Do you ever finish reading a book or a series and then you just… Give up on reading altogether for a while. Because your emotions. They’re on fire. And your tears. They’re still falling. Yes, even weeks after those terrible damning words: THE END. Cause that’s what happen to me in February after I finished Empire of Storms on the first day of it. I had to spend countless days, hours, minutes on Tumblr just to breathe again and find some sort of closure because I wasn’t ready to let go of that world yet.
In other words, I had a severe case of book hangover.
I tried to ignore it. I tried pretending it wasn’t happening. I picked up another popular YA series just to prove that. Naturally, it only proved that my level of denial was high.
So, measures had to be taken. My personal foolproof method for curing book hangover? Romance. Weird, I know, considering just how picky I am when it comes to the genre. But romance is light, quick and, if you know how to pick, entertaining. When I sit down with a romance book, I know for a fact that it won’t take over my mind or my soul or my life. It will simply take my mind off things for a while. And this month? I struck absolute gold with some of the historical romances I discovered. Review of those coming up sometime in March, hopefully.
The downside, though, was that I did not get to read a single February release. And there were so many! I could have tried, but… In my experience, trying to read books you’re excited about when you’re not in the right state of mind is a bad, bad idea. Forcing yourself to read something when you don’t feel like it is even worse.
And so, February was a month of romance and pretty covers for me. No regrets.
Books reviewed in February:
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas :: ★★★★½
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas :: ★★★★½
- The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski :: ★★★½
- The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski :: ★★★
Coming up in March:
March has quite a few YA releases that I’m really interested in, such as Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco and Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. All these new series beginning! I’m so excited.
But first I have to catch up on all those things I did not review in February, haha. Such as ACOMAF and the rest of the Throne of Glass books by Sarah J. Maas, Johnny and Jamaal by K.M. Breakey, Feversong by Karen Marie Moning and who knows what else. Plus the actual February releases, such as The Daughter of The Pirate King. This sudden case of book hangover, as well as miserably depressing weather, have messed up my already messy schedule but hey, at least I got to enjoy some really nice romance. Honestly, The Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase totally blew my mind and any melancholy away. Such a treat! Maybe I have found another precious romance author to love, maybe. We shall see when I read more.
March releases already reviewed: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs, also known as yet another epic addition to the amazing Mercy Thompson series. So much love. Coming out March 7th.
Some of the books read this month:
¹(Do I sense a cover theme this month? Namely: gorgeousness. And dresses. All the pretty dresses. Gimme.)
How was your February? Did you read anything super good? Do recommend! And share tips on how to get over book hangovers as well, if you got any. Do you ever force yourself to read books?