February was a particularly fun month. 

Because, you know, I spent half of it in Middle Earth. Erm, New Zealand. And if you missed those posts, my photo journal is here, and my pics of Hobbiton are here.

I also managed to read…erm, quite a few books. As in, 19 of them. Although the Princess Diaries books practically count as half a book, they’re that tiny. 

I also found out that I’m now on the marketing team for my university’s communications society. So that’s exciting! They’re a great bunch of people and I’m having a lot of fun. You can find their Insta here if you’re curious.

(this is a super-grainy video but oh well…you can see our beautiful T-shirts and the sort of stuff Comms kids do in their free time) 

We don’t actually go back to university until the 20th (later than…any other uni), but there’s a lot of preparation to be done. 

And a work contract to be changed. And textbooks to buy. Although honestly, I’m definitely ready to go back – it’s been so long!

Anyway, here are the books I read in Feb. 

(Whole series on Goodreads here)

   

   

   

The Princess Diaries was fun as usual. I Am Malala was incredibly inspiring and I learnt a lot. Caraval was magical but a little underwhelming. Maybe Someday was full of hypocrisy. The Silent Invasion was perhaps the worst dystopian I’ve ever read, sadly. Clancy of the Undertow was a book that I wanted to be a happy f/f, but it decidedly was not, and it made me super-angry. Phantom Limbs was really beautifully-written and had the BEST friendships. Wintersong reminded me of year 12 English in a good way, and is absolutely gorgeous. The Secret Science of Magic was brilliantly nerdy. Labyrinth Lost was like a Latin American Alice in Wonderland. HP was excellent as always. The Star-Touched Queen is a really gorgeous Indian-inspired fantasy. We Are Okay is THE BEST BOOK I’VE READ THIS YEAR. 

THE BEST

  

WE ARE OKAY is literally one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’m hoping to review it next week, so I’ll expand on it then, but honestly. You all need to read it. 

I AM MALALA is such an incredible story. It’s very heavy on the politics, but it definitely puts a lot of things in perspective, and makes me realise just how amazing Malala is.

THE SECRET SCIENCE OF MAGIC is a #LoveOzYA book that’s filled with magic and science in turn. Really nerdy and brilliant. I’m on the blog tour so you’ll see my review on the 10th of March!

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

 

Even though I didn’t personally LOVE THEM, as I said in my most recent review, I think it’s really important to still promote and recommend diverse books, because you never know who might benefit from them. And I’m not much of a fantasy person (contemporary all the way), so these may even become some of your favourites!

DISAPPOINTMENTS

 

CLANCY OF THE UNDERTOW was one I was reeeeeeally excited for, because let’s face it, lgbtqia+ Aussie YA is very difficult to come by. I’m not going to spoil it in case anyone plans on reading it, but basically, it makes me so angry that we can never have a happy f/f story. 

CARAVAL is one that was never going to live up to the hype, if I’m honest with myself. I was SO EXCITED for it, and it was just kind of…average. I kind of think I would have liked it more had my expectations not been so high. But anyway. 

MARCH ANTICIPATED RELEASES

   

(click on the covers to go to Goodreads!)

HELLO, UNIVERSE sounds like a really wonderful and diverse MG. 

GOODBYE DAYS is by Jeff Zentner and therefore I need no other information. 

QUEENS OF GEEK has had some incredible reviews and looks amazingly geeky. 

THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE is by Benjamin Alire Saenz, so, like Goodbye Days, I’m already sold.

So that’s about it for this month!

I always feel cheated in February, because it is SO SHORT. But at the same time, I’m excited for uni to start again because I start French this year. Considering I MOVE to France for a WHOLE YEAR in 2019, it’s probably a good thing. 

How about you guys – excited for March? Drowning under TBRs as usual? I’m just excited for cooler weather, honestly. Any books you’re madly anticipating?