February 2022 Reading Recap

Got to be honest, I feel really weird posting regular content right now given the state of the world. Russia’s invasion and attack on Ukraine is hitting me hard. You might have noticed a bit of a lull in content recently, and it’s because I just have not had the brain space to devote to reading or reviews.

The last week has been incredibly hard for me mentally so I’ve been giving myself the space to rest and refresh, even if that means putting things I enjoy on the backburner.

I’m not going away, but posts might be a little bit sporadic. I’m hoping to get at least one review up this week, but make no promises.

Anyways, let’s get to my February recap. I definitely slowed down on my reading in the last week of the month, but I still had a pretty successful month reading 8 books. Quite impressive considering I read two 800+ page books.

Here’s the books I read:

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Spoiler-Free Review: House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
House of Sky and Breath
Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Series or Standalone: Crescent City #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 2.5 Stars

MY REVIEW *NO SPOILERS*

This review will be a little different as I had zero intentions of reviewing this book as I wanted to read it for fun. 

First off, I want to say I am a Sarah J. Maas fan. I have been since I got to read an ARC of Throne of Glass way back in 2012. I’m not a die-hard stan, but I overall really enjoy her stories. Second, I adored the first book in the Crescent City series. I have not reviewed House of Earth and Blood, but it’s one of my favorite Sarah J. Maas books. Yes, it does take a second for the world-building to click, but I love its exploration of friendship, love and grief. That book really shines in those areas, and it packs a heavy emotional punch. I cry every time I read the last 20% of the book, given the sacrifices people make for those they love.

If you’re a hard-core Sarah J. Maas fan, I think you’re going to love House of Sky and Breath book. However, if Crescent City is the only series you’ve read of hers or you’ve been on the fence about this series, I’m not sure this book will be for you. 

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Top Reads of 2021

I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post for days now as I truly hate picking favorites, especially when it comes to the books I read.

2021 was a great reading year and I truly read so many books that I adored. However, I do think one book stands out in my mind as being my top favorite this year. I accidentally added it twice to my list while I was pulling this together so I take that as a sign that it deserves special recognition.

With the exception of the first book on this list, the rest of the list is in no particular order. 

Most, if not all, of these books were 5-star reads, but not all of my 5 star reads made it onto my favorites. I was pulling this list together I was thinking of the books that stuck with me the most and that I tend to recommend frequently as must-reads. If you follow me on Instagram, I don’t think any of these will come as a major shock.

Okay, enough babbling! Here’s my top 10 reads of 2021:

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Review: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Silver Flames
Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Series or Standalone:A Court of Thorns and Roses #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: suicidal thoughts, pregnancy, difficult birth, discussion of past sexual assault, flashbacks to sexual assault, PTSD, depression, death, violence

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this book at all while I was reading it. However, it gave me so many emotions that I felt like I needed to process some of them on paper. When it comes to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, better known as ACOTAR in the book world, it seems you either love it or hate it. I fall more on the love side, though I definitely don’t think these books are perfect. 

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