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.
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.
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.
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 // ★★★★
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 // ★★★★★
Feb 3: Reading Hacks: 9 To Be Exact
*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.
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!
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.
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?