Monthly Review: February 2017

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As you all may have noticed, I finally settled on a new layout for the blog. After writing a review for the second book of The Witcher series, I felt inspired to seek out art for one of my favorite literary characters, Yennefer. I’m also very pleased that I’ve really picked up reading again so far this year after a serious slump last year. When I initially started book blogging, I threw myself head first into review requests from authors and publishers and quickly burned myself out. I got overwhelmed by the number of underwhelming books, that along with finishing my degree as well as some personal struggles set me up for a slow year.

Even with all of that though, I find that whenever I get down – reading a good story really helps to pick me back up. I’m hoping that this upward swing will last and that most of the books I read this year will be good.

Book Reviews

A Fair Hand by E.A. Deverell
If The Duke Demands by Anna Harrinton
The Mad Herringtons by Jane Myers Perrine
The Maid of Milan by Beverly Eikli

What I’ve Read

♔ A Parent’s Guide to Video Games by Rachel Kowert ★★★★★
♔ If The Duke Demands by Anna Harrington ★★★
♔ Little Lies by Heather Gudenkauf ★½
♔ Scandal at Dawn by Elizabeth Cole ★★½
♔ Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen ★★★★
♔ What To Do With A Duke by Sally MacKenzie ★

New to the Bookshelf

I was intending on keeping this month’s acquisitions rather light, with just one purchase and my usual two freebies form Kindle First and Samsung for Kindle – however there were so many awesome additions to Amazon’s Prime Reading Library and NetGalley for next month I couldn’t resist!

Kindle First
♔ In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
NetGalley
♔ A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
♔ The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman
♔ The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell
♔ The Marcos Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave
♔ Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez
♔ Windrunner’s Daughter by Bryony Pearce
Prime Reading
♔ Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Purchased
♔ Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
Samsung for Kindle
♔ Lord of the Nile by Constance O’Banyon

Around The Web

17 Books We’re Excited to Read in 2017 (Read it Forward)
Pre-Release Thoughts: The Bear and the Nightingale (Read At Midnight)
SFWA Announces 2016 Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury Award Nominees! (Nebula Awards)
YA Novel Readers Clash With Publishing Establishment (The Guardian)

The last article on the list is old, but I find it to still be very relevant to this day in regards to the conflict between writers and readers that write reviews.

Reading Next Month

♔ Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez
♔ Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

After having my fill of romance and books with lighter themes last month I’m ready for some darker, more action packed stories next month!

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