Feb 2020 Wrap Up

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Hello friends, it’s me again! Happy Saturday and last day of February, also Happy Leap Day!! I can’t believe that February is over. I feel like we just started January, yet we’re already two months into 2020. Amazing how quickly time passes! To be honest, when we started February I knew I had high reading goals for this month, and with it being a shorter month I didn’t expect to do as well as I did. I typically have a monthly expectation of reading 12 books minimum, and I feel super accomplished if I can achieve that considering I work full time and deal with chronic migraines. Whenever I am able to read more than 12 books a month I always feel like I accomplished some great achievement, like “Hello! Where is my big prize money? I’d like my cookie now.” LOL. So, with February having an extra day I feel like that gave me the extra motivation I needed to stay consistent with my goals this month. Go me!!

I am about 150 pages until the end of Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, so there is still hope that I can squeak in one more book this month, but I’m not forcing myself. That being said, I was able to read a total of 13 books in February! Woohoo, I exceeded my goal by one whole book! Hahaha, I know….I’m a dork. I had three 5 star reads this month, six 4 star reads, and four 3 star reads. It was a fairly even balanced reading month with a decent mix of genres and Adult/YA.

5 Star Reads –

  • Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M McManus
  • Dream Keeper (1st in The Dark Dreamer Trilogy) by Amber R. Duell
  • A Curse So Dark And Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

4 Star Reads –

  • Bitter Falls (4th in Stillhouse Lake series) by Rachel Caine
  • Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith (eARC from Inkyard Press)
  • Day Zero by Kelly Devos (eARC from Inkyard Press)
  • Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
  • A Heart So Fierce And Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

3 Star Reads –

  • Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long (eARC from MIRA books)
  • Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin (ARC from Celadon books)
  • Trapped by Michael Northrup (met the prompt for YA Natural Disaster for 2020 Read Harder BookRiot Challenge)
  • EXO by Fonda Lee

My favorite read of February would be Dream Keeper (#1 in Dark Dreamer Trilogy) by Amber R. Duell. I discovered this book and author from following an Indie Publisher, Parliament House. I am so happy that I started following them, as they have authors who write steampunk fantasy and dark fantasy, which I absolutely love! Dream Keeper was so well thought out and featured a character I’d never read about before in a book, The Sandman. I loved the balance of good vs evil/dark vs light, and that the universe always keeps a balance. It added quality to the book, and definitely made sense with the plot twist that we get. My jaw dropped when I read it! It has an electric, slow burn romance which is one of my favorites to read, especially when it isn’t the only part of the plot line. There were moments where the description of the nightmares sent chills up my spine, and I might have looked over my shoulder a few times. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed! Obviously I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind dark fantasy with some graphic death scenes.

Overall I had a great reading month! I’m still finding the perfect balance between ebook, audio and physical books. I think with some more experimenting I’ll figure it out, but as long as I am reading I’m happy!. Stay tuned for my January TBR post, it’s going to include a Book Bingo board that I created to keep myself motivated for March! Everyone is welcome to join me with the Bingo game, it’s such a great way to move through your TBR pile. As always, if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned above, or have some recs based off of what I’ve read, please leave me a comment! 🙂

Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!

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