February 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

covers february 2019.pngOverall, February has been more a sci-month than a fantasy one for me. At one point I was also reading 4 books at the same time, which slowed me down a lot. Still, I think it has been a decent month. From now on, reviewing and reading is expected to slow down a bit because of uni, especially in the first few weeks, but hopefully I can keep the blog alive.

  • Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (ARC): Excellent sci-fi novella series that I’m very glad I got the chance to read as one book. Recommended to anyone interested in books dealing with identity and culture.
  • The Inheritance Cycle #1-3 by Christopher Paolini: Reread of the series that got me into fantasy when I was a kid, because…I don’t know why. On a random whim. By now, I’ve heard every criticism out there and agree with most of them. Yet I still devoured books 1-2 in less than a day, the third one the next day, and enjoyed myself very much. Nostalgia is powerful stuff 
  • Touch by Claire North: Finally read it after ages of being prodded into it by Coffee from The Fantasy Inn. Incredibly well-written, but very disturbing (the implications of body-hijacking ghosts…).
  • The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, and Rivers Solomon (ARC): Did live up to the hype. If you like character-focused sci-fi, keep an eye out for this.
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee: Buddy read (thanks P., it’s been fun!). Took forever to grow on me, until about 40%, but by the end, I was in a constant state of holy shit. Worldbuilding was amazing as well (calendrical heresy!). Review to come soon.
  • Currently reading: Treason’s Shore by Sherwood Smith, Hwarhath Stories by Eleanor Arnason, no idea what to read next. Don’t feel like reading anything 😦

Books read this year: 10 (+ 4 rereads)

r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge progress: 46/50 (92%)

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9 thoughts on “February 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up”

    1. Both are wonderful if you want diverse sci-fi and just really well-written overall. I was a bit wary of the fact that each chapter in The Vela is written by a different author, but it wasn’t much of an issue.

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  1. I still need to read the third Binti novella. I am just not ready for it to be over, I don’t think. 😂

    I have only read one SerialBox book, and only the first episode (Geek Actually). Glad to know this one was good – I will keep an eye out for it!

    Nostalgia reads can be good, but they can also be tricky. I used to nostalgia read Twilight every few years, but the last time (about 4 years ago) I really couldn’t get into it. So it is just on my shelves.

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  2. Congrats !! Almost done with the bingo!!

    I fear that I haven’t read any of the book you mentionned 😅 though Eragon was a book ive seen alot growing up.. i just never picked it up 🤷🏽‍♀️

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    1. Probably better to not try it now, tbh. It’s one of those books you almost
      have to read when you’re a kid 😂 Otherwise you just notice every cliché and character acting stupid for the sake of plot and so on – but it was a good intro to the genre for me when I was 10.

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  3. I, too, have heard it all about Eragon, but man was that my jam growing up! I still have the full set on my shelves and I don’t know if I’ll ever let them go. 🙂

    I have the full Ninefox Gambit trilogy from a Kindle sale, glad you enjoyed the first one! It’s on my list of series to read (at some point)….

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  4. YOU CAN, Para! You can!!! I’m curious about Ninefox Gambit since I read Dragon Pearl and enjoyed it for the most part (also took awhile to grow on me so I guess I’m not surprised?). I don’t usually nostalgia read, but lately I’ve been wanting to for at least one book to see what I think of it now years later?

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    1. Thank you! 😊

      Oh, haven’t read Dragon Pearl yet but now I’m curious. Ninefox just throws a lot of worldbuilding and technobabble at you, so it takes a while to get used to that, but once I was hooked, I was hooked.

      And yes! Nostalgia reads can be great (though there’s always a risk it will not live up, lol). I’d say do it.

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