February Wrap Up

I tried to stick to my February TBR, and I think for the most part I succeeded. Of course, when the inspiration to read something different comes calling I can’t say no. That being said, the main reason I didn’t get to Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is because I got stuck in a HUGE case of book hangover (which is explained later in this post).

 

Completed Books:

  1. Defensive Magic by Kate Baray (Book 3)
  2. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (Book 4)
  3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas (Book 5)
  4. Witch’s Diary by Kate Baray (Book 4)
  5. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (Book 6)
  6. Krampus Gone Wild by Kate Baray (Side)
  7. Necromancy by Kate Baray (Book 5)
  8. Lost Library Shorts Collection by Kate Baray (Side)
  9. The Covered Mirror by Kate Baray (Side)
  10. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas (Book 7)
  11. Fruits Basket Another Vol 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  12. Fruits Basket Another Vol 2 by Natsuki Takaya
  13. Fruits Basket Series by Natsuki Takaya (Vol 1-8)

 

Dedicated Blog Posts Available:

  1. The Lost Library Series

 

Dedicated Blog Posts to Come:

  1. Kingdom of Ash
  2. The Throne of Glass Series

 

Wrap Up:

Kate Baray Books:

I have a dedicated post about this series. If you want my thoughts on the individual books, I suggest giving that a read.

Overall, I believe this series is a good Paranormal read. It’s an easy read for sure, perfect for when you want to curl up with a book and not think too hard about the world building, focusing instead on the character and plot development. The books are written in such a way that they’re very easy to read. Overall, Baray’s take on magic is an interesting one.

 

Kingdom of Ash:

I have a dedicated blog post coming about this book. I may have finished this book in the first half of February, but I’ll need some time to process what I went through with this book and get my thoughts together enough to write a proper review. As the conclusion of one of my favourite series, I had a lot to say about it. Leaving February, I still find myself in a bit of a book hangover because of this book, which is in turn making it difficult for me to finish the blog posts I have planned for this book and the series as a whole.

 

Fruits Basket:

This is a manga series all about the Chinese Zodiac. Basically, it’s about the 12 animals of the zodiac (plus the cat) which have possessed members of a specific family (The Sohma family). The main character of this series is Tohru Honda who’s an orphan that had no place to go until Yuki Sohma tells her that she can stay with Shigure and him until her grandfather’s renovations are completed. When Kyo drops in, Tohru ends up discovering the Sohma family secret (their possession) and her life is forever changed.

Honestly, this is one of my favourite mangas of all time. I decided to reread it this month when I was at Chapters and discovered Fruits Basket Another. Definitely worth the reread and a story that I’d suggest if you’re the kind of person that enjoys fantastical slice-of-life stories.

While I’ve only reread the first 8 volumes (out of the 23 volumes there are), I will definitely be finishing this series at the start of March. I’ve been in a serious book hangover since completing Kingdom of Ash, so getting through such a lighthearted series will certainly make it easier for me to pick up heavier reads in March.

 

Fruits Basket Another:

As the sequal to Fruits Basket, this was an enjoyable read. I highly suggest reading the first series before tackling this one. While only the first two volumes of this series are out, I found them to be just as enjoyable as the first series was. Taking place years after the first series (I think it’s about the next generation but I could be wrong), the main character of this series is a girl named Sawa who is completely oblivious to who the Sohmas are. Once they become a part of her life, things change (I’d say for the better). This series seems to be about Sawa’s journey of figuring out she’s enough and that not everyone will forget about her, regardless of what she’s believed up to this point.

 

Overall, I got more reading done this month than I initially anticipated. Of course, that’s because I didn’t get as much schoolwork done as I’d hoped going in to this month. Unfortunately that means that my March reading goals will have to be much less than I originally hoped since I have to make sure to finish the school work I didn’t get finished in February. All in all, don’t sacrifice your school grades just because of a love of reading. Sometimes school comes first and that’s going to have to be my focus for the next little while.

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