February Wrap-Up

I read nine books this month, but I didn’t really stick to my TBR. (Surprise, surprise! 😅) I did, however, read some great books, and I’m excited that I stepped out of my comfort zone and read books from some other genres, including romance and horror. This is something I’d love to do more of this year, so I think this was a good start!

Here are my ratings for this month’s reads:

  • The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • After You by Jojo Moyes   ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones   ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones   ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Sinner by Christopher Graves   ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

NOTE: I did not write reviews of The Duchess Deal, Me Before You, or After You. My reviews for the rest of my February reads are linked above!

Did I read everything on my February TBR?
No. I’ve suspected for a while that I’m more of a read-whatever-I’m-in-the-mood-for person than a stick-to-my-planned-reading-list person. But I think this month definitely confirmed it. I didn’t end up reading Reign of the Fallen, The Hazel Wood, Tempests and Slaughter, Daughter of the Pirate King, or Still Me. So… I only read 2/7 books from my TBR. 😬

Did I read anything not on my February TBR?
The majority of the books I read this month weren’t on my TBR — The Duchess Deal, Me Before You, After You, Shadowsong, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Sinner, and The Wicked Deep.

What was my favorite read of the month?
It’s a tie between The Belles and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. They’re very different books, but both were absolutely captivating and delightful in every way. 😊 They were also my only five-star reads of the month.

What was my least favorite read of the month?
This is difficult, because there were a few disappointments. After You and Wintersong were both re-reads that I was hoping to like better the second time around. (Spoiler: I didn’t. 🙁) And Shadowsong just didn’t live up to the hype — for me, at least.

Keeping in mind that I’m more of a mood reader, my TBRs from here on out will include 1) some books that I’m confident I’ll actually read that month, and 2) books that I want to read soon but that I may not get to that month. This way, I’ll be setting more realistic expectations for myself and giving myself space to choose something I’m in the mood to read.

Are you more of a mood reader, or do you stick to your monthly TBR once you’ve made it? Comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts. ❤️

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