February Wrap-Up!

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Hello everyone!

Hope you guys had a great month!

It’s been crazy for me: new city, new apartment, new job, new coworkers, new friends, new pole studio. Everything around me is so, SO different.

But you know what?

In the midst of all of that…….. You guys stayed the same.

And I owe you all a BIG thank you πŸ™‚

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Anyway! Since this is the end of the month, it is now the time to think back and try to remember what I did for the last 4 weeks haha *goldfish memory moment* :’)

  • Read 9 books!?! (That’s a RECORD for me!!)
  • Wrote everyday (sometimes just one sentence… literally)
  • Joined a pole studio (YAY!)
  • Dabbled in DIY (photos coming up!)
  • ++ Sustainability (public transit! reusable shopping bags and containers! cloth napkins!)
  • Visited Salt Spring Island which was a super fun trip!! (photos coming up!)

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This was an AMAZING reading month for me. First of all, I can’t believe that I read NINE books, which is unprecedented for me (usually I am sitting around the 5-6 books mark.) Of course, two are graphic novels and one is a short story which sped things along πŸ˜›

Secondly, there were many books that I enjoyed, that I couldn’t wait to read the next page of, that made me excited for my commute just to be able to read more.

Dear MartinΒ is a breath-taking and poignant novel about gun violence and racism. I loved how concise and fast-paced this book was, and how it explored multiple point of views on this issue. Check out my review here.(β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5/5)

Warcross BLEW ME AWAY! WHAT HAPPENED IN THE END!??!? Now I can’t wait for a year to pass so I can get my hands on the second book :’) Review coming up! (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

Talking as Fast as I Can is a super fun read from the actress who played Lorelai in Gilmore Girls. I loved the humorous and quirky voice of the writer, who made me laugh out loud. However, I didn’t watch Gilmore Girls or Parenthood, and I feel that I would’ve appreciated this book so much more if I did. (β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

The Problem with Forever is a slower-paced YA contemporary about letting go of the past and moving on. I loved the main character’s development, and it was inspiring to see her celebrating small achievements, like being able to speak a few words on her first day of school. However, the pacing was too slow for me, and everyone… talked… like… this… (I don’t mind the occasional ellipses but it is a pet peeve of mine when it is over-used!) (β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

Artemis is an action-packed science fiction about life on the moon. I am in LOVE with the world building and research that is behind this novel, and how REAL it all seems. And the MC is super badass! Check out my review here.(β˜…β˜…β˜….5/5)

We Were LiarsΒ is another book that took me completely by surprise at the end. I loved the writing style, which was smooth and powerful. Although I felt the beginning and middle were slow, I was captivated by the ending. (β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump are the first two books in a collection of autobiographic graphic novels called Sarah’s Scribbles. Sarah is a introvert, bookworm, and a bit of an awkward penguin. Her comic strips (which started off as a webcomic series) are so relatable and humorous. (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

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Remember Brokeback Mountain?! (The Oscar-winning movie about two gay guys in the mountains!?) I’ve always loved this movie, but it is the first time that I read the short story on which the movie was based. Annie Proulx’s writing is breath-taking and this short story is every bit as heart-breaking as the movie adaptation. I love this so much. (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…/5)

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As usual, you guys inspire me with the wonderful ideas floating around πŸ™‚

The Orang-utan Librarian talks about her favourite classics of ALL time.

Asha shares a story about Valentine’s Day which will tug on your heart strings.

Attention writers out there! Ever wondered whether to explore self-publishing as an option?Β Milly Schmidt shares her reasons for why you should take the leap.

Phil Taylor shares his thoughts about February 14, aka. Singles Awareness Day.

Dani shares insights about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in South Korea!

Beth hosts a discussion topic about standalones vs. series!

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What are your favourite reads this month? Any memorable moments? Do you have any qualms about ellipses (………) or is it just me?! Do you have any favourite comics/graphic novels? What are your favourite movie adaptations?

39 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up!

  1. MichaelK says:

    It sounds like a full, satisfying month! I think you did great! Here this month was all about the carnival so didn’t get much done, got a terrible cold last week but otherwise uneventful I’d say. I have fallen behind in my social media presence but tbh I don’t really care as long as I communicate with people (like we do here).

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  2. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Sounds like you had a good month Sophie! πŸ™‚ Certainly a busy one as well so the fact you managed to read nine books on top of everything else is brilliant!
    I’m really glad to see you enjoyed Warcross, that was one of my favourite reads of last year and oh after that ending I can’t wait for the second book in the series. Also I really need to get around to Dear Martin soon, it’s at the top of my to-read list that’s for sure. πŸ˜€
    Thanks so much for featuring my post, I’m glad you enjoyed it enough to feature it. I hope you have a great March too Sophie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Beth ❀ πŸ™‚ Yes I really enjoyed Warcross! It grabbed me from page 1 and I always looked forward to seeing what happened next! That ending took me completely by surprise haha- I really love a good plot twist! I am so excited for book 2 as well πŸ™‚
      Hope you will enjoy Dear Martin once you get around to this book πŸ™‚
      Thank you Beth ❀ hope you will have a good reading and writing month in March!

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  3. Asha Seth says:

    Oh, just how happy you make me. And I feel so honored at being mentioned through your thoughts. I was happy to know you had quite a month and enjoyed reading those other posts you’ve shared. Keep up the happy work, Sophie. πŸ™‚

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  4. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Lovely post! Sounds like you did so much this month!! I’m so glad Dear Martin and Warcross were good- really want to read both of those! I’ve really been meaning to watch Brokeback Mountain for years as well. Thank you so much for sharing my post!! Curious about Asha’s post as well! Wonderful wrap up!

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Thank you ❀ Brokeback Mountain is amazing! I loved both the book and the movie and I can’t recommend them enough πŸ™‚ Hope that you will enjoy Dear Martin and Warcross- these are some of my favourite books this month!

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  5. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    What a great month you had Sophie!! 9 books is such an exciting accomplishment no matter that a short story helped you reach it. I… Happen… To…. LOVE… ellipses (AND exclamation marks, though not in book writing)!! Hahahahahaha, so that was the best thing I read it your post. Though its super cool how sustainable you are!! I’ll look for your review of Warcross, we agreed rating wise… ❀ Happy reading in March!! ❀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Dani! Lol! I kind of know what you mean about ellipses. I tend to use them quite a lot in my blog posts (I think there were at least 2 in this one haha) however I don’t like it when they are in books either. Same goes for exclamation marks! (Though I don’t think I see exclamation marks used often in books in general?)
      Thank you Dani ❀ Hope you had a wonderful February and wish you a happy March πŸ™‚

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  6. Zoie says:

    It’s amazing that you were able to read nine books when you were so busy this month… it’s funny how things work out that way 😊 I’m so excited to hear what you have to say for Warcross! I read that book for a book club I’m in and we had so much to discuss, especially how technology is affected our lives. I’ve also seen of Sarah’s Scribbles around bookstores and the blogosphere — the books look adorable & seem like perfect reads to pull me out of a future book slump. πŸ˜‹ I’m glad you had such an amazing February! Hope you have an even better March! πŸ˜„

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Zoie! Thank you for your sweet message ❀ πŸ™‚ It sounds like you enjoyed Warcross as well. It is such an exciting book full of plot twists! I liked how there is the theme of artificial intelligence which adds food for thought πŸ™‚ I would definitely recommend Sarah's Scribbles – it is such a humorous and effortless read! Hope you had an amazing February as well πŸ™‚

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Yes! Having read the original short story, I think the movie is such a faithful adaptation and captures the feel of the story completely πŸ™‚ It was a short read (only 40-50 pages I think) which I finished in one sitting since I enjoyed it so much πŸ™‚ Hope you will like this one as much as I did!

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  7. Marie says:

    Wow, Sophie, you had such a brilliant reading month, despite being so busy, I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚ I can’t WAIT to read your review of Warcross, I loved that book so much and it kind of took me by surprise as well, it was CRAZY. I’m so glad you also enjoyed We Were Liars, it was a wonderful book, I didn’t expect the endin either and it broke me hahaha.
    I hope you’ll have an amazing month! xx

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Marie! πŸ™‚ ❀ YES Warcross was so crazy! I loved the fast pace from beginning to end, and I never got bored! I was so surprised by the plot twists toward the end haha (a good thing, because I love plot twists that I can't predict!)
      Glad that you liked We Were Liars as well πŸ™‚
      Wishing you an amazing month ❀

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