Sunday, March 1, 2020

February 2020 Wrap-Up + Haul

Hello everyone! Today I'm here with my February Wrap-Up and I'm actually very happy with how this month went in terms of reading! I only read 2 books in January, but after this month, I'm almost back on track with my Goodreads challenge. Plus, I got through a bunch of amazing books! I read a total of 12 books this month so let's go ahead and dive on in!

Title: Our Nig
Author: Harriet E. Wilson
Rating: n/a -- read for class
Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
This was a very interesting read and quite emotional at times. It follows the story of Frado, a free black child in the North. However, while she's technically free, she is stuck in an indentured servitude which is pretty much the same thing as being a slave. While the story itself was interesting and easy to read, it also provided a look into what the North was like at that time since, at least in my schooling, we're taught that the North was a happy wonderland for black people in that time period, when it really wasn't the case. 

Title: Secrets From the Grave
Author: B.L. Brunnemer
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars
Secrets From the Grave (The Veil Diaries Book 6)
Rereading this was fun, but I also realized that compared to the first few books in the series I didn't feel as connected to the characters. Still, it was fun to revisit and I'm glad I reread and found details I'd forgotten or missed from the first time around. 

Title: When the Dead Have it Easy
Author: B.L. Brunnemer
Rating: 4.5 //5 stars
When The Dead Have It Easy by B.L. Brunnemer
This was another reread on my approach to reading the newest release in this series. I did enjoy it, though as with the first time, not much happened in this book outside of the relationship. I'm still glad to have read this book, but I will admit that there were times where I was bored which usually doesn't happen in this series.

Title: When the Dead Come Home
Author: B.L. Brunnemer
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
When the Dead Come Home (The Veil Diaries Book 8)

Title: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars
Blog Tour Review
The Shadows Between Us

Title: All the Stars and Teeth
Author: Adalyn Grace
Rating: 4 // 5 stars
Blog Tour Review
All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)

Title: The Backstagers, Vol 1: Rebels Without Applause
Author: James Tynion IV
Illustrators: Rian Sygh & Walter Baiamonte
Rating: 3.5 // 5 stars
The Backstagers, Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV
All three of these graphic novels were really cute and fun. As someone who dabbled in theater (but didn't do a lot of it actively), it was fun to get to see theater getting combined with magic and whatnot. Plus, these characters were super cute and I really enjoyed the art style!

Title: The Backstagers, Vol 2: The Show Must Go On
Author: James Tynion IV
Illustrators: Ryan Sygh & Walter Baiamonte
Rating: 3.5 // 5 stars
The Backstagers, Vol. 2 by James Tynion IV

Title: The Backstagers, Vol 3: Encore
Author: James Tynion IV
Illustrators: Ryan Sygh & Walter Baiamonte
Rating: 3.5 // 5 stars
The Backstagers, Vol. 3 by James Tynion IV

Title: The Sky Weaver
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Rating: 4 // 5 stars
The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli

Title: Writing Fiction
Author: Janet Burroway
Rating: na/a--read for class
Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway
It's the same as every other generic writing fiction book. That's not a bad thing, because it does its job and lays out the basics of writing, but there was nothing in this that I felt catapulted it into a must-have guide.

Title: David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
Author: David Walker
Rating: n/a rating--read for class
David Walker's Appeal by David  Walker
I had to read this for school and it was definitely interesting. It's not a fiction story, it's a very real appeal to people about the state of things during slavery. It wasn't nice or easy to read, but it opened my eyes a lot more to things that went on because of slavery that I'd actually never learned about before. 

BOOK HAUL haul was so small this month that I could include it in my wrap-up again! Additionally, I didn't buy either of these! The first of these I was sent by a publisher for review (coming in March) and the second I won in a giveaway. This is actually a pretty big deal to me because it's the first month since June 2015 where I haven't bought a single physical book. It's been over four and a half years of me consistently buying books and, as I'm trying to cut back on buying them, I'm actually really proud that I managed not to buy any in February. Of course, with March being the month of Crescent City, I will be buying some soon but I'm still overall very happy with this because it showed me I can stick to a book-buying ban.

The Winter DukeThe first book that I got was an ARC of The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett which was sent to me by Novl. This one actually releases at the beginning of March so there isn't too long of a wait for it! I will be taking this will me to London on spring break and I can't wait to read it!

Lobizona (Wolves of No World, #1)
The second book I got this month was an ARC of Lobizona by Romina Garber (also known as Romina Russell). I've read one of Romina's other books and enjoyed it quite a bit so I was excited when I won the Goodreads Giveaway for a copy of her newest upcoming release! I believe this releases in May but it is available for preorder.


January 2020 Wrap-Up
BLOG TOUR: "All the Stars and Teeth" by Adalyn Grace + Giveaway
Valentine's Day Book Tag
Book Review: "When the Dead Come Home" by B.L. Brunnemer
BLOG TOUR: "The Shadows Between Us" by Tricia Levenseller + Giveaway
Book Review: "The Sky Weaver" by Kristen Ciccarelli
Books I HAVE to Read in 2020

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