February & March 2022: Monthly Wrap-Up

Yes, you read that date correctly. It IS already over a week into April and I AM just now posting my wrap-up for February… 😅🙈

In my defense, SO MUCH STUFF happened in February and March! I celebrated my 27th birthday (🥳), I started a new job (on top of my old one…), my partner and I moved into our new ✨house✨! 🏡 And then got to learn all about the ~FuN~ that’s involved in house maintenance. (Pretty much, it started leaking from our ceiling and caused a ton of water damage… but luckily our builder is in the process of repairing it.)

Yes, I am exhausted. I honestly started to feel quite sick this past week. 😷 So much so that we thought it may have been covid, but (luckily) all my tests have come back negative so far. 🤞 Realistically, it’s probably just the stress of everything finally catching up with me.

While it’s been a lot, I do feel really grateful for all the wonderful things in my life. My partner took me out for a delicious meal to celebrate my birthday, I genuinely love both my jobs, and my new house is gorgeous (water damage aside). Reading in front of my fireplace has been a particular joy. Overall, I’m starting to get back into a good space, and I’m hopeful for what’s to come. ❤️

Books Read:

I read another 15 books over the past two months, 4 of which were ARCs! Something I feel really good about because I’ve been trying to up my game on making my way through my towering ARC pile and improving my Netgalley ratio (aiming for that 80% golden standard). 👌

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin | A letdown after Serpent & Dove, but really. Who is surprised?

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee | This novel is a must-read for any historical fiction lover. I listened to the audiobook during my commute, and near the end, I legit had to stop listening to it on the way to work because I would ruin my makeup trying not to cry.

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean | As a diehard fan of The Princess Diaries series in my youth, I really enjoyed this return to Genovia – or Toyko in this case. It was lighthearted and sweet and everything I wanted it to be. I’m super excited for the sequel!

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron | This one was a very unique and interesting tale. The botany was really interesting to read about too. And after that cliffhanger? I HAVE to know what happens next. Review to come!

Unlock Your Storybook Heart by Amanda Lovelace | My favorite of Amanda Lovelace’s collections and a pleasant surprise! Review to come.

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould | LOVED this one. The creepy small-town vibes? The sapphic leads? Perfection. Review to come!

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney | Very well written, but a little aimless in its execution? Read my review now!

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson | SUPER creepy. Very atmospheric. I sped through it at a breakneck speed.

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas | This one was a slight disappointment for me after having loved Cemetery Boys. It was still very good! It just dragged in the middle a little.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave | Another slight disappointment given all its hype. I found the twist unrealistic, which took me out of the story a bit. However, I really liked the characters, and the characterization of the lead particularly. So still very enjoyable, maybe just not as much as I had anticipated!

Crier’s War by Nina Varela | My first reread of the year. I needed it because so much happened in this novel that I couldn’t remember half of it, and wanted to be caught up before tackling Iron Heart – and I’m glad I did! This novel is still so, so good, even on the second read-through. 😍

Iron Heart by Nina Varela | An epic conclusion to a really wonderful, rich story! My heart aches for these two. Second book syndrome? Nina Varela doesn’t know her.

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams | Honestly, such an insane story and I feel so bad for Rachel (even if I don’t necessarily like her). I appreciated being able to read her perspective of the events after watching the Netflix series that essentially glorified Anna and left a bad taste in my mouth.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones | This is a really great horror novel. It’s got lots of tension and build-up, as well as lots of in-your-face gore and terror. I really enjoyed reading about the Native American culture that was present throughout. Because it’s broken up into 3 main stories, and each of those has a unique feel to them, there’s definitely something in there for everyone.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron | I absolutely loved this one! Such creative world-building, an interesting plotline, and a strong lead who is easy to root for. I really appreciated the relevant commentary about our society sprinkled throughout. A very strong debut.

Next Month’s TBR:

This TBR feels a little ambitious, but I think I’m up to the challenge! 💪

How has your life been these past few months?

Are you excited about anything happening in the spring?

Let me know!

Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.

Leave a Reply

Discover more from Literary Liza

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading