Monthly Wrap-Up – February 2021

Hello everyone,

It feels like February has been a whirlwind of a month! It has been pretty busy and once again I have frequently been left to reflect on the fact there are just not enough hours in the day (lol), but ultimately it was successful.

There are a few reasons why I can look back on the last month with a lot of happiness, and the one that clearly stands out the most is that I am getting a new job!

I shall still be working for the University of Bristol, but as a student inclusion administrator, which is a higher grade role than my current one in the School of Arts. I have been in my current position for almost three and-a-half years and have absolutely loved it, but things have been a bit difficult since the start of the pandemic so it was the right time to move on.

The interview took place online and a thought it went okay, but I was still surprised when I was offered the role. I am starting on 15th March, so that will be something to look forward to, and also there will be a lot to learn!

As for reading, it has mostly been a very good month on that front too. Aside from a very rare one-star read, I have been lucky to pick up some excellent books including my first five-star rating of 2021.

Overall I finished five books in February, and here they all are:

Rebecca ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Deity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Lost Ones ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Tuesday Mooney Talks To Ghosts ⭐
The Thursday Murder Club ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Despite finishing five books during the month, I have not made the best start to my Goodreads challenge! I am slightly behind schedule as I work towards a target of 54 so hopefully I can catch up a little in March.

My March TBR is another eclectic mix. I am currently about halfway through The House In The Cerulean Sea and should finish that soon. Meanwhile, I am planning to finally read Six Of Crows, along with The Silent Companions and The Whole Truth, and some more which I have not decided yet!

In addition to reading Rebecca, I also watched the recent Netflix adaptation in February. It was a decent watch and I quite enjoyed it, but was quite dubious about how the ending was changed so drastically from the book. The other film I watched was The Dig, which was also good except for a romance element that felt completely irrelevant to the plot!

As for my new flat, hopefully March can be the month where I finally move in. I have received most of the furniture now (including the all-important bookcase!) and it is just the finishing touches left, such as fixing carpets, setting up wi-fi, and moving my belongings there – the end is in sight!

Time has been such a precious commodity in February so it has not always been easy to make progress with writing, while I also decided to enrol on an online course about country houses in English literature, which I have only been able to study once or twice per week so far.

The most disappointing victim of lack of time is blog hopping. I have really struggled to keep up with other blog posts in February and I feel bad about that because I love supporting fellow book bloggers and you all put so much effort and thought into your content, so I promise to make sure I get to it in March.

All the same, this new month contains many things to look forward to, some I am excited to see where it will lead!

To finish, I shall include some of my favourite blog posts out of the ones I did get to read in February:

  • Siena compiled a short list of classics recommendations, which I found very useful as someone who wants to read more of the genre.
  • May marked her four-year blogging anniversary with an enlightening Q&A.
  • Mek celebrated three years of book blogging with a heartwarming list of things she has learned.
  • Sofii capped her birthday with an amazing discussion post about how to stay motivated as a reader.
  • Caro wrote a list of books she is hoping to return to in the near future.
  • Yvonne shared a list of 20 YA books she is aiming to read in 2021.
  • Chana and Malka wrote a very amusing list of ways to battle a never-ending TBR. Hint – they do not work 😉
  • Olivia-Savannah reread The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and wrote a fantastic in-depth review.
  • Tiffany‘s glowing thoughts about These Violent Delights were exactly the same as mine!
  • Clair convinced me to add The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margaret to my TBR with her amazing review.

Have a lovely March and happy reading 🙂

36 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up – February 2021

  1. Great wrap-up!
    I loved the Lost Ones! I have a few of these on my tbr (Including Rebecca which I have been meaning to pick up for a while!)
    Hope you enjoy Six of Crows! I read Soc, Crooked Kingdom and Shadow & Bone (Trilogy) recently ready for the Netflix adaptation (so hope you enjoy!).
    Hope the end of moving in is successful this month!
    Congratulations on your new job as well!
    Happy Reading, Stephen! 💜😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Kat! 💜 Rebecca is an excellent read, definitely one I think you will enjoy if you liked The Lost Ones! I’m excited to finally read Six Of Crows, too. Happy reading to you too! 🥰🥰

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      1. You’re welcome, Stephen! 💜Yes! I definitely will try to get around to reading it this year, it has been on the tbr a while 😅 Hope you enjoy, I really enjoyed the SoC duology! Thankyou 🥰

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  2. This is a great wrap-up! Thank you for mentioning me, I hope that if you read any of the books from the list then you’ll enjoy them. Rebecca has been on my TBR for a while, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Great wrap-up and congratulations on new job! I hope you can move to new house this month. I would love to see what you think of six of crows. I just finished shadow and bone and will start Siege and Storm soon. I’m reading Grishaverse in order.

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  4. Congratulations on the new job. That’s so exciting. Here’s hoping you can move into your new flat this month. You’re not alone with the blog hopping hit. I’m so behind on it and I feel so bad for not doing more, but time just gets away from you, especially in these busy stretches. I’m excited to hear what you think of Six of Crows. Have a lovely month. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Lois! I’m glad I am not the only one struggling with blog hopping, maybe I am less productive these days but there seems to be no time for it and it makes me feel guilty. Hope you have a lovely March too! 🙂


  5. Looks like you had a busy but great month, Stephen! And congrats on your new post and apartment 🙂 2021 is looking good for you! Yayyy 🙂 Kudos to you, my friend!

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  6. Stephen! I miss your blog so much now that I don’t have that much time to check it often. 🥺🥺 Needless to say, I love your voice and your posts are getting better and better!! 😍👏🏻 & Thank you so much for mentioning my post, I’m honored & adding Deity to my TBR just because of you 😄

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    1. Ah Sofii, thank you so much for your kind words, they really mean a lot 🥰❤ It’s okay, I have struggled to keep up with other blogs lately too and it makes me feel bad, so I do understand. Oh I hope you enjoy the series! It’s brilliant and so unique with the podcast format. And you’re very welcome – you know that I love your posts so much 😍

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  7. Congrats on the new job! 🙂 If you want a Rebecca adaptation a little closer to the book you should definitely check out the 1940 Hitchcock version. It does veer from the book a little at the end, but not nearly as much, and it’s a really solid classic film. I hope you’ll have a great reading month ahead- I especially loved Six of Crows and The Silent Companions so I’ll be excited to see how they turn out for you. Best of luck with the new job and flat, as well!

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    1. Thank you, Emily!! I am definitely interested in watching the Hitchcock adaptation – I think my parents have it on DVD somewhere 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed those books – I’m currently finding The Silent Companions very hard to put down! Have a wonderful March, and I really promise to catch up on your blog posts soon 🙂

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  8. I know I’m quite late to this wrap up, but congratulations on your new job! Since you’ve already started, I hope it has been going well and that you’re enjoying yourself! I also hope that the move to your new apartment was smooth and successful!

    I’ve been busy with school these past few months, which is why I did no blog hopping whatsoever, but thank you so much for mentioning our post in your wrap up! I’m glad you enjoyed, even if you didn’t find our very practical tips helpful 😉

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    1. Thank you, Malka! It’s all going well with the job and the move, I already feel very settled ☺

      You’re very welcome! I’ve struggled to find time for blog hopping lately as well but I’m hoping to get back into it.

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