Monthly wrap-up: what I read in February 2021 and what March 2021 will bring (anticipated releases)

We’re here again! February has left us for another eleven months and it is March…again. I know lots of you probably are still processing March 2020, but I honestly cannot wait for this month! Not only are there so many amazing books being released this month (which I’m talking about later), but after months of feeling as I’d been left in the dark, I’m actually feeling good!

So I’m hoping (and even thinking) that March will be the month I finally get my life back on track! Either way, I can’t wait to see what this month will bring us! Before we look at that, though, let’s have a look at what’s only barely behind us: February!

Birdie’s booktopia

I already briefly mentioned this in yesterday’s post, but hi, I’m Birdie! You used to know me as Alissa and while I really enjoyed my time as her, it was just a random name I liked and decided to make my own a while ago. It just didn’t feel right anymore, since it was so impersonal. So I changed it to my nickname.

I know this will take a slight adjustment from all of you, but this honestly was the best decision I’ve made in a while! I couldn’t be happier to welcome you to Birdie’s booktopia!

Reading stats

If there’s anything that surprised me in 2021 so far, it’s the fact that I haven’t finished a physical book yet this year. I really haven’t read that much so far either, at least not compared to the usual. I was so drained that I just couldn’t bring myself to simply read. When I could, I didn’t have the energy to pick up a physical copy, so ebooks practically saved me!

In February I read 2357 pages across six books, which is a really similar count to what I read in January. Five of these books were review copies and this month I, again, didn’t rate anything below three stars, something that still feels so weird to me. This is all fine, of course, but the thing that freaks me out a bit is that all of my stats are almost exactly the same as in January.

Either way, stats are fun, but let’s take a closer look!

What I read and thought

Wings of ebony by J. Elle
Format: ebook (arc/review copy)
Pages: 368
Click here for my full review!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I might be a professional crier but when I already have tears in my eyes on the first few pages, I call that the author’s talent. I absolutely adored this powerful and important book! J. Elle has one of the best writing styles I know of: so full of emotion that it wouldn’t have surprised me if I was experiencing everything myself. So yeah, I can only recommend this one! I say let the sequel come fast!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Format: ebook (arc/review copy)
Pages: 432
Click here for my full review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Combine the words feminist and fantasy and you can expect me to need a book like that. The Gilded Ones has such an interesting concept and world that’s also just really important. I loved the characters and how they bonded together (more of that, please), and then I’m not even talking about that ending! It gives enough satisfaction but also leaves room for a spectacular sequel! I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

This golden flame by Emily Victoria
Format: ebook (arc/review copy)
Pages: 384
Click here for my review and interview!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Overall I felt very underwhelmed by this book because I truly believed the representation was the best thing in it. I missed a lot of depth and despite the main character being aroace, I can’t say this book really did anything for me? When I first finished this book I was disappointed, but the more I think about it, the more I can’t help but feel like this story just wasn’t memorable? I do think Emily Victoria has lots of potential for future books! I’m just hoping to see more depth in them.

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Sorcery of thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Format: ebook
Pages: 453
Click here for my little Goodreads review!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I met some very weird people on Twitter a while ago and now we’re not only a very chaotic groupchat, but also a very…well…peculiar bookclub. I love these idiots because without them there would’ve been no way I’d read Sorcery of thorns. It had an interesting concept but never really attracted me? Either way, the first 30% I wanted to DNF it but then I suddenly got really invested. I mean like…NATHANIEL? I love him so much! When is it time for me to go on an epic adventure, because this book makes me want that even more!

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I think I love you by Auriane Desombre
Format: ebook (arc/review copy)
Pages: 320
Click here for my interview and here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For 2021 I really wanted to create more variety in the books I read, so when I saw a sapphic romcom I couldn’t resist! I actually almost never read romcoms? Or basically light-hearted books overall, so I was ready to be surprised! This book was so adorable and I loved the movie aspect of it, plus it was amazing to just drift away while reading. Reading books like this will definitely take some time to get used to because the books I normally read are heavier or even dark. I still really enjoyed this though and refuse to believe Sophia and Emma are not real! And of course, the bi-rep is a big yes!

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Down comes the night by Allison Saft
Format: ebook (arc/review copy)
Pages: 400
Review coming March 5th, click here for my Goodreads review!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Oh, you are NOT ready for this book! It released yesterday (March 2nd) and despite having finished it a few days ago, I have not recovered from all of the emotions it gave me! There’s just something about this book that made me, I don’t know, sit down and read 400 pages in almost one sitting. I’m aware that was not healthy, but I can’t even regret it because this book owns me, okay? I’m obsessed and will scream at you so you read it.

What March will bring (anticipated releases)

Hopefully March will bring me some rest and time to do the things I love! One thing that’s for sure is that there’ll be releasing lots of books this month. Seriously, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them. I tried my best to list all the ones I’m looking forward to, but don’t be surprised if I forget one because, well, there’s a lot, like I said!

Honourable mentions: Well, not really, but there are two books that I’ve already read and reviewed in the What I read and thought section! I just want to repeat the titles here again since they both came out on March 2nd and deserve your love and support! So go check out I think I love you and Down comes the night!

Because there are so many, I’ve decided to do another sort of graphic and to keep it very short as well.

Namesake by Adrienne Young (March 16th) – While writing this post I got a notification and my heart literally stopped! Fable was a book I adored and I just got approved for this one, which is the sequel to Fable! I couldn’t be more excited!

Bruised by Tanya Boteju (March 23rd) – I haven’t seen anyone talk about this one yet, but it sounds absolutely amazing and so powerful! I feel like it will be very impactful and thus can’t wait!

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore (March 16th) – I’ve always been very intrigued by this author’s premises but still haven’t picked any up! I’ve heard they write really beautifully and this story sounds so unique, so I’m hoping it’ll be my first book by them soon!

American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar (March 9th) – I recently got an arc for this one and I think it’s gonna be a very important book so I can’t wait! I’m very excited for what it will bring and I’m planning on reading it ASAP!

Perfect on paper by Sophie Gonzales (March 9th) – I absolutely adored this author’s other book Only mostly devastated so this is a must read! I’ve been anticipating it for a long time and am thrilled its release date is so close!

Sweet & bitter magic by Adrienne Tooley (March 9th) – This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2021 and I’m still in the clouds over the fact that I got an arc and an interview with the author! I mean: SAPPHIC WITCHES? Can you hear me scream? I will be starting this very, very soon and on March 11th I will have a blogpost for you!

The Castle School (for troubled girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel (March 2nd) – I also recently got an arc and an interview with the author for this one and can’t wait to share it with you March 7th! Another one I will of course read soon!

Sing me forgotten by Jessica S. Olson (March 9th) – Despite me not having the slightest idea what Phantom of the Opera is about (sorry!), this sounds so incredible! Plus, I’ve heard amazing things!

Can’t take that away by Steven Salvatore (March 9th) – I hate the fact that I haven’t read about a genderqueer main character before, so I’m hoping to change that with this book! It sounds, again, so important!

Lost in the never woods by Aiden Thomas (March 23rd) – I loved Aiden Thomas their debut and though I thought their concepts couldn’t get any better, this definitely outdoes everything! This sounds absolutely amazing and, come on, THE REPRESENTATION!

She’s too pretty to burn by Wendy Heard (March 30th) – There’s something about sapphic thrillers that is very personal for me so I obviously cannot wait for this one! The cover is so pretty (if you know you know) and I am READY!

Rule of wolves by Leigh Bardugo (March 30th) – Have I read King of Scars? No…Am I still looking forward to this book as if it’s the day my life both begins and ends? YES! I love Leigh Bardugo so much help.

Firekeeper’s daughter by Angeline Boulley (March 16th) – I read a preview of this book and got really invested, only for it to end on a cliffhanger. Conclusion? The only way to recover is by reading the book. Conclusion 2.0? Don’t read a preview again if the book is not available.

When we were infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert (March 9th) – I fell in love with that title. It’s a masterpiece on its own in my opinion so I shall need this book. Also, I’ve seen a lot of my friends cry over it so…

The Unbroken by C. L. Clark (March 23rd) – Women with swords, anyone? This sounds beyond epic and I don’t have any words for how grateful I am I will get this in a book box. SAPPHICS RULE!


I would say that’s all for today, but that gives off the impression that this post didn’t take me hours to write, which it did. I hope my work will be appreciated, I guess? Let me know if you’ve put any of these books on your TBR or maybe if you’ve read any already! My favourite book of February was obviously Down comes the night (which you are going to read…right?), but…

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