Book Haul Monthly Wrap-Up

February 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up & Book Haul

Hi Readers! Even with the extra day, February went by too fast for me. But I did manage to have one of my best reading months in a long time! If you look back at my February TBR, I read everything on it except for one book, and added a couple of backlist books. Yay! Be sure to check out The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction!

(Link to synopsis on Goodreads through the book title.)

February Wrap-Up

I started the month off reading a book on my backlist, The Kiss Quotient. And it was my first five-star read of 2020!

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

The Light After the War is an ARC I received through Netgalley. And while it wasn’t the best historical fiction I’ve read, I did enjoy it.

Rating 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
My review

In Five Years is another ARC I received through Netgalley. I’d read Rebecca Serle’s previous book, The Dinner List, and I knew I wanted to read this one, as well. It was very different from anything I’ve ever read before. Loved it!

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
My review

Saint X is an ARC I received a physical copy of. It was very atmospheric and memorable. I highly recommend it if you like literary type thrillers.

Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
My review

On Valentine’s I read a book off my backlist, Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, and then watched the Netflix film that evening. I loved it so much, I moved on to the next one, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, the next day.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My review of the series

For the final weeks in February, I wanted to reread The Infernal Devices in anticipation of Chain of Gold. However, I’d forgotten how all-consuming this series can be, and I read through them faster than I expected. I ended up compiling a TBR list of Cassandra Clare’s extra stories and bonus material that would get me up to date with Chain of Gold. I made it into a post and also included my playlist for TID. <3

Rating for all three 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
My Chain of Gold TBR

February Book Haul

I had a nice haul this month, nothing too extravagant. I’ve banned myself from requesting any new ARCs on Netgalley. Unless I really, really want them. I did break my ban last month for one teensy book. Oops. But this month I was INVITED to read several ARCs…. and it’s so hard to say no.

The ARCs

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner – I’ve read several books from this author, and I couldn’t resist this book about friendship!

Synopsis from Goodreads: Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.

What You Wish For by Katherine Center is actually one of my most anticipated reads for 2020, and I was over the moon when I got the invitation to read it. 🙂

Synopsis from Goodreads: Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.

The Vacation by T. M. Logan sounds like the perfect beach read!

Synopsis from Goodreads: Seven days. Three families. One killer.

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday – a group of families enjoying a week together in the sun. Four women who have been best friends for as long as they can remember making the most of a luxurious villa in the south of France.

But Kate has a secret: her husband is having an affair. And a week away might just be the perfect opportunity to get the proof she needs – to catch him in the act once and for all. Because she suspects the other woman is one of her two best friends.

One of them is working against her, willing to sacrifice years of friendship to destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined . . . 

Because someone in the villa may be prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden. 

I also added In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn. It was my Amazon First Reads choice for the month, and I chose it after reading Alex @ Whimsypages amazing review!

Synopsis from Goodreads: Life is over in an instant for sixteen-year-old Finn Miller when a devastating car accident tumbles her and ten others over the side of a mountain. Suspended between worlds, she watches helplessly as those she loves struggle to survive.

Impossible choices are made, decisions that leave the survivors tormented with grief and regret. Unable to let go, Finn keeps vigil as they struggle to reclaim their shattered lives. Jack, her father, who seeks vengeance against the one person he can blame other than himself; her best friend, Mo, who bravely searches for the truth as the story of their survival is rewritten; her sister Chloe, who knows Finn lingers and yearns to join her; and her mother, Ann, who saved them all but is haunted by her decisions. Finn needs to move on, but how can she with her family still in pieces?

For my birthday, I picked up a copy of The Bromance Book Club at Half Price Books! And I also received a few books through Paperbackswap this month:

Have you read any of these books? Did you add any of them to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

18 thoughts on “February 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up & Book Haul”

  1. The only one I’ve read is the Kiss Quotient and so agree with you. Loved it. The other books look interesting – will check them out. Great reading in March!

    1. I have The Bride Test on my shelf, as well. Hopefully I can get to it soon! I hope you love Jenny Han’s books as much as I did. <3

  2. What a great month. I have tried making a monthly TBR list, but never stick to it, you did great. I have the Bromance Club to read as well and want to get to it in March. Happy Reading Dedra.

    1. Thank you! The ARCs are mostly what force me to stick to a TBR, but some months are better than others. 😉 Hopefully we both love The Bromance Book Club! Happy Reading to you, too, Carla! <3

  3. Looks like you had a great reading month! Oh man, ChOG comes out in DAYS and I still need to prepare for it! I read TID last year, so I think I’m good on that front, BUT I don’t want to read all the flash fiction stories Cassie had been posting!

    1. Ha! Yes, I’m so excited for Chains of Gold! You should be good having read TID so recently. It had been about four years since I’d read it. I’m hoping to read all the bonus Chain of Gold stories over the next few days. I read the first chapter of Chain of Gold and there were so many characters. I’m hoping reading the extras will help me keep everyone straight. 😉 Happy Reading!

  4. I keep seeing The Bromance Book Club and everything about that just screams at me to pick it up. But it is also totally not my genre haha.
    Sounds like you had a good month.

    1. Ha! I get that. I really had no intention of reading it–even though I do like contemporary romance–until I saw it everywhere. I succumbed to the peer pressure. 😉 I also needed to fulfill a prompt on the Popsugar Reading Challenge for a book that features a book club, so I figured why not. Hopefully it lives up to the hype. 🙂

    1. Aww, I’m sorry you didn’t like Saint X. I can see that, though. It’s definitely not for everyone. I’m not sure marketing it like a beach-read thriller is the right choice from the publishing company. It’s more of a literary novel to me. 🙂 I’m hoping I can get to What You Wish For this month! <3

  5. I have really get book reviews request so often that I really should think to stop them for a bit. I do not . I do keep up with reading quite a few books that are sitting on my TBR pile. I have decided to stick to it. Request books I know I want to read and can not find else were. So far it worked. I really got a big book haul last October though December that I have them still sitting on TBR List. I did not request alot of books in that time. So I am working though my TBR List. I hope you found some books you will enjoy reading. If you have a chance check out my wrap up here –

    1. It’s so hard to resist Netgalley! It’s just too easy to hit that request button. Ha! Thanks for stopping by. I’m heading to yours now. <3

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