February Round-Up

Ok, not so behind schedule for this one as I was for the January Round-Up, whoops!

I know that February is the shortest month but it really did feel like it flew past – how can the first two months of 2018 be gone already?!

I read a grand total of 71 books in February

(two not pictured as have no front covers on Goodreads).

I did have half-term to help with this, and I read a LOT of picture books with my class.

Books read

Picture books: 39

Graphic novels: 3

Middle Grade: 7

Young adult: 15

Adult: 5

Non-fiction: 2

Poetry: 1


Sources of books

Library: 48

Bought/Owned: 10

Won:  0

ARC: 11 (e-ARCs from Netgalley)

February Posts

Once again, I managed to blog fairly consistently in February (24 days out of 28). Despite work being busy I had some time during half-term to schedule some posts.

Book Reviews: Erik the Lone Wolf, Folk, Sunflowers in February, The Toy Makers, The Great Race, Here Comes Hercules!, In My World

Multilingual flashcards: Happy Valentine’s Day, Zebra, Deer, Chameleon

Not as many multilingual flashcards as usual this month because of computer troubles – will try to be better in March!

Language Learning: Free Language Courses on Futurelearn

I signed up for a few of these free courses and am doing the Korean course right now!

Other posts: Netgalley 101: A Guide for Beginners (this proved to be one of my most popular posts of the month – let me know if you would like to see more like this!)

Folklore and Fantasy: An Evening with Melinda Salisbury, Samantha Shannon and Lisa Lueddecke. This was a brilliant evening and is is well worth a read to see the inspiration behind these wonderful books!

Author Interview with Winnie Mak Tselikas, creator of One Dear World and author of London Hat Hunting Mission.

Teaching resources for Chinese New Year.

Claimed my blog on Bloglovin’

Continued my Bookshelf Tour, looking at orange books on my shelves (Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) See the red books here.

I also joined in with Waiting For Wednesday: To Kill a Kingdom, The Exact Opposite of Okay and wrote my first Six for Sunday post: Movie Adaptations of Books

February Achievements

Built six shelves from IKEA – finally my book piles will be beautifully displayed on shelves! That is, when I can drill my impermeable walls to actually attach the shelves…

Attended the book launch for Melinda Salisbury’s State of Sorrow – post to come! It was a brilliant event with Mel being her warm, fascinating self. I also loved the scented candle we were given which matches a scent in the book. Talked to a few people but still too shy to approach some people I chat to on Twitter…

My blog reached over 300 followers and 1500 views!

Received my first physical ARCs from publishers and signed up for my very first blog tour.

February Favourites

Favourite tea: PG Tips have a lovely green tea with strawberry cheesecake flavouring. I know it sounds weird but it’s really nice! I tend to go for something sweet after a meal and am trying to be slightly healthier so this gives me a hint of sweetness without being bad for me! I am also happy to say that they will be making all of their teabags plastic free from March, in response to a petition which I (among others) signed!

On TV – have hardly watched any TV this month, just a few more episodes of Stranger Things which I am enjoying. Also went to see The Shape of Water in the cinema which was gloriously weird and wonderful.

Body Shop Vitamin C face cream is so lovely for this time of year. I was given a gift pack for my birthday, then bought some more when it was on offer recently. It smells like oranges and keeps my skin feeling hydrated which is great for dehydrated winter skin.

Of the 71 books I read, my favourites were Rebel Voices, A Far Away Magic, Sky Chasers, Defy the Stars, After the Fire, Caraval and Wild World.

What did you think of my monthly round-up for February?

How did your month go?

Would you like to see more posts like this?

Let me know in the comments!

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds like a good month, and I totally agree it flew by! I had some yuck hospital stuff, but I read a lot of fantastic books so mine wasn’t too bad. What did you think of Radio Silence and Polar Bears? They were both favourites of last year for me!
    Amy xx

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    1. I really liked them both – managed to read both of them without knowing much about them in advance so was pleasantly surprised! Polar bears is a new favourite – going to read it to my class! Work has been really busy so have been rubbish at keeping up with anyone, sorry. What were your favourite reads of February? x

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      1. School has been manic too! I had 5 5 stars, my reviews are going up tomorrow (if I manage to finish them 🙈🙈🙈). They include When the Mountains Roared, which more than lived up to my expectations, and Robin Stevens’s newest xx

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      2. I have an e-ARC of When the Mountains Roared and have just borrowed the first book in Robin Steven’s series so may get to them this weekend! It was our Book Day celebrations today in school which was lovely, but am wiped out! Hope you get your reviews finished and have time to relax this weekend!


  2. Sounds like you had an amazing February! I hope that March is able to be even better for you!

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    1. Thank you! March is tiring me out so far, but here’s hoping for it to get better as the weather gets brighter!


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