February has been an incredibly busy month, but I think things might finally be beginning to settle down… I hope so anyway!
This month I started kickboxing – and oh my god, I love it so much?! There’s really something to be said for getting to smash your leg against a bag on a regular basis. So powerful! I also got a new job. And in trade publishing. I’ll be moving to a small, independent Aussie publisher and I can’t wait to start at the end of March.
Books I read
#FFFeb wrap up
This month, I participated in #FFFeb, a sapphic readathon run by @darashirazi on Twitter. To conclude the month, Charlotte created some wrap-up questions for us to answer about what we read this month.
MILLIE QUINT: How many did you read?
I read 8 books and DNF’ed one!
DOMINO SWIFT: How successful were you in only reading f/f?
So successful – every book I read was f/f.
AYLA: Did you set yourself a tbr and did you complete it?
I did set a TBR and what a surprise, I did not complete it at all. Of the 8 official books I set on my TBR (to go along with the challenges set up Charlotte), I only read 4 of them…. I have no excuses.
LIKOTSI: How many challenges did you complete?
So even though I only read 4 of my original planned TBR, I did still manage to complete 6 of the 9 challenges! They were:
- Book set outside North America (All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle)
- Book with a lesbian mc and love interest (Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi)
- Book with a pan mc (The Library of the Unwritten by A.J Hackwith)
- Book without a romance (A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine)
- Book by an author you’ve never tried before (The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave)
- Read an ownvoices book (Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor)
AUDRE: Which was your favourite read and why?
My favourite book of the month was The Library of the Unwritten. I wrote a full review of this one (you can read it here!) but to summarise, I loved this book because it felt like a breath of fresh air to the fantasy genre. It felt so much more lighthearted and fun than any fantasy I’ve read recently, and I loved it. It’s also the first fantasy (in fact, I think it might be first book ever) that I’ve read with on page, the word is actually there, pansexual rep.
XIULAN: Which was your favourite ship and why?
My favourite ship was Maren and Ursa from The Mercies. First of all, this book is incredible. Second of all, oh my god these two are just so amazing. They are so sweet, there is such a beautiful friendship we see grow, there is so much love. I adored seeing the strength of these two female characters rise to fight against the witchhunters.
MUNA: Did you read any new authors? Who was your favourite?
Every single author I read this month was a new author! Of my 8 reads, three of them I rated 5 stars:
- A. J Hackwith – The Library of the Unwritten
- Erin Gough – Amelia Westlake
- Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Mercies
ROSA SANTOS: A book you were recommended and loved.
I feel I’ve seen so many people rave about Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi, but it was Fadwa at Word Wonders review that really made me want to read this. And I’m so glad I did, I absolutely loved it! It was such a fun and sweet rivals to lovers romance – also queer cheerleaders?! Yes please.
LEI: A book that was on your tbr for a while.
Amelia Westlake had been on my TBR since it published here in Australia. There was so much news and love for it and at the time, I just never got around to reading it. And I honestly do not know why and hate myself for waiting so long, because it is so funny and such a joy to read.
EVELYN HUGO: A book which you didn’t like as much as you expected to.
There’s two that fit this question. One book, I had to DNF quite early in. This was one I fully expected to adore, as all I’d heard was it was a super detailed, political fantasy which is very much my cup of tea. The book was The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Unfortunately, I just felt really weird reading it. The queer trauma porn, the colonisation, I just really didn’t like the way these topics were being discussed so put the book down.
Another one which I finished was just very… meh. I don’t think it was bad, I just had expected to love it a lot more than I did. That one is Tarnished Are the Stars. I loved the discussions of ace rep – so phenomenal to see! But everything else I just found pretty average.
GOLDIE VANCE: Are there any books you wish you’d read but didn’t have time?
So many. A couple I really wish I’d got to are Steel Crow Saga by Paul Kruegar and A Blade so Black (which I started but then completely ran out of time to finish before I had to return it to the library).
BARU CORMORANT: A book which wrecked you.
The book that most wrecked me is definitely The Mercies. It is such a touching and emotional retelling of a terrible period of history, with a very bittersweet ending. It’s beautifully told and I hope this book gets all the praise it deserves.
I have a rather out of control library pile right now, and I also have several ARCs I really need to read so those are going to be my focus this month! Even though I was terrible at sticking to my TBR in February, I’m hoping putting this into writing will keep me on track this month since I need to read these books.
And if I somehow manage to make it through this pile, I have a couple of new releases I was incredibly excited for which have finally arrived – but I’m not allowed to start until I finish all of the above….Yeah. Sure. Totally going to achieve that.
So my goals for March are 100% achievable (ahahahahahaha she laughed maniacally). What are your reading goals for March? Are you also excited to read any of these books?