Monthly wrap up | February 2023

Hello, friends! February started and went by in a flash. Time moves so quickly when you don’t want it to. It was a languid, sweaty month where nothing interesting happened in my life. I did read a lot of books, though. You know that incredible satisfaction you get when every single one of the books you read for the month are amazing? Yeah. February was that.

What I read

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and I liked it, so much. It’s about a rock band in the 1970’s that split at the height of their popularity. The entire book is structured like an interview, and I loved how it played with the concept of unreliable narrators, how several people recalled the same incidents with entirely different points of view. The characters are nuanced and I liked how the story played out. It was so human and realistic.

Also, Camila Dunne deserves the world. Now I’m off to watch its adaptation! My rating: ★★★★✩ (4.5 stars)

The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb (read my review)

Book brainrot alert! Robin Hobb just knows how to create characters you can’t ever forget.

  • Fool’s Errand: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
  • The Golden Fool: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
  • Fool’s Fate: ★★★★★ (4.5 stars)

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee

A useless bit of trivia I know is that Kyoshi is the tallest and longest-lived Avatar. Kyoshi’s origin story is harsh and full of loss and you can see what shaped her to become one of the most fearsome Avatars. She’s just sixteen here, but has already gone through so much. It’s tragic in places and funny in others. Also, we get the backstory of Kyoshi’s fans and makeup, and one of the best sky bison found families ever. My rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)

The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee

(Spoilers for The Rise of Kyoshi) In The Shadow of Kyoshi, Kyoshi navigates the politics and conspiracies in the Fire Nation, while also trying to find Yun. I am a sucker for tragic trios, and Kyoshi, Rangi and Yun are just that. I missed the Flying Opera Company in the beginning, but the Fire Nation intrigue won out, eventually. It’s a darker book, but we have Kyoshi and Rangi’s adorable romance to balance it out.

And I liked how it made a point that Avatars, even the previous Avatars that Kyoshi idolized, were not perfect people and made mistakes along with the ton of good they did. The entire book is fantastic in general but the couple of chapters at the end are just mind blowing. My rating: ★★★★✩ (4.5 stars)

What I watched

Lockwood and Co, season one: ghost stories and me don’t exactly mix well. I still have two episodes of this left, because the story kept getting spookier and I am a wimp. I liked what I watched, though, and Lockwood, Lucy and George make an adorable trio together. I should read the book series it is based on, one of these days.

Other than that, I watched 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde. These old romcom movies are so fun.

I watched a couple of episodes from the kdrama Crash Course in Romance, and I then sort of forgot about it, completely. I also attempted to watch The Witcher, and I got in as far as four episodes but it was a bit too gory for my taste.

Post I liked, from around the blogosphere

🍃 Sumedha celebrated 7 years of blogging, along with a blog redesign that looks absolutely STUNNING.

🍃 Sophie @ Me and Ink discusses and reviews all the books she’s read by author Alice Oseman!

🍃 Naemi posted this hilarious discussion of synopses of popular books mixed in with weird random prompts, and rewritten by AI.

🍃 Morgan discusses star ratings: do they matter or not?

🍃 Elli @ Ace Reader recommends some books about disease

🍃 Celeste @ A Literary Escape discusses negative book reviews and why they are necessary

🍃 Kashvi shares a monster list of diverse book recommendations that are out in 2023. So many good book recs!

That’s my wrap up for February! What were you guys’ favourite read? Have you watched the Daisy Jones adaptation?

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19 thoughts on “Monthly wrap up | February 2023”

  1. omgg 10 things I hate about you is sooo good right?? I rewatched it for the thord time last month, its just such a good movie😭 and seeing heath ledger after he’s not there anymore adds to the sadness😭

    and I have just watched two episodes of crasj course in romance and….how can a math tutor be so good looking?🥺

    and ahh thats so nice that all your february reads were good, I can’t wait to get back to reading once boards end😭

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    1. The movie was so fun! somehow I had it in my mind that heath ledger dying was a recent thing?? Turns out he had died when he was just 28 God that’s sad.

      About crash course in romance – yes lol😆

      good luck on your boards!!

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  2. Lol, your reading month somehow managed to be the complete opposite of mine qualitywise 😂 I’m glad you encountered so many great books – particularly since the ones I’ve read are all among my favorites, too 🥰 I have a **very vague** suspicion you probably know about my Robin Hobb obsession already, but I also love Daisy Jones & The Six! Somehow, it had completely slipped my mind that the adaptation was here now, so I’m going to have to get on that immediately!

    And your taste in movies is **chef’s kiss** 👌 I also binged through Lockwood & Co. this month and LOVED it inspite of hiding behind my pillows in fear half of the time, and movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blond are simply perfect for destressing! 🤗

    Anyway, thank you so much for sharing my post, and I hope you have a great month up ahead! 💙

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    1. Three episodes of the Daisy Jones and the Six adaptation are already out! They’re pretty faithful to the books, and the acting and the vibes are all great! (Though the songs sound a biiittt too off for a band that’s supposed to become world famous, but that’s a minor complaint for now)
      And no I didn’t know about your robin hobb obsession at all, naemi😂😂😂

      legally blonde and 10 things I hate about you are the perfect movies for destressing, YES! I’m thinking of watching clueless and mean girls next (how have I never watched these??) Do you know any more of these old romcoms?

      You too💙

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      1. Well, let me tell you a secret – I actually watched the first episode almost immediately after I read your post! 😇 We’ll have to see when I find the time to continue, but so far I’m really enjoying it! Although I don’t feel like I’ve heard enough of the songs yet to be able to judge their quality…

        And don’t ask, Jan… Trashy romcoms are my thing! 😂 I see you’re already getting to the classics, but some other amazingly stupid ones are “Falling Inn Love”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” or “She’s the Man” – and basically every Christmas movie ever invented. I’m sure you’ll find loads to choose from; once you’ve gone down that rabbit hole, there’s no coming back! 😁

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  3. I am happy to hear you enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six. Even though the story has been done before in some aspects and I agree that the nuanced characters added a lot to it. Instead of thinking about what can the characters do to add the most drama, the characters acted with thoughtful emotion and individual reasoning to create powerful moments.
    I am very excited for the show, especially Karen and Graham! I think I will wait for all the episodes to be out so I can binge it! Hope you love it too!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post! Have a great March! ❤️

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    1. ‘the characters acted with thoughtful emotion and individual reasoning to create powerful moments’ THIS.

      HOPE YOU ENJOY THE SHOW! I love it so far!

      Hope you have a great March as well!

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  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed Daisy Jones & the Six! And totally agree, Camila is the best. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the show once you get to it! I’ve yet to see it too, hopefully, it will live up to the book. Which TJR book you’re choosing to read next?
    Legally Blonde (and 90s/2000s romcoms in general) are so enjoyable, they’re definitely comfort movies. My favourite is Clueless, I’ve seen it 3 times probably. 😂
    Thank you for sharing my post! I am wishing you a lovely March! 🥰

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    1. I haven’t yet decided when I’m going to read it but I think I’ll read 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo next. I’ve only watched 3 episodes of the Daisy Jones and the Six show, and so far I like it!
      Aksksllsk I watched clueless a few days ago and I LOVED IT. It’s def going to become one of my comfort movies.
      Hope you have a lovely March as well!

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  5. Ahhh I’m glad you liked daisy jones and the six, the adaptation is really good as well!!! Camila is definitely my favourite character, both in the adaptation and the book lol.
    Hope you have a great march! ❤

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