February 2020 Wrap Up & March 2020 TBR

TBR & Wrap UpHello 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!

What I've Been Reading

bone china

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.

the animals at lockwood manor

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.

Sexy Stats.jpg

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!

What Will I Read

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!

As I’m participating in The Quiet Pond’s #StartOnYourShelfathon and The Unread Shelf Project I’m only using books that I already own.

So here are my choices!

Leslie Odom Jr – A Book That Has Won an Award

The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season won a Hugo Award in 2016 so it more than qualifies!

Dear Theodosia – A Book With a Name in the Title

the song of achilles

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

Monstrous Heart

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

The Snow Child

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!

What Have I Been Up To

‘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.


Blog Hop

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!


18 thoughts on “February 2020 Wrap Up & March 2020 TBR

  1. Oh boy, February was kind of a weird month for me! I’ve been hiking lots because of depression, but I ended up spraining my neck during one of the hikes and had to take a break from a few things, including painting….which uh, didn’t do so well for my mental health. So I barely did ANYTHING this month. 😅 I think we’re all ready for spring to come!

    And ahhhh you’re going to read The Fifth Season! And Song of Achilles!! Can’t to see what you think of them! Neither of them are very fun and uplifting stories (Achilles is a downright soul-crusher lol) so I definitely don’t recommend reading one after the other. 😀

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    1. Oh Kathy! None of that sounds remotely good! How is your neck now?

      I guess a ton has changed since you last wrote this comment, huh? What a weird world we’re in now. I’m watching Spring happen from my window but I’m very lucky that we at least have a small garden to sit in. the downside is that work was being done on the garden before this all kicked off so there’s basically a pit in the middle that we need to avoid and a mound of rubble at the side!

      I haven’t been able to bring myself to read either The Fifth Season or Song of Achilles but I haven’t been able to bring myself to read anything. I need to read something fluffy and light I think!


  2. that monstrous heart cover has CHARACTER and the tagline just makes me go AHHH
    ps: good luck with the hamilton readathon!! i love THAT musical and if i had aNY trust in my ability to make myself read a pre-decided TBR instead of just constant mood reading then i would 10/10 take part lol. pss: i’ve heard amazing things about oyeyemi’s books!! and that cover is absolutely beautiful

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    1. Give Monstrous Heart a go because it’s not without its charm and I am a sucker for a cover and a tagline 😉

      I failed miserably at my Hamilthon but that’s because life and the world has done a ‘thing’ and I just couldn’t get back into reading! I honestly love Hamilton the musical though, I don’t often go to see musicals more than once and so far the honour of multiple viewings belongs to Chicago but I would 100% without a doubt see Hamilton again.

      The cover is shiny and it drew me in like the magpie that I am!


  3. Ahh that’s too bad that Animals of Lockwood Manor was a disappointment – it looked mildly interesting to me, but now I’m not so sure. I hope you’re able to find some books over 3 stars soon! 🤞

    I loved both The Fifth Season and The Song of Achilles, so I hope you do too! 😀 Good luck with your reading, and thanks for linking to my post! ❤

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    1. I’ve seen other reviews that loved it so it may very well just be a book that wasn’t for me. I’m also a notoriously harsh reader!

      I can’t wait to read TFA and SoA but I haven’t picked them up yet, am linking I might need something more uplifting!

      You are welcome 🙂


  4. Thank you so much for mentioning my post! 💕

    I hope you read a book you love sometime soon! It’s always frustrating to me when I read a bunch of mediocre books in a row. I also hope that you have more time to relax next month and have a fantastic birthday!

    I hadn’t heard of the #hamilthon before, but I adore all of the prompts! They’re all so clever, and perfectly related to Hamilton! And so many of the books on your TBR for the readathon have the most beautiful covers! Monstrous Heart and Gingerbread are both so pretty! 😍 Good luck with all the challenges!

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