Burning The Candle At Both Ends: [A Shameful] February Wrap-Up

Reading By Starlight Wrap-Up Banner (4).pngHere we are again – can you honestly believe it’s March? It’s only three weeks to go till my mum’s wedding and really, where the actual heck did February go???

Okay, so most of you will remember that I was pretty darn smug at January’s close. I had survived a life shake-up, gotten ahead in my reading challenge and performed my Maid of Honor duties all without breaking a sweat.

Spoiler alert – that was so not the case in February.


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My Month In A Nutshell

I think my stress and anxiety must have bottled itself up during that rush in Janurary because it pretty much exploded this month. I struggled to juggle everything that was heaped onto my plate. I felt over-worked, I was constantly exhausted and my reading schedule fell way behind. Basically my personal life was a down right mess. 

Some of the highlights for February were my Maid of Honor duties which kept me some-what grounded and positive as my mum’s wedding draws ever closer. I was organizing wedding invitations, hair and make-up, my dress for the big day as well as the bridal shower and bachelorette party. I also lost a bit of weight as I toned up and focused on a more balanced diet for the wedding which made me feel confident. Struggles came in the form of a slight reading slump [I’m looking at you, Wayfarer.] and my workload as I found myself burning the candle at both ends, having bitten off a lot more than I could chew. Then I managed to break my toe, so there’s that.

But, with having an amazing support system between my friends, family and the blogging community, I’m ready to take March and the wedding by the horns and kick some serious butt. 😉

Books [Sort-Of] Read 

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | ★★★★★ |Stared February with a re-read of Passenger.  I cannot recommend this book enough. Basically, a treasure hunt through time itself. Think National Treasure meets Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken |  ★★½☆☆| I’m sorry but what the heck happened??? Wayfarer was an actual mess.The attention to historical detail felt somewhat lacking, the atmosphere and romance was non existent and the protagonists acted out of character. Still salty.

Soundless by Richelle Mead | DNF | It was probably the post-Wayfarer-reading-slump but I just felt so bored and detached from the characters and overall plot. I might come back to this later on.

Roar by Cora Carmack | ★★★★½ | I was 100% on board with Roar from page one. Part Throne of Glass and part Twister, Roar has one seriously cool but down right brutal magic system. I mean – these people are magical storm hunters. Enough said.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness | ☆☆☆☆☆ | Okay, so technically I’m still reading this one [I’m past half way] but I couldn’t not mention it because I am seriously in love. This book is a stunning slow burn with major Twilight vibes and your new book boyfriend.

Blog Posts

Starting Out Strong – January 2019 Wrap Up

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

The Titanic Book Tag

Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

A Definitive List of My OTP’s, Ships and Bookish Couples

Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

The Wanderlust Book Tag [An Original Tag]

Books Hauled

Feb Haul

Final Thoughts and March Plans 

In hindsight, I think it’s safe to say that I’m completely hopeless with sticking to my TBRs and reading schedule. While I toppled some major tomes off my 2019 TBR, I had pretty much forsaken my February plans. But, the books I did read were beasts and I still managed to keep on top of my blogging schedule so kudos to that.

With all that in mind though, I won’t be setting or following a TBR in March. Not even a little one. Let’s be honest, I accomplish more when I’m only reading for myself and my current mood. I’d like to continue with the Discworld and Falling Kingdoms series but we’ll see what I’m feeling. With so much to organise, I just really want to take the pressure off and get back to reading for enjoyment. That being said, I will finish A Discovery of Witches because, while I have been savoring it’s pages, I’m completely obsessed. I’d also like to read Save the date because it’ll be the perfect destination read for the wedding. [I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to my leave and the pre-wedding spa day because I need it!].

So how did your own reading month go? Let me know in the comment section below. Good luck with your March reading!Alexandra



8 thoughts on “Burning The Candle At Both Ends: [A Shameful] February Wrap-Up

  1. Omg I love a wedding! I hope amidst the chaos of everything you have some downtime to relax. You sound like the best daughter, reading will always be there for you when the wedding is done and dusted! I’m glad to hear you’re feeling more confident – I’m trying to stop eating so much sugar (I’m such a sweet tooth.)

    I honestly really want to read A Discover of Witches because from the first few episodes of the show, I was like “I actually would rather read this!”

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    • Awww thank you Carly! Don’t you worry, I am the literal worst when it comes to balanced diets and eating right. I drink way too much tea and coffee and eat way to much chocolate. I mean, you only live once right?

      But, I have been working out more, drinking more water and just cutting back on the sugar and processed foods and I’ve seen such great results. I feel stronger and much happier. I guess you really are what you eat haha!

      Regarding A Discovery of Witches I would highly recomend reading it. I watched the series and I thourght that, while I enjoyed it, there was just a lot going on and I didn’t understand it all. After picking up the book I have a greater appreciation for the world and the show. Also, Mathew is just the swooniest and I adore Mathew Goode as an actor. You’ll have to let me know what you think if you do pick it up because I am now obsessed! 🙂

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