Are we all ready for Spring yet? Thankfully there’s always books to help get us through the cold weather. Here’s a look at the books we read in February, including a spotlight on our favorites…


  • No. of books read in February: 6
  • Overall Favorite: This Was Our Pact, Ryan Andrews and The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, Stacy McAnulty
  • Also Really Good: Binti Home/Binti The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor
  • Also Read: Life After Life, Kate Atkinson and Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, Dr. Laura Markham
  • DNF: Call Down the Hawk, Maggie Stiefvater but will finish in March

I meant to read Dark Matter, Blake Crouch for the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge but I just didn’t get to it with other library books taking priority. It’s at the top of my list for March. I actually ended up finishing my Monthly Book Award Reading ChallengeHello Universe, Erin Entrada Kelly at the end of last month because that’s when I could get it from the library. For the Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge I read The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, Stacy McAnulty which is a middle grade book that I thought was cute.


February Reads

  • No. of books read in February: 7
  • Overall Favorites: All Systems Red (Murderbot #1), Martha Wells and Dread Nation, Justina Ireland
  • Also Really Good: Normal People, Sally Rooney and Get a Life Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert
  • DNF: 1 – The Milkman, Anna Burns
  • Also Read: Artificial Condition (Murderbot #2), Martha Wells and The Wives, Tarryn Fisher

I was so happy that All Systems Red, Martha Wells fit all 3 of our challenges this month – “Red” is in the Title for February Monthly Motif and “Red” is one of the February Monthly Keywords plus it won an Alex Award (2018) – announced Feb. 15, 2018, so it qualifies for the February Book Award Reading Challenge. Also, All Systems Red was “recommended by a source you trust” … Kim … I also managed to cross off one of the prompts from the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. I’ve also finished the second book in the series and am now reading the 3rd one!

All Systems Red

My other favorite book this month was Dread Nation, Justine Ireland – which is another recommendation from Kim … a historical fiction, alternate history, zombie-slaying YA novel … with a snarky teenager. It sounds like it should be super-cheesy, but it wasn’t … I mean – it was – but in a good way that made me already reserve the next book in the series to read.

I also stepped out of my genre comfort-zone (another prompt from Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge) and reached for a romance novel  – Get a Life Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert. It was definitely a fun read … definitely made me blush sometimes while listening to the audiobook. I don’t think I mentioned it last month, but for that challenge, I completed “a debut novel” – Miracle Creek, Angie Kim – and “a book nominated for an award in 2020” – Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson – which is nominated for a 2020 Audie Award for Best Female Narrator.

What was the best book you read in February? How are you doing on your reading challenges?


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  1. Simone

    Feb 28

    I have Nothing To See Here on my list for Awards in March and hope it wins. If not, I’ll have to choose a different book for the challenge. I had a fantastic February. I finally made a spreadsheet with all my ARCs and realized how far I had fallen behind in my reading and reviews. So 31 of my books this month were ARCs (ranging from 32 pages to over 400).

    • Tanya Patrice

      Feb 29

      @Simone I love a good spreadsheet for organization. Ive made it a habit now to check in with one regularly and it really helps with keeping track. I’m using the Reading Challenges tracker spreadsheet.