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February Recap & Haul Time: bringing back stats!

March 4, 2022

It’s time for a look at my February reading life!

It’s time for another wrap-up/haul post β€” and we’re bringing backΒ stats and the emoji key!

If you’ve been around here a while, you’ll probably remember that I used to include stats every month and rely on an emoji key in my wrap-ups to give a little more context for each book read. I’ve been missing that element in my wrap-up posts, so I decided to bring them back!

Also, I have to give a big shout-out to Ellyn for encouraging me to bring back stats AND for showing me that you can make pie charts in Canva that are a million times prettier than the ones in Google Sheets. πŸ˜‚

(In less exciting but equally important-for-this-post news, I’ve ditched sorting books by star rating and have gone back to sorting them by the order I read them in.)

The month at a glance:

  • books read: 18
  • average rating:Β 4.14
  • best book:Β Frozen Charlotte
  • worst book:Β Slip


What I read:

(each title link will direct you to my review for more thoughts!)

emoji key:
✨ review copy β†’ πŸ’ž buddy/group read β†’ πŸ” re-read β†’ 🎧 audiobook β†’ 🍰 graphic novel/manga
😻 Devour Your TBR theme
πŸ’« half-star

  • Don’t Turn on the Lights // Cassandra Khaw: 🎧 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ We always stan a terrifying retelling of a favorite old urban legend.
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built // Becky Chambers: βœ¨πŸ’ž + ⭐⭐⭐ β†’ I wanted so badly to love my first Becky Chambers experience, but this wasn’t great.
  • Eat the Rich #1 // Sarah Gailey: 🍰😻 + ⭐⭐ β†’ Meh. Sarah’s work is so hit-and-miss for me.
  • Ten Days in a Mad-House: A Graphic Adaptation // Nellie Bly: ✨🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ I’ve never read the original, but really liked this adaptation.
  • Slip // Marika McCoola: ✨🍰😻 + ⭐⭐ β†’ BLAH. Blah. So many things that didn’t sit well with me here!

  • Organizing for the Rest of Us // Dana K. White: ✨🎧 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ VERY solid decluttering motivation/guide, and def my favorite of Dana’s books.
  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me // Mariana Zapata: πŸ’žπŸ˜» + β­β­πŸ’« β†’ MZ’s writing is so fun, but I couldn’t get into the couple and was bothered by how a lot of tough topics were handled.
  • The Black Flamingo // Dean Atta: 😻 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ This was so lovely and worth every ounce of the hype.
  • Reception // Kenzie Jennings: ✨🎧😻 + β­β­β­πŸ’« β†’ A little slow to start, but very fun and violent in the end!
  • Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 3 // James Tynion IV: 🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ I love this series so damn much, even though it hurts me every single time.

  • Nine Moons in a River of Stars: Phase One // Xen: ✨😻 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ Another author I’m always trash for: Xen (AKA Cole McCade) could write just about anything and I’d devour it. This is the perfect intersection of horror and romance.
  • Lamella // Max Halper: ✨😻 + β­β­β­β­πŸ’« β†’ Do I have any idea what happened? No. Am I mad about it? Also no.
  • Frozen Charlotte // Alex Bell: πŸ’žπŸ˜» + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ I didΒ not predict a YA horror about spooky historical dolls being one of my favorite reads of the year so far, but I was so freaking enraptured and creeped out by this book and loved it so much!

And now, for some of my favorite recent hauls:

And finally, a little life update:

February was… a month? It flew by and I honestly feel like I don’t even remember much of what happened. I think that’s probably due to the terrible anxiety flare-up I had during the second half of the month, wheeee~ πŸ˜… But hey, I read a good bit, I took a little time off work, my spouse had a week off so we had a lot of extra family gaming time which was awesome, and I played a ton of Fortnite (there’s a sentence pre-2021 me never thought I’d say). I also got back into a solid bookstagram routine, which has been a really fun outlet to return to! So, despite the anxiety and the month going by way too freaking fast, I think February had more ups than downs. β™₯

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read or hauled, or what was something nice that happened in your life?


β€” destiny β™₯

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  • Reply frayedbooks March 4, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    You had a really good reading month! Ok i love those pie charts. Something about stats that just are so visually appealing! I read The Black Flamingo when it was released and I agree its such a wonderful read~!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 8, 2022 at 2:01 am

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad you like the stats! πŸ˜€ And I’m glad you also liked The Black Flamingo! I’m so happy I finally read it.

  • Reply ChapterMalliumpkin March 6, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    This book haul has me excited! I know you talked about Legends & Lattes recently and it looks so freakin’ good! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries March 8, 2022 at 2:03 am

      It looks so precious! I really can’t wait to read it. I think I’m gonna have to add it to my April TBR if I don’t get to it before then!

      • Reply ChapterMalliumpkin March 8, 2022 at 11:17 am

        Let me know how you like it because apparently I just need all the books you recommend in my life!

  • Reply Kayla @ Books and Blends March 9, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I love your charts! You had a good reading month. I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Love Hypothesis when you read it.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’ll definitely have to let you know what I think when I pick it up!

  • Reply Annemieke March 12, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Psalm and her other novella are whole other beasts than the Wayfarer books so I hope you will give the first one of that still a try. I think you would really like A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. I love the graph of showing reading per day and I will probably steal that for March πŸ˜€

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you! Okay, in that case, I will definitely try Small Angry Planet. β™₯ And please do, I’m so glad you liked the graph! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Sarah March 12, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    i am looking RESPECTFULLY at those pie charts!! this is great info to know. also so glad these returned πŸ™‚

  • Reply meltotheany March 13, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    i loved this recap so much. and im sending you lots of love, always. let me know if you ever wanna buddy read the last sun together <3

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you!! And I would love to do a buddy read of The Last Sun with you! πŸ₯Ί Just DM me when you wanna set it up!

  • Reply Sumedha @ the wordy habitat March 27, 2022 at 12:31 am

    oh I didn’t know that we can make pretty pie charts in Canva! that is so cool! and YES LEGENDS AND LATTES. I absolutely loved it and am sure you will too!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 7:04 pm

      I’m learning so much about Canva lately, even though I’ve used it for ages, and honestly I just get more obsessed all the time πŸ˜‚ and yay, I’m so glad you loved Legends and Lattes!

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