Is it just me or did the shortest month of the year felt like the longest one? I am under the impression so much happened this month that there were really 90 days to February rather than the usual 28. Maybe it is just my brain trying to hold on to the winter by secretly making hours count double and days stretch more than my legs during a yoga session. Anyway, this is the end!
Risks! I am finally taking them! So no, I’m not on my way to a rafting weekend, nor will I ever make reservations in a restaurant that serves insects (I hate then alive, why would I want them in my stomach??). I’m talking about blog risks! Or better said, blog challenges!
First of all, I finally upgraded my blog to a premium plan, which means instead of visiting chocolatenwafflesblog.wordpress.com, which is way too long, you are now on chocolatenwaffles.com. I can’t think of any rational reasons to explain why this is making me so happy. I believe thinking my blog is my baby makes me so emotional it felt like christening it when I finally made the jump.
I have also FINALLY started to relax about my reviews! This doesn’t mean I don’t nitpick them or spend two hours on a single review, but it means I no longer feel pressure crushing me until the work is deemed perfect. It never is anyway, so this is a big improvement. Blogging really feels like a hobby I can enjoy without trying too hard, being too perfectionist (haha, I’ll always be … but a little less?), and most importantly, it is no longer associated to stress. I can’t find inspiration? I’ll work on a post tomorrow!
Blog-wise, there a little special something coming in March, a post will tell you all tomorrow. I’m excited and a bit scared but it should be fun.
On a personal note, February saw extreme improvement and serious step backs. I am trying to figure out how it will impact my new goals. Because I have plenty of goals, the biggest one being applying to a Publishing degree! This year or next year, this has not been decided yet, but they say aims bring motivation and motivation gets you through the dark days so we’ll see! Now I’m punishing myself every day with a general knowledge book (to prepare for the admission tests) only to realize I know nothing!
Books I Read in February
I seem to be locked into the 8-book roll! I really thought I had read more books this month, which means I need to create my own spreadsheet to keep track of my books because I’m losing it! Still, I like the mix of genres, even if I weren’t able to squeeze in my sci-fi challenges in February.
Reviews Published in February
Robinso Crusoe, Daniel Defoe ∼ Almost three stars!
The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir, Lesley Allen ∼ 3 stars
Revenge, Nigel May ∼ 4 stars
The Beautiful Dead, Belinda Bauer ∼ 4 stars
Parker, Jillian Quinn ∼ 4 stars
How to Throw Your Life Away, Laurie Ellingham ∼ 4 stars
Blink, K.L. Slater ∼ 5 stars
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester ∼ 4 stars
The Silent Wife, Kerry Fisher ∼ 4 stars
I’m tired of making excuses for having bought books so no more justifications. I saw them, I jumped on them! Here are my new babies!
I was told this series was good. Not just good, a really good read!
I’m supposed to learn all the questions in this book to help with the multiple answers test included in the admission tests for the Publishing degree. I have never felt so dumb!!!
I won this last week and I am so happy it arrived! I am known to have issues with the post office so every package delivered is a miracle!!
And finally…Mysterious books!!!
The Book of the Month Award
I was so lucky to have a wonderful reading list filled with amazing stories in February I think this choice is going to be harder than the Top Ten of 2016!!
I loved every one of my reads and each has had an impact on me, so I’ll have to go with the stars to help out…
The lucky winner is Blink, by Kim Slater and published by Bookouture! I still can’t believe I never saw that plot twist coming!!!
February was good enough in terms of blogging. I still feel guilty when I can’t visit everyone’s blogs but I was organized enough to not let things get out of control! (March is gonna be such a schedule disaster, haha)
- 2017 Challenges Monthly Update: January told you all about my goals and if I had managed to reach them in January.
- Suntag: The Happiness Tag
- Let’s Get the Party Started: Cover Reveal for Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett was my first cover reveal, it was exciting but so frustrating not to be able to say more!
- Suntag: Get to Know Me Better
- Blog Therapy n°1: First Setback (mental health post) introduced a new feature I will use from time to time to share my ramblings about life with mental illness.