Hello my lovelies!
I hope everyone has had a good February, mine was rather busy on a work front and ‘meh’ on a personal one as not much happened, which honestly is fine.
March’s arrival always makes me feel more peppy because it means my uber busy time at work downgrades itself to ‘just’ busy plus it’s my birthday month! Most importantly I begin to feel like spring is not too far away and that’s just friggin’ joyous!
The first of the two ARC’s that I read this month because I’m desperately trying to clear them!
Bone China was released in 2019 so I’m a bit behind but my draft review is written, I just need to clean it up and post it out.
I love Laura Purcell as a writer very much and this is my third of her’s that I’ve read. I’m pretty sure she’s now an auto-buy author and I think she may have a book coming out this year called ‘Creeping Ivy’ which I will 100% read.
Saying that…. I did like this book but it didn’t make me love it as it should so I gave it 3 stars. I’ll expand on why in my full review but the main reason is that the author’s books are beginning to follow a bit of a formulaic pattern.
Another ARC and one which is being released on 5th March so I’m aiming to get my full review of The Animals at Lockwood Manor up on the same day.
Unfortunately this was a 2 star read for me. It started strong but went downhill as this is the slowest of slow burns and I don’t think I had the patience.
Like January, I only read two books this month but as I said last time – I really don’t mind because I’m not putting pressure on myself with books this year.
- 1 book got 3 stars
- 1 book got 2 stars
This means February’s average is 2.5. I have yet to read any books that I’ve rated higher than a 3 yet but the year is young!
I wasn’t setting myself hard goals this year but for March I do have a few because I have decided to participate in my second year of…
I am moderately to highly obsessed with the musical Hamilton and so in 2019 when this reading challenge came onto my radar I told myself I wasn’t going to miss my shot at taking part (see what I did there?!)
Now it’s back for round two! See all details on Foxes and Fairy Tales blog here.
I am declaring for Team Burr, sir.
If I’m honest, I’m probably not going to get round to reading all five prompts but every little counts towards the end goal!
So here are my choices!
Leslie Odom Jr – A Book That Has Won an Award
The Fifth Season won a Hugo Award in 2016 so it more than qualifies!
Dear Theodosia – A Book With a Name in the Title
I read Circe last year and fell in love so bought The Song of Achilles immediately after. I’m looking forward to getting to this one.
Ladies, tell your husbands vote for Burr – A Book by a Female Author
To be fair – 98% of all my books are by female authors so this wasn’t a hard one to select. I’ve gone with Monstrous Heart as this is an ARC that I must read and review before its release on 31st March.
Wait for it…. A Book That’s Been on Your TBR for a While
Did I buy The Snow Child in 2017 or 2018? I can’t remember.
Either way, it’s well overdue a read.
Like you could grab a beer with him – A Book with Food or Drink in the Title or on the Cover
I very much want to read my beautiful and incredibly shiny copy of Gingerbread. I’m hoping to get some days off work this month for my birthday and because the copy I’ve got is the hardcover and gorgeous I’m not remotely considering shoving it into my bag to drag around with me.
Now seems like the time to read this!
Wish me and my fellow Team Burr-ers luck!
‘Sod all’ my darlings but like I said earlier – this is more than fine.
It’s been a busy month at work and I’m only just starting to feel not as tired. There’s been a lack of blog posts from me during February because of being so busy but I’m not worried because I’m confident I’ll get back on track soon.
I’ve continued writing out my ‘brief’ summaries for my original fiction WIP’s that I began in January and as ‘brief’ is not a word I truly know – I’m still writing them out.
I didn’t do so well this month – only 2,390 words and that was only on one novel idea! Like I said – busy month at work so I’ve had to put in more hours which has eaten into my free time and my writing progress. Hopefully things will be calmer now.
Here are just a few of some of the awesome posts that have been put out into the blogosphere this February!
Paper Procrastinators gave us their take on trigger warnings for books and why they should be more commonplace than they actually are.
Pages Unbound talk about the 5 things their favourite book bloggers do.
Weird Zeal is bringing back her Women’s History Month Readathon so please do check it out for participation information!
My World of Books has given us book lovers some book recommendations about book lovers! We all come full circle in the end!
Another Book in the Wall helps us out with ideas on how to blog when you haven’t read anything new which I for one have found incredibly useful especially on account of how many reading slumps I go through.
Ashes Books and Bobs asks us whether we trust book reviews.
Bournemouth Girl has written a post which I hope no one needs but you know someone sadly will which makes her post on handling negativity online so useful.
Emma’s Bookish Corner talks about why bookshops rock and I think you’ll find no argument among us there!
Jeeves Reads has given us a list of 15 romance books where opposites attract – The Hating Game is on that list and that was a yummy piece of strawberry cupcake so I may have to check out the rest as this is my romance trope #1.
Let me know what you’ve been reading (books or blogs) and what you’ve got lined up next!