February Book Wrap Up


What did I do to make the book gods smile upon me this month? I don’t think I’ve gone a full month basically loving all of the books that I’ve picked up in a very long time. February was a great month for reading, in that regard! Not only did I enjoy every book that I picked up, I managed to pick up a lot! Chalk that up to a weekend of plane travel (I’m guaranteed to read at least one book in its entirety every time I set foot in an airport), in my opinion.

On with the mini reviews!
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  • Sailor Moon vol. 3 and vol. 4 by Naoko Takeuchi – For some reason I’ve been on a kick with reading the rereleased manga these days. I might’ve accidentally bought two copies earlier this year, but now that I’ve got that all sorted out, I can enjoy the series. Spoiler alert: it’s still good.
  • Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger – I’m a big fan of Gail Carriger and read the first in the series, Etiquette and Espionage, a few months back. This series isn’t my favorite, but I feel like book #2 really delivered. It’s like a fun, hour-long jaunt through a steampunk, supernatural girls’ school with lots of snark and pastries. Always a yes in my book.
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – I blew through the February NovelTea Book Club pick and was pleasantly surprised. It gets a little spiritual at times, but overall is one of the best creative non-fiction I’ve read in a long time.
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Sometimes it’s hard to separate the character from the stand-up comedian from the real person, so I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with Ansari’s book. I was delighted to find myself with an immensely funny yet academic take on dating in today’s world, mainly because I, like everyone else, wanted to know what the standard rule is for how long to wait in between sending text messages.


  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – IT CAME IN THE MAIL! YESSSSS!
  • Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – eBooks I’ve downloaded tend to be the first books I forget about. Luckily, being on a plane seems to be a prime time for rediscovering those books you bought for $2.99 months ago. I’ve been meaning to read this and was feeling some fantasy after all of that non-fiction
  • Caretaker by Josi Russel – I was asked to review the second in this sci-fi YA series but felt weird not having read the first. It sounded like an interesting concept, involving space travel, stasis, and alien lingustics, so I figured what the heck.
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I bought this on Black Friday for $5 and used it to help me hammer together my bookshelf. I figure it’s about time I read it. I think it’s been a good hiatus from YA post-apocalyptic novels, so I’m willing to jump in again.

Still Reading

Vengeance Road and The Familiar vol. 1 are still sitting on my shelf. Oops. I’ll get there, but not this month.

Overall, not a bad month. All of this cold weather gives me an excuse to stay in and read!

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  • http://www.heyitskate.net Kate Brown

    Book recommendation: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel. Just finished it and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Blew my mind.

    • / Kristin

      Ooh! Always good to hear that about a book! Checking it out, for sure :)

  • http://sarastrauss.blogspot.com/ Sara Strauss

    So excited to read Glass Sword! The 5th Wave is really good! Sadly I heard the movie isn’t all that great, but I’ll probably watch it whenever it comes to Netflix. I’m currently reading The Archived, 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas, and I just started reading Lois Lane Double Down!

    • / Kristin

      I heard the same about the movie; I’m okay if I don’t see it but if I get to it on Netflix so be it. Did you read the first Lois Lane book!? I’m curious to keep going, but I’m not in love with it. The Archived! Ahh! <3!

  • http://www.myopensketchbook.com/ Kay

    I definitely want to check out Curtsies and Conspiracies sometime – Etiquette and Espionage was so much fun. I’ve also had The 5th Wave on my TBR list for ages – I’m curious to hear what you think! Glad you had a good book month!

    • / Kristin

      It really was a lot of fun! The 5th Wave is going good, a little slow for me right now (but that’s cause I’m more invested in Glass Sword). I’m only like, 50 pages in.

  • smbrink

    Glad you got so much reading done! I only read two books this month (Big Magic and The Miniaturist), but am hoping to rack up more titles in March.

    Where are the twinkle lights on your bookshelf from?! Dying to have some for my room.

    • / Kristin

      I’ve been dying to read The Miniaturist since I first heard about it! How was it?

      Lights are from Target :) They were actually from around Christmastime; just some dewdrop lights (I think they were $15 tops?)

      • smbrink

        The Miniaturist was a good read! It fell a little flat to me towards the end, but it was still worth picking up.

        Thanks! Definitely going to keep an eye out for some :)