Monthly wrap-up – February 2017

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! How are you today? I hope you are having a lovely week so far. Today I’m excited and a bit nervous to introduce you to a popular kind of post in the blogosphere, but…a first for me on Drizzle & Hurricane Books – monthly wrap-ups!

As I mentioned in my blog posts announcing all of the changes on the blog, I want to try and share more with you guys. I am not the most open person in the world and I’m not going to reveal my credit card number or anything like that – just, sharing more in terms of reading, blogging and a bit about myself as well. Because sometimes, you just need to rant, right? Alright, so let’s get to it!

in real life

February has been kind of an ups-and-downs kind of month. I would love to ask you a question: how do you know what you are supposed to do, or where you are supposed to be? I wish things were as easy as blogging seems to be, for me. When I am blogging, I always have this sense of belonging, and doing what I’m supposed to do, being exactly where I want to be. I wish life were that easy.

On a positive side, I got a week off work to spend time with people I love, and I am grateful for it. I don’t think I am ready for the coming months with no holidays. Ugh.

on books

Let this be a warning: I am not one of these people reading 20 books per month – I wish I were, but time isn’t on my side and I am not that kind of book-eater unfortunately. So I’d say I had a pretty good bookish month. Everytime for this bookish part, I will try and limit myself to describing my feelings about the book in three words, because the last time I did this, it was a LOT of fun. And because I love a good challenge.

Books I read

the-raven-king

ALL. THE. FEELS.

Read my full fangirling review right here.

dream-a-little-dream

Fun. Under-exploited potential.

Read my short review on Goodreads.

optimisticsRealistic, character-driven.

Full review coming this Friday!

a million worldsFast-paced but ultimately underwhelming.

Full review coming soon!

in-real-life

In case you didn’t know, I am currently writing the first draft – second draft maybe if I am counting my first try – of my WIP. I’m at 27K and I guess it’s going okay, even if it’s really slow since I can make time to write only on the weekends. I am hoping to finish this draft by the time summer comes, and really finish it by the end of the year – hopefully before NaNoWriMo because I got this other idea that’s dying to be written. So many ideas and so little time. WHY.

I can, if you’d like, share more about my writing – and if I can get over this silly fear or it.

on the blog

That month has been a LOT of fun in terms of blogging – I had a blast changing up lots of things with my new domain name and design, I definitely think it was a nice boost. Without further ado, here are the posts you might have missed!

Book reviews

Discussions

Bookish tags & other fun posts

Nyx’s Corner

around the blogosphere

In case you hadn’t noticed, I love other book bloggers and sharing the love is one of my main goal in life haha. Below you will find a couple of amazing blog posts I really enjoyed reading this month.

In the next months…

Just adding this out there, because it might not be something I feature each month, but this time, I have things to say…and lots of things to look forward to, for both me and you lovely readers!

  • Thanks to the amazingly positive feedback on my latest post, I will be working on a couple of advice-related posts when it comes to blogging. No idea how it’ll be like, but I am thinking about it.
  • I’m working again on #SFATW just as well ; for this summer session to be hopefully a lot of fun, and to allow more bloggers to participate, with or without the gifts-shipping side of the feature.

This kind of monthly wrap-up post is my first, so I might still work on the formatting and contents…if you want to hear more about one particular side of my month, feel free to let me know!

How was your month? How many books did you read, and which one was your favorite? What’s one positive thing that happened to you this February?

Let’s chat in comments!

 

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84 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – February 2017

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Marie! ❤
    I wish I could tell you how to know what you are supposed to do. I think it's mostly trial and error, has a lot to do with bravery of letting go and determination to not settle unless it feels right. I've been going through life with tons of anxiety and trying to listen to my gut as much as possible, whether it be about people or places. When it's right, it will click and you will just know. I am aware that I am in a very lucky position with what I am about to do, but travel not just for the sake of travel but for the discovery of whether you could live someplace is really amazing.

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    1. Yes that’s exactly it. Thank you, Kat, you’re always there and with great advice and I am SO thankful, really ❤ There are some things that I know for sure, things that click and feel, right, but some others just don't and I guess time will maybe help me figure out what it is that I really want to do, and where. Life is sooooo complicated ahah. You are indeed so, very lucky to be able to do that (and I can't WAIT to know all about it. I hope you'll share your adventures. Will you be blogging about it, or not at all? Either way, I'll want to know everything ahah ❤ <3)

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      1. I am always here if you want to talk about these things, I am not sure my advice is really all that stellar, but I am doing my best. I highly doubt anyone has it really figured out though.
        I do intend to blog about it, but not on the other blog, probably just on Life and Other Disasters itself. 🙂 I am so excited. I wanna book all the flights and stuff, but I STILL DON’T HAVE THE DATE THAT I NEED :/

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      2. It still is a big help, and just being able to vent is already doing a great job at making me feel better haha.
        I am SO EXCITED for you just as well, it’s crazy ahah. Ohhh no, really? Will you have them soon?!

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      3. I don’t knooooooooow 😦 I want to take a class, it will take 8 weeks, but I don’t have the starting date. They were supposed to tell us 2 weeks ago, but nothing. And I feel to annoying to ask again hahaha

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      4. Oh no, that’s annoying, especially since it’s supposed to start soon (I guess in the next months, since you were planning to leave in May?). I mean, if they aren’t telling you…no harm in asking again, maybe they need a little something to wake them up haha

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  2. I’ve only managed to read 2 books this month, I was hoping to have finished my current read by now, but sometimes I just can’t find the time or motivation to do so. I was thinking about doing end of the month reviews of the books I’d read, instead of once I’d read them, especially as I don’t get that much read throughout the month, what do you think? It’s crazy when I’m looking around on Instagram and I see this big pile of books that someone has read in a month.

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    1. Oh, well I think that end of the month reviews is a great idea, really, and a nice change from reviews here and there during the month 🙂 There are so many bloggers that read SO many books per month, like 20 or something, and it seems crazy to me, but I guess everyone has their own rhythm and lives that allow them to go through so many books. We shouldn’t let that make us feel pressured to read more, all that matter is that we read books we enjoy 🙂
      And you shouldn’t force yourself to review everything you read, if one book doesn’t inspire you, then no reason to force yourself 😀

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  3. Hi Marie- I just want to let you know that I enjoyed reading your monthly wrap-up 😊 They are fun to read…and to write 🙂 I did a weekly one last week, and enjoyed it immensely. Mostly because I realized that I’m doing more than I think on a daily basis. 😋

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      1. You’re welcome! And no reason to feel that way, we read for fun and there’s no need to feel like you should be reading this or that kind of book if it’s not your thing at all 😀

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  4. My February was pretty busy because school has started. But it’s my last 3 months of school ever which is terrifyingly exciting. When I wasn’t panicking about my research project or doing homework or becoming overcommitted (which I my normal state of existence tbh) I managed to do a bit of writing and go hiking and read some books, and also buy some books which makes me happy. I read about 11 books, and really liked Sleeping Giants and Jellicoe Road. Also, I stil LOVE your new blog. 🙂

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    1. Yes for being overcommitted, I am just like that as well, ahah, sometimes it makes me a bit crazy. Is your research project going well? 🙂
      It seems like you had such a productive month, Shanti, that’s awesome – and 11 books?! Wow, that’s SO great.
      Thank you so, so much, and I am SO happy you love it 💖💖💖

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  5. I want to follow more book blogs on wordpress so I just followed all of the blogs you linked to 😀
    I read 8 books this month but only wrote 2 reviews. It was a busy month though, so maybe March will be better 🙂
    I’m glad you enjoyed The Raven King! I can’t wait to read the trilogy about Ronan.

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    1. Ohh this makes me so happy, I hope you’ll enjoy their content! If you want some more book blogs, you can check out my post here : https://drizzleandhurricanebooks.com/2016/11/30/how-two-years-of-blogging-changed-me/ ; I quoted a bunch of book bloggers at the end of my post and they are all FANTASTIC 🙂
      8 books? Wow that’s so great! And…not to worry, I am ALWAYS late on writing my reviews too, you’re not alone ahah 🙂
      I am so excited for this new Ronan trilogy just as well ❤ ❤ Thank you so, so much Tanja 🙂

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  6. Thank you Twinnie for mentioning my post ❤
    Also, I don't think you ever really know what you're supposed to be doing, you just go with the flow and whatever feels good to you. you know how much I loved what I'm doing and even then sometimes I still think if that's really what I'm meant to do and if I'm cut out for it. I think you have a pretty good idea what you want to do it's just… opportunities. ugh. I just hope it resolves itself soon ❤
    I can't waaaait for the blogging advice, your writing, the next #SFATW and all the other things hhaha.

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    1. You’re welcome my twinnie! ❤ ❤
      Yes you're right, I guess this is it – I mean it mostly has to go with what we feel like doing, deep in our gut I guess. It's just hard to know ahah. 🙂
      THANK YOU!! ❤ ❤

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  7. YES. THE RAVEN KING. IT WAS SO GOOD, WASN’T IT??? And I WISH I had the time to read like ten books every month! That would be so awesome, but I can only manage like four. XD And then February was shorter which is like AGH NO. And ooh, I’d LOVE to hear about your writing/novel! I believe that you can write it before NaNoWriMo! Go Marie! You got this!!! (And then Cait at Paper Fury is just like HI I JUST CAME BACK FROM WRITING TWO NOVELS IN EIGHT DAYS WHAT’S UP?)

    Oh noooooo, more blogs to follow! XD And this monthly wrap-up was wonderful! 😀

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    1. It was perfect, I loved it so much! Which one is your favorite? 😀
      Thank you so much, I really hope I can do this, I just need more time each day to be able to write it all hahaha.
      Thank you!! ❤ ❤

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  8. Such a great post (as always!). I’m not one of those people who read 20 books a month either. If I read 5 or 6 books then that’s a good month! Haha! I mean, who has the time to read that much?
    I’ve been meaning to write a book as well! 😀 I’m still figuring out what it’s going to be about (I’ve too many ideas floating about!), but hopefully it’s going to get done soon. Will you be talking more about your book on here? 😀

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    1. Thank you so much! ❤ ❤ I have no idea how they do it ahah, yes, 5 books a month is pretty awesome for me already 🙂
      I understand, I have SO many ideas just as well, but I am sure you'll find out the idea that won't leave your thoughts and the one you want to write at the moment 😀 Are you going to try and do Camp NaNo maybe? 🙂
      I'm not sure, but I will try to, yes 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome! What’s great about Camp NaNo is that there is no pressure to get to the 50,000 words, you can set your own goal, which is fun to start and a bit less stressful 😀 Well..I actually had no idea until I wrote that comment, but… I think I might take part, yes 😀

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  9. My month was filled with being busy! Which is never a bad thing. I do enjoy reading other people’s blogs including yours and love the way you set up your highlights here. I’ve managed to read 2 books in February as I decided to dive in and take a whack at reading Dresden 1 & 2. Best positive thing, let’s see. Meeting so many great writers and bloggers in the past month! I’m a little new on the block but so far I’m enjoying so many different people’s great writing.

    Good luck on your WIP and I’ll be sure to check out the listed other blogs you put up there! Hope your March is just as awesome.

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, I’m so glad you liked reading it – and so, so happy to hear you are having fun blogging, this is the best feeling ever, in my opinion 🙂
      I hope you’ll find bloggers you enjoy reading here, and thank you so much for your sweet comment, I wish you a wonderful month just as well 😀

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  10. Great first wrap-up post, Marie! I love how you did your books read for the month section, the images stair stepping each other is cute. 😍
    Anyway! It looks like you had a pretty great reading and blogging month. I know what you mean about not being someone who can conquer a ton of books in one month. My norm is usually three books and when I go over that I call that a very successful reading month. Which I did in February so I’m really happy about that. I hope you have a fantastic March full of great reads! 💕😊

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    1. Oh thank you s, so much Melissa! I didn’t plan on doing that little staircase of books, but…well it turned out that way somehow and I’m happy it’s okay 😂
      And I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one reading 3 or 4 books a month ! Thank you so much, I hope you’ll have a great month just as well 😀

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  11. If you find out the answers to those life questions, can you let me know? I feel like I should know the answers because I’m in my late 20s, but I honestly have no idea haha. At the same time though I think it’s okay not to know as frustrating as it can be. Sending lots of good vibes your way ♥

    You had a great reading month!! The Raven King is one I’m still not over and will probably never be over, haha. That series is my everything.

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    1. I will let you know for sure 😂 I wish it were easy and it just, well, somehow things clicked and you’d be able to know right away where you belong and what you’re supposed to do. Sometimes it happens, but…well, obviously I’m still waiting for that 😂
      Thank you so, so much Lauren for your positive vibes ❤ ❤
      I'm still not over that book, that series, either. also, Ronan is just soooooooooooooooo, I love Ronan so much. I think he was your favorite, wasn't he? 😀

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      1. Ohhh, well I hope the audiobooks will be great – I think it depends a lot on the narrators here as well? I’m not sure, I am not a big audiobook reader ahah. Anyway, I’ll keep my fingers crossed you’ll get them soon and love them 😀

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  12. Great recap for this month Marie, also thanks so much for featuring my discussion post here. It means a lot to me that you thoughts of it for your recap! 😀 ❤
    I know how you feel about being a little lost this month (last month now) I'm feeling the same way in terms of my job. Why can't real life be as easy as book blogging is? Still I'm really glad you loved The Raven King (and Blue Lily, Lily Blue as well), but oh it's a shame about A Million Worlds With You, I know you enjoyed the first two books so it's a shame the last one was kind of underwhelming for you.
    Also I can't wait to see more from your advice posts, and #SFATW as well! Sounds like you have some great things planned! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth! ❤ It's really my pleasure, I loved reading your discussion post so much, I can't wait to see what you're going to talk about next in this new feature of yours 🙂
      Thank you so, so much! 😀

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  13. Thank you so much for the mention and compliments, you are too sweet! I’m sorry there’s been some hardships in your life at the moment, I’m here for you any time that you need! I’m happy that you did get some time off to do what you love! You deserve it so much! Giving you all the love and my thoughts ❤ Loved reading this post and I can't wait for the ones that are coming soon!

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  14. Oh my Sweechie, I feel you! I have the feeling I am supposed to know where to go, what to want, what is the next step… It is very pressuring and frustrating. I only recently found the direction I wanted to take but my health might get in the way and I still feel so lost because of it. I’m sending lots of hugs and I wish you to find answers, but they’ll come to you eventually ❤ I know it's hard to be stuck with all the questions, but you're so strong you're gonna make something great out of it.
    I am envious of people who can read 20 books a month, I'm lucky if I reach 8!! But this month is special so I'm aiming for 10! (and buying myself new books as a reward if I make it, hahahaha)
    I'm so happy to see your blog's new face, it's so beautiful!
    Happy March my Sweechie!!!

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    1. Thank you so much my Sweechie!! ❤ I'm glad I am not the only one feeling this way. I hope we'll find answers soon – and if you ever feel lost, I'm here to chat, we can try and figure this out together 😀 ❤
      Hahaha, well you can do this, I will support you!! 😀

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  15. Yay, I love monthly wrap up posts! They’re like a little mix of everything 🙂
    AH, THE RAVEN KING! ❤ Also, I love your three word reviews! Maybe I should give it a try 🙂
    I wish I could help you with the life questions, but I'm still trying to figure it out myself at the moment. I used to think I knew what I wanted and what I wanted to do and then I got fired and now I feel like I'm having an identity crisis all over again. I guess, time will give us the answers? And I completely understand about the blog, even when in serious doubt about everything, the blogging community always feels just right.
    I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the blogging advice posts!

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    1. Ahh I’m happy you like these posts, I was nervous to post my first one ahah 🙂
      And yes, feel free to try the idea, I hope you’ll like it – finding three words is harder than it seems at times :p
      I really hope time will give us the answers we need, we can do this, and we always have blogging ❤ 🙂
      Thank you so, so much ❤ ❤

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  16. I really want to pick up The Raven Cycle but I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s other books that I’ve read so that makes me a bit hesitant. I’m also very interested to pick up Dream a Little Dream and, Our Chemical Hearts is one of my most anticipated books I want to read! Hopefully, I’ll be able to get my hands on it soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Elena @ Book Lady’s Reviews

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    1. Ohh, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy her other books – who knows, maybe The Raven Cycle will be the exception? I really hope it will, but I guess not every book can be loved by everyone 🙂
      I really hope you’ll be able to read these books, and love them! Thank you so much Elena 🙂

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  17. I love the new look, Marie 💕
    I totally get what you mean about what you’re supposed to be doing with your life. Blogging and talking about books just comes so naturally to me and I would love to work with books all day, but unfortunately those kinds of jobs are limited. I do however believe that once you are where you’re suppose to be, you’ll know it 💕
    I hope you have a great March 😊

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Michelle! 🙂
      It would be my ultimate goal, but yes, places are quite rare and far away from where I live, so it’s hard to make it. Thank you for all the support, and I hope you’ll have a wonderful March just as well 🙂

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  18. I can’t wait to read The Raven King! I still can’t believe I haven’t read it yet agghhh. And I’m so sorry to hear about A Million worlds With You. The first two books were so good and all the books have such. GORGEOUS. COVERS. It breaks my heart to hear that the third book didn’t really reach expectations. And don’t worry, I know you’ll figure it out. Best of luck to you, I know these decisions aren’t easy! ❤

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  19. I’m happy you had a great February, Marie!
    To be honest, I always treasure your advice posts about blogging. Although it’s been a while since I started blogging (I think it may be over a year already?? But I didn’t even celebrate because I completely forgot about it?? *pretends to be shocked, since I actually forget about everything*), I still feel like a newbie. Maybe it is because I’m very comfortable on Tumblr, where I don’t get to check stats, I don’t really know whether I’m improving or not. I feel like I did get better at expressing my thoughts, though, but that isn’t really much, hahah.
    I hope you have a fantastic month!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Lais, this makes me so very happy that you like it. and over a year already? This is SO awesome, congratulations!! And it is much – I don’t even know how long it took me for me to feel at ease when writing a review or a blog post, and feel like this was “my voice”. Thank you, I hope you’ll have a wonderful month just as well 😀

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  20. Marie! I can’t get over how beautiful your blog looks – I know, I know, it’s been a while since you changed your theme and stuff, but IT’S JUST SO PRETTY.

    Seems like you had a decent month! Congrats on hitting 27k words on your work-in-progress; that may not seem a lot to you, but it’s such an amazing milestone, and keep at it. ♡ As for your question about how do people get things sorted out, girl, I feel you. Sometimes life just runs up on you and you’re left helpless, and you don’t know what to do. But you know, chin up- even the darkest nights end when the sun must come up.

    Sorry I haven’t been replying to my comments nearly as much as I should – I’ve been so crappy with keeping up with all the wonderful people who visit my blog. 😦

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Aimal, it means so much to me that you like it ❤ ❤ and thank you for the support, I hope to figure things out someday ahah 🙂
      No need to apologize! Sometimes life gets busy and it's hard to keep up with the blogging world, I get it 🙂 I hope you will have a lovely month! ❤

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