I can not believe that February is over already! I feel like I just posted my January Wrap-up but here we are.
February was a pretty great month like usual despite COVID-19 still being a thing.
- In Barbados, we have been under lockdown for all of February. It was until February 17th but it got extended until the end of February. Cases have been rising recently so drastic measures are needed so I assume that the lockdown will continue into March. I hope that the cases will start to drop soon because we finally got the vaccine.
- University was super stressful at the beginning of the month. I had several exams and essays to do and my time management skills were not the best. However, I got a much-needed break in the middle of February. I was able to relax and catch up on a lot of my school work. I also mentioned that last month I deleted TikTok because I needed to focus on work but I redownloaded it during my break and I was able to indulge in my slight obsession.
- It was also my 19th birthday this month! I still have not processed that I am getting older and my mind has just accepted that I will be 18 forever. Because of the lockdown, I had to stay home but I still had an enjoyable time with my family.
I had a great reading month! I read 6 books this month. This month I focused my time on reading and schoolwork and barely watched any tv shows or movies. I wanted to focus on books by Black authors this month because it was Black History Month.
- The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert |★★★★.5| I enjoyed this book! I read this for the Black Lit Challenge. I finished this book in less than 24 hours so I could tell you I loved this book. I love books spanning only one day so this was a delight! Duke and Marva, the main protagonist, are the cutest and everything discussed in this book was so important. Voter suppression, police brutality and human rights are all common themes in this book. I also love both of their families and the different dynamics that they have. The only thing was that the romance was paced a little too fast for me in the end. Read my review here.
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta |★★★★★| This book was so wonderful. This was the first book I have read written in verse and I adored it. The struggles that Micheal goes through not being able to fully identify with being black, Crypto-Greek, homophobia, racism, sexism. Everything was discussed in this book and the writing style was so beautiful and also the illustrations pulled everything together. The last verse was so perfect!
- An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green| ★★★| So I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I did not like April who was the main protagonist. She was very pretentious and only seemed to care about herself, not caring who’s feeling she hurt. Even when I thought she was going to change, she didn’t. I guess we were not supposed to like her but I did not like or connect with any of the other characters. Maya was probably my favourite but she barely was in the book for the most part. However, I did like the overall plot and the discussion of the effect of fame and social media on people and how it can dehumanize you. So overall it was a good read.
- Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe | ★★★★| This was such a good read. I loved it so much. It was not as cute and fluffy as I expected but I do think that it added to the story. Read more of my thoughts here.
- Cinderella is Dead by Kaylnn Bayron |★★★.5| The plot of this book was amazing! Diverse feminist queer Cinderella retelling? Fantastic! I loved the way they portrayed the patriarchal kingdom and how the Cinderella story was used to suppress women. However, the characters fell a little flat for me. I am very character-driven so that affects how I enjoy a book. Despite this, it was a great book and I recommend it to fantasy and retelling lovers.
- The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae| ★★★★★| I finished this book minutes before writing this and I do not even know how to form my thoughts. This book was so STRESSFUL (but in a good way). I never expected to adore this book so much! This book follows a girl, Zahru who wants more in her life and ends up the human sacrifice of a race to be the new ruler. This race brought up an entire whirlwind of emotions. Even though every character had their faults I loved all of them and I had no idea who I even wanted to root for. If you could see my thoughts while reading this 😂😭. I could see this book being my favourite book of 2021. It reminds me of the first book of An Ember in the Ashes especially the last trial. I do not think it is for everyone but this book was made for me! (Read my review here!)
- WandaVision – I have already talked about this show in my January Wrap-up. This series is crazy! Everyone needs to watch it once you enjoy the MCU! Every episode has a plot twist and I always enjoy watching the fan theories. Two more episodes and I have no idea what is going to happen next!
- Superman and Lois – Only the first episode of this show has come out but I enjoyed it. Superman’s two sons, Jonathan and Jordan, are very different and I appreciate the contrast.
- Love and Always, Lara Jean – This is the final movie in the TATB trilogy. I watched this with my friends for Galenetines Day and I enjoyed it. It did miss a lot of things that were included in the books like John Ambrose (I missed him 😭) or the colleges that Lara Jean wanted to go were drastically changed from the book. It did not make sense that NYU and Berkeley were her safety schools but I watched a TikTok saying that smaller colleges do not allow movies to use their names so then I guess it makes sense. Overall, it was a great time and I enjoyed the series and the representation that this trilogy brought to media. I hope that Netflix will continue to adapt books by diverse authors and keep this representation alive.
- I got my first Arc from Netgalley!!! I only got Netgalley at the beginning of 2021 and I started requesting this month expecting nothing. I am very excited about this because it is a big surprise.
I also posted 4 posts this month and I focused on the theme of Black History Month:
- Black Lit Challenge TBR
- My favourite Black Characters
- Book Review: The Voting Booth
- Book Review: Charming as a Verb
Posts that I’ve Enjoyed this Month
- Rae’s Reads and Reviews’ post about 18 Fantasy Books by Black Authors
- Nyx @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books’s post discussing the topic ‘Do YA books have too much Romance?’
- The Quiet Pond’s Whole Black History Month posts but especially the Book Recommendations for Black Contemporary Books and Black Queer Books
- Saniya @ Sunny Side Review’s post about Ten YA novels to read on Valentine’s Day
- Margaret @ Weird Zeal shared 5 romance book recommendations based on sitcom couples
- Ruby @ Ruby Rae Reads’ post about 10 Valentine’s Day Romance Book Recommendations
- Laia @ The Bookish Skies posted What She Has Been Watching Recently
- Sophie @ Me and Ink posted Reading A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
- Ahaana @ Windows to Worlds shared her Top 5 Reasons to Read The Gilded Ones
- Chana @ Paper Procrastinators recommended books based on animes
- Falcon and the Winter Soldier have me so ecstatic for March. I did not expect to love Wandavision so much so my expectations for my favourites are so much higher now. I am overjoyed that Falcon will get the recognition that he deserves!!!!
How was your February? What did you read? What did you watch? What are you planning to do in March?