February Goal Update

Even though we have hit the half way point of March, I still feel it is important to reflect on the previous month and the goals I am working towards in 2020.

  1. becoming more actively vegetarian was something that I started off working really well towards in January, however, in February I definitely didn’t stick to it as well as I would have liked. Beginning the term and becoming busier is something I definitely struggle with when it comes to achieving me goals and it seems it has been no different with this. I am definitely going to make more of a conscious effort in the coming months.
  2. It is now the beginning of March and I am sitting at 22 completed books in 2020 so far leaving me 4 books ahead of schedule. Definitely on the right track.
  3. February was a really good month for workouts. I was definitely the most consistent I’ve been so far in both 2020 and 2019. I began playing basketball again which has definitely had a big impact on everything workout related.
  4. Still haven’t signed up for a fun run or started properly running. Better get onto that.
  5. I only purchased 2 books in February and read about 10 books in January, so I definitely stuck to buying less books that I read.
  6. Still working hard and saving money and still actively looking at houses. We’ve missed out on two seperate houses at auction, which is something that is really tough on me but we are still out there looking.

How are your 2020 goals going?

2020 Most Anticipated Releases

January 7th: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim, We Used to be friends by Amy Spalding & One of Us is next by Karen M. McManus

January 14th: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

February 4th: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend & The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz

January 6th: Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

February 25: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

March 3rd: Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker, House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas, The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski & Havenfall by Sarah Holland

March 10th: Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

March 17th: Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young

March 24th: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren, The City we Became by N.K. Jemisin

April 7th: Check Please: Book 2: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

April 14: The Colt of the Clouds by Kallie George

April 21st: Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siefemund-Broka

April 30th: Loveless by Alice Oseman

May 5th: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett & The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

May 12th: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender & House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

May 26th: I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

June 2nd: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir & I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

June 9th: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

June 16: Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

July 7th: The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning & The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson

July 21st: Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

August 11th: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

August 25th: Reign by Cora Carmack

September 3rd: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

September 29th: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

No books being released in October that I am super keen on yet

November 19th: The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

No books that I am currently really excited for in December.

What books are you looking forward to in 2020?

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Queen of Nothing
by Holly Black
#3 Folk of the Air Series

Publisher: Little, Brown
Date: 2019
Pages: 300
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 12
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

‘Queen of Nothing’ was the final book in the folk of the air trilogy. This was a book that I hav been looking forward to at the end of ‘Wicked King’ – The second book in the series – we were left with a shifted world, particularly for Jude, our protagonist. I was in such anticipation of how this was all going to be wrapped up and ‘Queen of Nothing’ delivered.

When it comes to Fae stories I am a huge fan of how Sarah J. Maas portrays them. ‘The Cruel Prince’ was my first experience reading Holly Black’s portrayal and I found that I was enjoying the way they were written and saw a lot of what I had read previously in her writing. ‘Queen of Nothing’ stayed true and consistent to the characters we meet in ‘Cruel Prince’ witch great growth and development.

Both Jude and Cardan show a great amount of growth from our first encounter with them. Their growth was fluid for readers – something I find very important when engaging in a story – making us want to see them succeed. They way that every was tied together and wrapped up in our final book was something that I think was done well with the limited pages we got (300 is just not enough!)

Overall, if you enjoy reading fae stories the Folk of the Air series is one that you will enjoy. Throughout the three stories we see how typical fae characters interact with humans who have known the fae world for a very long time. It’s a story that will keep you engaged and hopeful for the characters.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall:3.5/5

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