Heartbeat Monthly (25): February 2020

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on March 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

February haul


From Scammed launch

I already had Kristen’s books (hence why they’re in two wrap ups straight) but I took them with me to get signed!


  • Skyward DDF patch (pre-order promo)

From publisher/for promo

Thank you so much to Simon Teen and Disney Hyperion for these lovelies!


  • Raven Boys tote
  • Hic Sunt Leones pouch
  • Red Rising character mug shots
  • Ashlords alternate dust cover & signed bookplate
  • Saga magnetic bookmarks
  • Saga vol. 2, 3, & 4
  • Monstress vol. 1
  • Skyward – Fairyloot exclusive w/ yellow sprayed edges
  • Strange the Dreamer – Fairyloot exclusive w/ blue sprayed edges

I’ve been trading a lot of old ARCs for wishlist items!

February Wrap Up

Books I read



  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells – ★★½
  • Damsel by Elana K. Arnold – ★★★½
  • Witches of Ash & Ruin by E. Latimer – ★★★★
  • Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (AUDIO, re-read) – ★★★★
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (AUDIO) – ★★★★
  • The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte – ★
  • Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – DNF
  • Honor Bound by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre – ★★★★½
  • Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (AUDIO) – DNF
  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (AUDIO) – ★★½
  • Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (AUDIO) – DNF
  • Honor Lost by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre – ★★★★
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (AUDIO) – ★★★
  • A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – ★★★
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (AUDIO) – ★★★★

Pages read: 4,418
Average rating: 3.33 (ouch)
Favorite book read in February: Honor Bound
Least favorite book read in February: Vanishing Deep

Books I reviewed

Other posts

What I’ve been up to this month

I started February off by going to the Scammed launch (which I’ll talk about below)! Then Adam and I spent our first Valentine’s Day together – it was wonderful! Best V-Day yet! Other than lots of snow here there hasn’t been much else happening. I did have a bit of an ordeal at the end of the month with my kitty being sick, that wasn’t fun. He was having really scary seizure-like episodes, and after much stress and anxiety (and five hundred frickin’ bucks), we found out he just had a really bad ear infection. After a week of meds, he’s thankfully back to normal! It was terrifying, though. Definitely not something I ever care to repeat :(

Current obsessions

TV: We’ve been watching Dexter (re-watching for me, first time for Adam) and I forgot how much I missed it!

Music: I’ve actually been ditching music in favor of audiobooks! I started listening to them at work all the time now – at 1.25x speed – and I get so much more reading done!

Food: Tacoooos. We’ve been obsessing over them lately for some reason!

Games: Adam and I have both gotten into Resident Evil 5 lately, it’s so addicting!

Scammed launch

On Tuesday the 4th I drove down to Kentucky for Kristen’s launch of Scammed! I’ve been to every one of her launches since Glass Arrow came out in 2015, so I wasn’t about to miss one! Adam was working so I went down by myself. It was a terrible trip – the weather was bad, traffic was bad, and by the time I got down there I had to pee SUPER bad, and the bookstore’s bathroom was out of order so I had to walk down to a restaurant nearby. I ended up barely making it in time – it took me an hour and 45 minutes to get there, and it’s usually an hour trip!

Kristen was fabulous, as always! Katie McGarry was actually there too, which I didn’t know about until the event started. I had no idea she was listed in the event at all. I ended up buying her newest release because I felt bad about not having anything for her. I brought Kristen a Vale Hall candle (it’s tradition!) and got to chat with her for a bit. It’s always great to see her! They even had a cake for the event (which was delicious).

March TBR

  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  • Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Raven & the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
  • Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
  • The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (AUDIO)
  • House of Salt & Sorrows by Erin Craig (AUDIO)
  • The Cerulean by Amy Ewing (AUDIO)
  • This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (AUDIO)
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (AUDIO)
  • The Wicked + Divine Vol. 1


See anything you like? What did YOU get last month? Link me up!

Jessi (Geo)

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