Hello, (mood) readers!
For my January wrap up, I was a month late. This time, we’re two months delayed (!!) . Seeing a fun trend, here? Somehow, I tend to forget I am a book blogger, maybe it is because I have too many bookish platforms, already?
Nevertheless, I still would love to share with you this wrap-up, especially since I haven’t been up-to-date with sharing book reviews with you. I hope you still get to find some good reads in this list, as this one features romance reads exclusively.
Not only that, I also have some reading statistics here. For some weird reason, I am really, really enjoying my reading tracker spreadsheet! I honestly see it as a fun way to reflect on my reading decisions.
Are you ready? Let’s jump on the titles!
The Books I Read In February 2021
I know it can be cliché to read romance books in the month of love, but I felt like my lack of a lovelife warranted some swoony romances! Hah! For the month, I had tons of romance books planned, but I took in new work clients and I just ended up with 14 finished reads.
However, here’s a fun thing: I read 10 of Goodreads’ Best Romances in 2020! 7 of those titles will be discussed below, but you can also watch the linked video if you’re up for it!
5 Star Reads – Books I Loved
🌼 Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Lovers of fan fiction, rejoice! Spoiler Alert featured the highs and lows of being stuck on an Archive Of Our Own bubble. Two fanfic writers meet in real life: one who is an actor on the show he writes fanfic about, and another who is a geologist who just wants to rewrite her fave series to make it better. Here’s the twist: he knows and she doesn’t.
I loved this one to bits! Body positivity, dyslexia rep, emotional parental abuse, and other serious themes are appropriately threaded between a swoon-worthy romance and tons of steamy scenes!
🌼 Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Talia Hibbert wins my heart again with a romantic comedy about two colleagues who have to fake a relationship when they go viral! What made this win my heart is the fact that we have a guy who is a hopeless romantic and a girl who is a stone-cold realist (and a borderline commitment-phobe!)
If you’re looking for something that will make you smile, this is definitely a good pick!
🌼 The Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Another fake-relationship trope has owned my heart with this charmingly British M/M romance! I saw this a lot in the bookish circles last year but a part of me was scared to read it. I finally braved it and wow the experience is really worth it!
It might tackle a trope that has been used and abused but this is truly a feel-good read and I loved every bit. If I could have more of their story, I would definitely gobble all that up!
🌼 You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
As someone who loves books with famous people as protagonists, I knew this book was after my heart. You Had Me At Hola is about two telenovela stars with career goals, personal problems, and no time for love. But what happens when they actually find it along the way? Ugh, I loved it a lot!
🌼 Crush by Tracy Wolff
This sequel was something I truly enjoyed, though the first installment had a little problems. Crush is reminiscent of Vampire Diaries, but you have to add a whole lot of other supernatural creatures in the mix. I loved how the story is progressing, and to be honest, I just love the ship that rose from this book compared to the first one. Oops.
4 Star Reads – Books I Really Liked
🌼 The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid
This book is a story about a lady done wrong and a duke who has to pay the price. Sebastian, the Duke of Claydon, has to settle a promised marriage made by his younger brother Anthony to Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne. The feisty lady took his breath away and surprised him, so eventually, he agreed. This book has a really quick moving plotline and it ended quite abruptly, as it is a novella. But, nevertheless, this was steamy and fun, if you’re in the mood for a quick one.
🌼 The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid
The second book in the series showed the side of Anthony, and why he was hesitant to pursue a relationship with Lady Jocelyn. In this book, we meet the Ice Maiden, Phillippa Peppiwell, and we see her capture Anthony’s heart. For some reason, this book was steamier than the first book, with some light bondage scenes, at that. I admit I wasn’t expecting that in my historical romance, but.. well, it was steamy!
🌼 Sins of a Duke by Stacy Reid
The third book in the series tells the story of Constance, the little sister of Anthony and Sebastian. Due to a secret unveiled about their family, she experiences rejection by high society. As an outcast, she gets drawn by a new duke with a bad reputation. This book tells the story of love, lies, revenge, and betrayal. Definitely an exciting adventure!
🌼 An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
The third book in the Bridgerton series was an absolute delight. It starts as a retelling of Cinderella then evolved into its own unique love story. Love at first sight is not always the best way to tell a story but I absolutely loved Sophie as a character. Sometimes, Benedict was absolutely frustrating, but he eventually won my heart in the end. Still very much excited to explore the rest of the series.
🌼 Lemon Lavender Is Not Fine by Elle Pallmore
Lemon Lavender, aside from her unique name, lives a fairly normal life. She deals with struggles that teenagers usually go through – and then some. When her ‘perfect’ sister dropped out of college and disappeared, her mom ‘stopped’ living, her dad became stricter, and she holds a larger responsibility — forced to become an adult.
This book showed me that sometimes, the book that has been sitting on your shelves for so long can be the one to bring you a message you’ll carry for a long time. Read my review here.
3 Star Reads – Books That Were ✨Okay✨
🌼 Crave by Tracy Wolff
A book about vampires a la Twilight in 2020? Who knew? The nostalgia for Edward Cullen and Bella Swan pulled me in to read this book. Admittedly, the only thing they have in common is that there is a human and a vampire in a high school. The rest is new and fresh in its own way. I think this was a good start to the series but a part of me was left needing and wanting more.
🌼 Beach Read by Emily Henry
This was one of my most anticipated reads but it just fell short in many ways. Two writes who are opposite each other in styles and simply in the way they see life possibly falls in love? Sounds like a book written for me. Unfortunately, the characters were unlikable in my opinion and they don’t really give a good impression. The story started as a true light-hearted beach read, and the suddenly went dark. The pacing was messy, too, and I felt like it dragged somewhere in the middle.
🌼 One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Pitched as the Bachelorette, only this time, with a plus-sized main character definitely made me so eager to grab my hand on this book. And although the premise and story is entertaining, the representation of body positivity is not present in this book. The character claims to be a plus-size influencer but unfortunately, still has not learned to love here body fully. But not only that, she has lots of prejudice about the appearances and bodies of other people, often judging those who are thinner than her as shallow and unrealistic. I was utterly disappointed with this one, if we’re being honest.
🌼In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Where do you see yourself in five years? This book answers that question. Originally pegged as a contemporary romance, this book is nowhere near the rom-com I expected it to be. The topics were deeper, and more about friendship, and not really about romance. It was hard-hitting, especially towards the end, but it was not the romance I was expecting it ot be. I think this one was hugely mis-categorized.
February 2021 Reading Stats
I read one less book compared to January, but I read more pages! So, I am still very happy with my February reading performance! 5,089 pages is not something I would expect to accomplish in a very busy month.
When I’m busier, I tend to lean towards audiobooks, which is mainly what you can see here. 8 audiobooks, versus 4 ebooks, and 2 physicals book is still a good variety, I guess.
Now, for the genres, we knew that it’s all about romance, but I am definitely surprise that I managed to squeeze in 2 paranormal romances there.
This time, I did slightly better with reading more works by Authors of Color. For audiences, I leaned towards more works by adult authors compared to young adult authors.
February Content Creation
On The Blog
🌼 What was your favorite read for February? I’d love some recommendations!
🌼 What do you think about my picks? Which book would you be interested in trying out?
🌼 What’s your favorite bookish content in February? Would love to check out your posts!