Month in Review: February 2020

Posted March 6, 2020 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Features, Month In Review / 6 Comments

I can’t believe February has already come and gone! Even with the extra day it truly feels like it flew by. February was a weird month for me, busy with work yet weirdly spring-like, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Max and I have been taking advantage of the warmer weather and have been exploring new areas to walk. We found a neat Wetlands Preserve trial in our neighborhood that we’ve been walking down quite a bit, and have been exploring local lakes too- some of them have beaches that you can just drive right onto and sit in the back of your car and read. It’s super peaceful and not very crowded since it’s not summer yet.

Mid-February my family was struck with unexpectedly having to put our cat, Skye, to sleep. She had been sick for about a year and a half but her condition took a very sudden turn for the worse within about a 48 hour (or even less, to be honest) time frame and it was pretty sudden given we had taken her to the vet the week prior and she was pretty stable despite her pre-exiting health problems. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still dealing with that grief and that it didn’t impact my ability to read- for about a week all I could really focus on was work and mindless reality television. I’m starting to feel a little more at peace with it now, though I don’t think I’ll ever really be OK with her being gone- she was our first family pet and we had her for 14 years. I thankfully still have her sister, Coco, who we adopted from the same litter (the brown cat in the picture below) so looking forward to at least having several years left with her since her health is pretty robust (as is her attitude).

My 6 year blogiversary also happened this month, but with everything going on, it completely passed me by without me even noticing.

Books I Read This Month

Books I Reviewed This Month:

The Diviners Series Review (Books 1-3)

The Queen of Nothing (4 Stars)

The Grace Year (5 Stars)

This Train is Being Held (4 Stars)


Total Books Read: 2

Total Novellas Read: 0

Rereads: 0

Favorite Book Read This Month: This Train Is Being Held was unexpectedly emotional!

Least Favorite Book Read This Month: I truly enjoyed all of the books I read this month!

Book that Most Surprised Me This Month: Loveboat, Taipei was a really fun read overall but I had some issues with it that I wasn’t anticipating.

Reading Challenge Updates

Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge Progress: 12/100

Other Posts This Month

I recapped January 2020.

I shared my February 2020 TBR.


6 responses to “Month in Review: February 2020

  1. I’m so incredibly sorry to hear about your kitty. Losing pets is SO hard, and knowing they’re sick doesn’t make it any easier. It’s so hard to see them grow old and lose their health 🙁

    • Thank you so much for the kind words, Jessi <3 It was a hard way to start off the year (and things have definitely gotten crazier since then) but everyone has been so incredibly kind and supportive in the bookish community and I'm so glad to have this space to share my memories of her!

  2. Aw, I’m so sorry to hear about Skye 🙁 I have a lot of pets back home, but haven’t had one since I moved to NYC, and just that I miss them dearly, so I can’t even imagine having to put a pet down. I hope you had a better reading month in March, though, and I’m proud of you for blogging for six years! There’s always little things to celebrate 🙂

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