Reading Wrap-Up | February 2019

I used to do monthly wrap-ups a few years ago and got out the habit of doing it back in 2016 when I started a new job that would teach me a lot but also stress me out a lot for the next two years.

I don’t know if I’ll keep up monthly wrap-ups throughout the year, but I thought it’d be fun to give them a try again as they’re a great way for me to look back on everything I’ve read in just one month.

I read five books in February which I’m quite pleased with, as an anticipated release quickly followed by a disappointing read at the beginning of the month saw me hit a bit of a slump!

43781513King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I ended up really enjoying Bardugo’s latest addition to her Grishaverse, which I think I deserved after struggling through the original Grisha trilogy in January. It wasn’t a perfect book and I do think it’s one of those books where not much actually happened, but as always I adored Bardugo’s character work and I loved having Zoya as a main character; she was my favourite character in the original trilogy and I love her even more now.

9693130Ash by Malinda Lo

I’ve been meaning to read Ash for the longest time because it’s something of a classic in F/F Fantasy circles and I had a plan to devote my February to F/F Fantasy. Sadly, this was the only one I managed to read in February, but it was the first of three books I managed to read for Faebruary. (I guess King of Scars kind of counts, but not really; the relationship that’s hinted at in it is still very much a hint.) I think Ash is beautifully written and I’m really glad to have read it, but I didn’t like it as much as I hoped I would!

22238148Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan; narrated by Kate Reading

The Memoirs of Lady Trent is one of those satisfying series that just keeps getting better with each instalment, but I know for a fact I wouldn’t enjoy these books anywhere near as much as I do if it weren’t for Kate Reading’s fantastic narration. She brings Isabella so vividly to life, I feel as though a lady scientist is telling me her life story, and the little girl in me who was a dinosaur nerd loves listening to the story of this dragon naturalist. I would say this was my favourite book in the series so far, but I’m currently listening to In the Labyrinth of Drakes and I think I love it even more…

38606192Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Given the amount of so-and-so reviews I saw for it, I was thrilled that Spinning Silver ended up being my first 5 star read of the year. I’ve been after a novel-length retelling of Rumpelstiltskin for years and Novik finally gave me the retelling that I didn’t know I’d always wanted. It’s so hard to describe this book in a way that does it justice, but I loved it a lot and I think it might just be a new favourite so get ready to hear me gush about it at every opportunity throughout 2019.

34913691The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

After it was shortlisted for the Booktube SFF Awards I knew it was about time I finally read my copy of The Cruel Prince, and I was so pleasantly surprised! I haven’t been able to get into Holly Black’s work before and I was still wary of this one despite all the amazing reviews, but now all the amazing reviews make sense. I loved Jude and I loved Cardan and I loved Black’s world-building, and I’m looking forward to getting to The Wicked King very soon!

If anything, February taught me that I do, in fact, enjoy books about faeries, so I’ll be seeking out more fae books this year! Before that, though, I’m going to be trying to read as many books on the Booktube SFF Awards shortlist as I can before the liveshow in the summer. Quite a few of my nominations made the shortlist this year, which has never really happened before, so I’m hyped to get started on all that reading!

What did you read in February? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down below!

9 thoughts on “Reading Wrap-Up | February 2019

    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it! I think it’s definitely one of those books I wouldn’t have enjoyed if I hadn’t been in the right mood for it.

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  1. Emma says:

    I really need to get back to reading the Lady Trent series because I really loved the first book. You’re right, though, that the audiobooks are fantastic so I’d like to listen to it on audio if I can. πŸ™‚

    Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of Spinning Silver or The Cruel Prince, I am really glad to see people’s super positive reviews of them, it makes me feel so happy that people enjoyed them.

    King of Scars! I loved it tbh, and it made me completely reassess what I thought of Zoya because I realised I didn’t really remember that much about her from the original trilogy and what I did remember was mediated through Alina’s POV meaning it was mostly kinda bitchy and negative. I’m going back and re-reading the Grisha trilogy again and I have a feeling I’ll like Zoya more now! πŸ˜›

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Each Lady Trent book really does get better and better, so I definitely recommend continuing with the series!

      I have to admit I really wasn’t a fan of the original trilogy at all, aside from Ruin and Rising which I think was the best book in the series, but I think a lot of that has to do with when I read it. If I’d read the series when it was first released I probably would have loved it, but Bardugo has improved so much as a writer since she published that series. I’m glad to have all the backstory under my belt, though, and I do love her world-building and it was nice to be back in Ravka in King of Scars! I would love to go back to Ketterdam, though…

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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      1. Emma says:

        I really do need to get back into them, I might very well do a re-read though and just binge-read/listen to them!

        I totally get that opinion. I read the Grisha trilogy a few years ago and enjoyed it, but it was nowhere near as good (especially in terms of writing) as the Six of Crows duology was. I think King of Scars was very much resituating the story back to the vibes of the original trilogy, so it’s definitely good to know about the mythology (especially about amplifiers, the different orders of Grisha etc.) when reading King of Scars. I’m not sure how but Ketterdam MUST make an appearance somehow in the second book, surely? It would be a mistake not to! In the meantime… just re-read Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom perhaps? πŸ˜‰

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      2. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

        I’d love it if it did! But I feel like it probably won’t because Kaz would completely take over, and as much as I love him I think he’s too busy running Ketterdam to care what’s happening in Ravka. πŸ˜‚ I hope that maybe Inej pops up with her ship to lend Nina a hand, though!

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