February 2018 Month in Review

Posted March 21, 2018 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Features, Month In Review / 10 Comments

Is it just me, or am I the only one who always procrastinates/dreads writing my month in review wrap up posts? I love having a record of what happened each month of the year, but I guess I find it sort of exhausting to compile everything! (And to think of interesting personal things to mention, because to be honest I don’t think my life is that exciting lol). Anyways, February is usually a rather exciting month since it’s my blog anniversary (February 6th) but it was super exhausting this year because it was a whirlwind of touring wedding venues. I think we toured 10 or 11 venues total (which doesn’t sound like a lot but when each tour takes 1-2 hours plus all of the research that goes into it and the travel time, it’s a lot) but finally settled on one for next summer. We also had some bizarre weather with a week in late February with the weather in the high 70s (perfection), but as I write this in March it’s been pouring down rain so who knows if we’re really out of the woods with winter yet? As we inch toward the spring I am excited to start to get to the ~fun~ part of wedding planning, rather than the stressful part (although who am I kidding, I’m sure it’s all going to be stressful lol).

Books I Read This Month

Overall I’m pretty happy that I’ve kept up reading 8-10 books per month so far in 2018. Though my Goodreads reading challenge is set for 80 books I’m crossing my fingers that I actually may hit 100 instead! I’m also doing a fairly good job balancing new releases and backlist. There were a few “meh” books in February but also some really great ones too!

Books I Reviewed This Month

Hello, Sunshine (3 Stars)

Eight Hundred GrapesΒ  (2 Stars)

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (3.5 Stars)

Crooked Kingdom (5 Stars)

By a Charm and a Curse (4 Stars)

The Belles (5 Stars)

American Panda (5 Stars)

Stats:

Total Books Read: 17

Total Novellas Read: 0

Rereads: 0

Favorite Book Read This Month: China Rich Girlfriend
proved that a sequel can be even better than the first book in a series.

Least Favorite Book Read This Month: Wayfarer bored me to tears. I have literally been reading is SINCE DECEMBER. I can’t even bring myself to write a review for it because I don’t want to invest any more time in the experience.

Book that Most Surprised Me This Month: I thought I was going to enjoy Truly Devious a lot more than I did…

Reading Challenge Updates

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge Progress: 17/80

Other Posts This Month

My blog turned 4!

I recapped The Belles tour stop I attended.

I talk about getting engaged!

I keep up with my monthly TBR posts.

How was your February? Did you do anything for Valentine’s day? Is it starting to warm up where you live or are you still in winter’s grasp? What was the best book you read? Let me know in the comments!

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10 responses to “February 2018 Month in Review

  1. Wedding planning can be so much fun! I’m not gonna lie, there were lots of stressful moments, but for the most part, it was enjoyable! And finding a venue is one of the biggest parts, so yay for getting that done!

  2. Yay for choosing a wedding venue! The weather here has been odd lately, too… last week, it was in the 30’s and we had tornadoes, yesterday it was sunny and in the 70’s, and then today it’s windy and in the 30’s again. I’m so happy to see you enjoyed Simon Vs and The Cruel Prince!! I am dying to start the Crazy Rich Asians series, but I’m still on the library waitlist for the first book. Sorry you didn’t enjoy Truly Devious as much as you expected! Also, congrats on killing the reading game so far this year. πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a great March so far, Cristina!

    • The library wait list for the Crazy Rich Asians books are INSANE. I think I put the first one on hold back in October and my hold came in late January? They’re definitely worth the wait though, and so fun to read!

  3. Weirdly, I also find monthly wrap-ups exhausting. I totally agree that it’s amazing to have a record of what happened every month but the month just seems so LONG when I go back to recap it!

    I just (like literally three minutes ago) finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I loved it as well!! It’s so sweet and adorable and cutesy. I was reading it in public and I kept laughing out loud and smiling like a lunatic so I got a few concerned and bemused looks.

    I hope you have a lovely March, Cristina, and good luck with all of the wedding planning!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    • Right?! For some reason compiling all of that info is exhausting to me lol, but I have no problem writing a thousand word review πŸ˜‰ I am so glad that you loved Simon, it was adorable! I keep meaning to go see it in theaters but forgetting, so hopefully I’ll get to the move theater in April!

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