March is already here and that means that spring is on our doorsteps, so it’s time for my seasonal wrap up for winter of 2020, which include January and February.
Winter Reads of 2020
I must admit that winter has been a great reading season for me as I read 31 books, which is 13 books in January and 18 books in February. This means that I have already read more than 40% of my Goodreads Reading challenge (my goal was 70 books), yippee 🙃
January Reads – 13 books
Young Adult Fantasy:
I started 2020 year with a YA fantasy that I thought I will love, but at the end, sadly, I was just very much disappointed. So my first read of the year was The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert (3 stars). During January I read two more YA fantasy romances, which I expected to love but didn’t – Seafire (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker (3.25 stars) and Hunted by Meagan Spooner (3.25 stars). Luckily, I did find an entertaining and great sequel for a heart-breaking beautiful YA fantasy series – Find Me Their Bones (Bring Me Their Hearts #2) by Sara Wolf (4.5 stars).
Blog Tour Reads:
Then I had to read a YA contemporary spy romance with sci-fi elements for my first blog tour of 2020 – Ionic Attraction by D.R. Rosensteel (3.5 stars), you can read my review here. Also I read a wonderful historical romance set in Victorian England for a February blog tour – The Winter Companion (Parish Orphans of Devon #4) by Mimi Matthews (4.25 stars), you can check out my review here.
I have been wanting to read more poetry, but the first one of this year was very disappointing – Love Her Wild by Atticus Poetry (1.75 stars). At some point during January I just craved some fast and twisted guilty-pleasure dark romance books, so I chose a dark suspenseful BDSM romance – Captured (The Rule of Lawes #1) by Felicity Brandon (2.5 stars), however, I was a bit disappointed, as I wanted more from this story, the same time it felt like a novella and not a full novel, but it was still an OK read. Also I decided to check out novella from one of my favorite authors for a NA dark romantic suspense series that I enjoyed so far – Conclave (Devil’s Night #3.5) by Penelope Douglas (2 stars). But I didn’t much like this novella, however, I’m still very excited for the next and last book in this series. *Note. These two books are only for mature (18+) readers.
R.S. Grey is one of my favourite authors and basically I have read all of her books, so when I craved her writing I had no choice as to enjoy a couple of rereads from her romantic comedies’ collection – Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey (5 stars), one of my favourite 2019 books, and Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey (4.25 stars).
During most evenings of January I read out loud to my hubby a classic of fantasy adventure The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (3.5 stars). I liked the book, but I loved the movies 💖 Then I read one of my most anticipated January releases an NA dark and taboo romance – Credence by Penelope Douglas (4 stars).
Best book of January: Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey (reread) and Find Me Their Bones (Bring Me Their Hearts #2) by Sara Wolf (first time read)
Worst book of January: Love Her Wild by Atticus Poetry
February Reads – 18 books
Young Adult Fantasy:
February was the month I read my most anticipated book of 2020 a dark YA fantasy romance – The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (5 stars), and I loved it. If you love YA fantasy with morally challenged characters then this book is for you. So I finally finished the YA fantasy series that I started two years ago, as I read the last book and novellas – The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa (3.5 stars) and The Iron Legends (The Iron Fey #1.5, 3.5, 4.5) by Julie Kagawa (3 stars). Afterwards, I started its spin off series – The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa (3.75 stars) and The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa (3.75 stars). Now there is only one book left and then I’ll have to wait next year for the new spin off series.
February was a month full of guilty-pleasure dark romance reads for me 🙈 I started with a dystopian dark romance – Bullied Bride by Hollie Hutchins (3 stars). There was one more mediocre paranormal dark romance – The Night King (Captive Mates #1) by Dyan Chick (3 stars), it just felt like a novella instead of a solid first book in series. I also read a contemporary dark romance novella by one of my favourite author duos – His Gift by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman (3.25 stars). But at the end I had a couple of great contemporary dark romance suspense reads – The Rise of Saint (Sins of Saint #1) by Bella J. (4.5 stars), you can read my review here, and Owned by Him by Raven Amor (4.5 stars), you can read my review here. These two were twisted, dark and cruel romances with suspense and bloody crimes. They can be very triggering for some readers, so be warned. *Note. These books are only for mature (18+) readers.
Disappointing Dark Romance:
Sadly, I have to admit that I was very disappointed with a dark NA paranormal romance with Greek gods set in human high school – Awful Curse (Celestial Bodies #1) by Elena Monroe (3 stars). Even though I gave it 3 stars, I was still very disappointed because I was expecting so much more from this book, but I do want to check out the second book in the series because I liked the ending of the first one. I read couple of adult paranormal dark romances by Hollie Hutchins – Lord Rokkan’s Private Toy (1.5 stars) and Sold To The Master (2 stars). I don’t think I’ll be reading any more of her books as I don’t want to waste my reading time. They were quick and quite entertaining reads, but they lacked substance and world-building. *Note. These books are only for mature (18+) readers.
I did one more reread, but this time I actually listened to an audio book of a contemporary romantic comedy The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey (4.75 stars), narrated by Luci Christian and Joe Arden. I loved the book and I loved both narrators, these two are one of my favourite narrators so far. Then I read a couple of highly anticipated February releases – a contemporary romantic comedy of Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey (4.5 stars) and a contemporary rock star romance of Treyton by J. Nathan (4 stars), you can read my review here. And I consumed in one sitting a 700 hundred page contemporary romance with hate-to-love trope (which pretty much meant that I did not go to sleep that night) – Devious Lies (Cruel Crown #1) by Parker S. Huntington (4.25 stars).
I read one more very disappointing poetry book ( I know that this is unpopular opinion here, but what can you do), these read was suppose to be about female empowering, but ended up with so much men hating vibes that I couldn’t enjoy it – The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #2) by Amanda Lovelace (1.75 stars). But in February I also finally found my favourite poetry book about love and so much more – Dear Wallflower by Sara Secora (4.5 stars), you can check out my review with few poem examples here.
Best book of February: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (new read) and The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey (reread)
Worst book of February: Lord Rokkan’s Private Toy by Hollie Hutchins
5 star-reads (including 4.75*) – 3 books
4 star-reads (including 4.5*, 4.25* and 3.75*) – 12 books
3 star-reads (including 3.5 and 3.25*) – 11 books
2 star-reads (including 2.5*, 1.75* and 1.5*) – 5 books
Most anticipated books of Winter, 2020
I found many intriguing new releases from January and February, and when I say many I do mean many, like 70 books (30 in January and 40 in February) 🙈 There were books for many different tastes on both lists with adult, new adult and young adult novels, which included fantasy and sci-fi, contemporary romance (also dark, sports, rock star, reverse harem and taboo romances), historical fiction, horror, mystery and thriller. So just check out the most interesting releases of January, 2020 here and of February, 2020 here.
Most Anticipated New Releases of January
Here I will give you only my TOP 5 fantasy and TOP 5 contemporary fiction (includes taboo romance, couple of bully romances, mystery and romantic comedy) releases.
TOP 5 Most Anticipated Fantasy and Sci-fi
TOP 5 Most Anticipated Contemporary Fiction
Most Anticipated New Releases of February
Here I will give you only my TOP 5 fantasy and TOP 5 contemporary romances (includes romantic comedy, historical romance, couple of dark romance suspense reads and rock star romance) releases.
TOP 5 Most Anticipated Fantasy and Sci-fi
TOP 5 Most Anticipated Contemporary Romances
My Favourite Posts of Winter, 2020
I had taken a break from blogging for a while because of some more important things happening in my personal life, so I just returned to blogging this January with one blog tour’s post, but in February I already shared with 26 post, which included wrap up posts for 2019, blog tours, book blitzes and cover reveals, reviews, book tag and bookish memes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
My favourite Wrap Up posts were:
My favourite Blog Tour posts were:
My favourite Book Blitz posts were:
My favourite Cover Reveal posts were:
My other favourite posts were:
So that’s my seasonal wrap up for winter of 2020. I had a very good reading time as I read 31 books during January and February, so my Goodreds reading challenge is going very well. Out of my 31 reads I very much enjoyed 15 books and didn’t like only 5. I posted 27 different post and had some fun time with my family and cats. Also I got a new computer table and couple of book shelves, as I had run out of shelf space for my books 🙃 So this winter has been wonderful, just sadly there was almost no snow at all.
Now here are couple of photos just for fun…
😸First one of my sweet cats and me reading my favourite book of 2019 – Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson 😉
📖The second is one of my favourite settings for reading – midnight, candles, fairy lights, warm blanket and enjoyable book.
Thanks for stopping by! Let’s chat: How many books did you read in January and February? Have you set a goal for Goodreads reading challenge 2020? How is your GR challenge going? Did any of your most anticipated books get released in January/February?
Lady of Bookland