Goodbye 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…
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This YA historical fiction follows a 17-year-old Chinese-American maid in the 1890s. The Downstairs Girl tackles issues like racism, discrimination, sexism, and poverty that many minorities faced post Civil War. This book also includes a dark family secret, which was a great addition to the story. I really enjoyed the pseudonymous advice columnist aspect here.
» A Blade So Black (The Nightmare-Verse #1) by L.L. McKinney
Goodreads Challenge Update: 22 books read in 2020
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…
» Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) and Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend
» Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie (Little House 1-3) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
» The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
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 🙂