February was a short month but like most things that are short it sure packed a hell of a punch. In fact, after it was done punching me in the face it looked at my form rolling around on the ground and decided to kick me in the ribs for good measure.
Oh February, you strange stress filled little month you.
I had many a work issue and many a breakdown and a panic attack in my own home just for good measure. Because I was suffering from The Anxiety and The Stress this impacted my ability to do these two things:-
- Read books
- Successfully interact (both in the Real World and the blogging one)
I entered what can only be professionally known as – slumpy mcslumpface.
Here is a visual representation of my reading slump from one month to the next using me mad Paint skillz.
Not only did I not read very much but I didn’t interact very much on my blog or visit/ interact with other blogs that much either.
I also temporarily scrapped some of my usual features/ posts I had planned.
The above pained me because I enjoy these things greatly but all I had the energy for was watching Netflix and spontaneous bursts of sobbing.
Russian Doll – very good.
The Umbrella Academy – I live for Klaus, Ben, Five and occasionally Diego. That is all.
I’m hoping that March will give me back whatever mojo I usually have. But it is my birthday month and my blog baby turns 1 so prepare yourself for the whoop whoop!
Not much but they were both ARCs and both Beauty and the Beast related.
I reviewed The Beast’s Heart here and gave it 1 star.
I also reviewed The Beauty of the Wolf which you can find here and I gave it 3 stars.
My aim was 4 books and I only achieved half of that but I smashed my Real Life job goals so something had to give.
One book at 1 star and one book at 3 stars mean that February’s average is 2.
Yeuch. But then maybe I was unduly critical because I was a bit bummed out and tired? Who knows. The books certainly weren’t laugh fests and maybe I should have tried something different.
Oh well; we live, we learn, we trial and error.
Last time I did a wrap up post I said (and I quote):-
I’ve decided not to set any specific books as I realised that’s the fastest way to put myself off any of books I’ve chosen.
And then promptly set myself specific books to read because I needed to get some ARC reviews done pre-release date.
But guess what?!
For March I’ve also decided to set myself specific books – yayayayay.
But wait for it (tehehehe)… it’s because I’ve decided to do a particularly awesome readathon called #Hamilthon and is all about reading books based on prompts from the songs of the Hamilton musical (which I lurve).
More info and the place to sign up is on Foxes and Fairy Tales here.
I’ve tried to select the route strategically – I still have ARCs that I need to read and review in March and so I’ve gone down a path which I hope will help me fulfill #Hamilthon but by using some of the books I currently have to read.
So here’s the prompts plus the book I will aim to read for each one!
Alexander Hamilton (a book with a name in the title) – Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Reynolds Pamphlet (something short i.e. novella) – A Human Stain by Kelly Robson
Take a Break (finish a book in a day) – The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Helpless (a book featuring romance or a marriage) – The Dollmaker by Nina Allan
My Shot (a standalone book) – The Binding by Bridget Collins
I end up at…
Let’s see how well I do!
Yeah…. not much.
Read my first comment of this post about February.
If I had balls, this month would have kicked them.
How was your February? Are you looking forward to March?
Do I have any birthday month twins??? Do I??? Do I?????
Or blogversary twins? Do I????????