Wrap Ups

February '18 Wrap-Up

March 2, 2018

Despite February being the shortest month of the year, and the fact that I hit a miniature slump midway through the month, I’m still incredibly pleased with my reading achievements for the month! I had a few great buddy reads, knocked out a decent number of ARCs, and revisited a few old faves. <3


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! = ARC / SENT FOR REVIEW

I’ll link to reviews wherever possible!

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Born a Crime
! The Poet X (review)
Speak: The Graphic Novel (review)
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition #1 (mini-review)
! To Kill a Kingdom
Illuminae (reread: original review)

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Eliza & Her Monsters (review)
Long Way Down (review)
! All Out (review)
Chord
The Titan’s Curse
! Gray Wolf Island
City of Ashes

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A Song Flung Up to Heaven (mini-review)
My Friend Dahmer (mini-review)
! More Than We Can Tell (review)

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! Heart of Iron (review)
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

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None this month!

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! Between the Blade and the Heart
! The Tombs
Song of Achilles (I’m coming back to this one later!)

progress

The Shadow of What Was Lost — 31%
! Children of Blood and Bone — 42%
The Rising — 27%
The Raven King — 61%
The Battle of the Labyrinth — 14%
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World — 49%
Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol 2 — 47%

STATS:

AVERAGE RATING FOR THE MONTH: 4.1/5
FORMAT:
52% PRINT, 44% EBOOK, 4% AUDIO
38% REVIEW COPIES, 48% PURCHASED/GIFTED, 14% LIBRARY BORROWS
PERCENTAGE OF FEBRUARY TBR COMPLETED: 66% (83% if you count books in progress)


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  • Reply Annemieke March 2, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Oh despite your slump you still managed to read a lot. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I was honestly shocked by the number at the end because it had felt like I read so much less!

  • Reply Flavia March 2, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I like how you organized them by the amount of stars that you gave them! Though I’m sad to see Heart of Iron under the “2 stars” heading hahaha. I’ll be reading that one next and hope that it won’t disappoint me. Great post!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you, Flavia! Oh no. 🙁 I hope you like it more than I did! For what it’s worth, I feel like a lot of people love it, so hopefully you will! <3

      • Reply Flavia March 3, 2018 at 1:26 pm

        I’ve actually seen more negative reviews for it than good ones! I started it yesterday, and am unsure right now….it could go both ways for me at this point haha. And thank you! ❤

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 4, 2018 at 12:28 pm

          Well, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for your review of it, but I do hope you enjoy it! <3

          • Flavia March 5, 2018 at 3:18 pm

            Aweee thank you! ❤ I’m really liking it so far 😀

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall March 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    I really enjoyed Eliza and her Monsters and the Titan’s Curse too! Great post! ❤️

  • Reply Jenni Elyse™️ (@jenni_elyse) March 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I’m reading Born a Crime right now. So far, I love it. It’s very interesting. I’m about a third of the way through it. I’m glad you had such a good month!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Isn’t it great? I love his way of storytelling. I adored the audiobook format because he narrates it himself, but I have no doubt that the physical format would be just as incredible – which are you using?

  • Reply rebeccamills01 March 2, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Can’t wait to get my hands on To Kill A Kingdom and The Poet X, awesome to see you enjoyed them 😃

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense March 3, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed The Poet X. That one is currently being shipping to me and I cannot be more stoked. I’ve been hesitant about Heart of Iron. On one hand, it’s an Anastasia retelling; on the other, the love interest is a robot. See my predicament? Hope you enjoy your March!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      I hope you love The Poet X, too! <3 It was so good. And yes, I can definitely see your conflict on Heart of Iron, lol! Thank you, Alicia – happy reading <3

  • Reply Bree's Books March 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Wow! You did great 🙂
    What are you thinking of Children of Blood and Bone? I keep seeing it everywhere, hahaha😉😁
    I’m hoping to get to read To Kill a Kingdom soon. I love retellings and The Little Mermaid, so it’s perfect💜

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 4, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you, Bree! I really am enjoying COBAB so much so far, but it is HEAVY. There are so many metaphors for racism and colonialism that it’s a tough read to stomach at times, but it is an absolutely beautiful world! And yesss, I hope you get to read TKAK soon!

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch March 4, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    ooooh looks like a solid reading month!!! i hope you’re liking the raven king, i still haven’t gotten to it 😮

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Oh god, I adored it. It broke my heart a million times but I adored it with every fiber of my being.

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches March 13, 2018 at 11:05 am

    You read a LOT. And how do you even read that many books at the same time. Seriously. I read two at the same time MAX and even that has me freaking out if they’re not two very different genres.. :’)

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      I honestly don’t even know, lmao. I will say, though, that I’ve had too many current reads going on for too long of a time frame now, because it’s starting to feel overwhelming. I think I’m going to dedicate this week to trying to finish as many of my current reads as possible, or setting them aside for another time. :/

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches March 20, 2018 at 2:45 am

        Definitely sounds like a plan! I threw my three current reads [I don’t even know how I got to three?] aside as soon as Obsidio came in yesterday and I’m already feeling bad about it. That is until I open Obsidio and remind myself it is totally worth it throwing the others aside. 😛
        Clearing the current reads is a good thing though. I just stick to “I’m going to try and clear my CR at the end of the year so I can go in 2019 with an empty CR” :’)

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

          Bahahaha GOOD!
          That’s a good idea. I tried to do that with 17/18 and ALMOST succeeded. I did actually manage to do it for the 16/17 transition, though! Today, I moved half of my CR shelf back to my TBR and posted mini reviews on GR explaining why I was moving them – that I wasn’t DNFing them, just saving them for later, yadda yadda. I’m going to try completing 2 of my other CRs today and then I need to crack down on April ARCs!

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches March 22, 2018 at 3:00 am

            Same! The only one still stuck on it is Days of Blood and Starlight.. STILL. Like, from December.. Oops.
            I did the DNF’ing / putting aside thing for two books as well. Dracula being one of them. I just couldn’t get into it and it felt unfair to just keep it on there, knowing I’d have to start at page 1 again whenever I decided to pick it up. :’)
            Hope it worked out the way you wanted it to! I finished one ARC and Obsidio yesterday / the day before, whoop. I have to take a close look at my ARC’s and such to figure out which one get priority. :’) Weekend worries, lalala.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 22, 2018 at 3:50 pm

            I feel you. >_> Like… one of the books I moved back to my TBR had been there since December 13th, I think. I felt so bad about it.
            Oooh la la, look at you go~ I feel you. I have one March ARC left, but I honestly don’t think I’ll get to it before it releases. :/ I feel bad letting it go, but it’s a MG fantasy by Amie Kaufman that I am NOT feeling right now, at all…

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches March 23, 2018 at 6:18 am

            Same.. And I’m simply refusing to let go of DoB&S. I know I can read it easily if I just FEEL like it. But I keep picking up other books. :’)
            Oh boo, that sucks. But if you’re not feeling it, you’re simply not feeling it. No point feeling guilty about that!

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