Happy March to all my lovely readers! It’s already reached summer temperatures here in my city and I find myself excited about the change. I seem to have found a renewed energy in pursuing the goals I’d set for myself at the beginning of the year. I also started re-reading an old inspirational book that was a favourite of mine as a teenager, which has helped me cope with all the things life has thrown at me in February. I hope I can keep this momentum going throughout the year! Now, let’s talk about the month that just went by and my plans for the upcoming one.
Techincally, I only finished 2 books this month. I had started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson for the Banned Book Club in January, which got carried over to February. I polished it off on audio and it turned out pretty good but I was a bit let-down by the overall mystery. I then read Descendant of the Crane by Joan He, which I was lucky enough to get from the author, with some amazing blogging friends – Charvi @ Not Just Fiction, Kate @ Your Tita Kate, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Dany @ Ambivert Words. While it was a re-read for Shelea and Dany (who ended up not reading it, as fate would have it), the rest had a blast reacting to all the things that went down in this amazing book. Look out for my review around release date, but for now I’ll just say that you better have this one pre-ordered and on your TBR! The third book I started but only managed to finish on March 1st was The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, which was the BOTM for Stars and Sorcery, my own book club. I had very little left that I finished on March 1st, so I decided to count it for my February wrap-up. This was even better than what I expected and has given me an intense book hangover that I’m trying to fight now. I will have a review up quite soon.
- I reached 800+ followers on the blog – a huge thanks to my new followers and the lovely people who did a shoutout for me on Twitter to help me reach this mark!
- I’m at 750+ on Twitter – I don’t know how this keeps happening and I’m so grateful to everyone!
- I finally cracked 500+ on Instagram – the road was slow but steady and I couldn’t be happier!
- My posts got shared on many weekly and monthly wrap-ups – huge thanks to all the lovely bloggers who did so as I believe there is no higher praise for a content creator!
- I crossed 2k monthly views for the second time this year – it may not seem like much to all the big bloggers, but it means a huge deal to me, so thank you to every single person who reads what I have to say!
I didn’t get the time to do any blog hopping this month, so I’m going to skip the ‘Memorable Posts’ section this time. But I promise I will share my March favourites next time as I plan to devote time every day to go through all the wonderful bookish posts in my feed.
As I mentioned in my January wrap-up, I will not be repeating the ones I already mentioned in my 15 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2019 (Jan-Jun) or Top 10 Anticipated Contemporary Books of 2019 posts. Please note that the release date for The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner has been pushed out to 2020.
- The Fever King by Victoria Lee (March 1st: US release) – in a post-apocalytpic United States, the son of undocumented immigrants must decide between his heart and the fate of the world as he learns to harness his magical powers of technology
- The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco (March 5th: Worldwide resease) – the epic conclusion to The Bone Witch series in which the protagonist grapples with the power to raise the dead
- Internment by Samira Ahmed (March 19th: US release) – this must-read, thought-provoking sophomore novel explores a dystopian near-future United States where Muslims are thrown into refugee camps
I will be starting the month with Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale as I’m on the blog tour for this wonderful debut. I was also lucky enough to be approved for an ARC of Internment by Samira Ahmed, which I hope to get done by release date. I will definitely read Kindred by Octavia Butler for Stars and Sorcery this month. I want to do my best to keep up with my book clubs, so I’m going to be adding The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon to my TBR for the Classics & Christie Book Club.
How many books did you read in February? Was the month overall a positive one for you? What are you looking forward to the most in March? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.