February Reading Wrap-up

February Reading Wrap-up

Hi my fellow bookworms! Wow, I just blinked twice and all of a sudden it was March. Uhm, I’m still living in 2020, can we please slow down? February always goes by so fast. After almost 24 years, the 28 days-thing still takes me by surprise. The fact that I’ve been working 6 out of the last 7 days didn’t help much either, which is also the reason why I temporarily only delivered 2 blog posts a week instead of two and why I have been a little late on some of my posts. I apologise for my slacking off, but since I’m writing this blog for fun and I’m not getting paid, I decided not to push myself too much. Thank you for understanding. My reading month started out really well, but I have hardly read a thing this past week. I’ve still got a few busy days ahead of me, but I’m hoping to get my nose back into a book ASAP.

For my February Reading Wrap-up, I wanted to share some of my reading stats from this month, along with a list of the books that I read in February and all of this months reviews and other posts. I didn’t review a lot of the books I read this month, since some of them weren’t really worth the review, some of them I wanted to review as a complete series and some of them I just haven’t had the time for yet. If you’re curious about a book that I haven’t reviewed yet, let me know and I will move it up on my To-Be-Reviewed list.

Reading Stats

I read 7 books in February, which brings my 2022 total so far to 16 books. I set myself a reading goal of 75 books for this year. Currently, I am ahead of my reading goal by 3 books. About halfway through February, I was ahead by 6 books, because I read the first two volumes of Heartstopper in one day, but then work and COVID happened and I didn’t read much for the rest of the month. The only book I finished in the second half of February, was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I really hope things will calm down a little in March, so that I can pick up some books again.

  • I am currently at 25% of my pages goal for 2022. I have read 6.334 pages out of 25.000, so far;
  • I gave 5 out of 7 books a 4-star rating;
  • Out of 7 books, 2 were Graphic Novels, 4 were Romance, 4 were Young Adult and One was Self Help.
  • 6 out of 7 books were Fiction.
  • 5 out of 7 books were digital. The other two were hardcovers.

Books Read in February

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Just wow. This book blew me away. The plot, the originality, the depth of the characters, the world-building, the character development, it was all so good. There’s a full review linked below if you want to know more.

A Bookshop in Algiers by Khaouter Adimi

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Bookshop in Algiers was one of the books I didn’t think was worth a review. It had been sitting on my bookshelf for ages and I was looking for a short read in between The Wrath and the Dawn and its sequel, so I decided to pick it up. I think the story had so much potential, but it just didn’t deliver. A bookshop in Algiers in the middle of multiple wars and uprisings and all they can write about is the paper shortage. Such a shame.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adhieh (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The sequel to the Wrath and the Dawn was possibly even better. I didn’t write a review for this one, since I didn’t really see the point of writing a review to the sequel. I mean, it was amazing, what more can I tell you? If you liked the first book, you’re going to continue reading anyway. If you didn’t like the first book, why would you read the second one? If you’re curious about the sequel anyway, let me know and I will see if I can write a mini-review!

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Heartstopper books were so much better than I had expected. I’m not usually one for graphic novels or sappy high school romances, so I was afraid I’d be disappointed or that it would be cringey, but it was actually very good. It is so cute and sweet and only slightly cringey every now and then. I’m going to postpone writing a review until I have read volume 3 and 4 as well, since I’d rather review them as a series, but I can definitely recommend the first two volumes.

How Not to Die Alone by Logan Ury

Rating: 4 out of 5.

How Not to Die Alone was my only nonfiction book from February. I got a digital copy on sale and it looked interesting. I also hadn’t read any nonfiction in a while, so I thought: why not? The book mostly focuses on dating and finding a partner, so I skimmed through that part, since I already have a partner. The last few chapters focus on how to communicate with your partner to get and stay on the same page with them, building a healthy, lasting relationship through discussing the future. Not a bad read at all if this subject interests you or if you think your relationship could benefit from it (and I think every relationship could benefit from this).

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book hardly still needs a review, right? It almost feels like an insult to even suggest such a thing. I finished the Chamber of Secrets last week for my Rereading Harry Potter series. I’ve been having so much fun rereading the Harry Potter books, I would really recommend it to everyone, especially if it has been a while.

February Posts

Elevation by Stephen King

Every Book I’ve Read in January

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 5

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 6

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 7

My Guide to Annotating Books

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 8

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My 2022 TBR

My 2022 TBR

The last few days of 2021 went by SO fast, I hardly even had time to blink. It’s the dark magic of those final few days between Christmas and New Year’s where you’re not sure what day it is and you enter some kind of existential crisis that you don’t really snap out of until you’re a few days into the new year and you’re suddenly already behind on EVERYTHING. Well, it’s the 5th of January today and I’m suddenly behind on everything, like this post. Anyway, I was planning to get a jump on things and make sure my reading in 2022 isn’t endangered by a chaotic, rocky start. So I decided to make a list of some books I would really like to read in 2022 that have either been at the top of my TBR pile for months, have scared me because of their intimidating number of pages or books that are still relatively new and that I want to read before they lose their momentum. Even though I didn’t get a chance to finish this post before New Year’s (or in the few days after), I did actually have a flying start reading wise. So anyway, let’s get cracking. These are the books I hope to read in 2022:

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I bought this book a few weeks ago because I’ve been hearing so many good things about it. It’s much smaller than I’d thought, so it might be one of the first books I will read next year, to get that zero out of the way. (I wrote this before NYE and I can now tell you, this was indeed my first book of the year. Review coming soon.)

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I have a new year’s resolution to pick up a few classics next year. This seems like a good classic to start overcoming my fear of classics, since it’s one of the shorter ones.

  • The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze(#3), The Tyrant’s Tomb (#4) and The Tower of Nero (#5) by Rick Riordan

I read the first two books in this series, The Hidden Oracle (#1) and The Dark Prophecy (#2) in early 2021. I absolutely loved these books, which is why I bought the rest of the series too. I just haven’t really gotten around to reading them, so I hope 2022 is the year I will finally learn to finish series I start!

  • 11.22.63 by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of those authors that I would really like to read, but that I’m very intimidated by, considering most of his books are so thick they could probably be used as a murder weapon. A while back I came across a summary of this book though and I was so curious I bought it immediately (it involves the murder of JFK, time travel and I think someone falls in love with a history teacher). It’s still over 700 pages, so wish me luck.

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone and Ruin and Rising in 2021. The first book was amazing, the second one was pretty good too, but it didn’t hold my attention as much as I’d hoped, which is why I have been reluctant to finish the series. I desperately want to know how it ends though, so I hope to pick up Ruin and Rising soon!

  • The Harry Potter series (reread 1-7) by J.K. Rowling

If you’ve been following my posts, you may know that I’m doing a reread of Harry Potter as “adult” starting next week. So naturally, The Harry Potter series should be on my list for 2022.

  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston

Mostly just following the hype on this one. I loved the cover for this one and I love that LGBTQ+ books are getting more and more popular, so count me in. I was going to read this as a buddy read, starting last Sunday, but I decided I wasn’t really in the mood for this one yet, so I’m postponing it a little.

  • The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

The first book in this series was amazing. All over the place and very confusing, but amazing. I read it late last year and I’ve wanted to read on ever since, but the next two books are sold out everywhere. Let’s just hope they’ll be back in stock soon.

  • The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

The opinions on this series are divided, but I personally kind of liked the first book, so I’m willing to give the rest of the series a shot. It’s 3 more books (4 total) and 3 novellas, so we’ll see how far we can get before the end of the year.. This series is definitely not my priority, though.

  • And Then there were None by Agatha Christie

2021 was the year I really started to get into Agatha Christie novels. I would really like to read more of them in the future, starting with 2022 of course. And Then There Were None is supposed to be THE best Agatha Christie novel, so that one just had to go on my 2022 TBR.

Do you have any books you’re really hoping to read in 2022? Or any New Year’s resolutions about your reading habits? Let me know in the comments!

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Hi Fellow Bookworms!

Hi Fellow Bookworms!

Welcome to the Caffeine and Curls Bookblog!

Let me give you a little introduction to my blog. First of all, Hi! My name is Alexandra and I’m a 23-year old Dutch bookworm. I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I devoured book after book after book. I remember going to the library with my mom and my little sister every single week and going home with 10 books each (because apparently that’s the limit and no, we really can’t make an exception..). So you may have already guessed it, but I wasn’t a very outgoing kid and I wasn’t much fun at parties (I’m still not). Things got even WORSE though, when I discovered the Harry Potter books. These books are also how I learned English. On my tenth birthday, I got gifted a plane ticket by my parents and they told me I could pick where we would fly to. Naturally, I wanted to go to Great Britain, because that’s where Harry Potter was! We ended up going to London for four days. I don’t remember much from that trip, but I do remember absolutely loving London. My mother still tells the stories of me talking to the restaurant and hotel staff all trip long and them being really impressed by how well I spoke English (although I’m sure it’s a little exaggerated, I was a shy ten-year-old, probably all I said was “yes, please”). I actually ended up going back to London on my twentieth birthday and doing all of the Harry Potter sightseeing, also with my mom, and if the COVID-19 measures allow it, I’m going back with my boyfriend just before Christmas. Anyway, that’s how I got into books, now on to how I got to wanting to start a blog.

I graduated from college in July of 2020. After graduating, I got a job offer from one of the biggest Dutch companies in my field of work, as a kind of Account Manager (mixed with some other tasks and responsibilities). I took the job, of course. I was 22 years old and I had one of the biggest accounts in the area, a team of 25 people who reported to me directly, a job that wasn’t entirely defined yet, in the middle of the pandemic and with no support from the company, whatsoever. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. I told them I needed a little help and guidance with some parts, because I had no experience and they neglected to give it to me. Eventually, after almost a year of giving it my everything, I quit. They were flabbergasted, because I was doing “such a good job”, but I was simply too tired to continue.

They were flabbergasted, because I was doing “such a good job”, but I was simply too tired to continue.

I took a break for a few weeks (which included two weeks of quarantine, because I got tested positive for COVID-19) and contacted my old employer from college. I went back to working in the Mexican restaurant that had been like my second home for four years during college. It has now been almost four months and I still work there. I go to work every day with a big smile on my face.

Since I only work 20 hours a week right now, I’ve had some extra time on my hands. Which means that I’ve had much more time to read lately. I’m already at 125% of my Goodreads Reading Challenge (check out the link to my Goodreads profile at the top of the page). I started reviewing some of the books I’ve read and a few weeks ago, I joined Bookstagram (link to my Instagram profile also at the top of the page). I’ve been having so much fun in the book community that I wanted to be a part of it and contribute to it even more. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why I started this blog. I want to spend my day reading and writing about what I’ve read and then take pictures of the books I’ve read and share all of this with you.

I’m hoping that (one day) I will be able to make a living out of writing, so that I can spend my days doing something that I love and will never get tired of.

Now that you know the melodramatic story of how I got to starting a blog, there’s not much left for me to say. I’m so excited to get started on this blog and read and write about books to my heart’s content. I’m hoping that (one day) I will be able to make a living out of writing, so that I can spend my days doing something that I love and will never get tired of.

English is not my first language, so you’ll have to excuse me if I make a spelling or grammar mistake or use a word wrong every once in a while. Feel free to correct me on it, so I don’t make the same dumb mistake 23 times 😉

All of my Social Media Accounts are linked at the top and the bottom of the page, so feel free to follow me or contact me through there! Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see you again soon!

Love, Alexandra (Alex)