Oh hai, March. How you doing? I hope you’re bringing warmer weather with you because, quite frankly, I’m tired of being cold. And also sick. But that’s neither here not here, let’s get on with my reading recap in this month’s That’s a Wrap post.
February was a pretty chill month all in all. (And a chilly one, too. *rimshot*) I’m a February baby, so there were some celebratory lunches and dinners — and some pampering in the form of a massage and mani pedi — but nothing all that exciting really. It was just how I wanted it, if I’m honest. It was a big, round number birthday so I wasn’t sure how I felt about it so I didn’t want to make a big deal. (I’m cool with it now.) I celebrated the “big day” in the perfect way, too, by going shopping for a few hours, having a yummy lunch and then settling in with a good book. My favorite book, in fact. A reread of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was exactly the right book to kick off this next decade of my life.
I did do one super cool thing in February that was totally unrelated to my birthday. The Washington National Cathedral had a special event for photographers one morning and I snatched up a ticket for it. It’s not often you can get into the Cathedral when there are no chairs or that many people, or when you can use a tripod, so it was totally worth the vacation day. I haven’t edited all my photos yet — or any of the ones taken with my “real” camera, for that matter — but here are some of my favorite iPhone shots. The stained glass windows put on quite a show early in the morning.
Pretty cool, huh?
My February reading went really well, all in all. (At least if you don’t count the DNF of a highly-anticipated book by an author I adore. But, I’m not going to talk about that right now because I finally let it go. Mostly.) I read some fantastic books last month. I did spend most of my time reading February ARCs and, even though I enjoyed them, I got a little burned out. This month, I’m doing things a little differently. I have a few ARCs I need to read, but I’m going to spend most of the month reading from my TBR. It’s tiring reading on a schedule all the time. This is why I created TBR March 2019. I’m hoping it will help me focus more on my shelves and less on new releases. We’ll see…
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By the Numbers
- Total number of books read — 15
- Young adult: 1
- New adult: 2
- Adult: 10
- Historical romance: 1
- Historical fiction: 1
- DNF — 1
- Format —
- Audiobooks: 1
- eBooks: 10
- Print books: 4
- Subscriptions/Memberships —
- Kindle Unlimited: 1
- Audible Romance Package: 0
- Hoopla: 0
- Read Me Romance: 1
- ARCs: 8
- New-to-me authors: 0
- Re-reads: 2
- On the blog —
- Reviews posted: 7
- Discussion posts: 0
Of the 15 books I read in February, 13 of them were five stars.
It was tough to narrow things down.
But these are the best of the best.
Reading Challenges Update
First up, the Goodreads Reading Challenge! I didn’t gain a lot of ground in February, but I’m staying on track and that’s all that matters!
My goal for the 2019 Tackle My TBR is four books each month. I read exactly that in February, but only reviewed one. (And one from January, so that counts for something… right?) February’s topic was Favorite genre, and Block Shot was my pick. With the next Hoops book coming out very soon, I needed to get caught up. Why did I wait so long to read it? Kennedy Ryan is a goddess. Banner and Jared’s story was amazing.
Total read: 8/48
Total reviewed: 2/48
This is my second year in a row doing an audiobook-focused challenge. My goal for the 2019 Audiobook Challenge is three books each month. Again, I didn’t get there in February. So much for catching up last month…
Romanceopoly is full of awesome and pushing me out of my comfort zone. I finally made time to read for the challenge in February and I knocked two books off my list/board. Both were five star “why in the world did I wait so long to read these” books. Next Year in Havana was a particularly special book. I have a tough time putting my thoughts about it into coherent words. Hearts of Fire was amazing, too. I’m thrilled to finally read some of L.H. Cosway’s solo efforts before I meet her at a signing later this year.
You know what happens in March?! APOLLYCON. Ahhhhhhh. It’s almost here and I’m so freaking excited. I suppose I should start getting my books together, huh? It’s such a daunting task. I’m looking so forward to seeing my bookish besties, favorite authors and meeting new peeps. It’s all very exciting. I also have tickets to see Ryan Hurd in DC the week of ApollyCon, so… big week. Beyond that, I’m looking forward to (hopefully) warmer weather and lots of good books.
Now, onto the books!
March Book(s) I Need in My Life Immediately!
None, believe it or not. I’ve been lucky to get early copies of all the books I was really excited about. (Well, except Kennedy Ryan’s Hook Shot, which doesn’t yet have a cover.)
March releases I need to read immediately!
These upcoming releases are at the top of my TBR! Soon, my pretties, soon.
Book(s) YOU need in YOUR life immediately!
No March recs for you yet, as I spent February on current ARCs and some TBR reading.
That’s a wrap! I hope you have a great month ahead!
How’d your February go?
What are some of your favorites you read?
What are you looking forward to this month?
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
I’m linking my That’s a Wrap post to Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up, hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction.