February Reading Recap

The title pretty much explains what this post is going to be, but essentially this is just a list of books I read in February, along with whether they were first time or re-reads, and whether any of the books were gifted to me in exchange for a review. None of the books I read last month were, I purchased/borrowed all of the books, so I will be skipping that section this month. Any reviews will be linked.

The Queen’s Bargain (Black Jewels #10) by Anne Bishop, new read
Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs, re-read
Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega #1) by Patricia Brigs, re-read
Burn Bright (Alpha and Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs, re-read
Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater, new read

February was not a month of much exploration in my reading, much like last month, the bulk of my reading was re-reading in preparation for an upcoming book in a series I am a fan of, in this case the re-reads were by Patricia Briggs, and the upcoming book is Wild Sign. I have it pre-ordered, and if it arrives within a reasonable time frame after the publication date, I expect it in the next few weeks.

The two new reads for February were also continuations of series’ I like, even though Call Down the Hawk is a new trilogy, the continuing characters and settings from The Raven Cycle help it feel more like a reboot than an entirely new story. A lot of the world-building is already done, allowing the action to begin immediately, and any additonal world-building to be a bonus rather than a necessity.

The Queen’s Bargain, while being a first time read for me, was also essentially me catching up on the Black Jewels world so that I could read The Queen’s Weapons on release. I wanted to read The Queen’s Bargain as soon as it released last year, but refuse to pay $50 for a hardcover copy. I don’t even like hardcovers, paperbacks are more compact and convenient for re-reading, and while this doesn’t always stop me from buying hardcover copies of books out of impatient, I refuse to pay twice as much for the ‘privilege’.

There’s no real trend in my reading this month that wasn’t also there in January: safe choices and re-reading. From what I’ve read in March so far, I expect more of the same. Though hopefully by April I’ve got a bit more energy for adventurous choices.

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