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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2019 Edition

Did you think I’d forgotten you? Perhaps you’d hoped I had… and suddenly I’m spiralling into a Frank Underwood monologue but I digress. February has been another slow reading month mainly because I’ve discovered Fortnite and the need to actually be good at this game (which is currently not going very well) and I’ve also been working on a little something something. What is it you may ask? You may find out one day…

I spent a large chunk of this month trying to slog through Priory which was an A++ read but my god was that book long. I’ve also fallen into a DC Graphic novel shaped hole thanks to my boyfriend who has sparked my obsession with the Injustice series.

But here’s to March and a hopefully longer read pile…

I’ve recently discovered this wonderful little gem called the Short Story Project which curates short stories from the literary greats but also from the modern greats. It doesn’t matter if it’s russian, spanish, english… these stories all exist in one place. I’ve read a great selection of short stories this month (looking at The Feather Pillow, Dracula’s Guest and The Red Crown as my February Favourites).

I can’t wait to see what goodies I unearth in March – here’s hoping I discover more gems from some of my favourite literary greats.

1. The Lady of the House of Love by Angela Carter ● rated 4 stars
2. Napoleon and The Spectre by Charlotte Bronte ● rated 2 stars
3. Birthday Girl by Haruki Murakami ● rated 3 stars
4. Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker ● rated 4 stars
5. The Red Crown by Mikhail Bulgakov ● rated 4 stars
6. The Feather Pillow by Horacio Quiroga ● rated 5 stars

1. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley ● rated 2 Stars (ARC Copy)
A very dry, slow-paced book about a bunch of people that live to hate each other and talk about themselves. Have I ever met a more insufferable bunch of fictional characters in my life? My god. You can read my full review here. Why this book was so hyped is beyond me.

2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ● rated 4 Stars (ARC Copy)
Set in a crumbling queendom and a world plagued with draconic threats, The Priory of the Orange Tree is a feminist reclaiming of the epic fantasy genre. Complex and rich with detail, Priory leaves no stone unturned. Touching every corner of its world, Shannon explores different cultures, religions, monarchies and histories… each as detailed as the next. My only wish was that this wasn’t a standalone. There were parts I felt I had to slog through and at 800 pages, it felt neverending. Regardless, this was an expertly written beast and will stand the test of time cementing Samantha Shannon as your next go-to Fantasy author.

3. Injustice: Gods Amongs Us Year 2 by Tom Taylor ● rated 5 Stars
Superman’s iron grip on the world tightens as Taylor delivers yet another 5 star read with Year 2. No superhero is above corruption or falling prey to the darkness. Moral codes are tested and it’s interesting to see which heroes crumble under the weight and which ones take a stand.

4. Injustice: Gods Amongs Us Year 3 by Tom Taylor ● rated 5 Stars
The war between Batman and Superman grows ever more dire with each installation but Batman (being Batman) always has a backup plan to his backup plan. Meet John Constantine, The World’s Greatest Detective, Swam Thing and more… as magic runs rife in year 3. Will it be enough to stop Superman’s tirade?

Are you surprised that the majority of these titles haven’t changed since last month?
Ha ha ha… *cries gently in a corner*

I managed to read Connections in Death at the start of this month which has given me some space to sneakily slide in Misery by Stephen King, gifted to me by my boyfriend. What a sweet and pure angel. It’s going to be my mission to at least from 2 out of 3 of the other books on my tbr list. I’ve got this!

1. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (ARC)
2. Misery by Stephen King
3. The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea (ARC)
4. The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan (ARC)

How was your bookish February?

Read any of the books above or a choosing to this March? Got a book you think I’ll be interested in? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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