Wednesday, March 2, 2016

February Wrap Up and March TBR

Read in Febuary: Pirates

Wow! I had a really fantastic reading month. The shortest month of the year and I read more books than I did in any month last year. To be fair there were a few comics, novellas, and short reads in the pile but still, a victory is a victory. The highlight of my month was once again being blown away by some highly anticipated reads. Most of the books I read too were good 4 star reads, although there were a few disappointments, and a few that were even better than I expected. I read a total of 16 books this month which is amazing. There was 12 new books this month and 4 rereads.

As far as challenges go, I'm doing well. YAY! I actually ahead for my Goodreads goal of reading 150 books this year, which I want to bask in because I don't it will stay that way. Thanks comics and novellas! I'm also ahead of my goal for the Debut Author Challenge of reading 25 debuts by reading 5 debuts this month for a total of 7 for the year. I'm also ahead for the Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge having read 5 more books for that challenge reaching a total of 8 towards my goal of 36, that secondary goal of 50 may be possible if I keep this up. And I'm also on track for the TBR Pile Challenge by reading two books for that this month getting a total of 4 towards my goal of 25 for the year. And finally, a new challenge for me this year, the Audiobook Challenge. I listened to 5 audiobooks this month including rereads, giving me a total of 7 for the year which is on track for my goal of 30 or more. I am killing these challenges so far which is a great way to start the year.

But let's get to the good stuff...

The Books

1.) Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson Rating: 10 out of 10 
2.) The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutsie 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
3.) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
4.) Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [My Review]
5.) Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange 
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 [My Review]
6.) Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto 
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 [My Review]
7.) Calamity by Brandon Sanderson Rating: 10 out of 10 [My Review]
8.) The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 
Rating: 8 out of 10 [My Review]
9.) The Smell of Other People's Houses  by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [My Review]
10.) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch 
Rating: 8 out of 10 [My Review]
11.) The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan 
Rating: 9 out of 10 [My Review]
12.) Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, 
and Brooke E. Allen Rating: 9 out of 10
12.) A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab Rating: 9.5 out of 10 [Review to Come]

13-15.) The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson [Reread Review]
16.) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab [Reread Review]

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To Be Read in March: Retellings

My March theme month is another exciting one. I love a good retelling and I'm really exciting about some of these books. There is a great balance between fairytales, folklore, and Shakespeare. There is also a good balance between genres which is exciting. There are also some amazing new releases coming this month that I'm so so excited to read. As usual I have my definite reads including review copies and new releases that I have preordered, then my potential reads that I may or may not read depending what I have time to read. I'm not sure I can keep this reading rate up but either way, it's going to be another great month, I can feel it.

1.) In Real Life by Jessica Love - Add to Goodreads
This is not a retelling but it looks like an interesting contemporary. I'm about a third of the way in and I'm liking it so far. It's fun and fluffy. Thanks St. Martins!

2.) Charmed by Jen Calonita - Add to Goodreads
This will also be fluffy. It's the second book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series which I read last year and really liked. It's a cute MG fairy story about villains rubbing a boarding school. Thanks Sourcebooks!

3.) The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters - Add to Goodreads
My first Cat Winters book and I can't wait! She's been on my list for awhile. Plus gender-bent, diverse Hamlet set in Oregon in the 1920's. How cool is that! Thanks Abrams!

4.) The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner - Add to Goodreads
This is a standard contemporary but it sounds good and I've heard great reviews from people. I have heard that it's emotional and that slightly worries me but I'm excited. Thanks Random House!

5.) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton - Add to Goodreads
I'm so excited about this debut. I've heard really good thing about it and it sounds right up my alley. It's both a Western and set in a Middle Eastern setting with folklore and fantasy elements. I'm so excited to read it.

6.) The Skylighter by Becky Wallace - Add to Goodreads
The Storyspinner was one of my favorite books of 2015 and so it's sequel is obviously one of my most anticipated reads. I flailed so hard when I got a copy in the mail. Thanks Simon!

7.) Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K Johnston Add to Goodreads
This sounded interested, I mean it's marketed as Veronica Mars meets Shakespeare but I wasn't really excited until I read a preview and it is fantastic! The voice is amazing and I need to know what happens next.

8.) Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan - Add to Goodreads
This is a modern retelling of A Tale of Two Cities with magic so I'm on board. I've seen some mixed reviews but I'm interested so I snagged a copy on Negalley. Thanks HMH!

So those are the books that I have planned. I'm still trying not to plan out too many reads and keep some backup books in case I have holes in the schedule. I have a few potential or backup books that I may end up reading as well.


The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkowski: The Winner's Curse, The Winner's Crime
The final book in this trilogy is coming out at the end of the month so I'm getting ready by reading the first two books to refresh my memory and marathon it.

Potential Reads

Scarlet by A.C. Gaugen - Add to Goodreads
Beauty by Robin McKinley - Add to Goodreads
Briar Rose by Janet Yolen - Add to Goodreads
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer - Add to Goodreads
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson - Add to Goodreads
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz - Add to Goodreads

There you have it. All the books I plan to read in March and a few potential reads. What are you reading this month? Are there any of the same books on your list? Have you read any of these? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. Wow, 16 books. That’s crazy. I’m going to be reading my first Brandon Sanderson book this month. I also really want to read A Gathering of Shadows and The Smell of Other People’s Houses.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. YAY! First Sanderson! What book? Mistborn? A lot of people start with Mistborn.

      But yes, I think it's crazy I read 16 books too. But five of them were short. Like under 300 pages or less.

  2. Awesome reading month indeed!!
    I'm doing rather bad with my #RockMyTBR challenge... with the re-reads and the debuts I'm not reading as many books from the pile as I should!

    I do hope you'll enjoy The Skylighter and Rebel of the Sands cause I loved them both! I do plan/hope to read Stars Above this month too and will be for sure re-reading The Winner's Curse & Crime in preparation for Winner's Kiss too!!

    1. Thanks lady! I'm on track I think. I wish I was doing as well as I am with my other challenges but if I finish some of the others maybe I can focus on this one toward the end of the year.

      And yay books in common. We often read some of the same books which I love because then we can chat about them.

  3. Wow!! I hope you get to all of these! Rebel of the Sands is high on my TBR and I have been curious about The Steep and Thorny Way so I'll be looking forward to you your review of that one!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    1. I won't get to all of these. I'm sure I won't. But a girl can dream, right. I hope you get to read Rebel of the Sands and The Steep and Thorny way and enjoy them.

  4. You did have great reading month! I am six behind on my a Goodreads goal of 104, but I think I usually am behind in February and I was 11 behind at one point last year, but finished up eight over my goal. I adored The Smell Of Other People's Houses. I had a bevy of problems with The Girl From Everywhere so it ended up only being meh for me. I have The Serpent King to read, too! I think it will be my next ARC. I want to read the Steep and Thorny Way. I hope my library gets it. :)

    1. I was like that last year too. It's weird for me to be ahead I think but I'm cool with that. I agree on how amazing The Smell of Other People's Houses was and how meh The Girl from Everywhere was.

  5. I'm always impressed by the amount of books you read! Rebel of the Sands is so on my radar right now. I can't wait for it to be out so I can get my hands on it. I'm glad you liked Salt to the Sea because I've also been eyeing that book and seeing it around so much lately. Great list♥

    Jumana @ Books by Jay

    1. Thanks! I often impress myself when I look at it. I think I hit this level in February because it was a lot of audiobooks and novellas this month but that's still a great month. I hope you get to read Salt to the Sea. I loved it.