FEBRUARY ROUNDUP!

Pinch, punch, first day of the month! Happy March, everyone! We’ve made it through another month, so congrats on that. So, to kick off the start of a new month, i’m going to be doing a recap of February, with a round up of all the books and posts that made an appearance over the last 28 days! Plus, i’ll be capping it off by sharing some of my favourite posts from other bloggers, and giving a little teaser for the coming days!


F/F FEBRUARY

So, if you’ve been keeping track, you’ll know that last month I took part in F/F February. This has been a great way to branch out and try and explore more diverse reads, specifically books featuring LGBT+ female characters, and ones featuring a sapphic romance/relationship of some variety. Sadly, I only managed to get around to reading three books for F/F February, due to various slumps, and just my own slow pace! However, I’m glad that it got the ball rolling, and that I was able to contribute just a fraction to the resolutions that I set myself at the start of the year.

So, just to recap, I managed to complete a single bingo row in my F/F February challenge by reading the following:

  • Dare Me by Megan Abbott
    • 3/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
    • 5/5 stars.
    • review to come.
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
    • 4/5 stars.
    • review to come.

FEBRUARY READS & BEAT THE BLACKLIST

As well as taking part in F/F February, this year I decided to take part in Beat the Blacklist, which aims to encourage readers to read more books pre-2019. The aim is to try and read more of the books that have been sitting on your respective shelves/TBR’s since before 2019, all books having to have been released before this year, too. I thought this was such a great idea, a great incentive for finally diving into some of the books that have been sitting, untouched, on my shelves for the past year or more, and a fun way for me to gain some house points for Ravenclaw!

Here’s a little peak into the books I managed to read through the month, the ones applicable to the BTB challenge, as well as a glance at my bingo board so far:

  • Trell: Nothing by the Truth by Dick Lehr
    • (n/a for beat the blacklist).
    • poc rep.
    • 3/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 4/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • Dare Me by Megan Abbott
    • f/f february.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 3/5 stars.
    • review here.
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
    • poc rep.
    • f/f february.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 5/5 stars.
    • review to come.
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
    • f/f february.
    • beat the blacklist.
    • 4/5 stars.
    • review to come.

BOOK HAUL

As I mentioned last month, I’m trying to be a little bit more savvy with money this year, and trying to focus on pushing through the books already on my shelves, a well as just trying not to spend as much money on books as I usually do. If you’ve been keeping tabs, you’ll have seen that I racked up 17 books throughout January! While that’s certainly a lot of books, I noted that 10 of them were gifts, and so cost me no additional charge, and then 5 of the remaining 7 were at a discounted price. So, for the most part, it could have definitely been a much pricier start to the year than it was!

For February, I managed to collect 11 physical books, 6 less than the month before! Yet again, 5 of the 11 were gifts/borrowed, while the remaining 7 were heavily discounted! So, not too many complaints here, as I think it would be entirely unreasonable to expect someone with as little willpower as myself to go a whole month without buying even one book!

Below is a list of the books I managed to get my hands on over February, as well as a few notes on which ones also will make nice contributions to my challenges and resolutions this year:

  • Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan
    • poc rep.
  • Mrs Hudson and the Spirits’ Curse by Martin Davies
    • retelling.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose by Martin Davies
    • retelling.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Experiment by Martin Davies
    • retelling.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis
    • borrowed.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • The Humans by Matt Haig
    • beat the blacklist.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
    • gift.
    • classic.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
    • borrowed.
    • poc rep.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
    • poc rep.
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
    • gift.
    • lgbt.
    • beat the blacklist.
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    • borrowed.
    • currently reading.

So that’s 11 books racked up over February, five of which were gifts/borrowed, the other six of which were all discounted. Absolutely not a bad haul, if you ask me!


WHAT YOU MISSED


FAVOURITE POSTS

Here’s a very quick look at some of my favourite bloggers and posts from the past 28 days!

  • OCD and Me
    • BookishLauren.
    • Though posted on the last day of January, it hit close enough to February, as well as being a very important post, that I wanted to include it all the same. Here, Lauren speaks candidly and openly about her mental health, and shows her own strength in sharing this insight into her life, and her own daily struggles, with her followers.
  • Book Reviews – Why I don’t Like the Star Rating System
    • Dellybird.
    • In this fantastic post, Delly discusses the highs and lows of star ratings, and talks about why they don’t work for her. I thought this was an excellent post, as I find my own rating system (on goodreads in particular) to be woefully inconsistent, and I often with for a better system to accurately display how I felt about certain books. Definitely a worthy read!
  • The Book Interview Tag!
    • Howling Libraries.
    • Much to my delight, Destiny decided to take part in the Book Interview Tag last month, and I had so much fun reading her responses! I had heard of Destiny many times prior to starting up my blog, having heard Becca talk very highly of her countless times, so it was a real joy getting to know her a little through this particular post.
  • Recommendations: Books With Bisexual Main Characters
    • Bookish Heights.
    • As somebody who is always looking for LGBT+ recs, but in particular books featuring bisexual characters, this post was a great find! I so rarely see bisexuality represented, and often when it is, it’s always through the means of harmful tropes and stereotypes, so I was delighted to find Amy’s blog. Not to mention, her entire blog heavily features diverse reads and recommendations, and is well worth the follow.
  • Charity Birthday Book Haul
    • Esmoogle.
    • The absolute darling Esme turned 23 last month, and in classic Esme fashion, she decided to celebrate her birthday by being absolutely charming and making sure that other people benefited from the day. As well as hosting a giveaway on her birthday, she decided to go on a special book haul, exclusively from Charity shops, and then went onto feature each charity on her blog, by explaining who they are, what they do, and how you can contribute to the cause.
  • Words of Wisdom from the Writing Community
    • Becca Leighanne.
    • This was a thrilling read, I must say. An incredible idea all around, Becca decided to take the initiative to reach out to various different authors, via twitter and email, to ask for their input on creating this post. As a way of helping both herself and other aspiring writers, Becca compile a post featuring various different authors, in which they freely and happily offer up their own advice and anecdotes in whatever way they thought might help and inspire other writers. A truly compelling post, and some absolutely stellar advice to boot.

COMING UP

Finally, here’s a quick preview for what you might be able to expect in the next month/near future over here at anovelidea (in no particular order)!

  • The Book Rec Lottery.
    • Back in January, Esme and I launched the Book Rec Lottery, in which you are given a chance to talk about some of your favourite books, recommend them to others, and be featured in this new, monthly feature! While the first month is now officially over, Esme will be announcing the theme for our next collaboration in the coming days, so please don’t hesitate to get involved!
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy review.
  • Summer of Salt review.
  • Jenny’s Birthday.
    • March is an EXCELLENT month, because it’s the month that celebrates the birth of my best friend Jenny! Yay! You all might have noticed that I did a specifically Esme Themed Post just last month to celebrate her turning 23, so keep your eyes peeled for another birthday blog towards the end of the month!
  • The Sunshine Blogger Award.
    • The lovely Esme tagged me in this, so i’m thrilled to be included, and excited to take part!
  • Diversity in Literature.
    • If you follow me on twitter, you’ll have noticed that I have been asking for people’s insight into representation and diversity within literature. At some point in the near future, i’m hoping to put together a post discussing some of the merits, and some of the downsides, of modern day literature, where we can explore books and authors with a penchant diverse and compelling content, as well as those less inclined to branch out. If you’re interested in featuring with a few quick words, please feel free to comment below, or send me a tweet, telling me some of your favourite diverse reads (be it characters of colour, LGBT+ representation, the discussion of mental health and disability, and other such examples). If you have any specific thoughts on authors, books (positive and negative, we’ll be keeping very open minded and civil, I promise!), i’d love to hear what you have to say. And, of course, if there is any kind of rep that you wish we could see more of, I’d love to find out!
  • WLW Reads.
    • One of my main resolutions this year has been to read more books featuring LGBT+ ladies, and f/f relationships. Last month I took part in F/F February and completed one row of bingo with three great books, but i’m hoping to expand on that this year and give our LGBT+ ladies some more of the limelight.
  • Giveaway.
    • I am hoping to host not one, but two giveaways this month, so please keep your eyes peeled over on twitter, and over here for the rules, if you’d like a chance to win a free book!
  • So much more.
    • This isn’t just a ‘coming up in March’ post, but merely a brief glance into the future of A Novel Idea and a peek at what’s to come, so stay tuned to find out what else is in store!

And that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for reading, and I hope everyone has a wonderful March. 🙂

6 thoughts on “FEBRUARY ROUNDUP!

  1. Becca Leighanne (Bex) says:

    I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SAY:

    1) I’m so proud of you for keeping up with your challenges!
    2) I love you!
    3) I love Destiny!
    4) Thank you for including my post!
    5) I’ve been wanting to read Ivy Aberdeen & I can’t wait to hear your thoughts
    6) I love you!
    7) I’m so excited to see your upcoming posts & giveaway!

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