February was a very long month for me despite it being the shorted month of the year. There was a lot of snow, many cold days and I’m just glad that Spring is just around the corner. On the bright side all of the bad weather had me staying inside to read quite a bit and stay off the bad roads! This post is going up a bit later than planned because I was out of the house yesterday longer than expected but better late than never! You may want to get yourself a big glass of something to drink and a snack because this wrap up is rather long.
February Wrap Up (I read twenty-four books!)
◊ Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer
-This book was a reread for me though it’s been a while and I forgot how entertaining it was. This is the first in a series about a young genius named Artemis Fowl who lives in Ireland that is determined to get his family’s money back by trying to trick the Fae. What ensues is more than Artemis had bargained for and a rather amusing version of the Fae who live beneath the Earth. Very well done and I’m looking forward to continuing!
◊ Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
– I read this book for my Library Book Club. This was a fascinating fictional depiction of an Icelandic woman named Agnus Magnusdottir who along with one other person was tried and convicted in the murder of two men in the early 1820s. This story follows her last couple of years before her death and the people whose lives she touched. It was a very sad but fascinating depiction of Agnus.
◊ An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
-Isobel is young woman who has a wonderful talent for painting the likeness of Fae which is known as a Craft. She is highly sought after and over the years has learned to receive payments in the form of wishes for painting Fae portraits. When she finds herself painting a portrait for the Autumn Prince Rook, she is drawn to him more than she’s ever been drawn to a Fae. She makes the mistake of painting his eyes with a human look of sadness. Then the adventure really begins! I very much enjoyed this book and the ending was very well done!
◊ Mortal Arts (Lady Darby Mystery #2) by Anna Lee Huber
– I listened to this on audiobook via Libby which I highly recommend. This is the further unexpected adventures of Lady Darby and the situations she often finds herself in.On the way to Edinburgh with her Sister who is having a difficult third pregnancy and her brother-in-law, they are unexpectedly delayed from an urgent missive of a relative seeking her brother-in-law’s help. What ensues is a haunting tale of what can happen when someone is wrongfully accused of insanity and Lady Darby is affected by the events. I enjoyed the book despite the sad ending and it very much kept my attention.
◊ The Military Wife by Laura Trentham (link to Blog Post)
-Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind. What follows is the joy of finding love again and following your heart. I loved this book and Noah is so sweet!
◊ Little Witch Academia Vol 1 by Yoh Yoshinari
-This is the story about a young witch named Atsuko “Akko” Kagari who has dreamed of becoming a Witch since she was a little girl who comes from a non-magic family. Now she’s been accepted to the same school as her childhood hero, Shiny Chariot-the prestigious Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy. Her adventure is just beginning and life is about to get much more interesting. This was a lot of fun to read and Atsuko is so adorable!
◊ How To Cheat A Dragon’s Curse (How To Train Your Dragon #4) by Cressida Cowell
-This book was a wonderful continuation of the adventures of Hiccup, Toothless and their journey to help save a friend. I love Toothless even though he can be rather sassy at times but he always comes through for Hiccup.
◊ Fado, Fado by Annie Cosby & Brett Manning
-I love Celtic fairy tales because it’s a piece of my heritage.This collection of stories was wonderful and magical. I loved learning more about Celtic myths from a variety of countries and adding a few more words to my vocabulary. The illustrations were very well done and it was such a pleasure to page through this!
◊ Amulet: The Last Council (Amulet #4) by Kazu Kibuishi
-This is the further adventures of Emily, her family and her friends have made it to the famous lost city of Cielis but their journey to find help is far from over. Emily is a young Stonekeeper who recently found out she has powers. Almost immediately after arriving at Cielis, things seem rather strange and Emily has a bad feeling. What ensues is a wild and rather dangerous adventure. So looking forward to continuing this series!
◊ Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
-In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh was part of the first group of people to make their way back to the surface. When she learns that there is a chance to time travel back to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance and is about to be in for the adventure of her life. This was a very fun book to read and full of surprises.
◊ Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities #1) by Shannon Messenger
-I read this book on a recommendation from Regan from Peruse Project. This is the story of Sophie who always felt like an oddball in her family and in school where she’s a Senior in high school at the young age of twelve. While on a school trip, she runs into a mysterious boy with bright blue eyes who claims that Sophie is not human but is actually an elf. Before she knows it, her world is turned completely upside down and life is going to get very interesting. Full of adventure, mystery, a variety of mythical creatures, the power of friendship and determination, it was quite the page turner of a book!
◊ How To Twist A Dragon’s Tale (How To Train Your Dragon #5) by Cressida Cowell
-I listened to this on audiobook via Libby which I highly recommend. David Tennant does a wonderful job of narrating. I joined Hiccup and friends on a journey to save their island from a Volcano eruption and very dangerous Dragons! What ensues is a very interesting adventure full of surprises, humor and of course Dragons! Hiccup is so precious and I very much enjoyed the journey!
◊ One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1) by Jenny Holiday
-This is the story of Jane and Cameron who are kind of thrown together while preparing for a wedding. What ensues is a funny, heartwarming adventure that includes some very steamy scenes. I loved this book and how close all of the Bridesmaids were with the Bride even when she was in Bridezilla mode.
◊ The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
-I listened to this on audiobook via Libby and Richard Armitage was the narrator! I admit that I did geek out a bit! This story pulled at my heartstrings in so many ways. This is a fictional novel based on true events including a Jewish man named Lale Sokolov who was sent to Auschwitz where he endured so much pain and hardship but did his best to help others, many of whom were much worse off than he was. He was given the job of the tattooist who gave prisoners numbers etched into their skin to be identified. Despite the hardship he finds a love that will last the rest of his life. Heartbreaking but well worth a read.
◊ The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
-Everytime I pick up a book by Cecelia I know that I am going to fall right into her storytelling and it’s the same for this book as well. This is a modern version of A Christmas Carol that’s set in Ireland that certainly has elements that Dickens wrote of and yet in many aspects is quite a bit different. It was told in several different perspectives and really pulled at my heartstrings. Was not expecting that ending!
◊ Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
-I loved this book so much! I knew I would enjoy it because it takes place in Ireland but I didn’t realize just how much.This is a book about Addie who is dealing with some recent heartache while in Ireland with her mom and brothers to see her Aunt married and then head on to Italy where her best friend waits before heading back to school. She has always been very close with her brother Ian until recently because he wants Addie to tell their parents what happened and she’s not ready to. Then she finds herself on an unexpected, crazy, fun, a tad heartbreaking road trip in Ireland with her brother Ian and his friend Rowan.
◊ The Library Wars Vol 1 by Kiiro Yumi, Hiro Arikawa & Kinami Watabe (translator)
-This is an interesting concept about a future Japan in which most of the reading material is censored and can be taken away from bookstores or people in general if the Library Forces who work to protect its people doesn’t put a stop to it. Iku is a young recruit who decided she wanted to join the Library Forces instead of choosing the safer option of being a Librarian and it follows her many adventures.
◊ The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
-I listened to this in audiobook that I borrowed from my Library’s Libby app. I’m so glad that I did because the narrator is wonderful and gave it a more comedic spin. I loved that this story was centered around a world where literature is taken very seriously.
◊ It’s Getting Scot In Here by Suzanne Enoch (link to Blog Post)
-This book was so much fun to read and laughed at the cheekiness of the MacTaggert brothers. I also loved the closeness of the family towards the end of the book, Amelia’s determination to follow her heart and how the MagTaggert’s Mom kicked butt to protect her children.
◊ Coming Home To Holly Close Farm by Julie Houston (link to Blog Post)
– A funny modern tale of a woman named Charlie who finds out her boyfriend is actually married and ends up back home with her rather interesting family in Yorkshire. Things get even more interesting when she learns that her Great Grandma Madge owns a piece of property and a wartime love that happened during WWII. I adore Grannie Madge!
◊Biblioholism by Tom Raabe
-A rather comedic take on people who take their love of reading and collecting books seriously. I learned several new types of bookworms, some obscure history and have realized that my book collecting isn’t quite as bad as others mentioned in this book. Well worth a read.
◊ Children of the Whales Vol 1 by Abi Umeda
-A tale set in an area where people live on a huge ship in the shape of a whale and are surrounded by sand that could potentially kill you. Chakuro is the main character who really is such a sweet young man and has a huge heart. I was not expecting that ending which was rather heartbreaking and there’s a cliffhanger.
◊ Flying Witch Vol 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka, Melissa Tanaka (translator)
-This was an entertaining and rather amusing tale a young novice witch named Makoto who moves in along with her familiar cat Chito to live with distant cousins in the rural town of Aomori in Japan. What ensues is a funny and heartwarming tale with a dash of magic!
◊ Adulthood Is A Myth by Sarah Andersen
-I really enjoyed reading this comic that covers a wide range of things that happen when trying to be an adult. I was laughing through some of it and cringing a bit in sympathy in others. It was a pretty quick read and I’m glad that I read it!
Paper Book Haul
I hauled maybe two books in January so I chose to skip that month but I more than made up for it in February! I hauled twenty-seven though a good chunk of them were from my local Library’s Friends of the Library Sale and two were sent to me three were sent to me via Publisher so I still saved quite a bit of money on books! Links are to Goodreads unless otherwise mentioned.
◊ Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr (Deverry #1)
◊ Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See
◊ Wicked (Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire
◊ Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
◊ Winter Moon (Walker Papers # 1.5) by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee and C.E. Murphy
◊ The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
◊ A Gilded Grave (Newport Gilded Age #1) by Shelley Freydont
◊ The Crow (The Books of Pellinor #3) by Alison Croggon
◊ The Riddle (The Books of Pellinor #2) by Alison Croggon
◊ Evening Class by Maeve Binchy
◊ Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
◊ Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1) by Herbie Brennan
◊ The Hounds of the Mórrígan by Pat O’Shea
◊ Murder Bay: A Ben Carey Mystery by David R. Horwitz
◊ The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
◊ Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto (the book pictured is an Exclusive February OwlCrate edition) My Unboxing
◊ The Guest Book by Sarah Blake – Thank you so much to Goodreads and FlatIron Books for sending me an advanced copy!- Release Date: May 7th, 2019
◊ Irish Fairy Tales by Barry Leonard
◊ Dublin: A Cultural History by Siobhan Kilfeather
◊ The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss (Goodreads Author), Scott McKowen (Illustrations)
◊ This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace – Thank you so much to Goodreads and Grand Central Publishing for sending me a finished copy! Release Date: March 5th, 2019
◊ Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson
◊ One and Only by Jenny Holiday (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)
◊ Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (Farseer Trilogy #2)
◊ Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders #1)
◊ Mad Ship by Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders #2)
◊ Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders #3)
◊ The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
◊ Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel (Kindle Unlimited)
◊ The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy
◊ The saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald: A Norse/Viking Saga by Anon E. Mouse, Eirikr Magnusson, William Morris (Translator)
◊ The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Illustrated) by Snorri Sturluson
◊ The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson, Jesse L. Byock (Translator)
◊ The High Deeds of Finn and other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland by T.W. Rolleston, Stephen Reid (Illustrator), Stopford Augustus Brooke (Introduction)
◊ An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train 0.5) by Jody Hedlund
◊ With You Always (Orphan Train #1) by Jody Hedlund (Kindle Unlimited)
◊ Kiss Me at Willoughby Close (Willoughby Close #4) by Kate Hewitt
◊ Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen: Marvel Adaptations) by Nancy Butler (Adapter), Hugo Petrus (Illustrator), Jane Austen (Original Work)
Have you made it all the way to the end? Whether you have or not, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you so much, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out this post and I hope it was enjoyable! I am really looking forward to March as I have a lot of things planned but will see how they go. Have a wonderful weekend!
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