February Wrap-up // celebrating TWO birthdays (mine + my blog’s) & unexpectedly getting appendicitis

Hello! Sorry for disappearing a bit.

I’ll be explaining why later in this post! But long story short, February was a hectic and eventful month. I celebrated quite a few milestones, and also cried a lot (internally, thankfully, though I did actually cry once). Anyways, I’m just glad that February is behind us, and I’m looking forward to March being better!

There’s no denying it. February was a horrible, no-good month.

And it was also my birthday month.

But my birthday was actually pretty nice! It was on the 15th, and sadly I wasn’t able to publish something on the blog during my birthday, but I did tell people on Twitter, and I was shocked at how many people wished me a happy birthday there! 😭💖

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I’m pretty lucky to have had decent birthdays for like, three years in a row now. This time around, I had a table tennis tournament on the day itself, and though it started off a little rough, I was happy with what I had accomplished by the end of the event! (Also my teammates are the best and they surprised me on my birthday twice. 🥺)

I actually cried on my birthday, but not because of anything that happened on the actual day—it was because of what happened the day before, the 14th, Valentine’s Day. So yes I had a sucky Valentine’s Day this year! Thankfully it had nothing to do with my (nonexistent) love life, but it was still pretty horrible.

I don’t want to get into specifics right now, but if I had to sum February up into one word, it would be failure. Many goals and expectations I have for myself weren’t met in February. There were so many days, Valentine’s Day just being one of them, that made me want to cry and stop existing for a little while. And I’m simply ready for 2020 to be great again like it was in January. 😔

To top it all off, I got appendicitis toward the end of the month. I had to get surgery immediately because my appendix was close to bursting, then I proceeded to spend the last few days of February in the hospital. Let me tell you, it is NOT fun to have a needle stuck in your hand and to not be able to take a bath for DAYS.

I’m super happy to be writing this wrap-up from home! Currently, my health is perfectly fine and I’m recovering from my surgery wound. My biggest worry is the fact that I’m gonna miss almost two weeks of school because of appendicitis, and I kid you not, I’m going to die when I go back.

In February, I signed up for the Pondathon, a readathon hosted by our friends over at The Quiet Pond. Using CW’s amazing free resources, I created my Pond character, Pantastic, and joined Team Gen, which focuses on reading backlist books!

Unfortunately, I did poorly in the readathon, which is no one’s fault but my own. I just don’t think readathons are for me. My other reading obligations at the time (reading for Black History Month, scheduled buddy reads, etc.) prevented me from reading a lot of backlist books during the readathon’s duration. I also fell into a reading slump, and had no motivation to complete side quests.

February wasn’t just terrible life-wise—it was terrible reading-wise as well. I only read 6 books, which I know is already a good amount. But I could’ve done SO much better if only I hadn’t fallen into a slump! I’m pretty bummed about this because 1) now I’m behind on my Goodreads reading challenge of 100 books, and 2) I haven’t fallen into a reading slump in almost a year!

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling– HP just doesn’t hold up anymore, now that I’m reading it through a more mature lens. I’m excited to continue my reread of the series and see how I feel about the rest of the books though! ★★★☆☆ Goodreads review.
  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim– This book. Could’ve been. So much more. But no—it was terribly mediocre!! Also the author did not deliver on her promise of a gayer and more ridiculous Jude and Cardan. ★★☆☆☆ Goodreads review.
  • From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata– I can see how this wouldn’t work for some people because the characters are unlikable and the romance is extremely slow-burn. But personally, I LOVED and really needed its message about never giving up. (Also this was my only 4-star read of the month and everything else got 2 or 3 stars yay.) ★★★★☆

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  • Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman– I finally read it!! And it was as cute as everyone says it is! (Only gave it 3 stars because I feel like it didn’t have much substance besides being a cute and feel-good read.) ★★★☆☆
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power– I’m someone who HAS to care about the characters, and these ones sadly didn’t do it for me. Also, upon further reflection, that open ending wasn’t it, but at least I didn’t have to suffer through more pages. (This book would work for a certain kind of audience though, I’m just not one of them.) ★★☆☆☆ Buddy read with Caro 💚
  • Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak– I know “I didn’t care” isn’t a valid criticism, but I really didn’t, okay! There’s nothing objectively wrong with this book. It just failed to garner any emotion from me, and I binged the audiobook one night without ever retaining anything I listened to just so that I could finally mark it as read on Goodreads. ★★☆☆☆

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I’ve never had to include a DNF section in my wrap-ups before, because I haven’t DNFed a book in so long, but these two books were giving me reading slump—there was no choice. Also, my experiences with them were both a case of “it’s not you, it’s me,” so I didn’t want to finish them, and then give them an unfairly low rating.

I should honestly allow myself to DNF more—I’d be so much happier and get through books way faster. I also rate a lot of books low because I just “didn’t care,” which I know is unfair.

  • Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger– I kid you not, I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like this book. Everyone else considers it a new fave. But I got super bored while reading it for some reason. And I found two of the main characters insufferable. But, it has AMAZING representation (Asian and queer)—please pick it up just for that and the fact that a lot of people adore it.
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert– Again, this has INCREDIBLE representation. The protagonist Chloe is plus-sized, Black, and chronically ill. But. I couldn’t finish this book because both Chloe and Red were constantly thinking about each other in a sexual manner, and it was making me uncomfortable—which is no one’s fault but my own. (I’m baby and some romance novels aren’t for me—sadly, this was one of them.)

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Another month wherein I was horrible at interacting. My whole replying-to-comments-within-four-days thing has gone down the drain. I haven’t blog hopped in so long—it’s scaring me!! And on top of all that, I was pretty bad at posting.

But honestly, I’ve stopped beating myself up about not dedicating time to my blog, because I know I have valid reasons for not being able to. Especially as I’ve already hit my one-year blogiversary, I’ve realized that there’s more to life than this blog—it’s just a hobby, and I should treat it as such. Which isn’t to say that I don’t care about blogging!!! I’ve simply realized that nothing will be lost if I don’t post every week or blog hop everyday anymore. I hope you guys understand if I have to disappear for awhile. (Though I still feel bad about my unanswered comments—sorry for ignoring you guys! 😫)

Also, I wasn’t able to publish a Caitlin reads… in February! I’m sorry to everyone who was waiting for the next installment in the series!! The theme of February’s post was supposed to be romance novels, in line with February being the ~month of love~. However, I wasn’t able to finish Get a Life, Chloe Brown, and by the time I DNFed it, there wasn’t time to put the post together.

I’m not sure if I can read books for March’s Caitlin reads… since those books are technically part of TBRs, and my body literally rejected TBRs in February—I don’t want to fall into a reading slump again. BUT, the series will come back in March or April—I promise!

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My one-year blogiversary was in late February!! And to celebrate, I confirmed whether your assumptions about me are true or not.

Fun fact: This is the only unedited post on my blog. I scheduled this post intending to go back and edit it later, but before I could, I was hospitalized because of appendicitis. It went up with a few typos, and I wasn’t able to cut down and rephrase a few stuff. But it was my one-year blogiversary, and I wanted to have a post go up on the day itself. I hope this post was still readable even though I didn’t excessively edit it like I do with the rest of my posts!!

For my blog’s birthday again, I reflected on how it’s changed and grown in the space of a year.

I feel like February was a horrible month for many of us, and frankly, I’m ready to cry with the rest of you about it in the comments.

But I can’t tell you how excited I am for this month, because after the first two weeks of March, it’ll be my summer break (a.k.a. the sole source of my will to live during the school year)!!!!!

Was February also a terrible month for you? What was the best book you read in February? How did you spend Valentine’s Day?

53 thoughts on “February Wrap-up // celebrating TWO birthdays (mine + my blog’s) & unexpectedly getting appendicitis

  1. February was a busy month, but it went well I think? Glad your table tennis tournament went well and aw that’s great that your teammates surprised you! I’m sorry about Valentine’s Day (and appendicitis, oh my god) and I hope things get a lot better this year? 💕 we were meant to go to the beach for house day on Valentine’s Day but it ended up being postponed to the following week, but my friend gave the girl he likes some hair ties (it’s an inside joke of sorts) though a few weeks later he found out she doesn’t reciprocate feelings so that sucks a bit and I’m sad for him but I’m doing well. Hope March goes great for you!

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    1. I hope March is less busy for you, or that you at least have more fun in it!
      Thank you so much ❤ ❤
      Ah, just from this anecdote i can tell that you have a way more interesting social life than i do :") my school is all-girls so we don't really hear much relationship drama (though there is still some because we're super near an all-boys school), though I know there are some. i'm just not friends with those people, so relationship problems are almost unheard of among the people I hang out with. anyways, that really sucks for your friend, but… at least it didn't happen to you? (whenever something bad happens to someone, i just think about how it at least didn't happen to me lmao.. maybe that's bad.) so sad that you didn't get to go to the beach though! hope you get to eventually:)

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      1. I’ll try have more fun with it 🙂

        And ooh okay; it’s so interesting talking to people who go to single sex schools, because I’ve never had that experience but I almost did. That makes sense though; what I know from my friends who go to a single sex school relationship drama is only really a thing within certain friend groups. + I mean that’s a valid way to think haha, I’m not gonna fault you for it! And we went the following week, it was great weather; not too warm but not cold

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  2. i’m soorrryyy to hear that february was a horrible month for you😭😭 i hope you had a great day of your birth (even though i’m quite late) ❤️ and oh my god appendicitis sound so scary i hope you’re recovering well and you’re able to take some rest, dude yOUR HEALTH COMES FIRST!!! also your pond character is absolutely adorable, we have to stan 🥺

    i want to read ‘from lukov with love’ so badly!! i adore slow-burn romances (even though they cause me pain) and you might have finally convinced me to pick it up sooner rather than later. i’m sorry that wilder girls didn’t work out for you. i was really enjoying the atmosphere of it UNTIL THE ENDING JFKLDAJL I WANTED MORE CLOSURE WHAT KIND OF ENDING

    AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT BLOG HOPPING AND REPLYING TO COMMENTS YOU HAD A REALLY CRAZY MONTH AND YOU’RE ALLOWED TO TAKE DAYS OFF!!! (that’s my agressive way of telling you to take care of yourself ok??? ok, glad we had this talk ❤️)

    anyways i hope march is kinder to you!! sending you lots of love and good vibes

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    1. AKSKSJSSJ MAY THANK YOU!! Don’t worry about that—I suck at greeting people on their birthdays too :-(( & I’m almost fully recovered from appendicitis—my recovery honestly went so well I’m shocked! (Omg yes I’m so proud of Pantastic, honestly. I love their name + CW called them chill but fierce & I love they description!!)

      Yes!! Hope you enjoyyy ❤️❤️ I feel like the romance wasn’t one of the strongest points of the story though? It was only really present at the end of the book. The other 95% focused more in the mc’s growth & her strictly platonic relationship with the love interest. Honestly, I would’ve been fine if they had just stayed friends, bc I was SO THERE for the mc’s character growth even tho she was unlikable at times!
      Omg yeah!!! I appreciated what the author was trying to do in Wilder Girls. The atmosphere was so well-done even tho it definitely was uncomfortable reading it at times. I had heard about the ending so I kinda got to prepare myself, so when I first read it, I was like, “this ending’s not so bad.” Then I thought more about it & realized that the story would’ve benefited from more pages!! (But also i was kinda done with the book that point so did I really want more content idk)

      I love aggressive May 🥺💖💕😢💝💘 yes, yes, thank you so much!!! And I’m so happy to dedicate more time to blogging in March 😍😍

      thank youuuu❤️❤️ same to you, May!!

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  3. Happy belated birthday, Caitlin 😄🎂!! I’m glad there was some good that happened to you during the overall really rough month 😕. Appendicitis is so painful and scary, and I’m glad you’ve had a successful recovery so far. I really hope your return to school is smooth, or as smooth as going back that place can be 🤞🏽!
    Also, the ending of Wilder Girls didn’t work for me either 😕. The book as a whole was overhyped to me, but I guess we’re just not the target audience for it 😅. On the flip side though, From Lukov With Love sounds like my jam! I’m a sucker for well written slow-burns 😍.
    February was truly the longest, shortest month of the year 😓. That being said, my month was pretty average despite the random sneak attacks life pulled on me—definitely nothing as bad as appendicitis 😅.
    Take all the time you need to feel better, Caitlin! We’re not going anywhere and we’ll be here when you can 🙂. Have a healthy, peaceful March, Caitlin 🙂!

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    1. Thank you, Belle! Definitely don’t worry about being late, because I *always* greet people a happy birthday late, haha! And my recovery for appendicitis went super well! I’m basically back to peak health now :)) Haha, really don’t want to go through all the make-up stuff when I go back to school, but… *clenches fist* summer is so close 🥺
      Yes!! I had heart of the ending of Wilder Girls, so I kinda prepared myself. At first, I wasn’t that expected by it, but over time, I realized how much that ending didn’t work. But the book wasn’t working for me anyway, so there’s that. I could see it working for some people, but I honestly feel like the book was too dark for me (ugh I just love happy books ok). I was actually fine with the romance in From Lukov with Love staying strictly platonic :// I was more there for the growth of the main character, so there’s that. But it really is a good book—I hope you enjoy it if you read it!
      Ah, I’m sorry February could’ve been better for you! But at least it wasn’t worst:)
      Ah, thank you so much, Belle! I really appreciate you and the blogging community ❤ ❤ I'm slowly catching up with my comments & I love it!
      wishing you a wonderful March and rest of your year ❤

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  4. Oh, Caitlin, love! I’m SO sorry you had to go through appendicitis, surgery and the whole process must have been so stressful. I send all my love and energy to you & I’m sure that your March will be wonderful full of good readings ❤️✨✨✨✨✨

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    1. Yeah, it was a sort of scary process, and staying in the hospital was kinda hard :// But I was blessed with a speedy recovery and I’m back to peak health now! Thank you so, so much for all of your support ❤ I wish you a lovely rest of your year—you deserve it!

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear that February was such a horrible month for you, it certainly sounds stressful and having appendicitis as well, all my love and best wishes to you!! You definitely deserve to treat yourself now!! Here is to a better March 💛💛
    I’m so sorry Scavenge the Stars was a disappointing read for you and didn’t deliver everything it promised! It sucks when that happens!! But I’m so glad you enjoyed From Lukov with Love, it looks a great book which I am interested in. I’m glad you enjoyed Heartstopper as well, I have definitely been promised cuteness as well but I think I will have to be in the right mood for it!! 🙂
    Yes, Yes, Yes to this ‘there’s more to life than this blog—it’s just a hobby, and I should treat it as such’, sometimes I can become a bit to obsessed with my blog like I spend a lot of time dedicated to it and it is hard to stop but there are other things that I want from life in general (not to sound too deep) so it learning that balancing and letting go of the pressure to do everything and just focus on the enjoyment whilst doing it at your own pace. I completely understand and so will everyone else. I love your blog and just want the best for you!! ❤

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    1. Ah, as always you are so kind, Sophie! 🥰🥰 Thank you for all the well wishes!! I’m basically back to peak health now! ❤ ❤ And I wish you an amazing March as well!
      Yes!! Scavenge the Stars was fine, but it could've been so much more I'm sad. Also I could see some people disliking From Lukov With Love, but at the time I read it, I could immensely relate to the main character. But otherwise, it is a good book, and I hope you enjoy it if you read it! Ahhhh, Heartstopper is the literal definition of cute. (honestly, one of my complaints is that it's JUST cute, but that's just me. ) Definitely read it if you're feeling bad and/or just want to speed through a book!
      I'm glad that you get it, Sophie!! sometimes I get really guilty that I can't put all of my time and effort into my blog. But deep down, I know that some things are out of my control and it's not feasible to be on top of every blogging thing during the school year. I totally get what you mean when you say that you want more from life! as much as i want it to be a source of income in the future lmao, this blogging thing is just a hobby & it shouldn't really be the focal point of my life://

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      1. You’re welcome!! I’m so glad you are back to peak health!! 💛
        It is a shame when that happens 😭
        It does help when you can relate you know!!
        I know what you mean when you say too cute and I have that with some contemporaries at times, I definitely prefer “sad contemporaries” 😂
        I completely understand but it is difficult and you are still doing absolutely amazing with everything, remember that 💕 I bet you will be able to get some income from your blog in the future 😊 your blog deserves it!! 💛

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    I’m so so sorry that you had such a difficult month, and I’m honestly wishing you all the best for your recovery. ❤ ❤ ❤ I hope you get to catch up on reading and rest a bunch and that you get better soon. and honestly it's okay that you didn't get to blog much because your content is always A++ high quality AF and you should focus on getting better!!!

    and ooooo i really want to read Heartstopper this year too!! love you lots and always here for you 🙂

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      Ahh, as always you are the sweetest and kindest EVER thank you so much! I’m so glad that you understand ❤ ❤ I'm super happy that my recovery from surgery and appendicitis was relatively quick! Also I'm pretty sure I'm over my reading slump now (Anna K may have helped with that, haha), and I'm just super happy that things are looking up!

      Yes, read it!! so cute, and feel-good 🥰 it will also take you like, an hour to read tops! thank you again and love you so much, tiffany ❤

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear you had a bad month. However, I know you can get past this and go have a wonderful year. I know how much it sucks to be stuck in a hospital, specially when it’s an unexpected emergency, but I’m glad to know you’re already doing so much better. Book slumps are the worst, but they don’t last forever! And anyway, at least you managed to read something even though you had a rough time this month. I hope your march will be much better!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Juli! That’s exactly how I feel, and I’m hoping that this month doesn’t repeat itself. I’m so glad that you get what it’s like to be unexpectedly confined in the hospital! It’s the woooorst. And those bills man 🤦🏻‍♀️
      Ah, I’ve actually gotten over my slump by now! DNFing those two books were such a great choice, & I’m so eager to finish both my current reads!
      I wish you a great March 💕

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  8. Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry you had a bad month AND had appendicitis! My friend had her appendix removed years ago, and it was an awful experience. Lots of love and prayers sending your way! 💕💕 My February wasn’t super good either, and I definitely fell behind in some areas of my life. The first week of March also has been weird schedule-wise, so I’m feeling a little bit anxious but hoping that I can knock out the rest of my goals. Here’s to a better March for both of us!

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    1. Thank you so much, Charis! Yeah, I’m just ready to put all the bad luck of February behind me. But my experience with appendicitis was actually as good as it could get! I was diagnosed pretty early after a bad stomachache, there were no complications with the surgery, & my recovery so far has been super quick! I’m really happy about this!
      Ah, I’m sorry about that! I hope things look up soon & that your schedule gets fixed! Wishing you a wonderful rest of your year 💞

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  9. Oh no! I’m so sorry about the appendicitis and reading slump! ❤
    Honestly though, reading 6 books is a good month for me haha. I hope March will be better and that you're recovery is quick and hopefully not very painful.
    And of course I hope you get to read more books that you'll love!

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    1. Ah, thank you Jas! I’m actually almost at peak health now, and I’m very happy that my recovery from surgery was pretty quick. Plus, I’m fully out my reading slump now! Maybe for the worst, honestly, because now I wanna read ALL of the things, but I don’t have the time right now:((
      Yeah, 6 books is honestly a lot already. Maybe I’m just so disappointed because it’s been my goal for such a long time to read 10 or more books in a month 😅 so far, I haven’t reached it yet, but I swear I will soon. Also, I’m already enjoying my March reads way more! I think February taught me that I need to be more careful about the books I add to my TBR, honestly


  10. Oh Caitlin 💖🤗 I’m so sorry February was so bad for you. Honestly, I think it was pretty bad for a lot of people too (me included) so maybe it’s a conspiracy. Or a curse. Or just bad luck.
    I’m ridiculous lol. I’m glad you’re recovering well from the surgery, and hopefully it will continue to be that way!! And I’m sorry that most of your books were pretty disappointing! I really was excited for Scavenge the Stars, so it’s really disappointing to hear that it wasn’t the best.
    And stop stop worrying about your blog, okay? We want you to be okay, and happy, and you stressing out about our comments or your lack of interaction/blog hopping is not making you okay or happy. It’s alright! Honestly, I don’t mind at all because I’ve been doing the disappearing act as well, and I know how tough it is, so just chill, get better, do some self-love, and then you can blog on your own time. What’s most important is your wonderful special self ❤
    Fingers crossed that March will be so so much better for all of us!!

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    1. I think March is already turning out to be a better month, Rukky! 😊 (Hopefully I don’t jinx it by saying this.) I definitely noticed a lot of other people having a bad February too! Whether it’s a conspiracy, just bad luck or something else, I’m excited to just put the whole month February behind us! (And I hope March brings you greater things 🥺)
      It is continuing to be that way! I used to not be able to walk properly because of the surgery wound, but now I can pretty much stand upright + can sit up with very minimal to no pain! I’m really recovering well, & my biggest worry is the fact that I missed more than a week of school 😩😩
      Yeah, February was not a good month reading-wise, haha. And I’m sad about Scavenge the Stars. From the cover & synopsis, it seemed like it was going to be epic, but when I read the actual thing it was…. okay. Like, it wasn’t bad per se, but there was SO MUCH wasted potential.
      AHH, RUKKY!! Thank you 💝💕💖 You have no idea how reassured that makes me!! I wish I had more time to dedicate to the blog all the time, but it really is not feasible (at least, right now, summer break is so close yet so far). And I think it’s about time that I accept that, no matter how sad it makes me!
      I also hope that you know that it’s ok to pull a disappearing act once in a while as well! There’s really no reason to apologize for it, because there’s nothing wrong with taking time for yourself ❤️❤️❤️ we both just need to take it easy :))
      Thanks so, so much for the delightful comment as always! Wishing you a wonderful rest of your year because you deserve it 🥺

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  11. Ahh I’m so sorry that February was such a tough month for you, I really hope that March has been and will continue being better for you in every way. I’m sending you all the love and positive vibes, Caitlin ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Ah, thank you so, so much, Marie! March is already turning out really well because classes keep getting suspended lol. (even though i know that i technically shouldn’t be hoping for this….)
      but this comment made me super happy 🥺💕 i wish you the best in March as well!!

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  12. I’m so sorry you had such a crappy month Caitlin! 😦 (but happy belated birthday) Don’t beat yourself up for needing to take some time for yourself, we will all be here for when you’re ready again! I really hope March is an incredible month for you❤️

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  13. Gaah, Caitlin!! I’m so sorry that February was such a rough month for you!! I am sending ALL the virtual hugs right now! I hope that you feel better soon and that while you’re recovering at home, you get some time to actually recuperate. Also, yay! *Vacation is on the horizon*

    And YES. Blogging is just a hobby! And though it might feel bad at times to say that, your real-life should always come first, no matter how important blogging might be. I’ve never really worked so well with readathons either. Mostly because I fear commitment, and the second I have an actual responsibility towards something everything spirals 😅

    I hope that your March is going better than your February went, and I hope that it continues to go fantastically! 💕❤💜💖💙❤💛

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    1. Ahhh, thank you so much, Chana!!! i actually feel so much better now, and I’m basically back to peak health. appendicitis who??? oh and also, my school canceled final examinations due to the coronavirus, so i got an early summer break 😂😂 BUT, i still missed a lot of assessments that weren’t the final exams, so i don’t know when I’m gonna be able to take them LMAO

      Omg yes!! i mean, part of me feels bad about not blog hopping/replying to comments everyday. But you know what? It’s my blog at the end of the day, and I know that everyone will be super understanding no matter what I do anyway. Also, I’m so glad to have met someone else who doesn’t do well in readathons. I don’t know why, but whenever I sign up for them, something always goes wrong so that I can’t read the books on my TBR 😂 i also put way too much pressure on myself to do really well in them, which backfires on me

      Well, seeing as I don’t have much school, I’m pretty happy:)))) Thank you so, so much, and I hope March is *amazing* for you!

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  14. february was also a sucky month for me!! but i definitely didn’t have it as bad as appendicitis, i hope you’re able to catch up on the school work you missed from it, and that your teachers will be understanding! and i’m sorry you had a lot of 2- and 3-star books this month! (your comment about the author’s failure on delivering a gayer judecardan made me laugh). and yay i’m so glad you’re realizing blogging is only a hobby and should never be a chore!! it’s something i’ve known but is still hard to fully accept — i hope you don’t beat yourself up for not replying to comments (i’ve been there, am still there, and will tell you it’s not worth it!) have a wonderful march, caitlin!!

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    1. thank you, May! actually, my school canceled our final examinations, so it’s summer break rn for me, yay! but… i don’t know how I’m gonna take all those missed assessments now 😂

      i definitely understand how hard it is not to beat yourself up for those things, even if you know that blogging isn’t a chore. i think it’s because there are real people behind these screens, and i’m always worried that i’m letting them down a little:( but i hope you know that we’ll always understand if you can’t dedicate as much time and energy as you want into your blog! ❤ this may not stop you from feeling sad when you can't, but it's true, and i hope things get better/stay good for you ❤ ❤


  15. Oh wow, your February sounds ROUGH, to say the least. 😦 I’m glad you’re recovering from surgery, and hope you’ll be able to catch up on school stuff – missing school can be so challenging afterward. *sigh* BUT I’m sure you’ll do well, and I hope your March is going much, much better.

    Okay, but six books and two DNFs is actually pretty good for the month you had!? Give yourself more credit!! I felt the same way about Heartstopper, and while I *love* Get a Life, Chloe Brown and everything else I’ve read by Talia Hibbert, your reason for disliking it is totally valid. 🙂 Either way, I’m happy you DNFed it and Steel Crow Saga and didn’t choose to suffer through them.

    Yay for your summer break, it is SO CLOSE NOW. 😀

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    1. Ah, thank you so much for the kind words 🥺💖 February was definitely a rough month, and I’m eager to put it behind me. Also, my school canceled final examinations, so… it’s summer break for me right now? but because they did, I don’t know how I’m gonna take all those assessments I missed anymore 😂😂

      Ok, that’s actually true thank you so much 😂❤ i think i was just sad because after surgery, i had so much free time. But i didn’t use any of it to read because i was in a slump 😭

      I’m glad that you enjoyed Chloe Brown more than I did! I can 110% see why you did, and I think it was for the best that I DNFed it and didn’t give it an unfairly low rating. DNFing these books actually made me think of you and your advice to not finish the books that we’re not enjoying 😅 I should definitely do it more, and stop thinking that I have to finish every book I pick up!

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  16. Oh no, I’m so sorry that February was such a tough month for you! 😞 I hope March is going to be a lot better for you and that you can recover from your surgery! 💗🌷 ) I had so much fun with our buddy read of Wilder Girls, even though the book turned out to be a bit disappointing 😄 I wish you all the best for March 🥰

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    1. Ah, it’s all in the past now, Caro 🥰 March is turning out to be great! And I’m basically back to peak health now, thankfully ❤ Thank you so much, Caro!!
      You truly deserve an award for being such a good buddy reader 🥺 I hope your March is as amazing as you are ❤

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  17. Happy belated birthday, Caitlin!! I’m sorry to hear February was a big no for you, hopefully March will be WAY better, and I’m sending tons of love!! If you ever need to talk, I’m always available ^^
    The Pondathon was surprisingly good for me. Maybe it wasn’t a good choice for you because it’s really long, maybe a smaller readathon would better suit your reading habits? Don’t give up ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Marta 💛💛 March is turning out to be a good month, thank GOD. ahhhh, you’re so kind 🥺 I definitely will! And I hope you know that you can always talk to me as well ❤ ❤
      I actually do worse in smaller readathons, haha 😅 maybe I just shouldn't join readathons while I'm in school. Either way, I'm joining the Magical Readathon in April, and I'm hoping to do better, haha!
      Wishing you a great March and congrats on doing so well on the Pondathon ❤

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  18. Oh my god I’m so very sorry, that does sound like a horrible month! Happy belated birthday and I hope March is faring you better ❤️
    Also lmao not you but everyone is dying rn

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    1. Haha, I feel like I brought it about myself by labeling it as an “awful month” during its duration. It just got worse and worse after that 🤦🏻‍♀️ Thank you, and March has been a *great* month for me, thankfully. I hope it’s been great for you too, and that you’re staying safe!
      haha, same. a senator of ours who’s covid positive literally walked into a place with a bunch of pregnant women, babies, doctors, and nurses 🤦🏻‍♀️


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