February wrap-up

Hi everyone!

I know this is coming a bit late but I’m really trying to take blogging one day at a time. If that means only uploading once a week or once every two weeks, then so be it. I’m trying to be kinder to myself lately and putting unnecessarily pressure on my shoulders is not the way to go about it.

I already mentioned this on my Hiatus announcement post, but in February I found a job as an occupational therapist, and that has been taking a lot of my time. It’s being very challenging and exciting. In terms of reading, February was an incredible month. I read seven books this month and I gave six of them 5 stars. I just kept picking up one incredible read after another, so let’s discuss them!

Whites: on race and other falsehoods by Otegha Uwagba ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a non-fiction essay about racism, it’s microagresions and also systemic racism. The author also reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement, especifically in the performative activism that has followed up.

I thought it was an uncomfortable read for me, as a white person, and it’s intented to be that becuase it’s very challenging and honest. It made reflect on many things and I could not recommend it enough.

Monday’s not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This YA, mystery completely blew me away. I listened to the audiobook and physically read it at the same time, and I am now completely in love with Tiffany’s writing. She tackled an incredibly hard and difficult topic: the disappearance of young, black girls, with so much care and through the lens of a strong, loyal and incredible main character.

This is already one of the best YA-contemporaries I’ve read and one I cannot recommend enough.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters #2) by Talia Hibbert ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The second installment in the Brown sisters series is an incredible romance. I might have even liked this more than the first one, and I also gave that one 5 stars. The two main characters here were stellar: Dani is a professor at uni, she is a witch and one of the best woman I’ve read about. She is hardworking, passionate, kind, strong and funny, there is no way you won’t fall in love with her. But then, we have Zafir who is this tall, grumpy ex-rugby player, who works as the security guard in the same building where Dani teaches. Even though he is one of those “I hate everyone but you” guys, he is also a man who loves reading romance novels and who is really passionate about abdicating for mental health. There is no way you won’t fall in love with him.

Incredible chemistry, banter and communication skills on both parts. Incredible story, writing and conflicts. Amazing side-characters and difficult themes handled with care and respect. There is no way you won’t fall in love with this story.

Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1) by Jack Harbor ⭐⭐⭐

This is a male-male romance between a black man working in a bookshop and a man who runs a book-club in this town. They run into each other at the bookstore and the story unfolds from there. I thought this was an enjoyable book. it featured the grumpy-sunshine trope, which I always enjoy, I also appreciated how much they both cared about books and about their families. However, I didn’t really get invested in their relationship nor the conflicts they had. I’m definitely interested in reading more from this author, but this wasn’t my favorite.

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This YA-contemporary is one of the most heart-warming and cute love stories I’ve read. I adored so many things about this: how passionate Marva is about politics and how sweet Duke is. The story takes place over 24 hours and in such short amount of time, both characters undergo incredible worth. They open up to each other, they develop a meaningful friendship, and they learn to fight for what they believe in. At the same time, Marva has a boyfriend and I loved how she didn’t run into Duke’s arms but rather developed a friendship that came organically.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a collection of non-fiction essays, in where the author explores her feelings around many topics, with feminism being a constant theme throughout them all. She talks about being a “bad feminist” (one of my personal faves), about her own experience as a plus-sized, queer woman of color in America, about her experienced being gang-raped when she was young, her experience being a professor, and many more that are incredibly insightful and made me reflect on many of my actions and opinions.

Long Way Down by Jason Raynlods ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a YA-contemporary that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. When I saw it was available as an audiobook on Storytell I wasted no time. This is an incredible story, and the audiobook experience is one I cannot recommend enough.

I loved the main character, I loved how much it tackled in such a short amount of pages and in such a short amount of time, since this takes place from the time our MC takes the elevator until it lands on the ground floor: a few seconds. It’s probably one of the most impactful books I’ve read in my life.

Lair of dreams shared her Anticipated February Releases with brief yet detailed descriptions of each book that made me purchase Honey Girl immediately after reading her post.

Anniek posted a Review of The Witch King by H. E. Edgmon that made me eager to get my hands on a copy.

Stepahine wrote about 5 Science Books on Her Reading List for the Year and included one about exploding teeth. To tell you I cannot wait to hear her thoughts on it would be an understatement.

Krstin did the Romance Book Tag in which she shared her feelings on The Simple Wild and reading about someone else who didn’t love that book was a bonding experience for me let me tell you.

Chana recommended Books Based on Anime and even though anime isn’t something I tend to watch, it definitely made me curios to dip my toe into it

Ruby recommended 10 Romance Books for Valentine’s day and thanks to her post I’ve now read a new all time favorite romance: Boyfriend Material.

Line did The Memez Book Tag and tagged me (I’m currently working on it). She featured some top-notch memes I’m trying really hard not to repeat in mine!

How was your reading month? Did you find any new favorite books? Let me know!

Until next time, stay safe

Leyre

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