Book Reviews, Wrap-up

February 2017 Wrap-Up

Is it just me or did the shortest month of the year felt like the longest one? I am under the impression so much happened this month that there were really 90 days to February rather than the usual 28. Maybe it is just my brain trying to hold on to the winter by secretly making hours count double and days stretch more than my legs during a yoga session. Anyway, this is the end!


What’s new?

Risks! I am finally taking them! So no, I’m not on my way to a rafting weekend, nor will I ever make reservations in a restaurant that serves insects (I hate then alive, why would I want them in my stomach??). I’m talking about blog risks! Or better said, blog challenges!

First of all, I finally upgraded my blog to a premium plan, which means instead of visiting, which is way too long, you are now on I can’t think of any rational reasons to explain why this is making me so happy. I believe thinking my blog is my baby makes me so emotional it felt like christening it when I finally made the jump.

I have also FINALLY started to relax about my reviews! This doesn’t mean I don’t nitpick them or spend two hours on a single review, but it means I no longer feel pressure crushing me until the work is deemed perfect. It never is anyway, so this is a big improvement. Blogging really feels like a hobby I can enjoy without trying too hard, being too perfectionist (haha, I’ll always be … but a little less?), and most importantly, it is no longer associated to stress. I can’t find inspiration? I’ll work on a post tomorrow!

Blog-wise, there a little special something coming in March, a post will tell you all tomorrow. I’m excited and a bit scared but it should be fun.

On a personal note, February saw extreme improvement and serious step backs. I am trying to figure out how it will impact my new goals. Because I have plenty of goals, the biggest one being applying to a Publishing degree! This year or next year, this has not been decided yet, but they say aims bring motivation and motivation gets you through the dark days so we’ll see! Now I’m punishing myself every day with a general knowledge book (to prepare for the admission tests) only to realize I know nothing!

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Books I Read in February


I seem to be locked into the 8-book roll! I really thought I had read more books this month, which means I need to create my own spreadsheet to keep track of my books because I’m losing it! Still, I like the mix of genres, even if I weren’t able to squeeze in my sci-fi challenges in February.

Reviews Published in February
(links first)

Robinso Crusoe, Daniel Defoe ∼ Almost three stars!

The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir, Lesley Allen ∼ 3 stars

Revenge, Nigel May ∼ 4 stars

The Beautiful Dead, Belinda Bauer ∼ 4 stars

Parker, Jillian Quinn ∼ 4 stars

How to Throw Your Life Away, Laurie Ellingham ∼ 4 stars

Blink, K.L. Slater ∼ 5 stars

The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester ∼ 4 stars

The Silent Wife, Kerry Fisher ∼ 4 stars

New Books

I’m tired of making excuses for having bought books so no more justifications. I saw them, I jumped on them! Here are my new babies!

I was told this series was good. Not just good, a really good read!


I’m supposed to learn all the questions in this book to help with the multiple answers test included in the admission tests for the Publishing degree. I have never felt so dumb!!!


I won this last week and I am so happy it arrived! I am known to have issues with the post office so every package delivered is a miracle!!

And finally…Mysterious books!!!


The Book of the Month Award

I was so lucky to have a wonderful reading list filled with amazing stories in February I think this choice is going to be harder than the Top Ten of 2016!!

I loved every one of my reads and each has had an impact on me, so I’ll have to go with the stars to help out…

The lucky winner is Blink, by Kim Slater and published by Bookouture! I still can’t believe I never saw that plot twist coming!!!


Blogging Life

February was good enough in terms of blogging. I still feel guilty when I can’t visit everyone’s blogs but I was organized enough to not let things get out of control! (March is gonna be such a schedule disaster, haha)

How was your life in February? Tell me everything and drop a link if you wrote a wrap-up post! 

58 thoughts on “February 2017 Wrap-Up”

  1. I’m totally with you on February feeling like a reaaaally long month!
    Yay to you for taking risks (I’m with you on the insect though) and I’m glad you’re enjoying your new URL 🙂
    Hope you have a great March too 😀


  2. Yay for taking risks!! That’s so awesome, Donna and you should be suuuuper proud of yourself 😀 I definitely feel you on the ups and downs though! This month has been full of them for me too, haha. Definitely trying to focus on the ups though. I hope everything goes well with the publishing degree!! And yaaaaaay for a domain name!! Super exciting 😀 😀


    1. I’m always proud of myself :p hahahahah Only joking of course! I’m just trying to keep busy and excited about it all by doing things I would not have dared thinking about a year ago!
      Let’s hope March offers more ups and downs and I wish you a wonderful month!!
      Haha thank you 😀 I feel more professional now xD


    1. Thanks a lot 🙂 We’ll see what happens but the pressure is different now I’m not looking for what I want to do, only looking to get into what I want to do!
      I think I’ll watch the adaptation after reading the books, I like to compare with a (usually) ranting post 🙂

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  3. Glad to see that The Blink was your book of the month. I think that mine was I Found You by Lisa Jewell which I read last weekend. I really liked that book.

    Congratulations on going premium:-) I am also glad to hear that you are enjoying blogging more. Your reviews are always so good. I like how creative each one is and as I told you, even your mini-reviews are up there in terms of standards.So you are doing great ❤

    Have a wonderful new month and happy reading.


    1. I wasn’t able to fit Jewell’s book into my schedule as planned, I’m so gutted! But happy you loved it, it means I will certainly do too!
      Feeling less pressured about blogging came as a surprise because I still want to do more, be more active and creative, but now it has turned to be a good energy, not something that makes me feel like crap because I feel I can’t do it, so it feels good to log in and see what happens without worrying too much (although I did worry this morning about the lack of inspiration for a review, haha!) Thanks a lot for your never-ending support, it always spurs me to keep going ❤ Happy reading and I wish you an excellent and inspiring March!


  4. Hooray for going premium! 🙂 I went premium some while back but have yet to actually sit down and figure out all the fun stuff I can do with it… anyway… all in its rightful time! 🙂

    A publishing degree sounds fantastic… wow, you’re going to love it and I hope the admission tests go well! 🙂 Good luck!


    1. Haha, same here, albeit for the cool domain name, I haven’t ventured around to see what’s new! I’m waiting for my new design to be ready 🙂
      I love the idea of the Publishing degree and it gives me a perfect excuse to blog and read more :p

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      1. Yes, Publishing degree… like, you’ll land a job with that awesome degree and spend the rest of your life getting paid for doing what you love 😀 Awesome!


  5. You certainly don’t stand still, those are some major decisions (now I’m also thinking about going premium but it’ll take 6 months probably to make up my mind)! A publishing degree sounds like a very cool degree :-). As for the books, never heard of Blake Crouch before so look forward to hearing more about these. Such a great teaser too with the Orenda books.. Deep Down Dead is between them I think, you wouldn’t be able to resist that one ;-). I read Thomas Enger’s Cursed and it was really good so I think you’ll like his style too.


    1. I don’t know to what I owe it but I love taking on new challenges, it keeps my mind off less happy things 🙂 Plus I’m waiting for an amazing and fresh design so I’m really happy and looking forward to this.
      The Publishing degree is my BIG goal, the therapist says it’s supposed to help and motivate but I’m afraid of failure so it might do the contrary and pressure me! Still, I’m willing to try!
      Haha, I love the Orenda teaser, I had lots of fun trying to take decent pictures, I’m terrible at them. Dead Down Dead may or maybe not in the heap :p SPOILERS!!! 😀


      1. Nah you’ll love doing it and it will go easier than you think. It’s so good of you to try! You didn’t choose DDD?! Feisty female bounty hunter sounds just like your thing 😆. Bring it on baby, Orenda month..I’m ready😁


  6. Ooh good luck with the degree application, that sounds so exciting! And I hope you enjoy Pines – I agree with whoever recommended those books to you that they are indeed amazing! I read all three in about two days because I was so addicted to them.


    1. Thank you! We’ll see how it goes, I’m not sure to be ready yet but it’s a goal to aim for 🙂
      Awesome! I’m so looking forward to reading them! You read them in two days?? Now I know I need to find time for them earlier than planned!

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      1. Yeah it’s really great to have an idea of where you want to go 🙂 Although I totally understand what you mean about needing to be ready. I’m easing myself back into work by doing part time at the moment, and I’m just taking it one step at a time. We will get there 🙂 And yesss, they were so addictive, especially the first book. I’m not normally that fast of a reader! I hope you get as hooked on them as I did.


  7. Hey, congratulations on your new blog name, I love it. Also congrats on applying for that publishing degree, it sounds like a really fun and interesting degree with aims to a great career afterwards. Best of luck for the admission tests. You had a busy February, and some wonderful sounding books. I am very glad that you now take blogging as a stress free hobby! It is as it should be, no pressure, just fun.
    Looking forward to your post tomorrow….. I’m intrigued.
    Amanda. xx


    1. Thank you so much! I love that the name is clearer and shorter, I feel all grownup!
      The Publishing degree sounds like a dream so I’m taking it one step at a time but I can’t help being excited about it 🙂
      Finally, blogging has fully become a hobby. I have no doubts it’ll cause me stress again, especially in March when I have lots of things going on, but in general I do feel less pressured to be perfect here. The “do what you can and what feels good” applies now!
      Thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful and bookish March 🙂 xx

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  8. Yay for taking risks and YES YES for this new domain name, it looks SOOOO pretty already, I’m so happy for you my Sweechie! ❤ ❤ I hope that March will be a fantastic month for you ❤


  9. I’ll definitely keep Blink in mind for a future read!
    Congrats with everything you’ve accomplished this month and best of luck with that Publishing degree, whenever it comes 🙂
    Always good to be looking forward!


  10. You’ve had a good month and it’s definitely good to hear that blogging feels more like a hobby now you’ve eased up on yourself a little.
    I have a spreadsheet which when my assistant at work heard about it, he fell about laughing and said ‘only you!’ but it is useful as I put the dates of publication etc. on it which reminds me to post my reviews on Amazon etc.
    Here’s to a wonderful spring month coming up – I won’t be sorry to say goodbye to the winter.


    1. It feels a lot easier now that most of the pressure of “doing good” is gone 🙂
      Haha, yeah, once you’ve been blogging for a while you realize organization is a key element!
      I wish you a wonderfully bookish March! Same here, I am tired of winter, but afraid of the heat to come as I can’t stand the sweltering heat we get here in late spring!


  11. Great recap for this month Donna, and it seems like you got through some amazing books as well if your ratings are anything to go by. It’s always great when you have a reading month like this isn’t it?
    And yes, you don’t need to make excuses for buying books! This is something I need to stop doing myself but then again I need to stop feeling guilty for overspending so much on books! 😀
    Good luck with your goals for the next month, it sounds like you’re going to be making some great changes to your blog! 😀 ❤


    1. I was lucky to have an amazingly diverse and good reading month 🙂 Something tells me March won’t be too bad either!
      Oh my, I always look for excuses but who am I fooling? It’s not as if I was spending my money on sweets or drugs! Books are good! 😀
      Thank you! I’m gonna need luck and .. more luck haha!

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      1. That’s great to hear, here’s hoping the rest of your year is the same as well.
        Books are definitely good, something I remind people when they roll their eyes or sign when I mention there’s another parcel arriving for me filled with books! 😀


  12. I’m so glad you upgraded to the premium plan, it must be so exciting to have your own domain name 💕
    It seems like you had a good reading month! I see you’ve hauled some books in The Wayward Pines series, I’ve been interested in reading the series ever since I’ve watched a few episodes of it on TV – Would you recommend the books?
    I hope you have a lovely month 🌸


    1. Every time I look at the name of my blog, a silly smile appears on my face 😀 I’m glad I did, even though I still have no idea what else has changed xD
      I’ve had a great reading month, I can’t complain 🙂 I’ll let you know if the Pines books are good soon 🙂
      Have a great March! ❤

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  13. DOUBLE YAY FOR UPGRADING YOUR PLAN! I did that too in February and it felt sooooo good. Getting rid of that little .wordpress is like a rite of passage somehow hahaha go you for taking risks!


  14. I am worried about upgrading to the premium plan. Honestly, I think it’s fear holding me back. There are so many advantages to making the move…but I want to know exactly what to do and how to do it before I make the move, so CONGRATS TO YOU!!! I feel that is a BIG risk! I can’t seem to reach my final number each month for reading, either. My goal was to read five books, and I got 4.5 read. I hope you squeeze in a few more in March!


    1. Well, if you have questions about the how and stuff, you can always ask me! 🙂 I’m terrible with stuff like that and asked lots of questions to a friend who had just made the jump, so it helped. I haven’t discovered all the new stuff yet but I can always try to be useful 🙂
      4.5 is good enough 😀 Happy bookish March!!!


  15. Congrats on on the (blogging) achievements! ❤ I loved reading Blink as well; I will definitely be looking forward to K.L. Slater's future books!


  16. So much I love about thispost ❤❤❤ Super excited about the changes with the blog and the fact that you are allowing yourself to breath some with reviews 😘 Positive steps are the best kind and we both need them! And hell yes February was way long? What gives Adorable Waffle Lover?


    1. So much love for you my dear ❤❤❤❤❤❤ I’m sending you all the positive things I can right now ❤ February was a blur of days, events, good and bad, but it really felt like an entire semester, haha!

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  17. Yay for blogging risks!!! Huge coincidence, but we just upgraded to a personal plan today!!! Here’s to more blogging risks!!! 😛 Also looking forward to your reviews this month. I see you got the books that made Blake Crouch popular, before Dark Matter happened! I wonder what you’ll think about that series! Hope March will be filled with awesome things for you, Donna!! 😀

    – Lashaan


    1. Congrats for upgrading too!!! 😀 Great minds think alike, haha! Yeah, I decided to meet Crouch with his older work first as it had been recommended to me before Dark Matter 🙂
      Have a fantastic March! 🙂

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  18. 8 books is really good in my opinion!
    Ohh, there’s one thing I wanted to tell you about, because I know you mentioned few times that your checking and checking your reviews many times before you finally publish them.
    My friend from real life, who works in advertising and has lots and lots of text to write every day told me about that one site that our students developed, and it spots every mistake in text in english and croatian. I started using it and it really saves time. If you want to check it out it’s here:

    Also, It wonderful to read how motivated you are to work in publishing.

    And ohh, you upgradet your blog! I want to do that since I started blogging, but I was afraid I’d lose my subscribers, especailly bloglovin ones.
    Did you have any problems when transfering them on a new platform?


    1. I was pretty happy but I know I could squeeze more fun reading time when I just lose minutes and hours with social media or just doing nothing! 🙂
      Wow this is an amazing tool! Thank you so much for sharing it with me! I do proofread a lot before I am mortified when I see mistakes and errors once a post is published….
      Thanks 🙂 I feel I have found my thing so I’m holding on to this goal with all I have.
      It’s very easy to upgrade to premium and it’s different from going self-hosting so you don’t lose anything 🙂 You only get more options and people who have your old wordpress address are redirected to the new domain name 🙂 I haven’t dug up to see the difference between the free and premium plans yet, I have been to busy, but I haven’t seen anything change for the followers 🙂

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