Monthly Memories : February 2017

Posted March 6, 2017 by Nick/ 44 Comments

Hey friends!

I used to love doing monthly recaps, but somewhere along the way, Nereyda and I just stopped doing them. I’ve been reading Lauren at Bookmark Lit’s monthly recap posts, and I love how she does them, so I was inspired by her to incorporate something similar on our blog here too. I’ll be predominantly talking about the books I read in the month, but I also want to share a little about my personal life, things I saw on the internet, just to give you more of a glimpse into my brain.

This month seriously just flew by. It irritates me how quickly time seems to be passing. I want to do so many things, but I just can’t seem to find the time. It’s been a decent month, overall for me.

  • School has been as usual keeping me busy. I had a couple of exams and projects due, so most of my February was spent on those. It’s around this time that I start to tire and keep waiting for spring break to be here. I unfortunately have 3 more weeks until that can happen.
  • I registered for classes for my next term and it definitely seems like it’s going to be a challenging one.
  • Work has been okay too. Very busy, but it’s interesting and I like it.
  • I read/watch a lot of recipes/cooking videos, but I hardly ever try them. This month, I did attempt to make some fun stuff. I made a Greek one-pan chicken and veggie recipe that I really liked. I also made a ramen recipe I found online and yum! I’m never making ramen like the regular way after that.
  • We had a few weeks of really nice weather, but boy the freezing cold and the wind have been painful. I usually come  back home with no feelings on my face and my lips chapped. I’m reading for some warmer weather now!

I only managed to read 18 books in February, but they were some pretty great books. I have been moving further and further away from YA books and it makes me a bit sad, but I’m not connecting as strongly with YA as I used. I have read a few gems this year, but for the most part it’s been a bit of a let-down. I’m loving all my romance reads however, and I can’t really complain! 🙂 Here’s a full list of books I read this month.

Highest Rating

Letters to the Lost Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) Act Like It (London Celebrities, #1)

4.5-5 stars

These books were all fantastic. I have been excited for Letters to the Lost for quite a while now, and I was so pleased to find myself loving every word of the book. It’s a truly special YA, and I’m excited for everyone to read it. Devil in Spring was a book I was also dying for. I actually went to the bookstore the weekend before it was supposed to release to see if I could find it out early and I did. I devoured it in a day! LK can do no wrong. Act Like It was a re-read for me, and what an amazing romance. I love Lucy’s writing, and she’s up there in my list of favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more from her.

Lowest Rating

My Not So Perfect Life

2 stars
I usually enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s books, but this one was not my cup of tea.

Book Which Surprised Me The Most

10 Things I Can See from Here

This one started out a bit rough for me, but it really grew on me. By the end, I was very impressed with the whole package.

Book Boyfriends of the Month

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3) Truly (New York, #1)

These two guys gave me all the fuzzy swoony feels!

Most Exciting Books on Deck For Next Month

The Adjustment (The Program, #3) The Names They Gave Us City of the Lost (Casey Duncan, #1)

Related image Image result for bones poster

I found out that The Great British Bake Off was on Netflix, so I have been watching that this month. There’s just something very comforting about this show. I adore how positive the relationships between the contestants are as opposed to American ones, where they all hate each other. The show does make me constantly hungry though …

I also found out that the current season of Bones airing will be the last. I’m bummed because I’ve loved watching the show. So I’ve been watching the previous season, and I’m close to the end of it. I’ll be sad to see it wrap up, but it’s been a great show for me.

Tracy @ Corner Folds wrote a funny post about how reading is basically like doing cardio. She makes some very strong arguments!

Eri & Lisa @ Scoundrels & Seduction wrote a post about their favorite HR couples.

Becky @ A Fool’s Ingenuity talks about a worry that many book bloggers share: feeling like your reviews are repetitive.

There’s a new blog on my radar and it’s Morgan’s The Bookish Beagle.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog talks about why she hates starting new books.

What was your February like? What was your favorite book of the month?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Ohhh Nick you have me intrigued with your one pan recipe and the ramen one, please share it hehe! Woah, your 18 book count is incredible! I can’t believe the Selection series is still going. Have an awesome month ahead!

  • Only 18 books!? That’s amazing considering you’ve had to do school work as well and February only had 28 days! (Remembering that is how I’m making myself feel better about getting nothing done this week) 😂!

    • Yeah, I meant relatively lol. I normally read more than that, but my reading has slowed down a bit. Hahaha! I love it! Really smart way to think of it. 🙂

  • It did get cold again here too and man the wind! I don’t know if you had that nasty wind too but it made it worse. WOw 18 books is awesome. I’m sad you aren’t loving YA as much. I get it though. I am super pumped for The Name They Gave Us. I just started The Great British Bake off too! I had no idea it was on Netflix. They are nice in the American version of that show too 🙂 Other cooking shows not so much though. Thanks for sharing my post 🙂 Hope you have a great March!

    • We have definitely had the nasty wind. It was unbearable. I was in NYC this past weekend, and the wind there was freaking terrible.
      I didn’t know Bake Off had an American version, but I clearly need to look it up.
      You too, Grace!

  • kindlemom1

    I had no idea this was the last season of Bones! Oh no! I’m a season behind, I guess I need to play catch up then. 🙁 How sad!
    The weather here has been so weird, it will warm up for a few days and then either snow or rain again and turn cold, like 20 degree difference in temp from day to day. I never know how to dress anymore! I can’t wait for spring and more sunshine, I miss the sun. It’s been a hard winter.

    • You should! The episodes are up on Netflix.
      Yes, exactly! I just don’t know what to wear! It’s frustrating.

  • 18 books, man, you were busy!!! 🙂
    Happy March!

    • Thanks you too, Freda!

  • Time is flying, I can’t believe people are already choosing classes for next semester! I used to love Bones but after Bones and Booth finally got together, I lost interest. I hope this season goes out with a bang!

    • We’re on a quarter system, so time flies a little bit faster for us. Aww bummer. I actually really like them as a married couple, but I feel you.

  • I just last night finished Marrying Winterborne, and loved it. I definitely need to read Devil in Spring. I keep seeing AMAZING things about it. Act Like It is such a good re-read, isn’t it?

    I binged The Great British Bake-Off last year. I surprisingly love it. Cooking shows aren’t normally my thing, but GBBO is amazing!

    • I’m so happy you loved Winterborne! And ahhh I can’t wait to see what you think of Devil! I hope you love it.
      It is so comforting, isn’t it? I’m glad you loved it too!

  • oh it looks like you had a wonderful month in Feb!!! It wasn’t a too bad month, I am hoping March will be better. Hope work and school will go smoothly for you this month. My favorite read was Devil in Spring and even though there were lots of good books I read this month, that was my long awaited read and it met my expectations. I just adore LK heroes….they are definitely swoon worthy.

    • I hope March is better for you too! Yes, Devil in Spring was AMAZING. It just delivered on every front. Did you hear the next book isn’t out until next year? 🙁 But the good news is it’s Ransom & Dr. Gibson’s book!

  • February dragged on and on for me. Lots of rain and bad weather. It is impressive you read so much and studied and everything else. You are amazing. I hope you love City of the Lost. I am like you, steering further and further away from YA, it just isn’t working for me anymore.

    • Thank you, Heidi. I can’t wait to read City of the Lost. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things so far. Yeah, the genre is so saturated lately. It just doesn’t feel like the old days.

  • February dragged for me. By the end of the month, I was glad that it was over and behind me. I’m looking forward to March.

    You had a great February though, reading wise. 18 is a great number of books read in one month and it was a short month so go you!

    I’m looking forward to all of the books on your highest rated list for last month.

    I hope March is good to you, Nick. Happy reading of all the books! 🙂

    • I hope you have a better February, Rowena!
      Thank you! I can’t wait for you to read them all. 🙂

  • I still haven’t had a moment to read Devil in Spring!!! I am ready to take a personal day from work so I can read.
    Reading 18 books in a month while being a full time student with a job is hella impressive!!

    • Hahaha! Please do it. 😛
      Thank you! 🙂

  • Nick will Devil in Spring work as a standalone? I have never tried this author. I know, I know *gasps*

    • It will but I think to experience the beauty of this author’s work, you should at least read the first book in the Ravenel series. I’d want you to read the Wallflowers too, but starting with the Ravenels isn’t a bad idea.

  • Charlie Anderson

    I’ve also grown away from YA significantly. Congrats on finishing your projects and “only” EIGHTEEN books! I can’t even finish five, girlfriend! You did amazing with your reading! It did seem to go by too fast once the 20th came around. Spring break for us is next week and I am so ready! Happy reading!

    • Haha it was relatively speaking. I usually read more than that. True! Plus the month was shorter too. I hope you have a good spring break, Charlie!

  • Ohh I see City of the Lost! I hope you’ll enjoy that one. Curious to see what you think of it. 😀 Man, even with your busy schedule you still manage to read 18 books! You’re a goddess. 🙂

    • Thanks, Joy! The secret is to not have a social life. LOL!

  • Three cheers for cooking! I know it’s not for everyone but I love it, so I always get excited when other people find it fun. That ramen sounds awesome! Lucy Parker is everything, so glad that Becky introduced me to her work. I’m really curious to hear what you think of City of the Lost, because it’s so different from your usual reads!

    • I love cooking too! I find it very relaxing. I only wish I didn’t have to do dishes!
      Oooh you might not know this, but before I read YA, I only read murder mysteries, so it’s actually right up my alley, though I haven’t read a murder mystery in a while. I’m excited though since I did love her YA thriller!

  • I added Letters to the Lost to
    my tbr-list thanks to you. I love-love the cover to The Names They Gave Us.
    Gorgeous. Hopefully it is as wonderful inside as outside. PS. I’m curious about
    this ramen recipe you’ve found. Can you leave a link?

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I started back at uni this month and with a new course – since I finished my last year and gosh is it different. I am feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment, but it’s getting better. The Hate U Give was the best book I read in Feb, – probably the year so far, I just cannot say how much I loved the look.

    I just started Letters to the Lost and I am loving it already and I am only 30 or so pages in. I am so not caught up with Bones, but David (who plays Booth) is coming to Australia for a convention in April and omg I am going to meet up and yep.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Good luck, Angel. I can understand how it’s different and overwhelming. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it. That truly was an exceptional book.
      I’m so happy to hear you’re loving Letters! And woahh! That’s awesome about David coming to Australia and you getting to meet him!

  • February has been a busy month for me too! And I think March is going to get busier… There are so many events coming up at my uni and I think I signed up as comitee for too many of those events… not to mention the exams that coming up next week! *sweats nervously* I really can’t wait for holidays too, but unfortunately for me, they won’t be here until June.

    • Good luck with everything, Tasya! I hope you are able to relax in between all that.

  • February was all about reading I think. I read loads and reread loads and it made me really happy so rereading is totally my new favourite thing. It sounds like all the school work has been keeping you busy but yay for spring break (I honestly have no clue when that is though). Also, where are the links for the recipes, I am very intrigued at how you can do ramen noodles differently and would love to give it a try.

    I’ve not been loving YA quite as much as I used to which makes me sad, I am definitely reading way more romance than YA but I agree that Letters to the Lost was fantastic. Definitely a sign that it’s not all YA but just some of it I’m not liking. I was shocked to hear Bones was ending, it’s been on a while though so so it’s probably reached a logical conclusion. I kind of want to rewatch it all but it’s not on any of my usual sites here in the UK. And I totally support watching GBBO it is one of my favourite shows, it’s very middle class British and it’s brilliant. It’s the best kind of reality TV I think so I hope you like it all. It really makes you want to eat baked goods though.

    I hope you have a good March. And I need to hear your thoughts on City of the Lost if you do read it. It was a favourite read from last year.

    • That’s awesome, Becky. I’ve discovered a love for re-reading too and I make sure to re-read at least 2 books a month. I’m thinking Pretty Face will be the book for this month. 🙂

      Oh oops! I was writing this pretty late last night, so I forgot to link up, but here’s the ramen link: http://www.thesecretingredientis.com/easy-spicy-chicken-ramen/

      And here’s the Greek chicken: http://damndelicious.net/2015/05/30/one-pan-greek-chicken/

      I know. On the one hand, I’m glad it’s ending before they destroy the show, but I’m a little bummed too. Oh I love Bake Off! It’s such a relaxing show to watch. It makes me want to bake though I don’t have the patience for it.

      And I’ll definitely let you know how the Kelley Armstrong goes! Thank you, wishing you the same! 🙂

      • Yay for recipes. I’ll bookmark to hopefully try them soon (cooking scares me far more than baking does. For some reason baking seems achievable but actual meals don’t. It’s weird.)

        And I was hoping to reread a couple of books a month yet I seem to have read far more than that. I’m in a reading rut though and reading something seems a better prospect than reading nothing so I’m happy with that.

  • Ah February… Let me start with the crazy weather, up and down and up and down, it has been strange. I have been so busy with work. I need to start Devil in Spring, I must find some time soon!

    I have to watch the last two seasons of Bones since I stopped watching it then.

    Good luck with school Nick!

    • It really has been strange weather. I just can’t decide what to wear anymore. You should read Devil in Spring, Liza. I can’t wait for you to read it.
      Thanks! 🙂

  • One pan dishes are great! Less cleanup.

    I hope you love City of the Lost as much as I did! I’d love to do a re-read of Act Like It, so good! Maybe I’ll see if they have an audio version. 🙂

  • Rummanah Aasi

    I love The Great British Bake-Off! It’s such a fun show and I learn all about desserts I never heard of too. Like you I watch a lot of cooking shows but don’t try the recipe. Lol, my family makes fun of me all the time.

  • It sounds like you had a nice February. I’m planning on reading Letters to the Lost next. All your high praise has me excited!