If this wasn’t a leap year, today I would be wishing you a happy last day of February! Since I can’t do that, let’s just leap on into this month’s reading and blogging wrap-up.
Books Completed In February:
📚 The Balcony Gardener by Isabelle Palmer (Nonfiction: Gardening) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📚 Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon (Nonfiction: Autobiography) ⭐⭐⭐
📚 The Selection by Kiera Cass (YA Dystopian Romance) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📚 Petrella, the Gillian Princess by Chiara Talluto (Middle Grade(ish) Fantasy/Allegory) Rating and review to come.
📚 A Tribute to Tulipia by Chiara Talluto (Middle Grade(ish) Allegory) Rating and review to come.
📚 Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper (Nonfiction: Autobiography) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
📚 Yesterday’s Christmas by A.M. Heath (Historical Fiction, Dual Timeline 1950s/1980s) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Average Rating: 3.8⭐s (excluding the ones that are not yet rated)
Other Books Read but Not Completed in February:
📚 Writing with Style by John Trimble (Nonfiction: Writing)
📚 Castle of Concrete by Kasia Raina (Young Adult Fiction/Romance)
📚 Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble (Nonfiction)
📚 Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (Historical Fiction, 1940s)
📚 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Scaffer and Annie Barrows (Audiobook, Historical Fiction, 1940s)
Most Liked Posts from February 2020:
February TBR and Goals Follow Up (originally posted here):
- finish re-reading The Selection by Kiera Cass ✔
- finish Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper ✔
- Miracles by C. S. Lewis ❌
- Writing with Style by John R. Trimble ❔ – Still reading!
- Castle of Concrete by Katia Raina ❔ – Still reading!
- a fiction book set in another US state ✔
- a fiction book set in another country ✔
- a Christmas-themed book ✔
- Celebrate several family birthdays ✔
- Work on an editing project ✔
- Post 3+ book reviews ❌
- Only one review this month: The Worst Way to End a Series – A Rant Review of MILA 2.0 (Spoilers!)
- Start a new knitting project ✔
- Survive another Staff Association Fundraiser ✔
- Attend an OKC Philharmonic concert (okay, more a plan than a goal, but definitely something I am looking forward to!) ✔ This is happening tonight!
- Make progress on a few adulting-type things that I need to take care of ❔
- I don’t actually remember what I meant by this, so I don’t know if I made progress on them or not!
Other Notable Things From February:
🧵 I sewed three Cooling Neck Scarves this month, inspired by a pattern I discovered in this post! Last summer the air conditioner at my work broke, and we were all miserable and even closed a few days because of it. I’ve heard that this is a recurring issue, so now I am prepared for next summer! I plan to bring this to work when it starts getting hot and will probably just leave it in the refrigerator until I’m ready to wear it. The one I’m wearing in the picture below is the one I made for my sister’s birthday. Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the others!
🎨 I made this display on the side of our desk at work! It’s a little worse for the wear, some of the pieces have fallen off and been reattached in different places than where they began, but I’m still happy with it.
📗 My mom, sister, and I took two stacks of books and DVDs to sell to Half Price Books for the first time ever. The process, amount that we got for our items, and lack of customer service were disappointing. Nevertheless, the experience was still a fun family outing.
📚 The Friends organization of my library system had their annual book sale, which I posted about here. This is always a fun event, and this year it turned into a particularly fun day!
📷 While shopping for birthday presents, I found out that the owner of a local shop collects typewriters! I love vintage typewriters. My day was made.
I’m not sure whether I feel truly ready for March and Spring, because I feel like I missed out on a real Winter this year. I am looking forward to gardening, however. This year I hope to grow at least two different vegetables in pots that I can keep on my patio, as well as possibly some herbs in a window box. We’ll see how things go.
What was the highlight of February for you? Are you looking forward to anything in March?
Until the next chapter,