Monthly wrap-up – February 2018

Hello friends, happy Wednesday! I am a little late for my wrap-up this month, because of my small break, but NO FEAR, friends, I am back, up and running and ready to bother you all again.

I’m sorry. I can’t get enough of that scene.

in real life

February has been, thankfully, way quicker than January…. why doesn’t January have 28 days, I do not know, but I wish it did, because it’s always the worst month.

To be honest, nothing really too exciting happened this February worth sharing. I’m settled on a routine of working, going outside with tons of layers in order not to pass out from the cold – have I mentioned that I hate winter? I might have a couple times. I could never live in Canada or Iceland or something – , working on my blog, reading books and crying because The Good Place is on a break and I AM NOT OKAY WITH THAT.

Otherwise, I spent the last couple days of the month chilling out and watching Netflix and having a couple days off and THAT WAS REALLY NICE.

Oh, okay. So there is one thing I could share that happened this February. I booked a weekend getaway with my sister and this March, we are going to….

Paris.

To eat macarons, see the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame… we already went there a couple times and happen to know the city quite well, but…

This time we also might be going to the biggest book fair in France, Livre Paris. It also happens that both Marissa Meyer and V.E. Schwab are attending. I don’t want to spoil my luck, so I’m not going to say I might meet them, but…..

on books

As I’m writing this, I am three books ahead of my Goodreads schedule, so things are going pretty good. Also, I have read / am reading some pretty amazing books, so I am happy about that.

Books I read

I am so, so happy to have loved that one – interesting world, amazing characters and GREAT relationships. You can already read my full review here.

Great friendships and family ties in this one – I just wish I connected to it a bit more. Full review coming soon!

Look at me, reading old popular dystopian books. I quite enjoyed that one, the concept was great and so were the characters.

I LOVED THAT ONE SO MUCH! THE REP! THE CHARACTERS! ME SCREAMING ABOUT IT!! . You can read my full review here!

 

 

My love for The Lunar Chronicles is endless and these graphic novels were such a wonderful addition. IKO is fabulouuuuuuuuuuus.

Yeah so the world building in this was FABULOUS and I realllyyyyyyyy loved it. Full review coming soon.

Should be done with that one when this post is up, but… for now, I read one chapter and I cried. So that should be good…

 

in-real-life

I actually finished re-reading my WIP??? So obviously, I haven’t re-opened my Word doc ever since this happened. I think I might be called a slow writer / editor / procrastinator / I have no idea what I’m doing, so I’m taking this as slowly as I can.

Still, I have to say that I am pretty proud of being able to re-read my entire WIP without throwing my computer away or screaming or wanting to tear my eyeballs out, so I’d call that a success.

My main goal, as March is coming around, is to figure out how to edit this damn thing with the little notes I made. Should I rewrite the whole thing, or just parts of it? Should I leave it alone for another six months? WHAT SHOULD I DO. If you have editing experience or / and experience at screaming while editing or avoiding this altogether, I’d love to hear from you.

 

on the blog

February has been sort of hectic, when it comes to blogging. I have been having peaks of inspiration, I have been blessed by the blogging Gods with all of your awesomeness and sweetness falling on me all month long, and I could not be more grateful.

Yet, I have also been starting to feel pressured again, to blog, to deliver content, to… I don’t know, but I’ve been feeling like I have to, more than I want to.

I took a little week break, where I didn’t post anything and refrained myself from checking out any blogs, blog-hopping, avoided twitter as much as I could. I failed, since I answered a couple of comments anyway, but… I didn’t over do it and I certainly did way less than I usually do, so… that’s still a little break… RIGHT?? I’m thrilled to be back to blogging and I hope that I can try and chill a little more about this whole blogging thing. Fingers crossed.

Book reviews

Click on the book covers to be redirected to my reviews.

Discussions

Book Blogging

Writing

Nyx’s Corner

I am going to do something slightly crazy this month, friends. You have been warned. You know me, I love blog hopping and I happened to have bookmarked fabulous blog posts, ever since the month started… which gives me a GIGANTIC list of blog posts I loved reading, this month. So I put this thing in a hidden section, so you won’t have a heart attack. Have fun blog-hopping!

 

Click here to see all the blog posts

This Chick’s Sunday Commentary: Reading Challenges- why participate? – The Reading Chick
We Live and Breathe Books: Discussion: Why I Follow You
Pros and Cons of Being a New Book Blogger | That’s What I’ll Write Thursdays 01
Why I’m Happy to be Positive ALWAYS – the orang-utan librarian
Wishes and Pages (EN): Reading wrap-up + Favourites // January 2018
[Cam’s Bookish Tales] Social Media & The Introvert – Camillea Reads
10 Bookish Pet Peeves – Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions
Discussion – Is hype help or harm? – Bionic Book Worm
What happened to New Adult books? – The Pixie Chronicles
Let’s Chat! Should we keep each and every book? – Sophie’s Corner
The Innocent Smiley: How To Survive A Book Buying Ban
Discussion: Why blogging makes me read things I dislike, and not read what I do like – Virtually Read
Discussion Time: Series Vs. Standalones – Reading Every Night
What Makes A Good Book : How I rate my 5 stars book – Bookidote | Book Reviews
Diversity in YA: Should We Comment If We’re Not Diverse? Ft. Opinions. – It’s Lu Again
Online Friendships & The Blogging Community | Lindsey Reads
How Bookstagram Helped Me Fall Back In Love With Reading | Discussion
Blogger Insecurities // What Are They and How Do They Affect Me & My Blog. – Book Adventures
Some Soft Romance Tropes That Melt My Frozen Hart (and yet haha NO) – Dragon Waffles
On College – NA & YA Recommendations – The Cursed Books
Five Books That Deserve More Love – Green Tea & Paperbacks
dear Goodreads, please make these changes and we’ll all be happier. – Mixed Margins
Self-Hosted Blog – The In’s and Out’s!
9 Things in Books that Make Me Run Towards Them with Open Arms aka What Compels Me to Read Certain Books – Forever and Everly
Do Standalone Books Get Enough Credit? + My Favorites
How to Style Your Book Reviews to Make Your Readers Love You!
let’s chat // arcs and all that stuff??? – Paperbackdreamer.com
What I’ve Noticed Since I’ve Started Blogging
Things I Wish Non-Readers Stopped Doing – The Cursed Books
Minor things about books that send me into a RAGE (feat. Edna Mode) – Feed Me Books
What Inspired You to Book Blog? – Reverie Society
Types of Bookstagram Accounts (Feat. My Opinions on Each One) – Blots of Ink and Words
All about the fam: Types of families in YA // ft. lists and books – Book Snacks
Unpopular opinion: On hating huge TBRs – The bookworm of Notre-Dame
How to be a minimalist bookworm in 6 steps (+ shelfie!) – Sophie’s Corner
We Live and Breathe Books: Tell Me Something Tuesday: How Do You Find Time to Read?
Great Reasons to Get to Know Your Bookish Friends Better – Feed Your Fiction Addiction
I Don’t Like Books, and Here’s Why… | Reading Under The Blankie
How to blog when you have a busy life – Virtually Read

 

 

How was February for you? Did you have a relaxing month and did you chill about blogging, unlike I did?

What was your favorite book this month?

Also… did you miss me?! Let’s chat in comments!

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140 thoughts on “Monthly wrap-up – February 2018

  1. You so deserve those no blogging (or less blogging in your case, haha) breaks, Marie! ❤ And omg, macarons are like my new favorite thing but they are SO EXPENSIVE in the States. Is it the same way in France? Because CRIES I'd visit France just for the macarons (and you, of course!) if they were cheaper there. XD

    Anyway, I hope you have a fantastic March, Marie! Don't work too hard. 🙂

    – Summer at Xingsings

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    1. Well…. to be honest, they’re quite expensive in France as well – probably a bit less than in the US, though, but still. It’s kind of an iconic dessert here, so… prices climb high really fast. They are WAY cheaper to make… if you manage to have the skills haha. I am trying 🙂 I’d LOVE to send you some someday but… I don’t know if that would pass in an international package haha 🙂
      Thank you so, so much, Summer! ❤ ❤

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  2. I’ve kinda been in the mood to read old school YA Dystopian too!! I missed the boat when it was a popular thing because I thought it was an annoying thing– but now, I’m like where is it all?? Anyway, glad you enjoyed UNDER THE NEVER SKY. That is definitely one I didn’t read yet. Also, very cool list of bloggers discussions!!! I definitely want to check some of those out 🙂

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    1. Oh I hope you’ll give under the never sky a shot – I haven’t read dystopia in a while and it felt good to get back in that genre a little bit 🙂 x
      thank you so, so much, Michelle! 🙂

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  3. Feeling pressured to deliver certain content or to blog in a certain way/at a certain frequency is never fun! Breaks are a really great antidote for that situation, at least in my experiences. I hope you’re feeling a bit better about blogging and that your March is lovely! ❤

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  4. OMG a book fair?? That sounds so fun and cool! I’ve never been to Paris, but I’m looking forward to all your travel pictures during your trip there 😊 As for your WIP, it doesn’t matter how slow your progress in editing it — just the fact that you re-read your entire WIP is enough! I think it’s best if you let the story sit and grow for a bit if your truly don’t think it’s the right time to go edit it now — no one’s rushing you to edit your WIP but yourself, and you know how we all can sometimes be too hard on ourselves 😅 And I’m so glad to hear that you were able to take a few days of rest in February! Everyone deserves a break, and it’s nice to remind ourselves of that when we get stressed 😊 Good luck with working on your WIP, whether that means editing or just thinking about it, and I hope the rest of your March goes wonderfully!

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your words of support, this means a whole lot to me ❤ ❤ I know I'm definitely too hard on myself when it comes to this, so I'm trying to take things slow 🙂
      Thank you so, so much, I hope that March has been great to you so far! ❤ ❤

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