Hello lovely blog readers, and happy Leap Day! I'm spending my extra 24 hours this month finishing up scholarship applications that are due tomorrow, mentally preparing for a week of exams (starting tomorrow, I have to take several mock AP exams to prepare for the real thing, and I'm stressing out more than people with normal anxiety levels likely are over the actual exams), and enjoying the last few days of cold winter weather before spring arrives. What about you?
This month also brought several good books, though not quite as many as January. Here are all the titles I read and added to my TBR in February:
Books I Read
- In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters // An atmospheric and ghostly story that requires some slight suspension of disbelief but makes up for it with its Spanish influenza-era setting
- The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough // An absorbing historical magical realism in which a personified Love and Death compete to determine the fate of an unlikely couple
- These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly // A wonderfully twisted mystery that spotlights the corruption and oppression that trapped both the upper class and the lower class in Gilded Age New York City
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare // An AP Literature-mandated read that I disliked simply due to my personal distaste for stories told in archaic language
- Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider // A heartbreaking and hilarious story of the way an imagined drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis shapes several teenagers' lives, complete with the author's signature clever characters
Books I Added to My TBR
- Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsey Philpot // I'm not entirely sure what this book is about (I can't find a blurb on Goodreads, Publishers Weekly, or the Harper Collins website), but if Philpot's previous novel is any indication, this one is going to be amazing.
- Odd & True by Cat Winters // A "dark Edwardian adventure involving two sisters, deadly beasts, and the war between reality and imagination" from an author who writes beautiful and atmospheric settings? Sign me up.
- Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann // I love a book that's not afraid to take on a controversial topic, so I can't wait for this novel in verse about a girl who decides to get an abortion.
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell // This book made headline after headline when it was first released, but since I thought Fangirl was only okay, I paid little attention and thought I'd pass it up. But that was before I found out it was essentially fan fiction based on Harry Potter. I put a copy on hold at my library immediately, and it's on the top of my TBR for March.
- Your Only Girl by Adele Griffin // I'll read anything Griffin writes, but this book that's set in 1976 Fire Island (near Long Island, my favorite place in the world) sounds like—dare I say it?—her best yet.
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner // This book deals with religion, friendship, and social class in a small Tennessee town. Especially with the praise it's been getting, I'm hooked already.
- In a Perfect World by Trish Doller // This book features international travel and cultures clashing and combining. I can't wait.
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis // Any blurb that starts with "Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it." has me hooked already. But it doesn't hurt that the author wrote A Madness So Discreet, one of my favorite books in 2015.
In My Life
- I didn't start choir competition season (which, for my school's choir department, begins in early February and involves attending a day-long competition every Saturday until spring break). I was part of my school's top concert choir during my sophomore and junior years, but I had to quit this year due to time restraints. I miss the excitement of competing and the thrill of cheering for my school's other choirs, but I don't regret quitting, and it's nice to have my Saturdays free for getting work done and relaxing.
- I started planning a potential summer trip to Europe. This adventure has been in the works since December of 2014, when my grandmother announced that she wanted to go to Amsterdam but couldn't find anyone to go with her. I, of course, said I would go the summer after I graduated from high school. My mom then jumped in, and we've recently been planning to turn this trip (which I originally thought was a mere hypothetical idea) into a reality. I went to get passport pictures taken on Saturday, so it looks like it will actually happen.
|I spent President's Day paging |
through Amsterdam travel guides.
How was your February? Did you read anything great? Let me know in the comments.