so I’m back to doing only night shifts, which is great for my body clock but terrible for time management.

Speaking of nights, I’ve been struggling to sleep every day. It takes me hours and hours to get to sleepy and when I finally do nod off, I’m awake every other hour or so. Which means I’m a permanently exhausted pigeon. My mum bought me some over the counter sleeping aid tablets, which help but only if I’m already tired. Does anyone have any tips for relaxing before bed? I’m going to attempt drinking camomile tea, because apparently it’s supposed to be really good for sleeplessness. We’ll see!

At the time of writing this, I’m also 12 days smoke free! This is huge for me, because I have such a weak personality, and I’ve been close to giving in twice already. Thankfully, I invested in a vape which keeps the urges away, and the liquid is mint-flavoured so it helps me simulate my smoking habits without actually having a cigarette. I’m incredibly proud of myself, and I feel like doing a giveaway if I hit 100 days without caving. We’ll see!

Anissa

Wow, hi! I’m not all that great about life updates (I just started doing them on my own blog) but I’ll give it a shot. I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked this month but that big reason for that is that I got a job. YAY ME FOR ADULTING. Surprisingly, I haven’t purchased any books yet since getting my first paycheck and I’m a little worried for my mental health because of that. Then again, I did treat myself with buying a bit of a pricey CD so there’s that. Other than still getting used to my new schedule and working hard on getting new posts written for this blog and my own, there’s not much else. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need coffee and food. Maybe some Oreos because that’s how I roll.

Ella

Hello, hello!! Is it just me or has this month FLOWN by in a wink of an eye?? I swear it was only last week that I was planning all my goals for February! Zero prizes for guessing if I actually succeeded those goals or not ahahahaha. Dx Nothing out of the normal happened in February for me, but March is looking to be VERY exciting!! Starting my first job, FINALLY getting up-to-date with all my review copies and HOPEFULLY reviews (please hold me to this!) and really getting stuck into lots of writing projects, especially my Russian fantasy The Firebird meets Red Riding Hood WIP (wish me luck…I’ll need it)!! I hope you all had a great February!

And how are you?

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8 responses to “Of Wonderland’s Monthly Wrap-Up Post: February 2017

  1. WOW, you all read tons this month. Well done! I guess I should look into Megan Spooner’s book. Been seeing it recommended and praised all over the internets. Anissa, congrats on your new job. Aly, I am so happy you’re doing so well with quitting smoking. That’s excellent. Inge, that is one fantastic library. Ella, good luck on your writing! Send me some writing super powers and motivations.
    Hugs to you all!

  2. Aly, congratulations on being smoke-free for 12 days! May there be many more 😀

    Inge, sending you all the hugs and love. Also: need to visit said church. Also: need to read The Little Book of Hygge!

    Anissa, congratulations on getting a job! I just experienced this a few months ago too. The first paycheck is the best feeling!

    Ella, good luck on your WIP! Russian fantasy meets Red Riding Hood? I’m intrigued!

  3. Yeay, Aly, congrats on being smoke-free for 12 days.
    And that church is so great. We went there in 2015. There is also a book store in Zwolle in a church. 🙂

  4. I’m sorry you’re feeling worse again at the moment, Inge, but SO MUCH YAY for a new cat! I’m excited about this. And that church-bookshop looks seriously amazing.

    CONGRATS on being smoke free, Aly, that’s amazing! I agree about February weather, and I struggle a lot with falling asleep too. The one thing that helps me 90% of the time is listening to an audiobook. You may not have the same reasons for not being able to fall asleep than I do, but for me it’s great to focus on a story instead of my own thoughts and I uuuusually fall asleep eventually that way (I do have to be tired enough for it to work though).

    Congrats on the new job, Anissa! And good luck with starting the new one, Ella! Certainly a lot of new jobs here. 😀

    • Aly

      Thanks so much for the advice, Vlora! I love audiobooks, but I always find that I end up staying up longer because ermagherd what happens next? I’ve started watching boring TV shows in the hopes that they lull me enough so I can drift off, and so far, so good. 😛

  5. Aww Inge, I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a bad bout of depression currently. You WILL get through this and it will feel wonderful! That’s so exciting that you’re getting a new cat! <3

    Aly, congrats on going 12 days without smoking – that's awesome! 😀 About the sleeping thing, I've struggled with sleeping basically my whole life but lately I've been sleeping SO WELL and I think that's mostly due to the fact that I've started meditating before bed every night. I use the app Headspace (Calm is also a great app!) and I've been falling asleep quickly and sleeping through (mostly). Hope it helps!

    • Aly

      Thanks so much for the advice! I’m definitely going to check the app out. I’ve also been thinking about maybe starting yoga as a way to wind-down after work, and before sleep. Hopefully it works!

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