February Wrap-Up and Best of the Bunch

March 4, 2015 Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 27

My Goings On in February:

  • I finished editing the final two books in the YA fantasy Soul Keepers Trilogy by L.A. Starkey and edited The Core, an NA paranormal that she published under the pen name Kate Thompson. I also finished editing her MG novel Howl at the Moon.
  • I turned 41 and my blog turned two! I hosted a blogoversary and birthday giveaway to celebrate! (It’s still going on, so don’t miss out!)
  • I committed to teaching three classes for next year’s homeschool co-op (it feels so far away – I have a hard time planning so far ahead!). Next year, I’ll be teaching musical theatre and acting again, and I’ll also be teaching a 5th/6th grade writing class.
  • My daughter competed in a few more gymnastics meets and did really well. Her state competition is this month and then we’re done with competing until late fall! (She still has nine hours of practice per week, though, which will turn into twelve hours once she moves up to level 4 – the year-round training schedule is brutal!)

Most Popular Posts:

My Birthday and Blogoversary Giveaway!

February 2015 Discussion Challenge Link-up (& Giveaway)

Let’s Discuss – I’m a Series Failure

Let’s Discuss – Why I Love My Library

Other Features & Discussions:

Let’s Discuss – BEA or the Other Guys

Let’s Discuss – Why I LOVE Books that Make Me Cry!

My Favorite February Discussions on Other Blogs:

Once again, this was hard to choose since there were almost 100 discussion posts linked up to our 2015 Discussion Challenge (not to mention all those awesome discussions happening elsewhere around the blogosphere). SO many great discussions out there!

Rachel asks Do You Review Your Reviews?

Tonyalee discusses her Thoughts on Advertising

Mishma at Chasing Faerytales asks What type of a reader are you?

Renae over at Respiring Thoughts writes an AntiValentine

Shannon over at It Starts at Midnight gives us the results of the second part of her poll in Results Part Two: ARCs and Competition

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Best of the Bunch is a book blog hop hosted over at Always Lost in Stories on the last day of each month, where we can look back over the books we have read over this past month and give a Best of the Bunch award to our favorite book of that month.

February 2015 Reviews

Lots of good books this month!!

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  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Racing Hearts by Laura Lascarso | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • The 100 by Kass Morgan | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Removed by S.J. Pajonas | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers | Review | Rating: 5/5
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  • Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
And February’s Best of the Bunch winner is:

Not only was Dark Triumph my favorite book in the His Fair Assassin Trilogy, it was definitely my favorite read of the month (though Red Queen wasn’t too far behind). I’m so glad I discovered this series!

 

DarkTriumphbyRobinLaFeversWhen Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge – but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for…

 My Review
So, that was my February in a nutshell! Tell me about your month!

27 Responses to “February Wrap-Up and Best of the Bunch”

  1. Rachel

    Thanks for the link-up! I’ve been distracted for a few weeks with work, and will be until next week, but then I hope to get a couple more discussions up, I’m loving this challenge! His Fair Assassin is a series that’s been recommended to me and I’m looking forward to trying it, and I have Since You’ve Been Gone on the Kindle, hearing really good things about it but waiting for the hype to die down before I start it as I don’t want to have super high expectations – it usually means I enjoy less than I would going into it fresh R x

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    • Nicole

      I totally understand the distraction factor. Each month I’ve been seeing less and less books reviewed go up on my monthly wrap-up – at first I let it stress me out, but lately I’ve decided to take Elsa’s advice and just Let it Gooooo … 🙂

    • Nicole

      Yes, you definitely should! I had heard about it all over the place, but when I got the final book from BEA and saw the first book on NetGalley, I finally decided to jump in. I’m so glad I did, since it’s become a real favorite!

  2. Karen Blue

    You had a great month! I got a ton of new books, mostly print copies(eeee!) and posted *almost* daily. My favorite reads this month were The Deep and Wreckage, coincidentally the first and last book of the month.

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    • Nicole

      Ha! Thanks! Yep, sometimes I feel kind of old in the book blogging community, but that’s okay – I’m glad that I can be an older voice around here! 🙂

    • Nicole

      Yeah, we meet once a week so that the kids get some social interaction and can take classes that are either easier to teach in a larger group or that I’d just prefer to have someone else teach! 🙂

  3. Karen G.

    I like this end of the month post and how you summarize everything, it’s good to look back and see some of the posts I missed. Thanks for the Best of the Bunch link to look for other new author/book ideas.

    • Nicole

      I love reading people’s end of month posts for that very same reason. At some point, I’d like to do a link-up where people all link up their month end posts so we can see what we’ve been missing out on!

  4. Sue G.

    Phew…I get tired just reading all you do! My February was pretty low-keyed. It’s my March that will be crazy. 3 out of 5 of us have birthdays and the two college kids will both be coming home for spring break.

    • Nicole

      I love end of month posts! I’m thinking of doing a link-up for them, but I’ve been focusing on the discussion challenge right now.

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