Monthly Wrap Up

February 2021: The Month That Saw Both Snow and Sunshine (& A Bit Of Reading)

February wrap up
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Hi everybody, and welcome to my February wrap up!

I’m always super happy when February is over, because it means spring is almost here, and I am ready for the end of cold weather and dark days! My reading slowed down a bit this month, but that’s okay because what I did read was very enjoyable. So without further ado, here’s my February:

What I Read
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A Court of Wings and Ruin & A Court of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Re-Read)

I diligently continued my ACOTAR series re-read this month in preparation for A Court of Silver Flames. It definitely worked, I got SUPER excited (even more so than I already was) for ACOSF… only for my order of the book to be delayed with AT LEAST 2 WEEKS. Ugh. I hope to receive it next week and that I’ll stay spoiler-free until then.

That said, I did really enjoy my re-read. I actually enjoyed ACOWAR more than the first time I read it. The first time I got a little annoyed with all the smut and the ‘mate’ and ‘male/female’ stuff, but this time I just rolled with it and enjoyed my time with Rhys, Feyre and the gang.

ACOFAS was filler then and is filler now, but it was still a nice little bit of time spent with beloved characters.

Rating: 4,5 stars ACOWAR and 3,5 stars ACOFAS

Dark Harmony (The Bargainer #3) by Laura Thalassa

Yeah, as much as I loved the first book, unfortunately books 2 and 3 did not live up to my expectations. I really enjoyed the romance aspect, but the actual fantasy plot fell a little flat. Though I enjoyed the read, and the sizzling hot romance between Callie and Des, I think this series would have been better off as a standalone.

Rating: 3 stars

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

I’m late to the party, but I finally dived into The Simple Wild, the story about a city girl who travels to Alaska to spend some time with her estranged, sick dad and ends up falling for an Alaskan pilot. It’s an enemies-to-lovers with a huge focus on family and forgiveness and of course, with the amazing setting of Alaska. I really enjoyed this story, and fell in love not only with Calla and Jonah and their romance, but all of the characters. It was a lovely and emotional read.

Overall rating: 4 stars

Wild at Heart (The Simple Wild #2) by K.A. Tucker

Obviously I loved The Simple Wild, because after finishing it I was not yet ready to say goodbye to Calla and Jonah, so I dived right into the sequel, Wild at Heart. This story picks up right when The Simple Wild ends and explores Calla and Jonah while they try to make their relationship work in Alaska. I loved this glimpse into their story and what happens after the HEA and how much work it actually is. Also, so many fun new secondary characters, as well as some older favorites returning!

Rating: 4 stars

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Winter’s Orbit was one of my most anticipated 2021 releases. It’s a queer sci-fi featuring an arranged marriage and a murder mystery. Though the beginning of the book was a little slow and I had some trouble getting into the world and learning all the different characters, I soon ended up loving it and the second half just flew by in a blur of action and emotion. Warning though: this book should come with a trigger warning of a past abusive relationship.

Rating: 4 stars

Blog Features
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Top Ten Tuesday

Ten Whimsical Children’s Books That Were Written Before I Was Born (& I’d Still Love To Read and Own)

Top Ten Bookish OTP’s (2021 Edition)

Twelve of 2021’s Most Anticipated Romance Novels

8 Recent Reads That Made Me Laugh

Quote It Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

What I Listened To
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February didn’t have a whole bunch of new releases, but I relistened to old favorites and had a few new songs for my playlist as well.

MY FAVORITE: ONEUS – To Be Or Not To Be

Last month, ONEUS had a comeback and I loved it so much, I’ve still been listening to their music, as well as their previous releases all month. A Song Written Easily is one of their older songs I fell in love with all over again. Even though it’s about heartbreak, it’s one of those soothing songs that always helps calm me down.

The Pretty Reckless – And So It Went

The Pretty Reckless has a new CD out and I’ve especially been loving their latest single, And So It Went.

HyunA – I’m Not Cool

This is just such a fun, catchy song and may be my new official theme song 🙂

What I Watched
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Though I didn’t start my nostalgia rewatch of Dawson’s Creek or Buffy the Vampire Slayer yet (also I just have to say that #IStandWithCharisma), I did watch a few other things.

WandaVision
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WandaVision

I have to admit that this started of kind of weird, but I hung in there because A) mystery and B) Scarlet Witch is probably my favorite Avenger. And every single episode just got better and better. LOVED IT.

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To All The Boys: Always and Forever

I’m not gonna lie, I cried a bit while watching this. It was bittersweet (mostly sweet) and I loved this final look into Lara Jean’s and Peter’s lives. Though the first movie (and book) are still my favorite, I thought this was another outstanding adaptation.

Life Update
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Like every year, February just flew by. It was also a little weird, as we had both super cold, snowy winter days this month, and then two weeks later we had the sunny spring weather (guess which one was my fave?). We’re also still in a sort of lockdown, so life is overall pretty low-key.

Things that made me happy this month:

  • SPRING WEATHER! Nothing quite as rejuvenating as a warm and sunny day after a cold, dark winter.
  • I celebrated my 12 years dating-anniversary with my husband <3
Pixel February
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THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

  • Anticipated book releases: Perfect on Paper and Rule of Wolves
  • THE OFFICIAL START OF SPRING!

How was your February? What did you read? What did you listen to and what did you watch? What are you looking forward to in March?

Lindsey xoxo
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18 Comments

  1. I wish I’d made time to do an ACOTAR series reread but I’ll just jump into ACoSF and assume that it’s all going to come back to me. 🙂

    1. Haha that’s usually my tactic too 😉 I’m sure it’ll come back easily!

  2. I loved The Simple Wild series, so I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it, too! WandaVision is so good, I’ve been loving all of the little reveals!

    1. The Simple Wild series is indeed so much fun and I only have the novella left. Wandavision has just been getting better and better with each episode!

  3. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I love these family portrait! And eys we had spring but I have just heard that by the end of next week we’ll be freesing again!

    1. Thanks! Yes I heard so too! Pity, but at least we had some good days already in February! Here’s hoping we’ll have a good long spring/summer 🙂

  4. Lauren Becker says:

    Glad you had a good reading month. I had all sorts of weather this month too. I’m sooo ready for spring weather to stick around though. I was able to sit outside and read a couple days last week and it was DIVINE after all the snow.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    1. Oh that sounds divine indeed! Those first days of good weather after winter are the best for sure.

  5. Happy anniversary! I’m looking forward to Spring too. There’s so much snow here! Have a great March!

    1. Thank you! Hope spring will come soon indeed 🙂

  6. February was so weird weather wise. Snow, then the next week spring weather. 😂

    1. It was so weird! So many seasons in such a short month 😉

  7. I’m so happy you enjoyed The Simple Wild series! It was one of my favorites last year. And I cried a bit during the final Lara Jean, as well. <3

    1. The Simple Wild was so much fun! And glad to hear I’m not the only one who cried a little during the final To All The Boys movie 🙂

  8. Literary Feline says:

    I hope you get your copy of A Court of Silver Flames. I’m so sorry to hear it was delayed. 🙁 I am glad you ended up liking Winter’s Orbit despite the rocky start. I really want to read that one and it sounds like it’s worth it.

    I watched the first To All the Boys movie and really liked it. My husband even sat through it and liked it. Yay! Now to make time to watch the other two.

    I hope you have a great week and month of March. I’m looking forward to spring too.

    1. I did get my copy of ACOSF in the meantime and finished it already! Really loved it 🙂 I’d definitely recommend Winter’s Orbit, despite the slow start (for me)!
      Oh that sounds so fun to watch To All The Boys with your husband.
      Thanks, have a great March too!

  9. Happy 12 years Lindsey!

    1. Thanks Annemieke 🙂

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