January Wrap Up & February TBR | Prioritizing 5-star Predictions during my Birthday Month! ☀️

☀️ Hi, guys, I hope you’re having a beautiful day, full of good readings & incredible moments!! ❤️ SO happy to have a moment to be able to share with you everything that I’ve been reading in the month of January plus, everything that I plan and will try to read during this month of February. 😍 I feel really blessed to have you there on the other side, you know that I’m very grateful for your love and support always always always, so thank you SO much for being there in each post. 💞 Today, as I said, I’ll be sharing my past and future readings with you!! You know that this year has started differently for me, I don’t have much time on my hands like before because not only I’m working on my current job, but I’m also spending a lot of time dedicated to a very special project that I’m creating together with my boyfriend, of which I hope to share more with you in future posts. Even so, and with all this happening in my day to day, I had to admit that I feel more than happy to be able to have moments like this one, where I can dedicate a few hours to my blog, and somehow this has made it feel more special for me, now I value more this place and the time that I dedicate to it is very treasured for me. 🥺✨ I’ve been trying to catch up with your posts, so I hope you’re feeling the love, soon I’ll be bringing some surprises to further support this community that I love so much.
The conclusion and the message I want to give for this month is:
CONTINUE DOING WHAT YOU LOVE NO MATTER WHAT!! 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 

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As for my readings, I’ve read a little more than December during the month of January, which doesn’t mean that I’ve read a lot really, but I’ve done a better job, and I celebrate that! 🙌🏻 I’m very excited because I’ve been trying more the audiobook format and it’s working wonderfully in those moments when I cannot read physically & also I’ve finished a trilogy that will remain forever in my heart. Plus, I’ve read a couple of ARCs that I’m very interested in talking to you about. In terms of reading quality, I think it has been a pretty average month, although I did enjoy a couple of these books, most of them have been something “meh” but well talk more about it later. 😊 

So, what do I plan to read during the month of February? Well, this month is special because it’s my birthday month, I’m turning 27 on the 22nd, so as a gift for myself I decided that I’ll be prioritizing my 5-star predictions, this means that I’m determined to find a 5-star book this month 🤩, and for that, I’ll be checking some lists I’ve made through time, of books that I think I’ll love, but I’ll also add some new releases from this year or last year that I think I’ll totally love to make it more fun. To be more honest with myself, I don’t expect to read each one of the books that I’ll put in my TBR, but they’ll be what I prioritize reading during the month, you know?. 😄 I hope this makes sense to you, and most of all, I hope you feel as excited as I am by all the fantastic books that I’ll include in the list. 😍 

I LOVE you, you’re incredible for just being here ❤️  & Without further ado, I hope you decide to stay with me during this post full of incredible books, so prepare coffee or a tea, and make yourself comfortable … because we start right now!! ☀️ 

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 🌲 Out of This World Magic & Earthly-Touching Stories | Monthly-ARCs 💥

☀️ Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire | This author can’t get it wrong, so obviously, I love this story, maybe not to the same extent that I’ve loved the previous books in the series, but I still got to see the author’s imprint and I love how she can bring the characters to life and give us an interesting, unique and, diverse story. My favorite thing about this book is the message behind it and how it’s discussed within a whimsical and magical world. I also really enjoyed the author’s style, but still lacked a bit of world development and overall impact in terms of the plot and its twists. Still a great job, I’m very excited to continue reading this series! | BOOK REVIEW |

3.5 Estrellas

☀️ The Unadjusteds (The Unadjusteds #1) by Marisa Noelle | This book was such a fluid and enjoyable read for me, I loved the style of the author who focuses a lot on the characters and gives few descriptions as such. You can see that there’s a lot of work put into the characters, maybe not in the world and its history, but this didn’t prevent me from enjoying the plot anyway. I really like dystopian stories, but I think that sometimes they fall into being repetitive and cliche, so I would say that this one stands out above all for its sci-fi elements and the intensity of the struggle of the characters who fight for their rights, that really touched my heart. | BOOK REVIEW |

3.5 Estrellas

☀️ Wider Than the Sky by Katherine Field Rothschild | I can say that this book tried to do SO MUCH and talk about so many interesting topics, I can see the author’s intention, but on the other hand, the execution is a disaster. The main character is not only unlikeable, but is a very troublesome and selfish character who makes decisions that hurt those she loves, and this makes sense when we talk about a journey of discovery and learning, but there’s none of that at the end, which was disappointing. I think the book itself needs a better direction and a clearer objective, on the other hand, if you’re interested, discuss things like polyamorous relationships and HVI & we also have characters within the LGBT+ community, which is always positive to mention, on the other hand. I want to clarify that I cannot say that these representations and discussions are carried out correctly. | BOOK REVIEW |

2 Estrellas

⚔️ The End of a Great Story & Reading a Highly-Popular Book 🌊

☀️ The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman | I’ll not lie, I think that the ending of this trilogy is kind of heavy to read at times and contains a lot of information about the history of the dystopian world itself, so at times it can be slow-paced, even so, and leaving that aside, it’s constructed in a wonderful way that allows the reader to connect the characters and stories with each other in a brilliant and perfect way. I love the ending, I know it will be a somewhat unpopular opinion, but I think it’s even poetic and each character has the closure it deserves. I also like that the ending feels open because it gives the feeling that the characters still have many adventures to live. This story will always be in my heart, as well as its characters that have come to life with each book & also I’ll always think that it’s one of the best dystopian worlds I’ve come across with, well thought out, unique, and well-executed!! The author is amazing at putting his ideas into words so I’m dying to read more of him in the future. | BOOK REVIEW |

4 Estrellas

☀️ Beach Read by Emily Henry | I quite enjoyed it, but to be honest I wasn’t impressed as I thought I would. The characters are fine and I really liked the family aspects, as well as the darker and sadder scenes which I didn’t expect but I’m glad they were there, they’re really well done. On the other hand, the romance seemed kind of forced at times, I didn’t believe in the chemistry between the characters neither in the “enemies-to-lovers” situation, and I’m not sure about the construction of the book and the transitions between events are super drastic. | FULL BOOK REVIEW TO COME |

3 Estrellas

☀️ The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab | A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 


☀️ Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender | From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.
Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….
But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.
Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve. 


☀️ The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune | A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.


☀️ Lovely War by Julie Berry | It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.
Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.
Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.
A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II. 


☀️ Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour | Nina LaCour delivers another emotional knockout with Watch Over Me, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Printz Award-winning We Are Okay.
Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.
But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.
Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.
Watch Over Me is another stunner from Printz Award-Winning author Nina LaCour, whose empathetic, lyrical prose is at the heart of this modern ghost story of resilience and rebirth.


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Thanks for joining me in another post, guys! Hope you have a month full of blessings & THE MOST AMAZING READINGS ❤️

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☀️ Have you read any of these books? What do you think about them? & What will you be reading this month? Let me know everything in the comments, you know that I always love to know what you think☀️ 

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56 thoughts on “January Wrap Up & February TBR | Prioritizing 5-star Predictions during my Birthday Month! ☀️

  1. I still haven’t read Addie LaRue, and I’m planning on starting Across the Green Grass Fields at some point today, I know I’ll fly through it because it’s short. I’ve loved all the other books in the Wayward Children Series so I have no doubt that I’m going to love this one.

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  2. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!! Woohoo! 😃
    I’m glad to see you enjoyed The Toll! I just started reading it yesterday and I get what you mean by slow paced. The beginning has been a bit of a hump to get over but I’m starting to really enjoy it! 😊
    I hope you enjoy your reads! 📚💞

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  3. Oh I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Watch Over Me – I am so hyped about that book but just haven’t had the time to pick it up yet. You have also reminded me that I REALLY need to finish the Scythe series. The inclusion of more world-building history in the finale sounds fantastic. Happy reading in February!

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    • I’m so excited for Watch Over Me!! sounds like everything I love in a book, plus: THAT COVER!!! 😍😍😍 & OMG, YES!!! You have to finish it, the ending is super unexpected and somewhat controversial, but I loved it, and I hope you like it too, honey, we know much more about the founding Scythes and other super interesting historical characters. 👏🏻✨
      Happy reading to you too ❤️

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  4. I’m glad that January was such a great month for you even though it sounds very busy! Thanks for always being such an encouraging voice in the community, Sofii! ❤
    Happy early Birthday and have a wonderful February!

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  5. Ah happy happy birthday month, I hope it will be a lovely one! And best of luck for your reads this month, I hope you’ll find this 5-star read, or even multiple books you adore! ❤ ❤ I have to agree with you about the Beach Read, I did NOT expect the darker things that happened in that book ahah.
    have a lovely month ❤

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    • Aww, Marie, love!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’m so excited to read all of these books and share my thoughts here on the blog. 😍✨ Absolutely, I wasn’t expecting those dark scenes in Beach Read, and even though I didn’t love the book as a whole, I think it was okay. I hope you have a beautiful month 🥰🥰

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  6. loved reading this post as usual Sofii, you are such a kind and wonderful soul and it really shines through in your posts 😊 wishing you a happy early birthday and i hope that you do end up enjoying all of these 5-star predictions!! Addie LaRue is a great one, it really spoke to my mind and heart and i hope you like it as much as i did 💕 sending good vibes for February :))

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    • Aww, baby, thank you SO much for your words!!! really means the world to me 🥺🥺✨✨ & thank you for your support with each comment, I appreciate it deeply. 🥰
      OMG, SO excited you liked Addie LaRue!! sounds fantastic, hope I love it too *fingers crossed*
      Have the most amazing month, love ❤️❤️

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  7. Happy birthday month!! Sorry you didn’t love Beach Read that much – its been on my tbr for what feels like TOO long now lol so hopefully I’ll get around to reading it this year. I also own a copy of VE Schwabs new book and I am DETERMINED to read it! Great wrap up and happy reading 🙂

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  8. I can’t wait to read Addie LaRue as well although I don’t know if I’ll read it in February tho. I have also heard great things about The House in the Cerulean Sea, I hope you love it!

    I want to wish you a happy birthday now in case I forget later. I wish you happiness, health and love! 🥳💙

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  9. You tbr makes me so excited. So many amazing titles there. I still haven’t read Addie LaRue, but I’m so excited to read your thoughts on it. I also really need to read another Julie Berry novel since I adored All the Truth That’s in Me so much.
    Good luck with the tbh. Here’s hoping they’re all 5 star hits!!!

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    • I’m SO excited to finally read it and share my thoughts with all of you, that makes me happy!! 😍👏🏻 & I’m glad you had a good previous experience with the author! Lovely War sounds like everything I love, so I can’t wait 🥰

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  10. In January I only read This is how it always is and it was a 5 star read
    In February I want to finish Grown and I want to start King of Scars

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    • Thank you SO much, Steph! I’m SO excited for The House In The Cerulean Sea, I think I’ll love it, I really hope we both will!! 😍✨ I really liked Felix Ever After, I think the book has a wonderful message, I’m sure you will love it!! 🥺 I hope you’re having a great February ❤️

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  11. Slowly slowly catching up on all your wonderful posts but yay for having such a great reading month!! So sad you didn’t love Beach Read but I completely understand why. And I hope you managed to read some of the books you wanted to in February. Lots of love xoxo

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    • Thank you SO much for being so considerate, honey, I don’t know what I would do without your comments!!! 🥺🥺✨ Oh I know, it wasn’t what I expected I guess, but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its strengths as a story and I’m curious to read more from the author. 😊 I hope you’re surrounding yourself with the most incredible readings 😍❤️

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