Books,  Reading

February Reading Wrap Up!

Hi! ^_^

NEWS! WHISPER is now available for preorder everywhere! 😀 That’s all the news. Haha.

So, I didn’t think I’d get much reading done since I was editing half the month and catching up on some Netflix for the rest, but as it were, I’ve read enough to raise my reading goal from 26 books to 50! 😀 As of this posting, I’m 26 books into the new goal.

The mission this month was to finish books I was around 35% or more through and wasn’t quitting. That was five of this month’s reads. So, I wanted to do another update because it’s fun. 🙂 Like last time, the links lead to the Goodreads page or my review if I wrote one.

11: Where Silence Gathers
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Genre: YA Paranormal/Audiobook
Rating: 4 stars
I had such mixed feelings! This is a companion story to one of my favorite books, SOME QUIET PLACE, about a girl who sees emotions as people. Like that story, this was SO beautiful. But the main character was so freaking miserable and angry and hell-bent on ruining her life. Plus there was a strange love triangle that was passionless on one end. But obviously I still really liked it. Lol! First fiction audiobook ever listened to. The voices were a little distracting, but I got used to it. ^_^

12-13: Quitter & Start
Author: Jon Acuff
Genre: Non-Fiction/Career
Rating: 4 stars
These were both books that I was about halfway through when I forgot about them a couple of years or more ago. They’re both decent, largely about the best way to quit your job and go after the career you want. Probably wouldn’t recommend reading them at the same time like I did, especially since they’re both on the long-winded side.

14: Monstress, Vol. 2
Author: Majorie M. Liu
Genre: Graphic Novel/Horror/Dark Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
I think I might be done with this series. They’re way too violent – not the kind of violence I like – this is “girl eating raw coyote hearts and ripping octopus-woman arms off for no reason” kind of disgusting violence. The MC is WAY unlikeable. Each chapter ends with a huge dump of information that you unfortunately need to keep your head from exploding. It’s interesting, but I’m not happy. Lol!

15: Business Boutique
Author: Christy Wright
Genre: Audiobook/Career/Entrepreneur
Rating: 4 stars
This was long and dense, but I think it could be really useful if you have a store or online business especially.

16: Giant Days, Vol. 6
Author & Illustrator: John Allison & Max Sarin
Genre: Contemporary/Graphic Novel/Comedy
Rating: 5 stars
Comedic, college hijinks. Still having a great time reading these. They’re lots of fun. 🙂

17-21: Dr. Seuss
Titles: The Lorax; Oh, the Places You’ll Go; The Sneetches and Other Stories; Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
Genre: Picture Books
Rating: 5 stars
I had a cold all last week, so I decided to read the rest of my Dr. Seuss books that I hadn’t read. I also read Happy Birthday To You, but that was more a 4 star for me – likely because all the bright colors made my under-the-weather self dizzy. All good pick me ups. ^_^

22: Sonofawitch!
Authors: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Sara Dobie Bauer, Frances Pauli, Mara Malins, Adam Milliard, Lissa Marie Redmond
Genre: Comedy/Contemporary Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Six tales of spells gone awry. Hilarious and lots of fun. My only nitpick is one author used the word “appendage” instead of saying forearm. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that extremely strange and distracting. I see that word and I think the character has a tail or antennae or something. These are fantasy stories!! The definition backs me up on that.

23: How To Hang A Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Genre: YA Paranormal
Rating: 3 stars
A girl moves to Salem and people start dying, like immediately. Sounds great, right? Well…it was interesting enough to finish, but I had so many issues with it. Clumsy, Mary-Sue MC who miraculously stops being clumsy when she’s alone. Stupid, pointless love triangle. A surprise twist I couldn’t even get excited about because it was lame. Like, it was broadcasted so hard I was actively ignoring it because I hated the thought of it so much. Super cliche and tropey throughout, which started to annoy me about halfway through causing me to put the book down for months. Great idea for a book though. I loved the first 30% – tropes and all.

24: The Hollow Girl
Author: Hillary Monahan
Genre: YA Supernatural Horror
Rating: 2 stars
Another book I put down for months. At one point I wanted to just throw it away but decided to finish it instead since it’s relatively short and promised carnage – the kind I like. Unfortunately, there was little else to like. A Romani girl’s friend is near death after an attack so the girl has to harvest body parts to bring him back. Sounds awesome, right? How do you mess that up?!! The MC was flat and annoying. I couldn’t tell what year the story took place in. The bad guys were just horrible for no reason. No one had any depth. The narrative lacked personality and rubbed me the wrong way early on. The MC went on and on about how much better Romani folks were than EVERYONE else, and yet literally everyone in the camp completely sucks. ALSO, how is she a moral upstanding person when she’s selling bags of worthless beads to people and telling them it’s magic? Oh, it’s okay because they’re not Romani so they’re scum? To clarify, I’m not mad the girl’s a liar – it’s the hypocrisy of it all. ALSO, ALSO, I don’t get bent out of shape over rape in a book, but dudes, like seriously, it better absolutely need to happen, and I just didn’t feel like it did. I hated this. Like, I legit never want to see this again.

25: Love Your Life Not Theirs
Author: Rachel Cruze
Genre: Non-Fiction/Money/Audiobook
Rating: 2 stars
Totally O.D.ed on non-fiction this month. So…I like Rachel as a person, but there isn’t an original thought to be found. She did a great job reading this – I just wouldn’t have bothered if I’d known that she was just going to throw everything her dad’s already said a thousand times into a grinder and make toast out of it.

26: Sailor Moon, Vol. 3
Author: Naoko Takeuchi
Genre: Manga
Rating: 5 stars
💜😊 This is so much better than the anime, though I also love the anime a ridiculous amount. There are 12 volumes in all, so I’m in for a great year. 😀

It’s very unlikely I’ll read this much next month, I promise. LOL. The last season of Bates Motel is finally up on Netflix, and I promised my work-in-progress that I’d start writing in March. Sometime. 😛


  • Tonja Drecker

    Sailor Moon! I loved her when I was younger but have forgotten about her 🙂 When you mentioned How To Hang A Witch, I remembered maybe reviewing it once. So I went back and saw that I’d done book 2 in the series but never read book one. I gave it 5 -stars (had a lot to do with the titanic), but upon rereading my review, I can’t remember anything about the book. Guess it wasn’t good enough to stay planted in my head. Huh.

    • Krystal Jane

      Yay! Sailor Moon! 😀

      I was really tempted to pick up the Titanic one until I finished this one. I’m obsessed with Titanic. Now, I’m afraid I won’t like it as much. That happens to me sometimes where I really enjoyed reading something and then forget about it. I read something in January that I’ve already forgotten about. The best books are memorable, I think.

  • Michelle Athy

    Dude!! You’re way ahead of me 🙂 Pretty cool assortment of books there. I’m reading one (I should finish it in a day or two) and I’m “reading” one (it’s a really long-winded nonfiction book about Native Americans in the 19th century, which I wanted to read because I don’t know enough about them…but I started in November and I’m still only 30% into it).

    • Krystal Jane

      I’m pretty happy with my reading self right now. Lol! Everything I’m currently reading is slow going. They’re all interesting. I think it’s the style.

  • tyreanmartinson

    Congratulations on Whispers!!! That’s awesome!
    Wow, you’re reading list is intense. I appreciate the reviews and I can definitely see some I will pick up and some I will avoid.

  • Christine Rains

    Congratulations on the pre-order! I have so much to catch up on Netflix, I don’t think it will ever happen. Good reviews. I like some violent action in my books too, but when it’s pointless and ridiculous, I can understand putting the book down. I’ve picked up quite a few books lately that haven’t hooked me, and I’m getting mad at them because they’re interfering in me keeping up with my reading goals! =P Have a good weekend.

    • Krystal Jane

      Thank you! I don’t think I’ll ever catch up on Netflix either. But I totally hate being slowed down when I’m reading! Especially at the beginning of the year.

  • Jodi Perkins (@Perkjo)

    Sorry, I never made it through this post because I got totally derailed by “WHISPER is now available for preorder….” Just ordered my copy! Soooo excited. I’m ready for my next Krystal-Jane-fix. Plus your books are making my shelf so pretty. 😉

    Okay, guess I should read the rest of this.

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