February 2013 Wrap-Up

Books read: 17

It’s the time of the month again. Even though February has lesser days compared to the rest of the months, I managed to read 17 books. Yay! A lot of people are asking me how I can read a lot of books in a short time. For a quick answer to others, I don’t use audio books. I read printed and digital books only.

The thing is, no matter how busy I am with my family, work, and social lives I still find and create time for books. When my social life gets too hyper, like going home in the wee hours of the morning or not going home at all, I will miss a day of reading. But I will compensate for that the next day. If I happen to arrive home before midnight, I surely go to my books and read. No matter how tired I am, as long as I can still open my eyes, I read books at least two hours a day. I think that being in my early 20s and dependent to my parents and helpers, I don’t have to spend time doing chores. Instead, my free time goes to reading books, watching movies, and going out with family and friends.

Anyhow, here are the books I have read for this month. They are technically 16 because one is just a short story. However, Goodreads counted it as one, so yeah, 17.

Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn

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Rating:  3/5

This is written by one of my favorite historical romance authors. With the rate I’m going, I think I’ll finish reading all her books this year. This novel is also the same as the others, but it lacks some sentimentality and emotional connection to me. Still, I rated it three starts because I find their insta-love funny and entertaining. Plus, I also love making lists.

The Devil Duke Takes a Bride by Rachel Van Dyke

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Rating: 3/5

I purchased this ebook in Amazon under the 0.99 cents list. The blurb seems okay so I decided to buy it. The storyline is okay, though I can recommend some things to make it more interesting. The characters are funny and witty though, and I instantly love the devil duke.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Rating: 5/5

This is my first Ray Bradbury book and I am glad I happened to get a copy of this one. It is disturbing, yes but I was amazed to how he “predicted” what our future would be like. First written in 1953, how could he know what will happen in the next 50 or so years? Even though the world described in the book is different from what we have today, I’m afraid we are already close.

The Life and Times of the Heir and the Keeper by Etta King

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Rating: 4/5

I read this book for a book blog tour and I have posted my review last month. To read my views on this book, you may click here.

Dominion by Melody Manful

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Rating: 5/5

I so love this book. When I found out that this is a debut novel of the author, I was surprised. Melody wrote well for a YA author, and I like how the way the story and scenes flow smoothly. The premise of the novel is also good. I also want my two guardians!

To read my entire review for Dominion, you may do so here.

Reckoning by Molly Hall

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Rating: 4/5

I like paranormal YA fiction and this one did not disappoint me. The cover is enticing and so is the story. There are some rooms for improvement, but the author did well for this one. I will surely read the second installment!

You may read my review here.

Matched by Ally Condie

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Rating: 3/5

I heard a lot of things from this series so I decided to try reading it. The cover holds a lot of promise so I was excited when I first picked up the book. However, it did not deliver much. Not all dystopian novels can be as successful as THG, and this one is included in that category. It left me frustrated especially when things got so predictable halfway through the story. It did not leave me eager to read the second book.

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

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Rating: 5/5

Almost all of my book blogger friends have read the Lux series and there is an overflowing of positive comments. Of course, this has influenced me so I got myself the first three books of the series and began to read. And I was like, “OMG!’ Aside from the fact that the heroine is a book blogger and reviewer, it is very easy to connect to her. I find myself imagining she’s me. As for the hero, he is so perfect even though he is an alien. I really love this paranormal YA fiction that I once dreamt of being with Daemon. Haha!

Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

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Rating: 5/5

This is the second book of the series and for you guys who know me, you won’t be surprised to see that as soon as I finished reading the first book, I’ll immediately (like less than five minutes) pick up the next one. I think almost all second installments face the challenge of giving more than what was offered in the previous book, and I am glad that Onyx exceeded my expectations. Obsidian has a good intro, but Onyx is so much more. The characters are crazy witty and humorous and they make reading the difficult situations in the book bearable.

An Italian Obsession by Kfir Luzatto

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Rating: 4/5

I received a free copy of this book in a blog tour from which I joined. It is a coming-of-age novel which is a bit dark, but sounds realistic in every way. Historically set in 1970s, the author captured the economic and social life of people way back then. Along with other factors, these made an interesting character out of Roberto Lucci, the hero of the story. As a teenager in his time, Luzatto beautifully wrote the young adult’s struggles and complexities in life.

Read more of my review here.

The Exemeus by Folami and Abeni Morris

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Rating: 4/5

This one is an interesting magical dystopian novel. A copy was given to me to be read and reviewed, and I was glad to take it with open arms. The story has lots of surprises and twists that wouldn’t lull you to sleep. It’s a bit long though.

Continue reading my review here.

All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

Rating: 4/5

This short story was influenced by my good blogger friend Charlotte of Book Adoration. This is my second Bradbury, and it is amazing to note that Bradbury has the passion to make the story alive. This short story brings out a lot of emotion in me that I felt sad, hurt, and violent (?)  after reading it. I love the rain more than I do for the sun, but after reading this short but intense story, I came to appreciate the latter more. I hope that there will be more short stories and books written this way.

Fall for Me by K.A. Last

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Rating: 4/5

The plot of this story is okay, but I can’t say the same for the characters. I find it very hard to connect to them, especially to the heroine. The insta-love and sweet exchanges were nice, but the frequent POV shifting made me want to stop reading the book at some points. Luckily, the writing is good and light, and not very much predictable.

My review can be found here.

The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn

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Rating: 4/5

The book review for this historical novel will go live any time soon so kindly head over her after a few days to know my views on this one. For now, I can only give you guys the rating. J

Opal by Jennifer Armentrout

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Rating: 4/5

I still like the series, but something went wrong with this one. I can’t actually put my finger on it. It’s just that it did not feel the same like the first two. I still like the relationship between Daemon and Katy which was built stronger, but I dislike how trashy some characters became especially Dee. I also hate the ending! I mean it is good and beautiful twist even though I expected it as much. Still, it made me feel so thirsty and excited to read Origin, which will be published sometime in July.

So there goes my list. For some looking for book recommendations, please feel free to read my short reviews listed above. I hope that this somehow encourage you guys to continue reading more.

As of the moment, I have read 32 books out of my 50 books 2013 goal. I am thinking of increasing my goal to 75. What do you think guys?

Now, it’s your turn! Let me know how many books you’ve read during the love month. What are they? 

Related posts:

January 2013 Wrap-Up

2012 Monthly Reviews

24 thoughts on “February 2013 Wrap-Up

    1. I read a minimum of two hours a day. Sometimes I read the whole day, especially during weekends or holidays when I stay at home. I don’t have to do any house chore like cooking, washing dishes, doing the laundry, etc so the time saved for those stuff will be used for my reading.

    1. Yeah, I think you may be right. I rarely watch TV, and if I do, it’s mostly for news. I watch something using TV though – Korean dramas and movies! Do they count?

      Please read Fahrenheit 451. It is good and very much prophetic.

    1. Hmm don’t be. There’s nothing to be envious about especially if you could see me when left alone. I can’t do anything! Haha. How are the short stories? I admit, I got frustrated reading Pride and Prejudice.

  1. 16 books and a short story read in a month is a very impressive amount. I read 6 books in February which is a really good amount for me. I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I thought it was a very powerful and interesting read. If you’re interested in more of his work I higly recommend Something Wicked This Way Comes and Dandelion Wine. I have also read Bradbury’s short story collection The October Country which was interesting too. Happy reading in March 🙂

  2. The poetry of Dante has been my steady go-to in the past two months. I guess you could count it as my reading for love month even though he’s far less romantic than the popular images of him. Next up for me is a novel called “The Demonologist” by Andrew Pyper. I’ll have something up on it soon and maybe I’ll give up a little more sleep time to do what you have done. Your February list is great, Monica; a very rich mix of titles, especially on dystopias! You’ve definitely motivated me to try to include more!!

  3. I recently read Fahrenheit 451 and had the same thoughts; the book was very thought-provoking and made me wonder about the future of society. Great selection of books! I’ll try to read some others on the list soon!

  4. Part of me loved “Matched” but part of me didn’t! Thanks for checking my blog out and congrats on the year anniversary of your blog- it’s very good!

  5. Man, 17 is a big number. I loved this post, Nica!. Showing all the covers of all the books you read and linking the reviews is an excellent idea. I have Dominion with me. Not read yet. Will do soon 🙂

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