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.
The 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.
READ THE BOOK ALREADY IF YOU HAVEN’T!!!
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.
- I’ve received a nomination for the Liebster Award from Lola – here.
- I’ve written a post on how to get free bookish resources legally – here.
- I’ve posted a discussion on things I wish non-readers stopped doing (which is filled with gifs and might make you laugh) – here.
- Marie tagged me for the Book Blogger Test and I shared a photo of my pet and my shelves – here.
- 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.
- 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?