February Wrap-Up


Hello, everyone! I know I’m a bit late with this post and that’s because I didn’t know if I should post at all. February was a month for exams, blogging hiatus and not much reading done. So, I don’t know if I’ll impress you a lot with my achievements, but I have some things to talk about and there are other bloggers who had some great posts this month that I would love to share! So, let’s get into this post! 


Books I’ve Read

In February, I’ve read a total of five books – I know, very disappointing. Blame the exams, don’t blame. If I had my way, I would do nothing all day, but read.



1. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace – ★★★☆☆

I’ve read this in between my exams, so maybe that was why it didn’t get a higher rating? I’m not sure. I felt like I preferred The Princess Saves Herself in This One. It’s probably my fault too, because I had huge expectations and I thought I’d get a very bad-ass witchy vibe out of this poetry collection and it wasn’t really the case. Still a feminist poetry collection that I would recommend.




The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – ★★★★★

I’m not going to say much about it, besides the fact that I absolutely adored it and my review on it will come soon! I’m so happy that I could be a part of the blog tour for this book as it was an amazing read – I would love to reread it, at some point and I don’t reread books – that’s how good the book was.

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr – ★★★☆☆ 

You can read my review for Stone Rider here.

This was a quite good book, I think here it’s more of a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ because I’m not a huge fan of dystopian novels. I thought I might end up loving it, but in the end, I just liked it.



32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ★★★★★

You can find my review here.

I enjoyed this book very much and it’s probably my favourite read of the month! It was amazing, very powerful and important!!! Angie Thomas did such a great job at creating unforgettable characters that will surely influence the next and the present generations.





To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – ★★★★★

The review for this one will be up on the blog soon!

I adored this book so much, it’s probably my second favourite of the month! It’s such a cool read : sirens, pirates, you get everything you come for and even more!

Buy the book, you won’t be disappointed!! (pinky promise)



Posts I’ve Written 

Even though I was on a blogging hiatus, I’ve left you with a schedule and I returned in the last part of the month. I missed writing posts so much and then when my hiatus was over, I had no inspiration. It was kind of a hard time for blogging because in six months of blogging, posts ideas kind of came spontaneously to me and suddenly I had no idea what to write, I had no motivation. Yeah, I struggled a little. But I’m better now.

  1. I’ve received a nomination for the Liebster Award from Lola – here.
  2. I’ve written a post on how to get free bookish resources legally – here.
  3. I’ve posted a discussion on things I wish non-readers stopped doing (which is filled with gifs and might make you laugh) – here.
  4. Marie tagged me for the Book Blogger Test and I shared a photo of my pet and my shelves – here.
  5. I’ve written a discussion on how college is represented in YA and NA and what subjects I would love to see more in books – here.
  6. I also did the Valentine Book Tag, which was very lovely – here.



What else have I done? 

A Commenting List

I realized my commenting game has been kind of weak ever since I returned from my hiatus and decided to organize myself a little bit, which is why I created a list!



I asked people on Twitter to leave some blog links and every week I’ll try to comment on as many blogs as possible! I’m realistic and know that from the 5 pages of blogs I gathered, I might not be able to comment on every blog every week, my goal is to comment and support other bloggers as much as I can.

I think this is my way of saying thank you to all of you because I’ve just gotten 700+ followers on here and I still can’t understand when did this happen. Thank you very much! I love you all and I don’t know how to show you my gratitude for all this support!

Became closer to many of my fellow bloggers

I’ve started using Twitter more as a way of connecting with my fellow bloggers, I made lots of friends during my exams because I couldn’t blog, therefore I was on Twitter all the time. I’m so happy that I discovered so many amazing, supportive readers during this period.

If you want to chat with me, you can always find me on Twitter (@thecursedbooks) or Goodreads (Marty :}). I would love to get to know more of you!

I finished my exams!!!

I’m currently studying psychology, I’m a second year college student, who had her first session of exams in January/February as a blogger. You might wonder why it’s any different from the other two sessions of exams I’ve already had in my first year. Well, it is. Because blogging was always on my mind. I worried so much about whether I’ll receive any comments while I’m on hiatus, whether I’ll lose my audience. I was really worried you might forget about me. *hides away* I’m glad you haven’t! 

But I managed to get great grades – who would have expected it with how much time I spent on Twitter? And now that it’s over, I’ll just come back to blogging and never leave again (until June when I have the next session of exams *cries forever*)

Since we’re on unrelated-to-books subjects territory – I’ve also watched The End of the F***ing World this month and I absolutely loved it. WATCH IT!!!


Amazing Posts From Other Bloggers


Marie wrote a post on supporting bloggers and it was very inspirational – you can read it here. I have to admit that what Marie does in this community is always pushing me to try to give more to other bloggers and spread the love and positivity. She’s a true force to reckon. And a huge role-model for me when it comes to blogging, I always call her The Queen of Blogging (she’s too shy to accept the title, but I’m currently working on that).

Kat wrote a post of Kiss, Marry, Kill – Book & Tv Edition for Valentine’s Day and it was very entertaining, I absolutely adored her answers and you should totally check the post out – here. Also, if you’re interested in movie or TV series recommendations, Kat has your back, she has incredible posts ranging from reviews to presenting recent trailers. She’s a miracle to all of us who don’t know what to watch on a Saturday.

Ioana made me proud by writing a post on Romance Trops that Melt Her Frozen Heart – you can find it here. I’m so proud of my little bean for growing so much as a blogger, her blog is amazing and you should totally check it out as her content involves lots of fun and smart arguments!

Malanie wrote a post where she combined a fun tag (I dare you! book tag) with her favourite blogs – you can find it here. And I’m not sharing this because I’m not that list (lol!), though I’m very honored to be there, but because Malanie is a new discovery of mine and her blog is amazing and she’s very supportive of other bloggers. I just love bloggers who support other bloggers so much!! I live for that!

Karina introduced a very interesting way of reviewing books – 100 Thoughts While Reading Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is an example of her way of reviewing books, which is very creative and looks like lots of fun – check it out here. Also, you might want to check other posts of hers as well, she’s an incredible blogger and I admire her so much, everything she does as an international blogger, the hard work she puts into her blog. She’s great!

Evelina posted amazing tips on how to be great blogger (as she is!) and this time she helped us get more organized – you can check it out here. I admire Evelina so much for everything she’s doing, she has helped the newbies so much with her posts and her advice, she’s also very involved in supporting international bloggers. If you’re looking for tips and tricks about blogging, her blog is something I’d totally advise checking out.

Aimee wrote a post on how to style your blog and it was totally goals! I’ve tried to get inspired by her post to use more buttons and it’s a work in progress. Check it out here. She’s also a person I’ve discovered recently and I recommend you to follow her because she’s very cool posts that you’ll enjoy!!

Vicky wrote a post about Awesome LGBTQ+ Novels That Won’t Make You Cry and it was definitely needed because I live for fluffy, happy novels – check it out here.

Tasya wrote about a thing that is so important to me, which is whether romance is really needed in every YA book? I’m so thankful this post exists because YAAAAS, authors, you can write books without romance, I’ll still buy your books, I promise. Check out her post here.

I’m sure I forgot many amazing blog posts and I’m sorry about that, there are just soooo many! 



  How many books have you read in February? Did you have a great month overall?


35 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up

  1. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic says:

    This February I read almost zero books. But I’m going to try better this month. I just started To Kill a Kingdom (yes, I’m late to the party) and I will probably not finish before the release date, but it’s okay. The prose is amazing (I want to write like that *cries*) and looks a really crude book. I love it.

    I finished my exams too! Next batch is in late June and July. I’m glad yours went well 🙂 And congrats for your new followers!

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    • Marta says:

      The truth is February is such a short month, it literary flew by and I freaked out about not having read enough. YAY, I hope you enjoy To Kill a Kingdom, it was such a great book, I adored it completely! ❤ Same, the author is indeed very talented!
      Congratulations for finishing your exams! I'm sure you were relieved to be over with them! I hope you did well! Thanks! ❤

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  2. paperbackdreamer says:

    5 books is still good! i’m glad you loved THUG! i’m currently reading to kill a kingdom and it’s amazing, for sure it’ll end up being a 5 star read, i only have like 20% left! 😀

    well done on getting good results too! 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      I’m so glad so many people are enjoying To Kill a Kingdom, I think it’s such a cool book, I can’t wait for everybody to read it and love it! ❤
      Also, yess to liking THUG, I absolutely adored it and I'll recommend it to anyone who hadn't read it yet!
      Thank you very much! ❤


  3. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    Thank you for mentioning my post Marta! ❤ Congrats for finishing your exam, I love those post-exams moment, they are very relieving! 😀 I recently reviewed The Witch and I loved it! I'm dying to read THUG but I'm waiting for the mood and To Kill A Kingdom… but I haven't got my copy yet xD Have an amazing March!

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    • Marta says:

      No problem, it was really good! ❤
      Yesss, they were amazing, but I also always get so burnout after my exams, I needed an extra week of break because I was so mentally tired and only now am I recovering. I'm so bad.
      I hope you get to read them all, they're amazing! ❤ Thank you, same goes to you!


  4. Kat Impossible says:

    You read so many great books!!! I love it when a month is just full of 5-star-reads 😀
    Also, I am so proud of you for doing well on your exams. I know you worked hard and you deserved the outcome for sure ❤
    I will happily work on Marie to make her accept her rightful title as Queen of Blogging! As Queen of TV from the not so far away neighboring kingdom, I feel like I have a kind of dominion in acknowledging other rulers hahaha We shall find a title for you as well at some point ❤ ❤ ❤
    (And thanks for the shout out!! Love you!!!)

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    • Marta says:

      Same here!! Months filled with 5 star-reads are everything! ❤
      Thank you so much, Kat! You've been very supportive of me in that period and I'm so grateful, thank youuuu!
      Yes, please do that! I love how she subtly liked your comment too, MARIE I SEE YOU! I think I'm Queen of Making My Friends See How Much Queen-y They Are (but that's a very long title, sadly). LOVE YOU TOO! ❤

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  5. Marie says:

    Five books isn’t disappointing at all, what are you even saying here? And you read so many amazing books, you should be proud, i know I am ❤ ❤
    I already said so on twitter, but your commenting list idea is brilliant, I really should try and do that as well. It's so hard to stay organized and on top of everything, it's so very quick to feel overwhelmed with it all haha 🙂 I hope this system will work out well for you ❤
    I'm so glad you did well on your exams as well, so happy about it, but well, I knew it, you're the best 😉
    Thank you so, so much for the shoutout and the sweet comments, you honestly are the sweetest and I'm not sure I deserve you, you are way too sweet ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
    I hope you're having an amazing month so far ❤

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    • Marta says:

      YOU ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT MY LIFE, I LOVE YOU!! ❤ Thank you very much! I started using the commenting list and it helped me a great deal as I managed to comment on many more blogs this week than I would have under normal circumstances. So, it's great so far! ❤ I don't know if you need it though, considering how good your commenting game is!!
      I'm not the best, stooop, you're the best!
      Awww, you're the cutest, Marie, but you totally deserve me! ❤
      Thank youuu, hope the same for you!

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      • Marie says:

        I’m SO glad this is working out so well for you so far!! ❤ Oh you're so sweet, it seems like I am doing okay, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start 😂
        You are so welcome, YOU ARE AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU MORE!! ❤


  6. malanielovesfiction says:

    aww tysm for featuring me?????? i can’t believe it bc i admire + adore you sm?????? i can’t wait to see what you think about Poet X, it seems so mysterious and aesthetic-y and now I must read To Kill a Kingdom bc i’ve always been in love with pirates!! & i’m so happy for you w./ exams!!! ❤ ❤

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    • Marta says:

      you don’t have to thank me!!! your blog is amazing and I love it so much! ❤ aww, thank you so much, it's so kind of you to say that! ❤ I'm sure you'll enjoy The Poet X, it's amazing, I can't imagine anybody not liking it (at least) and yess, read To Kill a Kingdom is my perfect go-to book, I mean, pirates, sirens, it's soooo badass! Thank you! ❤

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  7. Vicky Who Reads says:

    thanks for the shoutout and OMG exams *faints* I’m glad you got through them okay! And I’m so glad to hear you liked The Poet X–I can’t wait for that one to come out and to read it!

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    • Marta says:

      you’re most welcome!! ❤ exams are the worst, they are the bane of my existence! 😦 Can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Poet X once you read it, hope you enjoy it very much!!!

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    • Marta says:

      I think it’s very nice to get to know more bloggers and spreading positivity in the community is important to me, to be honest! ❤ Thank you very much for stopping by!


    • Marta says:

      Aww, congratulations! ❤ Don't worry, soon you'll be able to read to your little one too. No problem, I'm glad I could help, hope you enjoy the posts I shared! ❤


  8. Jessica says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Hate U Give! It is definitely such an important book and I think everyone needs to read it. I personally loved The Witch but I can see why you would prefer Princess over it. Also, congrats on your exams 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      So happy you liked it as well! ❤ I hope you love them, I'm not sure why I didn't like The Witch as much as I hoped I would. 😦 Yes, the concepts are very original and important too, so glad the books exist. Thank you! ❤


  9. Lindsi says:

    Yay! No more exams! That’s always a relief.

    I’m glad to see you liked The Poet X! I saw the synopsis for it the other day and thought it sounded wonderful. I’ve borrowed The Hate You Give from my library and cannot wait to start it! To Kill a Kingdom is also on my list, so I’m glad you liked these, too!

    New follower on Twitter (after the book tag today), and now following your blog via Bloglovin’! I love layout for your blog!!

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    • Marta says:

      Indeed! ❤
      The Poet X is amazing and very powerful, hope you enjoy it if you get to it! THUG is absolutely important and the characters are great and true role-models. Hope you enjoy all of these books, I totally recommend them!
      Thank you very much!! ❤


  10. Fanna says:

    Five books is an amazing number and getting great grades along with that? You’re a wonder woman in disguise ❤ ❤ I'm so glad you're back and the commenting list idea is super amazing. Like I had said on twitter, I have been failing in that area lately but I'm trying to up my game so let's hope we do what we wish to do 😀 I can't wait for your review of To Kill A Kingdom because it was anyway one of my most anticipated reads and lately its reviews are everywhere and they are all praising it so much, I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT! I'm going to start Witch Doesn't Burn today and reading your review, I'm a bit sceptical, lol XD Anyway, hope March would be all the more great and YAY, YOU'RE BACK! ❤ ❤

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    • Marta says:

      I’m no Wonder Woman, but thank you very much, Fanna! ❤ It's been working very well for me to use the commenting list, I've already commented on half of the blogs I have on that list and hopefully, I'll finish commenting on Saturday and then restart. To Kill a Kingdom so deserves all the hype and more, it's amazing!! You'll love it! ❤ Ah, don't let my opinion lessen your enjoyment, there are many people who really loved the Witch, I hope you do too! ❤ Same goes to you and thank you so much, Fanna! You're sooo kind, love you!

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  11. Olivia-Savannah says:

    5 books is a great total for a month, so you shouldn’t feel disappointed! And it’s doubly impressive that you still read so much during exams. Congrats on completing them, and as a blogger as well! I have The Poet X and haven’t read it yet… but you have me looking forward to getting around to it and reading your review. I also really want to read The Hate U Give!!

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    • Marta says:

      Well, I’ve read most of these after exams, to be honest! ❤ I think I only read a book in between exams because I have so many textbooks to read then and it gets confusing if I read my fictional books too! 😦 I hope you love The Poet X, I really adored it! ❤ YESSS to reading The Hate U Give, it's sooo important.

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  12. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    Wow, you’ve got 700+ followers! Amazing!! I wish I could reach that 🙂 congrats!!

    And Twitter is very good for when you’re too busy to bloghop and stuff. I enjoy Twitter quite a lot. And wanted to thank you again for tagging me on that post yesterday, it was sooooo sweet 🙂 ❤

    Congrats on the great grades too! Hey, you're just smart, that's why you stay on Twitter but it still works 😀

    Awwww thank you so much for sharing my post, and the stuff you wrote is just ❤ thank you!!


  13. Ilsen Leon says:

    Yasss I love To Kill A Kingdom! I read it in June and I’m in love! Also I have to get to The Poet X and The Hate U Give! February was a really slow reading month. I only read two books but they were both good! Wonder Woman and Illuminae! Great post!


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