My streak of reading loads and loads, but not very much of it being published works, continued in February. AO3 still has a tight grip on me and it doesn’t look like I’m going to be released any time soon. I don’t mind this so much, I’m having a lot of fun, but it does mean that I end up having less to talk about on here than I’d like.
That being said, even when not counting the fanfic, quality-wise I had a really great reading month! I enjoyed everything I read, and didn’t rate anything below 4 stars!
As usual, books are listed in the order that I read them, along with a few thoughts on each of them.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
I enjoyed this one a lot! I loved the focus it had on deep friendships/sisterhood between girls, and the romance was sweet and enjoyable. If more time had been spent in the quieter moments, rather than glossing over them, then this would’ve been phenomenal! You can find my full review here.
This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria
In February I got to participate in my first ever blog tour, and this was the book I was on the tour for! It’s a new favourite of mine for sure. It’s got an aroace protagonist, a strong platonic relationship at its emotional core, and a TON of discussion of the importance of bodily autonomy and consent in non-sexual & fantasy situations. I really appreciate when the implications of certain aspects of magic systems are actually explored, and Victoria did such a great job! You can find my full review here.
This Winter by Alice Oseman
Technically, this was a reread! I read the original ebook version of this novella a few years ago, but I wanted to reread it now that I have a physical copy. My favourite part was the section from the point of view of Tori and Charlie’s younger brother, Oliver. I’d happily read a whole book from his perspective honestly, he’s a joy!
Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire
The Wayward Children series continues to be a favourite of mine! This one functions as a standalone, and follows an intersex protagonist as she steps through a door into a world of centaurs, unicorns, and kelpies. I was never all that into horses as a kid, but this would probably be a delight for anyone who was, and I liked the way it highlighted how cruel kids can be to each other and contrasted that with the genuine friendship that can only come when you’re true to yourself.
Nichijou vol. 4 by Keiichi Arawi
This series of comedic shorts is such a great time, and I highly recommend people to at least check out the anime. It never fails to put a smile on my face, and one of the shorts in this volume had me laughing so hard that I had to put it down for a bit. And the continuity is really impressive despite that maybe not being the priority of this genre.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, and I’m so happy to have finally got around to it! I ended up reading most of it in one sitting, I pretty much couldn’t tear myself away. The way that the romance element went felt realistic given the situation the characters were in, and I really feel for all of the characters. The ending, and explanation, could’ve been clearer, but the atmosphere was more the point I think, and Power definitely delivered on that. Also Power went to my university which I’m hyped about! I got my copy from the bookshop on campus, and there’s a sticker on it saying that she went here, and it’s the only time I’ve been okay with a sticker staying put.
That’s it for this wrap up! I say this every month, but hopefully I’ll have read more next month. Though I’d be very happy for this streak of high ratings to continue!!
What books did you read in February? What did you think of them?
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El is a 21 year old university student from the UK who loves to read and loves talking about what they read. They particularly like to focus on books featuring lgbtq+ main characters.