February Recap

February was a month where I didn’t get a lot of reading or blogging done; not as much as I normally do and not as much as I would have liked to. Work took over my whole life, but now February has ended things have calmed down and I’ll be back to my regular reading and blogging schedules.

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I only got through four books (five if you could the one I DNF-ed) but I did finally pick up King of Scars, one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and February is a short month so I can’t really be blamed for not getting through as many books as I normally do (which is what I’m telling myself).

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February 2018 Recap

(Let’s all pretend I’m posting this recap at the end of February rather than the beginning of March).

It’s cliché I know, I even started my first recap of the year with this, but where has the month gone?! February is the shortest month of the year and this year I could really tell because I’m struggling to think of what I did with myself over the last twenty-eight days. It was a bit of a mixed month for me, but overall there was more good than bad.


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Books I Read

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Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer – Four stars
Check out my review here.

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – Five stars

Tales from Sand and Sea by Alwyn Hamilton – Four stars

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – Four stars

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray – Five stars

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – Four stars

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Five stars

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor – Five stars

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Again (as of the end of February at least) I’m on track to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 125 by the end of the year. However I’m thinking of lowering it. I don’t know if I can reach my goal and the thought of falling behind is giving me low-key anxiety issues. I’d rather lower my challenge to an amount I know I can read but still try to 125 books.

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The best book I picked up in February was really hard to narrow down. Last month I bemoaned how long it took me to finally have a five star read but this month there were a couple of outstanding and incredible books I got through. I think I’m going to have to go for Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This was a re-read for me but it was just as magical and enchanting the second time around as the first.

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The worst book I picked up this month was again another really hard choice because all the books I picked up were good. Tales from Sand and Sea was good, don’t get me wrong, but as a collection of short stories from the Rebel of the Sands trilogy I didn’t really have any expectations for it and all in all it was kind of forgettable compared to the other books I picked up.

Tales from Sand and Sea


My WIP

To everyone out there who knows how much of an epic procrastinator I am it’s probably going to come as no surprise when I say I’m still a little behind compared to where I wanted to be on my WIP. My original plan was to start writing in March but currently I am only halfway into my plan/research stages (it was the naming of my characters which has thrown me off schedule).

Now my plan is to finish my plot outline, finish naming all my characters (God help me), and finish expanding my world before starting the actual re-write of my WIP in April. Just in time for Camp NaNoWriMo (do you see what I did there).


Life in General

I splurged and had afternoon tea with my best friend in London. We’d waited months for a table for Cutter & Squidge’s Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea to open up, but let me tell you it was well worth the wait. The food was incredible and we are definitely going back there again, they do different themes every few months and come summer there’s going to be something new.

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I also made it to the Harry Potter History of Magic exhibition at the British Library, something else I’d waited months for. It was amazing, there was a different room for each class Harry had at Hogwarts filled with historical and cultural facts that J.K. Rowling had used to create the world.

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The Beast from the East (God I hate that name) hit the UK, and then Storm Emma came along afterwards bringing snow, snow, and even more snow to the UK. I know other countries out there have it worse than what we’ve had in the UK, but we’re a country that’s never prepared for extremes in weather, and it’s been horrible. It’s March and there’s supposed to be blossom on the trees but we still have snow on the ground.

Sorry, rant over.

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After January I seem to have hit the other extreme in book hauls and didn’t buy much in February, but wait until you see the books that will be in my March haul.

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OBSIDIO! OBSIDIO! OBSIDIO!

Obsidio

Can anyone guess what book I’m excited for this month? There are some incredible March releases but Obsidio is at the top of my every list, as soon as I have it in my hands I’ll be getting started on it. I’m also planning more re-reading; I want to finish the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and in preparation for Obsidio I’m going to be picking up Illuminae and Gemina again as well.

February Next Month

I start my new job on Monday (I am both nervous and excited) so it may be a bit of a struggle at first juggling my increased workload with blogging but I have faith in my time management skills. I hope to end March on track when it comes to blogging and ready to start the re-write of my WIP.


I hope everyone else had a good February, and I hope you all have an even better March as well.

Let me know what books you’ve read during the second month of the year, and if you’ve found yourself wondering where this month has gone? Does anyone have any big plans for March, they don’t have to be blogging or reading plans, and who else is beyond excited for the release of Obsidio?

Happy reading!

February Recap

February is such a short month that it always feels like it’s barely started before it’s over again, but maybe that’s just me. The first two weeks of this month were a bit hit and miss when it came to my blogging schedule, but now I’m back on track, and while I didn’t manage to get as many books read as I would have liked we’ll blame that on the fact that this month is shorter than the others rather than my poor planning.

Still I feel like this was a productive month for me; I published my first discussion post, with others to come, and even received my first physical ARC from a publisher which was very exciting. All in all my 2017 is off to a great start so here’s hoping it continues that way.


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Books I Reviewed

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

This book was not as good as I expected it to be. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read the original Phantom of the Opera story but as is I was just left disappointed by RoseBlood.


The Sin-Eater’s Daughter Series

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter  was a re-read for me, one I enjoyed just as much the second time around, in preparation for starting The Sleeping Prince which, if anything, was even better than the first.

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury


By Your Side by Kasie West

While By Your Side isn’t my favourite Kasie West book it was still an amazing read. Fluffy and light it was the perfect book to spend an afternoon with, which is what I’ve come to expect from her.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

This book deals with some very real and heartbreaking issues, it was incredibly written and nothing important was brushed under the rug or forgotten about. Adam Silvera is just an incredible author.


The Girl at Midnight Series

The Girl at Midnight was another re-read for me so I could start the second book and know what was going on. Again this was a series I enjoyed just as much the second time as I did the first.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey


ARC Review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

This had to be one of my most anticipated books of the year so of course I was bound to love it. The Song Rising is a brilliant addition to my favourite series, the only issue I have is the (unbearable) wait for the fourth book.

I received a copy of this book from Bloomsbury.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Wish Had …

Top Ten Favourite YA Couples from Books I’ve Read in the Past Year Part Two

Top Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would


Standalone Sunday

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows


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Despite all appearances to the contrary this isn’t actually a lot of books for me this month, and I didn’t even spend too much on them. I managed to get the whole of The Young Elites series for £6, and four books were in a buy one get one half price deal at Waterstones which saved me a fair bit of money. In terms of managing my book buying better this year I’m not off to a bad start.


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So far I have yet to get through all the books in one of my monthly TBR lists, but I have a good feeling about next months. Wires and Nerve, The Scarecrow Queen and A Conjuring of Light are all highly anticipated releases of mine that I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to sooner, and The Night Circus is an all-time favourite so I should be able to fit them all in next month.


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Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure—with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.


The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

The final battle is coming…

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever…

Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter.


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.


A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.


March is going to be a month of reveals for me on Reading Every Night. I will be changing the design of my blog now I have an idea of what I want it to look like, and I will be launching my Goodreads profile now that my reviews on this blog are in some kind of order.

Basically February was my month for planning, March is my month for unveiling.

February Recap

Another month has come and gone, and hopefully soon the Winter weather here in England will be going with it.

February flew by, and not because it is the shortest month of the year. It feels like only a couple of weeks ago that I was posting my January recap. I got through a lot of the ARC’s on my to-read list this month, but I still have a couple more to review next month, and while I haven’t made much headway in my to-read list I am on track for my Goodreads Challenge.


Reviews

February Recap, #1

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year so when I received an ARC of it I started right away, putting a hold on the book I was currently reading to start Rebel of the Sands. I would highly recommend this to anyone; the world-building was rich and full of magic, the characters are strong and well-developed, and there were plot twists woven through the story which I did not see coming. Rebel of the Sands starts slow but once the story gets going it’s fast-paced and brilliant.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Normally I don’t read crime/psychological thrillers, in fact 13 Minutes is the first book that I actually picked up in this genre, but I loved this book. The characters were all well-developed in terms of their faults and desires and the story really dragged me in. I was so engrossed I didn’t even see the ending coming, the big reveal as to ‘who done it’. 13 Minutes is a debut novel from Sarah Pinborough but after finishing it I will definitely pick up the net book she writes.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


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Remembrance by Meg Cabot

I was so excited for this book to be released, I love the original six books which I first read in high school, and when I discovered the author was writing a new adult instalment I couldn’t wait to jump back into Suze and Jesse’s world. Unfortunately this book failed to live up to my expectations; I still enjoyed the story but the characters were a letdown. It feels like a lot of the character development that was reached in the sixth book was erased in this one. All in all, I expected more from Remembrance and was let down by it.


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The Chronicles of Ixia Series

When I read the it fast become one of my favourite series, and Yelena and Valek one of my favourite OTP’s. So after finding out the author was going back and continuing their story Shadow Study went to the top of my to-read list. I was thrilled to discover when I started reading it that Shadow Study was just as good, if not better, than the original trilogy; and then Night Study blew it out of the water. All my favourite characters were there, as well as some new ones I loved just as much, and the story itself is brilliant.

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Pull by Anne Riley

The reason I picked up Pull was because of the time travel aspect. I adore time travel books and Pull had a really unique concept that grabbed me from the start. Instead of being able to go back years and see all the things that happened tens or hundreds of years in the past what if you could only go back seconds or minutes. What would you end up changing?

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


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The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

This book is contending with Passenger for my favourite read of 2016. I wasn’t expecting much from The Love That Split the World; while the cover was gorgeous, and definitely grabbed my eye, the blurb didn’t really tell me much about the story and what it did reveal didn’t really sound like my kind of book. However reading it I fell in love; with the characters and the relationships formed between them, with the story and the Native American culture that was represented, and with the lyrical writing that made the book beautiful to read.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I heard so many amazing things about this book before reading it and, even though historical fiction isn’t my usual genre, I finally got around to picking it up myself. With over 500 pages it took me a while to get through this book. All the Light We Cannot See follows Marie-Laure and Werner through the Second World War and lets us see the effects the war has on both characters as well as Saint Malo, where Marie lives, and Germany, where Werner is from. This book is incredibly moving, the last quarter completely destroyed me.


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Shades of Magic Series

Before the second book was released I re-read A Darker Shade of Magic, and if anything it was even better the second time around. Then I started reading A Gathering of Shadows and found it was even better than ADSoM; it had everything I loved about the first book and so much more. V.E. Schwab is my favourite author; I have loved everything of hers but the Shades of Magic series is my all-time favourite and both books are definitely in a league of its own.

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab


Top Ten Tuesday

I took part in four Top Ten Tuesday topics over the course of February.

Top Ten Books That are Set In, or Visit, Past Time

Top Ten Favourite YA Couples from Books I’ve Read in the Past Year

Top Ten Characters I’d Give Theme Songs To

Top Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre


Waiting on Wednesday

I featured four books as part of the Waiting on Wednesday tag.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

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Next month I have plans to finally start The Winner’s Trilogy and the Throne of Glass series, which I have been meaning to get around to for ages now. I’ve heard a lot of good things about both series so I’m excited to start reading them. Also there are some highly anticipated releases of mine coming out in March that I am excited to get my hands on.