Wrapping up February 2018 {and making March a month of Marvel films!}

Hello! Let me briefly chatter about my personal life, yes? My monthly synopsis for January 2018 ended with anticipation towards the blog tours I’ve been organizing (one down, one more to go!) and plans on squeezing in more blogging time in February. The latter did not quite pan out well because I failed to foresee just how busy February would be for me. What with the increase in academic workload and my grandmother coming to visit from Texas (her most recent visit aside, it’s been nearly a decade since she last came home to the Philippines!).

If I’m being honest, I’ve been struggling with finding (and sustaining) motivation with college again – a nightmare of a feeling that I had hoped to never reencounter after my years in Chemical Engineering. But I guess sometimes, even when you really love what you’re doing, it’s still unavoidable. And I do, by the way. Really love what I’m doing, that is. Communication Research has filled me with a sense of renewed purpose and a more active drive to improve myself; however, the thing about Communication Research is that my three researches are done in groups, and quite frankly, I really dislike some of the people I’m working with. I don’t want to turn this blog post into a rant, but to cut the long story short, these people deliberately refuse to carry their weight in the workload, which prompts me to work harder in order to compensate and eventually results in more frequent burnouts on my part. Or put more simply: it just sucks.

February was basically day after day of me trying to pull myself together. Day after day of me doing what I can to keep going. And as I write this post, I’m still struggling to cope with these feelings and how these feelings subsequently affect how well I perform. Nonetheless, I haven’t completely given up on myself yet! I genuinely believe that there’s still ample time for me to bounce back and to power through.

On a more positive note, as I mentioned earlier, one of my blog tours has finished! And quite successfully, if I may add. Organizing an international blog tour for Esme’s Wish was a much needed breath of fresh air in comparison to all the things I was having difficulty with. This wouldn’t have been possible at all if it weren’t for all the wonderful, hardworking bloggers I was lucky enough to work with. Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm, Fatina @ The Infinity Words, Rose @ Wanders Between Pages, Belle @ Belle’s Archive, Brooke @ The Brookeworm, Susanne @ floralcars, Samantha, Lisette @ Crimson Blogs, Taiwo @ Stuffed Shelves, Joel @ Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Charvi @ It’s Not Just Fiction, and Mahayla @ The Nerdy Elite – I cannot thank them enough! Go and check out their awesome blogs, by the way.

It was really fun, and I’m hoping to have more opportunities to organize blog tours for more deserving authors. In fact, I am currently actively scouting for more authors I can work with. At the moment, I have two potential candidates for a blog tour – one being The Voting Game by Peter Gulgowski (learn more about this book via Goodreads). I haven’t had the time to read the book yet, but I’m very excited to! Let me know in the comments below if you’ve heard of The Voting Game and if you’re interested in maybe joining in the blog tour, should it push through.

On to more book-related babbling! I’ve always been too lazy to feature book hauls and all, but these books are too lovely to not share, so here’s my first ever pictured book haul for the month of February! (Note: I didn’t have much time to take a more aesthetically pleasing photo of the books, so please bear with me. I’ll definitely conduct a proper book photoshoot once I’m able to!)

Again, with very limited time, I was unable to actually buy books for myself. I actually acquired three of the hardcovers through Twitter giveaways(!!!) – namely Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche (thank you, Julie Christensen!), You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon (thank you, Samantha Eaton!), and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee (thank you, Hazel!). I am particularly happy to have received a finished copy of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone because I was fortunate enough to review its ARC and I absolutely adored it! Plus, it was my first read (as well as my first 5 star-rated book) for 2018.

The other two books — When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch – have been sitting quietly on my wishlist for months now, and I am so blessed that my friend Cara willingly braved through a chaotic booksale for the both of us. Thanks, girl! You’re a star. Finally, the last book in the stack is an ARC of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I am one of the lucky participants of a blog tour organized by fellow Filipino blogger, Karina @ Afire Pages.

Although I have yet to read most of these books, I did manage to miraculously squeeze in four books last February! A number of them were pretty underwhelming, unfortunately. I’ll be going through them in a few.

What I’ve read and reviewed!

Read in January 2018

Read in February 2018

  • Start Here anthology by #romanceclass authors [4 star review]

What I’ve read but have yet to review!

* Star ratings are subject to changes when I finally get to write my book reviews down.

  • Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano [tentative rating: 2 stars]
  • It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore [tentative rating: 2 stars]
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han [tentative rating: 1 star]

What I’ve written!

Under #EsmePH blog tour:

What I’ve seen around!

Sadly, I lacked the free time to really explore the blogosphere last month. Regardless, here are a number of posts I enjoyed reading!

Book reviews:

Write-ups and discussions:

Plans for February?

I actually just finished reading The Poet X two hours ago. Just in the nick of time because according to the blog tour schedule, my tour stop falls within this week. My tentative rating for this verse novel is 4 stars, so I’m pretty psyched to write up my review after this wrap-up post.

Another immediate plan is my blog tour for Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich, which officially launches in two days. Speaking of blog tours, my friend Shaine @ Wanderer in Neverland has recently released a sign-up form for a tour she’s organizing that features Tell Me No Lies, which is the sequel to Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger. It’s open to bloggers based in the Philippines, so if that’s you, check it out!

In general, with the release of Infinity War approaching very closely, I’ve decided to dedicate the month of March to Marvel! I started re-watching all the Marvel films in chronological order way back in January, but I only recently had the idea to create short discussions of each film. Silly, right? As self-proclaimed Marvel trash, I feel like it is my duty to actively hype up Infinity War as well as the films that have beautifully shaped MCU. Of course, writing discussion posts on these films, including noting down my observations (e.g. Did you notice that in Captain America: Winter Soldier, the named targets of Project Insight included Stephen Strange who would later on become Doctor Strange?), would require me to redo the entire marathon because I wasn’t really scrutinizing the details as I watched. It’s not very time-efficient (especially given that I’m about to have my midterms and everything), but for the love of Marvel, I’m going for it anyway! I’m hoping to have all the posts up before the screening of Infinity War. Wish me luck!

And that’s it, really. March is going to be a pretty hectic month for me, so I may not be able to read and/or review as much. But despite that, I’m still pretty excited about what’ll come next! How about you? Tell me about your goals and plans for this month in the comments below!

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27 thoughts on “Wrapping up February 2018 {and making March a month of Marvel films!}”

  1. Thank you for sharing my post! I hope your March was better. 🙂 I don’t do book hauls because I’m either buying too many books or none, so they can get really sporadic. I also find that when I start doing hauls, I think that I have to buy books all the time which is dangerous. lol.

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    1. Sure thing! And my March was a lot more manageable, imo. Although midterms season is typically a busy one. I was able to read a ton more books — a total of 11, actually! I hope your March was just as wonderful.

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  2. I hope March has been a better month for you! I miss college, but not the stress and burnout.

    It’s awesome you’re hosting blog tours! I’ll be keeping an eye out for some to join. 😊

    Love your blog, shoogah!

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  3. Thank you for sharing my post! 🙂 I hope March is easier on you than Feb was. I think February is kind of a tough month… It’s so short, everyone’s always busy… And it’s the end of winter too, so the weather is doing whatever 😀 at least, here it was… we had -22C!

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    1. Of course, I love your posts! It’s great that you’re always trying to help out bloggers, especially fledging ones. 😊

      Hope your March is turning out great, too! 💕


    1. Thanks! So far, I’ve read a couple of good books. It’s all good. I hope March has been a great reading month for you, too. 💕

      And sure thing! Your reviews are so insightful. 😊

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  4. Great post! Februsry had been really busy for you, and it sucks that things were difficult with group projects. February has been a really tough month for me, too, so let’s hope March brings some positivity! I’m so excited to be part of the Crimson Ash book tour!


    1. I can’t thank you enough for being a part of the Crimson Ash blog tour! You were seriously a wonderful addition to the team, and I hope to have more opportunities to work with you. 😊🌻

      Hope your March is turning out better, too!

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      1. You are so sweet! The experience was so great because you did such a fantastic job hosting! Can’t wait to work with you on future tours! March is being meh for me but let’s see, it might get better!


  5. Hello Shealea! Thank you for shoutout 🙂
    I know what it is like to work with slackers- very exhausting and frustrating! Keep doing what you do, and your hard work will pay off (trust me!) People who don’t put in the work will eventually get what they deserve. Hope that March will be a better month for you!
    Congrats on organizing a blog tour! 🙂

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    1. Yes, I saw the Twitter conversation between Robert and Marvel. A+ for marketing, to be honest. 😂 Have you watched the latest trailer? I WAS SCREAMING ON THE INSIDE THE WHOLE TIME! 😍

      And thanks, by the way! I hope so too. 😊


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