I guess it should comes as no surprise that this year is flying by. Next month marks the year anniversary of the pandemic. In some regards it feels as if it were yesterday we were all told to work from home while also feeling like it was ten years ago. I hope you’re doing okay or as good as can be expected.
My plan of reading one Diana Gabaldon and one Robin Hobb book a month failed. I couldn’t bring myself to read Voyager after disliking Dragonfly in Amber, so that will remain on the back burner for now. I’m also having a hard time motivating myself to watch season two of Outlander. When I’m watching the show, I love it. But finding the will to turn it back on has been elusive.
As for Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, I finally got my copy in the mail so I’ll definitely be reading that sooner rather than later. I probably should be ordering these books ahead of time from Book Depository, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
During the month of February, I read 8 books and 1 novella.
So, here are some stats!
Number of pages read: 3934
Number of print books: 6
Number of e-books: 3
Favourite quote of the month:
“I am the rock against which the surf crashes… Nothing can break me.” – A Court of Silver Flames
“The only mistake was that you ran off before I could get on my knees.” – A Court of Silver Flames
Usually, I feature two books from differing genres here but I couldn’t help myself.
A Court of Silver Flames is a beautiful character study that features mental health and coping as a central themes. Watching Nesta build a support system then proceed to fail over and over again is frustrating yet rewarding simultaneously. This isn’t a quick redemption story. Instead, it’s an intimate look at how trauma can wreck someone so thoroughly and how difficult it is to claw your way back.
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Chain of Iron and it was incredible!
I’ll release my full review closer to release date: March 2, 2021
The Lost Village is a spooky and atmospheric novel that explores the disappearance of an entire village. It’s one of those novels that will capture your attention from beginning to end.
Where the Crawdads Sing is an overhyped coming of age story full of tropes and clichés that never read as fully authentic. Despite a satisfying ending, Where the Crawdads Sing is a slow and boring story.
Trouble Always Finds Me is a worthwhile sequel that improves on its predecessor tenfold. Readers are in for a wild ride as Jenny continues to investigate the clues left behind by her late father. You won’t believe where it takes her!
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a beautiful addition to the series that reaffirmed my love for these characters and this world.
Withering Hope wasn’t as good as I was hoping it to be. It featured a lackluster romance that fizzled rather than sizzled. Despite my dislike of the novel, I will still watch the Passionflix movie whenever it comes out.
The Crush was a disappointment. It has all the makings of an emotional romance, but ultimately left me unsatisfied with its corny dialogue and condescending male love interest. Farrah deserved so much more than Jace and her brother.
Jade City is incredible and worth the hype. Full review to come later!
Have you read any of these? What did you think? What did you read in the month of February?