I’m honestly quite shocked that I’m managing to post this in the first week of March. As you may have noticed, I fell off the face of the earth in February. I’ve been extremely busy and haven’t even had the brain power to write any discussions. And you all know how much I love writing discussions! This translated into my reading as well, as you’ll see that I didn’t read much this month either. This has been an overwhelming month in many ways, and while I’m proud of everything I accomplished, I really hope that future months have a bit more balance between all the tasks I need to complete and the reading, relaxing, and blogging that I’m able to fit in. But enough chit chat! Let’s talk about the 3 books I read in February!
I actually did not finish a single book until the 19th of this past month. The beginning of the month threw so many things at me that I just didn’t have any time to dedicate towards reading! Thankfully at this point I’ve found little stretches of time where I can fit in my reading, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish more books come March! With all that being said, my ratings ranged from 3.5 to 5 stars this past month, so it’s quite obvious that the books I was reading were great, it was just time keeping me from completing them!
Everyone wave hello to my first 5 star read of 2022! I received an ARC of Ben and Beatriz last month, and when I was struggling to pick my next read, I decided to ignore the release dates of my earlier ARCs and pick up this August release since I was just so excited for it. And friends, it was excellent! I’ve already written my review for this book, but I’m struggling not to post it immediately because I just need this book on everyone’s radar! It’s an enemies with benefits to lovers type story that deals with so many difficult topics, but each one was handled to perfection. Plus, this book has absolutely fantastic communication that made me so very happy to see! Basically, add this to your August TBRs already now!
Next we have my 4 star reads. Technically Weather Girl was a 3.5 star read, so let’s discuss that book first. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but wasn’t enamored with the romance, like I’d hoped. It was cute though and I enjoyed it, which is why it got the 3.5 rating that it did.
Kamila Knows Best on the other hand was an instant 4 star read. This book is just as bright and vivid as its cover! It’s light and fun and I have a review going up for it in just a few days, so I’m going to let the suspense build for another few days until you get to hear my full thoughts!
I had self control this month! I recognized that I wasn’t reading a lot, and so I tried to temper my book buying impulses that way I wouldn’t turn around to a TBR that had grown so big it started making me anxious. I’d say that 4 books in a month, one of which is a pre-order is pretty great going in terms of keeping my book buying to a reasonable rate.
Ramon and Julieta, Across a Field of Starlight, and Black Love Matters were all purchased in one fell swoop during a trip to Barnes & Noble when I needed a break from all my HW and meetings. It made me really happy that I bought books from such different genres, since I purchased a romance retelling, a sci-fi graphic novel, and a essay collection on Black romance.
And I’ve had Delilah Green Doesn’t Care pre-ordered since December now, so I’m thrilled that I finally have my copy, and now I just hope I’ll have the time and energy to pick it up sometime soon!
I was lucky enough to receive two books from publishers this month! Firstly, I was sent a finished copy of Kamila Knows Best from Forever because they are the bestest! As you’ve seen, I’ve already read and enjoyed this book, so I’m really happy that I have a physical copy to grace my shelves now.
I also received a print ARC of Savvy Sheldon Feels Good As Hell from HTP Books that I’ll be reading in the next few weeks since it comes out in March!
Lastly, we have the NetGalley section, which thankfully looks a lot smaller than last month! I got The Accidental Pinup as a widget, since I had expressed interest in this book even before it was up on NetGalley! I love the cover and the premise, and hopefully I’ll have it read soon to tell you my thought on the book itself as well!
Can’t Resist Her was a Read Now book that I took advantage of early in the month. I honestly don’t know too much about it, so I’ll find out a lot of what it’s about as I read it!
Things I Did:
Honestly, I could write an entire blog post about what I did in February, that’s how busy I was. I have been non-stop working with school, my internship, and work, every day, each week, for the entire month. To put things in perspective, I have had days where I’ve had more than 5 meetings, on top of whatever class I had that day.
My engineering program requires every senior to complete a group project for a research lab or company, and Senior Design, as it’s called, has me working hard! My group is finally up to the building portion of the process, which is exciting, but also scary, because now we learn if all of our plans that we’ve come up with over the past 6 months will actually work or not. Plus, even though we have nothing built as of now, we’re expected to have a product that is 70% complete in just two weeks. Needless to say, I wouldn’t expect too many posts from me in March because of this which pains me, but if it means I get to graduate this June, I’ll take it!
* reminds myself that it’s okay to step away from blogging when life gets busy *
Just know that whenever I can blog and/or blog hop I will do my best, but if my presence is sparse around here for the next few months, I hope you’re patient with me and wait for me to return to this hobby in full force soon!