Time for another favourites post! Admittedly, I don’t have many favourites from February. It was a month of just getting by, juggling essays and trying not to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of plans I’ve got coming up in March. But there’s a few standout moments amongst the tedium of what felt like a weirdly long month for one that has less days…so here we are!
Fairy Tales took over February for me. After studying them briefly at university, I decided to buy this Norton collection of fairy tales that show you varying translations/editions of classic stories and include critical essays about the themes and content. I can’t help but find this fascinating. I’ve not read it cover to cover, but I’m gradually making my way through it annotating each section, and I just desperately want it to be one of those books that looks well read. I’ll be returning to this endlessly, and if any of you are interested in fairy tales further than the standard reading of them, I’d highly recommend this edition of them!
Twitter love. Is that a thing I can class as a favourite? Throughout the month of February I feel like I’ve had so much love from the people of twitter, from the hyping up of selfies, to birthday messages to secondhand excitement towards me chairing a Samantha Shannon event (more on that in a moment). It’s been so so lovely and has helped me through the crappier side of February. I don’t know what I’d do without the book community anymore because my days are honestly made by you folks everyday. Just sayin’.
So yeah, that Samantha Shannon event I mentioned? I’ve only gone and chaired my first event! And for my favourite author! I was beyond thrilled (and very overwhelmed) to be asked to chair an event at Waterstones Leeds for Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree, which if you know me at all, you’ll know it’s my newest favourite read. I’ve been yelling about this book for months, and so to be able to do so for an audience and feel everyone else’s excitement for it? It was incredible. Samantha is so so lovely and fascinating to listen to. Honestly I kind of aspire to be like her. I could listen to her talk about history and folklore/legends for hours. Having that experience was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I’m so honoured to have been able to be in a room full of people all as equally excited about Priory as I have been. Seeing your fave author getting the love she deserves is amazing ❤
P.S. Go and read Priory x
And finally, here’s my wrap up!
February was such a scattered month both in terms of what I read and my ratings. Honestly it was a mess. But hey, makes for interesting conversations, right?
How many books did you read in February? Have you had any new favourites of the month? If you have a wrap up and/or favourites post of the month, please leave a link below – they’re my favourite posts to read!
Until next time,