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February wrap-up

February wrap-up

I know February is a short month, but I didn’t expect it to fly past quite that fast. It feels like 2018 only began yesterday, and we’re already entering the third month of the year? It’ll be Christmas again before we know it!



Mum and I had some health issues in January, but thankfully we were both completely fine during February. Grandad is still waiting for news on his hip replacement, but he should be hearing from the hospital soon.

Unfortunately, February was the month for plumbing issues. There was a leak in the flat above my boyfriend’s, which caused his flat to begin to flood. There was water pouring from his light fixture, but the estate agent told him that the problem had been fixed! After a few days – and constant complaints – they actually got the issue resolved, but it was worrying for a while there.

A week later the toilet in my upstairs bathroom started leaking. The carpet got drenched, but a plumber managed to solve that pretty quickly: luckily it didn’t do any lasting damage, but we all had wet socks for a couple of days (which was really unpleasant).

Why has 2018 started off so unluckily?

On the plus side, my best friend from university came down for four days. It was the first time I’d seen her since I left university in the middle of December, and we’ve promised that it won’t be as long until we see each other again. I missed her so very much.

It also snowed?!?! The past few months have featured more snow than I can remember seeing at any point in my entire life, and I LOVE IT.

Snowy garden
SNOW! This is my front garden right now. There’s something seriously wrong with the environment.

Big things are happening in March – things that I should be able to tell you about fairly soon – but they might mean that the blog schedule goes out of the window and things become extremely disorganised and hectic. I hope you’ll forgive me, and I’ll try to keep posting as regularly as I’m physically able.



The Bumbling Blogger’s second month was both more and less successful than its first. That’s to be expected: the blog is naturally growing, but the month was shorter! Compared to January, I had 706 views (lower than January’s view count) but 137 comments (which was higher than January’s comment total).

I’m so proud that people are getting involved in discussions, and I’m hoping that I can grow this even further during March.

My most viewed blog post in February was my discussion about whether it’s okay to judge a book by its author. I was really proud of this post, and am planning on writing more like it in the future, so I’m glad that you all seemed to enjoy it just as much as I did!

My top five posts for February.



In February, I wrote live reviews of acoustic sets by Don Broco and The Wombats and Highly Suspect’s headline show at O2 Forum Kentish Town.

However, the best show I attended in the month was the one that I didn’t review, and that was afterLIVE IV: Minno, Kamino and YUR MUM at The Exchange in Bristol. All three bands were superb, the atmosphere was electric and I haven’t felt that relaxed at a show in as long as I can remember.

Talking of afterLIVE, my album reviews this month were of Dead!Don Broco (my album of the month), Holding Absence and Loathe and Senses Fail. I’m still having so much fun writing these reviews, and I can’t thank Hayley enough for inviting me to collaborate with her.



This month, I read more books than I did in January (which surprises me, because it’s been a shorter month and it feels as though I’ve read a lot less!). I managed to finish 13 books in February (and read Second Best Friend by Non Pratt twice, so Goodreads believes I read 14). Click on any of the titles below to see what I thought:

  1. Force of Nature by Jane Harper
  2. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  3. Second Best Friend by Non Pratt (x2)
  4. The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens
  5. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  6. The Burning World by Isaac Marion
  7. Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens
  8. Grave Matter by Juno Dawson
  9. Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton
  10. What Should We Tell Our Daughters? by Melissa Benn
  11. First Class Murder by Robin Stevens

I also read All of This is True by Lydia Day Penaflor, but my review of that novel won’t be arriving until my stop on the blog tour in May. I know, that’s a long way away – please by patient! But my review of Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison will be arriving much sooner: I’m saving that for my International Women’s Day celebrations next Thursday.

As well as writing all of these reviews, I participated in some rather exciting bookish things. Check out my spotlight of Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis, an interview with Travis M. Riddle, and cover reveals for the YA anthology Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack and Alpha by Jus Accardo.


That’s it for this month. Did anything exciting happen in your February?



  • Amy

    Hope you’ve been enjoying all the Robin Stevens you’ve been reading; I absolutely love her books, as I think I’ve mentioned before. I’m looking forward to Sunflowers in February, which is on my TBR. Nothing especially exciting happened in my February, but I’m pleased enough with my blog stats and I’m happy I read 13 books, 5 of which were 5 stars, and only one I had any real problem with.
    Amy xx

    • I’ve loved every single one of them! I was planning on only reading the first book in the series this month, and now I’m halfway through the fourth one and have Mistletoe and Murder and the short story collection out of the library to read as soon as possible.
      Oddly enough, our reading months exactly matched: I also read 5 books which I gave 5 stars to, and only one that I ended up wishing I hadn’t bothered with!

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Wow, that’s a great amount of books for such a short month. I’m glad the blog is growing and you are putting out some great content. Hope March’s excitement is everything you’re wanting!

  • Ooh congrats on getting all that reading done! That’s fantastic. 😀 But I’m sorry about all your bad luck..that’s truly frustrating. And I also feel like February is constantly too short?! Like I KNOW it’s going to be short but every year I still feel cheated.😂