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February 2020 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

Feb2020WrapUpGoodbye February & hello March!

Wowza February was a whirlwind month!  I was go-go-go for the majority of the month, especially this last week.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that March will be a little less crazy.

Let’s see what I read & blogged in February…

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Bookish Happenings (1)February was my busiest month to date at work.  I offered some great programs & attended some wonderful events.  I’ll share more details in my February teen librarian archives post later this week.

Amid all the chaos, my husband and I attended our 3rd Adult Prom!  This local event raises money for a local charity with the ticket & drink sales.  This year’s theme was Mardi Gras.

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I read 10 books in February!  Out of the 8 books off my February TBR, I managed to read 5 of them.

» Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

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I read Pet because it was a 2019 National Book Awards for Young People finalist.  I had no clue what this book was about going into it.  This was a powerful YA fantasy story that centers around identity, justice, and evil.  I would definitely recommend this one to fans of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

» The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

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This is the second book I’ve read that centered around Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) of Austria.  This portrayal varied vastly from the last book I read, which was an interesting juxtaposition.  Whereas the previous book I read cast Sisi as a victim of circumstance, this novel cast her more as self-indulgent and cold.  I would like to state that Captain Bay is an asshat, and Charlotte deserved better.

» Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School #1) by Svetlana Chmakova

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Much like Brave, I adored Chmakova’s portrayal of middle school in graphic novel format.  I loved everything from the images to the story line.  Chmakova has a wonderful way of creating relatable characters that I adore.

» On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

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While this wasn’t necessarily as impactful as The Hate U Give, this book was amazing in its own right.  I think Angie Thomas has a brilliant way of writing YA contemporary that is not only relevant & important, but also entertaining at the same time.

» Dig by A.S. King

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I picked up Dig because it won the Printz award for excellence in young adult literature.  I must admit, this book is NOT going to be for everyone.  I fear that many people will abandon this one too soon.  It took until half way through the book until I really fully understood what the author was trying to do here.

» Hilda and the Stone Forrest (Hilda #5) by Luke Pearson

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I picked this graphic novel up on a whim to introduce graphic novels to my 6-year-old daughter.  She LOVED it!  I was a little worried that she wouldn’t be able to pick up the cues from the illustrations, but she had no issues with the graphic novel format.  When I picked this up, I didn’t realize that this is actually the 5th installment in a series, so now we are going back and reading the others.

» Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

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Maybe He Just Likes You is a middle grade novel that addresses sexual harassment in a very appropriate way.  I think this novel is an important read for not only the middle grade audience, but parents/adults as well.

» The Shepherd’s Crown (Tiffany Aching #5) by Terry Pratchett

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*4.5 Stars*

This felt more like another installment in the Tiffany Aching series, and not necessarily like the conclusion.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t love this book, just that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the conclusion.  Totally understandable considering this was Terry Pratchett’s last novel before his death.

» The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

While I loved the concept behind this Alice in Wonderland retelling, I was underwhelmed.  I think my biggest issue was that I wanted more of the story to take place in Wonderland, but most of the story takes place in the real world.  I also think the world building was lacking.

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Goodreads Challenge Update: 22 books read in 2020

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January 2020 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up

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February 2020 TBR

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Teen Librarian Archives: January 2020

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Mini Book Reviews: February 2020 – Part 1

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Mini Book Reviews: February 2020 – Part 2

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Mini Book Reviews: February 2020 – Part 3

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Mini Book Reviews: February 2020 – Part 4

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It’s been a while since I’ve bought new books!  Since I became a librarian, I’ve been utilizing my local library almost exclusively.  My wallet is appreciative 🙂  HOWEVER I was in the mood to add a few books to my collection…

Physical Books:

» Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) and Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend

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» Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie (Little House 1-3) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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» The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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Let'sChat

Which books did you read this month?

Have you read any of the books I read or hauled this month?  If so, what did you think?

Did you buy any books?  If so, which ones?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

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3 thoughts on “February 2020 Reading & Blogging Wrap-Up”

  1. Sounds like you had a great reading month! I really need to make time for On The Come Up some time soon… It sounds fantastic! Here’s to a wonderful March. xx

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