It's crazy how I feel like I did a lot of reading in February, but my numbers are lower than the previous month.  Then again, a lot of other things have been going on, both IRL and in my blogging schedule.


I started participating in two new weekly/monthly bookish memes, and I also somehow managed to finalize and prepare several posts for publishing in the coming weeks.  I feel I've been quite productive.


February Reads


Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris

Running Blind by Cindy Gerard

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin 

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap -- anthology

Death Marked by Leah Cypess


The Green-Eyed Doll by Jerrie Alexander

Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler

Stars Above (anthology) by Marissa Meyer



Books Dropped/Put On Hold

None this month.  :D


Currently Reading

The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Behind the Red Doors -- anthology


February Reading Stats

Total works read:  9

Average rating:  3.51 Stars

Highest Rated:  Stars Above by Marissa Meyer // 4.6 Stars*

 -- The Princess and the Guard / Something Old, Something New // 5.0 Stars

Lowest Rated: Death Marked by Leah Cypess // 2.0 Stars


*I only read five of the nine short stories in Stars Above collection because I had already read four of them prior to its publication.  If we want to split hairs, Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky got a 5.0 Star rating as well, but I read that in 2015.


  • Series I started reading:

Tang Dynasty by Jeannie Lin

Santori Stories -- anthology collection (later books by Leslie Kelly)


  • Series I completed:

Death Sworn by Leah Cypess


  • Series I have made progress on:

One-Eyed Jacks by Cindy Gerard

SWAT by Paige Tyler


Favorite reads:  This month had ups and downs in terms of books I liked and books I did not like.  Stars Above was a spectacular follow-up to the Lunar Chronicles series, specifically the last short story in the book, Something Old, Something New.  I also loved The Princess and the Guard--it has that same bittersweetness to it that the rest of the short stories do, but with a bit more FEELS than I'd expected.  I also enjoyed Butterfly Swords.  And, of course, Paige Tyler has been a personal favorite since last year, so Wolf Trouble was definitely lots of fun to read.


Disappointing reads:  Even though I didn't love it, I still remembered being very impressed with Death Sworn when I read it last year.  But now, with Death Marked, I was quite disappointed in the direction (or rather, lack thereof) that Death Marked took.  This was really the only disappointment this month.


Reviews & Notable Posts

  • Reviews Written

Running Blind by Cindy Gerard

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

The Green-Eyed Doll by Jerrie Alexander

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap -- anthology


  • Memes

2/6/2016: February My TBR List Voting

2/9/2016 Top Ten Tuesday:  Valentine's Theme // Top Ten OTPs

2/13/2016: February My TBR List Winning Book

2/18/2016 Cover Crush:  The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

2/23/2016 Top Ten Tuesday:  Ten Books Outside of My Comfort Zone

2/25/2016 Cover Crush:  Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


  • Other Posts

Harry Potter Coloring Books

Scarlett Undercover: First Impression

Photo:  A Cress and Thorne Valentine

Sweetheart Swap First Impression: Anatomically Correct Gingerbread Men

Mini Library Haul

2016 Bookish Resolutions -- February Progress Report

24 Hour Take Control TBR Pile Read-a-thon


Coming Up In March

  • Tentative TBR



  • Other Stuff

I'm hoping to continue on with my goals and challenges and keep a steady progress.  There are several books I'm getting around to that I absolutely want to read, and hopefully I can get into them enough to knock off a few more series or finish some new-to-me completed ones.  There are two new releases from February I'm hoping I'll be able to get my hands on, and there are some new releases for March that I'm eyeing as well.


Other plans for the month include another Read-a-thon:  24 Hour Take Control TBR Pile Read-a-thon hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This thon is in conjunction with the March Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge, of which I am not participating, but am considering for next year.  See above Notable Posts section for my participation announcement.


In other news, I'm taking a mini-stay-cation starting this week and am hoping to get some three Rs in:  Rest, Relaxation, and Reading.  Maybe some blogging... and I might think about tackling some spring cleaning around the house... specifically my closet.  Given the time and motivation, I might also try to Real Life stuff taken care of as well.  We'll see...


2016 Wrap-Ups

See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts  (scroll to bottom of page)


Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- January 2016