Reading Round-up: February 2018

February has come and gone, and what a month it has been!  Seriously.  This is what I did over the past month:

  • Closed on the purchase of our flat (we’re homeowners!)
  • Went on holiday to Edinburgh to check out wedding venues and see family
  • Found a wedding venue!
  • Handed over a bunch of money and set a wedding date
  • Packed up our lives (and the cats)
  • Moved into new flat (with displeased cats)
  • Bought and built an entire flat’s worth of furniture
  • Picked up my first freelance gig for an author!

So things have been…busy.  But despite all this, I still managed to read seven books this month!

My monthly TBR was mostly set by Scottish Fiance, but the whole TBR was thrown out of whack for a number of reasons (the main one being that we accidentally left the backpack containing all my books on the train home from Edinburgh and it had to be rescued by my mum the next day), so I didn’t end up reading the books I had initially planned to.  Regardless, it was still a great months for reading!


What I read



The Diviners by Libba Bray (review)
Scythe by Neil Schusterman
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (audiobook)
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Starship Troopers By Robert Heinlien
The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

I read a lot of good stuff this month!  The winner is Children of Time, which is an astonishing adult science fiction novel — it is one of the best books I’ve read this year.  I also enjoyed The Diviners, Persepolis, The Sacrifice Box, and The Cruel PrinceStarship Troopers was good, but had a little too much of Heinlien’s personal philosophy for my taste.  The fact that his personal philosophy is basically ‘well, if we beat the shit out of children and adult criminals, we wouldn’t have any crime because they’d be too scared of getting publicly whipped!’  It was a different time.

The only disappointment of the month was Scythe, which was a book I expected to love and thought was only okay.  It had a lot going for it, but the middle bits dragged so much and I really disliked the two main characters.  I’ll do a full review for this book and the others soon.


What I’m currently reading


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (audiobook)
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I’m currently reading two books, which isn’t terribly surprising.  The first is the audiobook for The Silkworm, the second book in J. K. Rowling/Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike Series.  I liked The Cuckoo’s Calling well enough, but was really excited to hear that this book featured crazy publishers.  The narrator for the audiobook is fantastic!

Next up is Children of Blood and Bone.  This is one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2018 and I had planned to read it in February, however it ended up in that missing backpack mentioned above.  I haven’t had it in my hands until now, and I’ve only just started it!

Books I bought



Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (original British hardback edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (original British hardback edition) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (original British hardback edition) by J. K. Rowling
Revolt in 2100 By Robert Heinlien
The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
Scythe by Neil Schusterman
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
A Room with a View by E. M. Forester
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

OKAY so most of these were bought BEFORE I announced the Shelfbuster Challenge. I continued to collect my British hardback editions of the Harry Potter books while at Armchair Books in Edinburgh (highly recommended bookshop) — I only need Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows to complete the collection!  I also picked up Scythe, Persepolis, and Senlin Ascends while on holiday — these are all books I had heard wonderful things about.

The others?  Well, I have no excuse.  However Lair of Dreams and Before the Devil Breaks You fall into the ‘continuation of a series’ rule I have for my challenge, so those are allowed.  Also, State of Sorrow is one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, so that is okay too!


Book post



From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters
The Smoke by Simon Ings
Crimson and Bone by Marina Fiorato
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Legend of the Condor by Jin Yong
Planetfall by Emma Newman
The Coffin Path by Katherine Clements

I’ve received some smashing book post this month!  Other than The Hazel Wood, which was the FairyLoot book for February, all of these titles came from publishers.  My blog tour post for The Smoke will be up tomorrow, and I’m going to read Planetfall next.  Thank you to the amazing publicists who sent me these titles!


That is it for this month!  I usually do weekly wrap-ups, but due to the holiday, move, and lack of internet in the new flat I haven’t been able to do those.  I hope this long post more than makes up for it!  I should have internet again next week, so the blog and YouTube channel will both be up and running at full speed then!


Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to go hang out in my new reading room 🙂


What have you read in the month of February?  Have you read any of these books?  Let me know!


7 thoughts on “Reading Round-up: February 2018

  1. Leaving your back pack with Scottish Fiance’s book recommendations was a clever way of not reading his suggestions. Passive aggressive at its finest.

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  2. I’m interested about Truthwitch as well; I initially listened to it and didn’t really like it. But I might possibly give it another chance. I pre-ordered Children of Blood and Bone through Audible so I’m excited as well for it 🙂

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