Sum-Up Sundays

February went so quickly for me – I read books, started a new job, finally got to play in some snow & had my facet joint injections! I am beyond proud of myself for what I achieved in February & I’m praying that this is the start of a really good year for me.


In February I managed to read books!!! Which is something I am so, so proud of – especially considering I started a new job. In my January Sum-Up Sunday post I said that I hoped February would be a more successful reading month & it definitely was!

Chevalier by Bree M. Lewandowski
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review:
~ GoodReads Review

Moonshine by Jasmine Gower
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review:
~ GoodReads Review

Mohira: A Woman’s Journey by J. M. Sloan
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
~ Review:
~ GoodReads Review

Paris Adrift by E. J. Swift
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review:
~ GoodReads Review

A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5
~ Review:
~ GoodReads Review

The Taken by Inbali Iserles
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review: will be posted in a series review – date to be confirmed
~ GoodReads Review

She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery by M. J. Tjia
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ Review: 07/03/18
~ GoodReads Review

Doctor Who: The Missy Chronicles by Multiple Authors
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟.85
~ Review: 09/03/18
GoodReads Review

The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
~ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
~ GoodReads Review

Reading Challenges

After reading 9 books in February I have now read 14 books out of this year’s aim of 80! This also means I am one book ahead of schedule.

Beat The Backlist:
In February I chose to read Mohira: A Woman’s Journey by J. M. Sloan – I enjoyed the book, & this time I actually managed to finish my Beat The Backlist read! But it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, I did manage to learn from it though, which is something I always appreciate. My full review is linked above.

My Doctor Who Challenge:
February’s Doctor Who read was The Missy Chronicles, a book made up of short stories written by James Goss, Cavan Scott, Paul Magrs, Peter Anghelides, Jacqueline Rayner & Richard Dinnick, that was released on February 22nd. Jacqueline is one of my favourite Doctor Who novel writers so I was really excited when I saw that she was on the author list for The Missy Chronicles – & she absolutely did not disappoint. My full review for The Missy Chronicles will be posted on the 9th of March, but my GoodReads review is linked above.

Reviewer’s Copies:
In February I received:

Page Count Challenge:
This challenge has been set up by Jordan (Bookish_Baker) & Dominique (Pirate & Pixie Dust), & you can find out more about the challenge here. My goal for 2018 is to read 30,000 pages, & in February I read 2317 pages – taking my total of the year so far up to 4293 pages!


As some of you will know from previous posts, I was diagnosed with anaemia earlier this year; I’ve written about my progress with treatment for the condition on here already (link), but I thought I’d let you know that I am continuing to get better because of the folic acid tablets I’ve been taking & I’m due to have another blood test done soon.

The big thing that happened in February in terms of my health was getting some more facet joint injections done! You can read my post about the procedure here – I do actually think the injections have worked as I’m not experiencing as much pain in my new job as I anticipated; I’m not totally pain free though & I definitely still ache a hell of a lot after a full day at work.


As for the rest of my life, things have been quite good! I finally started my new job at the nursery, & I’m absolutely loving it! I’m mainly working with 2-3 year old children & I adore all of them (in a professional way of course); obviously I can’t tell you any details about the children I work with but I really like them all & I’m yet to be attacked like I was in my old job (haha). I’m planning to do a post on my reasons for leaving my old job soon, so keep an eye out for that, if you’re interested.

2018-03-02_17-39-52_123We’ve also had proper snow for the first time in years!!! The last time we had a decent amount of show was back in the winter of 2012/13 – during the time that I was housebound & learning to walk again, so being able to go out in the snow this year has actually been really emotional for me. It was also the first time that my darling Elsa got to play in the snow (see my new banner image!), & I loved seeing her in her natural environment. Plus! I also got to take the children at work out in the snow in the nursery garden & it was so cute – of course it was also their first time seeing proper snow & most of them were really excited about it (some cried about being so cold though). England tends to fall apart when we get any snow or icy weather, but it’s my favourite type of weather & it’s put me in such a good mood! I really hope we get more.

Compared to last month’s post,
this Sum-Up Sunday has been a lot more positive – yay!
How was your month?!


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