Books,  Reading

February 2020 Wrap Up

Hiya! πŸ˜€

Things started off pretty slow, but I ended up with a pretty good reading month! I also got about 5k words written on the old work-in-progress. After January felt like it went on for five weeks, February felt like it lasted barely three, but that could be due to most of my productivity being in the last ten days of the month. Literally.

I watched the first season of YOU on Netflix, about a bookstore manager who stalks this MFA student to make sure she’s “safe” and can be “trusted” with his tiny broken heart. It’s interesting but disturbing. I have questions. I almost want to pick up the book.

Speaking of reading, though! πŸ˜› Wrap up!

6: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Genre: Fantasy/Historical/Retelling
Rating: 4 stars
This is inspired by Russian folklore that I’m entirely unfamiliar with, in particular: Vasilisa the Beautiful – a Cinderella-ish sounding story – and Father Frost: about a magical entity in the woods who lavishes gifts on people who are kind to him, while the unkind is frozen to death. It’s wonderfully creepy in places and beautifully written and atmospheric. There are nitpicks, like, it was a little hard for me to read at first – there was a lot of information and little happening for a while and a lot of time skipping by; everyone had three or four names between their real names, nicknames, and pet names; the characters called each other by their full names 90% of the time, which are Russian and long as hell; there were “talking” horses. They weren’t talking in the traditional sense, but the main character could sense what they were saying, and that counts as a talking animal, which I don’t like, but I dealt with it. Also, there were half a thousand POVs, which I also don’t like, and while I really liked a few of them, most of them were unnecessary. This is book one of a trilogy, and it wrapped up pretty nicely, I think, while still leaving me curious about the next book, which I 100% plan to read.

7: A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel, Volume 1
Author: George R. R. Martin, Adapted by: Daniel Abraham, Artist: Tommy Patterson
Genre: Fantasy/Historical
Rating: 5 stars
There has been a trend lately of me reading graphic novel versions of popular books. I have the actual book, but I’ve been intimidated by all the POVs and the length. We’ll see how I feel after going through four volumes, but it’s really good so far! Dark and bloody and awful people everywhere. Plus I like seeing how everyone is “supposed” to look. There’s a lot going on. Like, I don’t even know how to begin telling anyone what this is about, except: a bunch of people and how they were affected by a previous battle over power, and this is the calm before the storm of the next battle and all the events that lead up to it.

8: Hope in the Morning
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 5 stars
This was written and published to help raise money for people and places affected by the Australian wildfires. I like her poetry. It’s calming and beautiful and occasionally romantic.

9: Frostbite: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy #2)
Author: Richelle Mead, Adapter: Leigh Dragoon, Illustrator: Emma Vieceli
Genre: Graphic Novel/YA Paranormal
Rating: 5 stars
Super fun! Immortal vampires are attacking mortal vampire families with the help of humans, and some of the academy students try to take matters into their own hands and fight back while everyone else is hiding away at a ski resort. It’s a shame the second Vampire Academy movie didn’t happen. This would have been a lot of fun on screen, and I can’t wait to read the novels and see all the details I missed, because I can tell I’m missing a lot. Not enough that it’s not enjoyable, but enough to want more information.

10: Giant Days, Vol. 12
Author: John Allison, Illustrator: Max Sarin
Genre: Contemporary/Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 stars
Always fun. College humor and hijinks continue. The trio are in their last year, and as such, there are only two volumes left!

11: A Treasury of Royal Scandals
Author: Michael Farquar
Genre: Non-Fiction/Scandals/European History
Rating: 5 stars
Omg. Fascinating but horrifying and thankfully written in a rather light-hearted way. This book focuses on Western Europe and Russia. covering the misdeeds, miserable marriages, terrible parenting, and misuse of power by Popes, Ancient Roman Emperors, Kings and Empress’s, and the people unfortunate enough to be related to them. The depths and levels people have gone to to secure power, to keep it, to take it. The things people have done while drunk on power. Some of this I was already familiar with, and it was interesting to read Farquar’s summarization in such detail. For all the fantasizing people do about being a princess, it’s truly not worth wanting. Being a peasant is where it’s at.


  • Michelle Athy

    Very cool! I imagine the GoT graphic novel is so much easier to digest than the novel–which isn’t really my type of story anyway, but sounds intimidating and twisted.

    Hope you were okay what with the tornadoes that hit Middle TN!

    • Krystal Jane

      GoT is quite twisted. This format is definitely easier to digest.

      The storm system was north and then curved around us. I don’t think it even rained harder than usual here, so I didn’t know how bad it was until people were asking if we were okay.

  • A.S. Akkalon

    Thanks for sharing! The only one of those I’ve read is The Bear and the Nightingale. I read it quite a while back, and all I can remember is that it’s set in Russia and there’s a cool creature that lives in(?)/ looks after(?) the hearth. Plus I kind of enjoyed it, but not enough to read it again in a hurry.

    A Treasury of Royal Scandals has me intrigued for the purposes of plot inspiration. You can’t make up fantasy that’s as crazy as real life. πŸ˜‰

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