Sunday, February 28, 2021

February 2021 Wrap Up

February was a crazy, exhausting month. A study I was leading for my team began at the beginning of the month and kept me hopping and working crazy hours and late hours, and so on. I don't love everything about my job, but I still love the infectious diseases.

February also brought my fourth anniversary with Kevin. It has been four years since we first met for coffee. I hate to think about how different my life would be now if we hadn't met. 

We have continued casual wedding planning. Mostly trying to figure out a venue and rough time frame. It is kind of fun and interesting to research and look into things. And casually talk/plan with my momma, that's nice, too. I did order my wedding dress though and we made some decisions about where and when. Assuming we can get a venue. And we are trying not to spend an insane amount.

Poor little Zeusy got a case a pneumonia and has not really been responding to the antibiotics he's been on. He's still eating and moving around and defending the cage from the kitten, so he must sort of be OK. But I've been really worried about him. I think this is probably the beginning of the end for him. He's still rallying so we have some time with him. He's a good boy (except when he resists his nebulizer treatments).

I wish I had more to say about February, but I think I just worked really.

Well, lets get to the books I read this month then.

Title: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
Narrator: Gemma Whelan
Synopsis: Morrigan is now a scholar at the Wunderous Society. All the time she had been dreaming of her unit becoming her allies, like brothers and sisters. But life is not so easy. Someone is blackmailing her unit and the members of her unit resent Morrigan for it. Meanwhile, people are disappearing all around Nevermoor and the few that reappear are forever changed. Morrigan must unravel the mystery and try not to alienate her unit at the same time.
Thoughts: Seriously, how have I waited so long to read these books? I have been absolutely adoring them. They are so good and fun and well-written. I absolutely adore Jupiter North, I think he is hilarious and wonderful.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Title: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
Narrator: Gemma Whelan
Synopsis: Morrigan is finally training to be a real wundersmith. In the meantime, a mysterious disease is sweeping through Nevermoor that turns Wunimals into Unimals. No one is able to prevent or cure the disease that leaves the Wunimals hollow. Morrigan realizes that it might be up to her to stop it.
Thoughts: I am so sad this book is over because I don't know when the next one will be out. All I really want to do is re-read (re-listen) to them all again.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Title: The Glass Hotel
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Narrator: Dylan Moore
Synopsis: A huge, drawn out Ponzi scheme in New York City and a five-star hotel in the middle-of-nowhere Canada are where the stories of all of the characters converge. Vincent goes from the hotel bartender to pretend wife of elite, wealthy Jonathan in New York. The lives of her and her brother and Jonathan and some of his investors all cross and re-cross throughout the story.

Thoughts: This was a book club book for February. Sorry for the poor synopsis. It was more intricate than I could sum up well. It was a very interesting story and I liked the way everything was entwined and circled around and themes re-appeared.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5 stars

Favorite book read this month: Both of the Nevermoor books
Least favorite book read this month: None really. The Glass Hotel got less stars, but I still enjoyed it

I have read 8 towards my goal of 75 books for the year. I'm getting behind!

That's about it for this month. Maybe March will have more interesting things happening.