February 2021 Wrap Up

Hey everyone! I’m a little late on this one but better late than never, right? I read some great books this month and I made some great progress on my Goodreads goal for the year. For the first few months this year I wanted to get ahead of my goal by quite a bit because one of my goals this year is to finally read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. With that book sitting around 1400 pages, I need some wiggle room so I don’t get behind in my goal. I’m currently 25 books ahead of schedule so my plan is to start War and Peace on April 1st. Anyways… more on that another time.

I also did a lot of re-reads in February to refresh for a couple of new releases. I re-read The Bone Season books plus the new novella to prepare for my current read of The Mask Falling which was published in January. I also re-read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series to refresh for Nesta and Cassian’s book, A Court of Silver Flames which I ended up finishing at the end of the month. I also got some library holds in for books that I have been wanting to read forever – The Silent Patient and Where the Crawdads Sing.

  • February 2021 Books Read: 17
  • 2021 Year To Date Books Read: 35
  • February 2021 Pages Read: 7,762
  • 2021 Year To Date Pages Read: 15,482

February 2021 Books Read:

  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – reread
  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – reread
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – reread
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – reread
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
  • A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Dawn Chorus by Samantha Shannon

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February Book Haul: I ended up getting a lot of books throughout the month as well. I was finally able to get copies of the rest of the Bridgerton series as well as the prequel series. I’m really looking forward to continuing with those and seeing what’s in store for the rest of the Bridgerton family. Both Target and Amazon had a buy 2 get 1 free sale so of course I had to jump on that. From Target I got Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson, The Guest List by Lucy Foley, and The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse. I was super excited that Kristin Hannah’s newest novel, The Four Winds, was a choice for February Book of the Month. From Amazon I got What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon and a couple of the Bridgerton books.

For March I’m going to be focusing on The Mask Falling and also catching up on some advanced copies that I’m pretty far behind on. I want to start April off with a clean slate so I can focus on War and Peace.

What books did you read in February?

Month in Review: January 2021

Is it just me or did January feel like it was simultaneously really short and really long? There were times I felt like the month was just dragging on and on, and times where I couldn’t believe it was going so fast. Either way, first month of 2021 is officially under the belt. I had a pretty good reading month filled with lots of great books and a couple not so great, and one book I even hated. I listened to a lot of audiobooks throughout the month and re-read a few books as well.

  • January 2021 Books Read: 18
  • 2021 Year To Date Books Read: 18
  • January 2021 Pages Read: 7,720
  • 2021 Year To Date Pages Read: 7,720

January 2021 Books Read:

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So that was my month of reading! I’m really looking forward to some of the books I have lined up for Febrary as long as my mood holds on those.

What books did you read in January?

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

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The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

Camelot Rising #2

Published November 10, 2020 by Delacorte Press

400 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Everything is as it should be in Camelot. King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

Review: *Please note that this is the second book in a series so there may be spoilers for book one* I really enjoyed the first book, The Guinevere Deception, so I had been really looking forward to Arthur and Guinevere’s story continuing on in this sequel. The author’s take on Guinevere and the Arthurian legends are incredibly interesting and in my opinion, a little more thrilling than the usual tale. For the most part, I really liked this sequel. There were some twists, like Guinevere’s realization of who her mother might be, that I didn’t see coming which always makes me happy. With the Arthurian legends being so well known, I think it definitely speaks to Kiersten White’s ability to zig when everyone else zags. My only real issue with this novel was that I got a little tired of Guinevere’s inner monologues, especially about Merlin and knot magic. It felt a little repetitive and kind of detracted from the story’s pacing. But that wasn’t enough of an annoyance to truly bother me. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the third installment!

4 Stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

21 Books In 2021 Challenge

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since my last post. What can I say, 2020 was a doozy. My hope this year is to be more active here but at the same time still keep things low key and as stress free as possible. This is supposed to be fun 🙂

My first post for 2021 is a reading challenge that I have been seeing around both in the blogging world and on Instagram. It seems like the perfect way to knock off some books that have been sitting on my TBR list for far too long as well as books I acquired last year that I had fully intended on reading in 2020. My full reading goal for the year is 75 books so this will be only a fraction of what I hope to read this year. This challenge is pretty self-explanatory… to choose 21 books that you want to read in 2021.

I feel like this is a pretty good mix of genres so I should be able to fit all of my moods whenever they strike. What books are you hoping to read this year that you haven’t gotten around to in years past?

The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike

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The Forgotten King by Signe Pike

The Lost Queen Trilogy #2

Published September 15th 2020 by Atria Books

496 Pages

Goodreads Summary: AD 573. Imprisoned in her chamber, Languoreth awaits news in torment. Her husband and son have ridden off to wage war against her brother, Lailoken. She doesn’t yet know that her young daughter, Angharad, who was training with Lailoken to become a Wisdom Keeper, has been lost in the chaos. As one of the bloodiest battles of early medieval Scottish history scatters its survivors to the wind, Lailoken and his men must flee to exile in the mountains of the Lowlands, while nine-year-old Angharad must summon all Lailoken has taught her and follow her own destiny through the mysterious, mystical land of the Picts.

In the aftermath of the battle, old political alliances unravel, opening the way for the ambitious adherents of the new religion: Christianity. Lailoken is half-mad with battle sickness, and Languoreth must hide her allegiance to the Old Way to survive her marriage to the next Christian king of Strathclyde. Worst yet, the new King of the Angles is bent on expanding his kingdom at any cost. Now the exiled Lailoken, with the help of a young warrior named Artur, may be the only man who can bring the Christians and the pagans together to defeat the encroaching Angles. But to do so, he must claim the role that will forever transform him. He must become the man known to history as “Myrddin.”

Bitter rivalries are ignited, lost loves are found, new loves are born, and old enemies come face-to-face with their reckoning in this compellingly fresh look at one of the most enduring legends of all time.

Review: This book is a sequel so if you haven’t read The Lost Queen then proceed with caution as there may be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read The Lost Queen…. what are you waiting for?! The Forgotten Kingdom picks up where The Lost Queen left off, which was fantastic because I was dying to know what happened next. I really fell in love with Langoureth and Lailoken so I was very glad to see their journeys continue in the sequel. In The Lost Queen, the book mainly focuses on Langoureth but in this one we are also given perspectives from Lailoken and Langoureth’s youngest daughter, Angharad. Langoureth is still my favorite character but I really came to love Angharad’s story and am very excited to see what is in store for her in the third book. I don’t want to say too much about what happened because, well, spoilers, but I am definitely liking where I am seeing this story going. I love how well researched these novels have been. It’s been fantastic reading about this era in Scotland. What makes it even better is that even though it is well researched, Signe Pike is able to make the story magical and the flow of her writing adds to the mysticism of the time. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the third book.

5 Stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.