Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2023

Where do I even start with February? I thought I was ready for what the month would bring but I definitely was not. At. All. Ready. 😭😂 I think I can begin glancing back at this experience now and have a slight chuckle at how overwhelmed and overworked and over everything I was. And although I’ve done my best to push the stress of the situation to the back of my mind, I know that once I reflect on the past month from a professional perspective, I will also realise that I’ve gained a lot from it and I’ll probably maybe be thankful for having gone through what I did. But as of right now, I’m not quite there yet and I’ll do anything in my power to ensure I never have to experience this again. Ever. Again. No more. 🫣

This is pretty much it for the life update front because nothing else but work happened this month and it’s sad that that’s not at all an exaggeration, lol.

I took a reading and blogging hiatus this month and I’m honestly still trying to come out of what I now recognise as a slump. Oh, how I wanted to be reading in February! Sadly, I didn’t have the energy for that, let alone to keep this blog running. Surprisingly, I finished 4 BOOKS this month and while I don’t think I’ve ever read so little in a month before, I’m quite happy I managed to read at all. Plus, I really enjoyed all of these books and none were below 4 stars.

If I had to pick a favourite it’d definitely be Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett cos it’s such a fun cosy fantasy and it was exactly what I needed to start reading again (although that process is still going rather slowly, lol). Although I can’t lie and say that ending wasn’t frustrating cos it really was!

**BOOK COVERS are linked to Goodreads and the TITLE TEXT is linked to my review if available!**

4.5 pandas

In Which Matilda Halifax Learns the Value of Restraint

Panda rating: 4 pandas

4 pandas

(ARC) Seven Faceless Saints
(TOUR) Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom

It’s safe to say that I have very little to update on this front. 😂

  • Goodreads Reading Challenge19/150 → I’m six books behind schedule! ❌
  • Project Backlist Reading Challenge → I’m aiming for the Committed Reader + ARCrasinator badges and well, I guess you can say I’m working through my ARCs cos two of the books I read this month were ARCs, but the other two were books that I got this year.
  • Magical Readathon: Choose Your Own Adventure1/12 → Do I fail on my journey since I didn’t read my February book? I’m gonna catch up in March…
  • 12 Book Challenge → 1/12 → Yes, I did it! I read one book for this challenge and I’m still one month behind but well, it’s better than not at all, right?!

Sadly, though perhaps at this point unsurprisingly, I didn’t read much in the community this month. I did read a few posts that I really enjoyed though!

And that’s it for February—a month I want to leave very far behind. I hope everyone had a better month in February and read some great books, too! I’d love to know what your favourite read of the month was! Here’s to a better March full of much more reading than crying. 😂

15 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2023

  1. Eeep I love your blog, it’s so cute btw the flowers are so pretty! 💜 Thank you so much for sharing my post on the readathon and I think you’re still doing well with your reading challenges. You may not be where you wanted to be but you’ve got like 9 months left still so it’s fine xD I ended up reading quite a bit in Feb, which was a surprise but I’ll roll with it. To be fair I ended up wanting to start rereading one of my fav series so that helped hehe but it was a lot of fun, reminded me why I love reading. I hope you have a wonderful march Dini!

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  2. I am impressed that you can already sort of acknowledge that your challenging month at work had some learning value. I have had a lot of experiences that took me decades to see the value. You are just more evolved than me. LOL! I am glad there is a light at the end of the tunnel for you, and you did it! I wouldn’t worry about being behind on any challenges. We have many months to get that stuff done.

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  3. Wishing you a much better March! I’m happy to hear the books you read were good ones. When life’s a struggle, a good book is a nice distraction. ❤

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  4. hope march is a better month, dini!! i’ve heard so many great things about seven faceless saints, so i’m very hyped to read it!!

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  5. Sorry to hear that February was tough for you, I hope better times are to come! 💕 Glad to see you loved Emily Wilde’s, it’s one of my favorite books of the year 🥰 I’m on track with my Magical Readathon adventure books, but the March prompt for me is a book over 500 pages – not sure which one to pick yet 🤔

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