Monday, February 29, 2016

February Challenge Wrap-Up

February was a rough reading month for me compared to January. Work, life, and a bit of a slump happened but I'm happy with where I ended the month. I read 7 books this month. 3 for Rock My TBR, 4 for Backlist,  2 ARCs, and 1 just because. This month also ended Holiday Bingo also hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews, I ended with 8 Bingos!!

Now lets breakdown the books:

1) Winter White: Jen Calonita
      This is the 2nd book in the Belles series, I also read it via audio. The voices were the same as Belles and I really liked them. They fit the characters very well. The book overall was a bit annoying, there wasn't enough going on for it to be as long as it was. What story that was there was good, the usual family and friends drama I like reading, but it was drug out too much.
Challenges: Backlist

2)  My True Love Gave to Me: multiple authors
        I looked forward to this book since I first heard about it over a year ago. I was so excited to start it and I was extremely disappointed when I read it. The stories just didn't grab me. Many of them I stopped half way thru and went to the next because I just couldn't finish them.
Challenges: Backlist, Rock My TBR, Bingo

3) Beastly: Alex Flinn
       Alex Flinn was my first retelling and now I want to read all her books. Beastly is my 2nd of hers. It was different than I expected but still enjoyable. I knew it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but didn't expect it to be so much from the Beast POV. I really enjoyed seeing his side of the story. One thing I like about retellings is placing the characters as they make their entrance to the story. The characters were spot on in Beastly!
Challenges: Backlist, Rock My TBR, Bingo

4) The Dead House: Dawn Kurtagich
         I really didn't think I would like The Dead House so I put off reading it for months. Once I started I couldn't put it down! The format is so cool, and the story was so twisted and dark but interesting. I was guessing the whole time as to what happened. My only issue is I had a problem keeping up with the time line because the jumping around but it wasn't so bad it hurt the story. And that could just have been me.
Challenges: Rock My TBR, Bingo

5) Scarlet: Marissa Meyer
         My friends have told me I needed to read Scarlet since I finished Cinder, but I kept putting things in front of it. All I have to say is "Why did yall make me wait so long to read this one?". While reading I'll think I figured something out then everything would change, one thing after another, so exciting. I really love the overlap between Cinder and Scarlet, it was done so well that the stories just meshed. I was afraid with the swapping POVs it would make the story hard to follow but it was the perfect mix.
Challenges: Backlist, Bingo

I didn't complete a series for the A Series A Month Challenge but I'm okay with that. I figured I would miss a couple months, just makes something to work toward next month!

Holiday Bingo

I did really well with the Holiday Bingo card that covered Dec-Feb. I ended up with 8 bingos! Here is my card

And the books:
  •  Little Earthquakes: Jennifer Weiner
  • Forever Princess: Meg Cabot
  • Royal Wedding: Meg Cabot
  • Let It Snow: mulitple authors
  • Fangirl: Rainbow Rowell
  • My Secret Boyfriend: Lurlene McDaniel
  • And We Stay: Jenny Hubbard
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Laini Taylor
  • Jessica Darling's It List 2: Megan McCafferty
  • This Song is Not for You: Laura Nowlin
  • Dumplin: Julie Murphy
  • Awake: Natasha Preston
  • Once: Anna Carey
  • Rise: Anna Carey
  • Belles: Jen Calonita
  • Etiquette and Espionage: Gail Carriger
  • Saga Volume 1: Brian K. Vaughan
  • My True Love Gave to Me: multiple authors
  • Beastly: Alex Flin
  • The Dead House: Dawn Kurtagich
  • Scarlet: Marissa Meyer
How did your month go? 


  1. WOW you did amazing on the Holiday Bingo! I have Fangirl, DOSAB, This Song is Not For You, Dumplin, Awake, and Belles on my TBR. It looks like you had an amazing reading month- kudos to you!

    1. Thanks! It was a decent month, not my best. The Bingo card covered 3 months and I am very proud of it.