February 2014: Month in Review & Comment Giveaway Winners

Reviews Posted in February:

February was not the best month for reading, because I went through a bit of a slump, but I got a lot of reading done and posted a bunch of reviews. My average rating this month was a 3.4.

5 star:

Poison – Bridget Zinn

4.5 star:

Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) – Rachel Bach
Ask Again Later – Liz Czukas
Something Real – Heather Demetrios

4 star:

Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson
I Shall Be Near to You – Erin Lindsay McCabe
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) – Marie Rutkoski
Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith

3.5 star:

Lost Lake – Sarah Addison Allen
Bird – Crystal Chan
Side Effects May Vary – Julie Murphy
One More Thing – B.J. Novak
Panic – Lauren Oliver

3 star:

The Tyrant’s Daughter – J.C. Carleson
Landry Park (Landry Park #1) – Bethany Hagen
Moth and Spark – Anne Leonard
Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) – Tahereh Mafi
Desert Tales – Melissa Marr
The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness
Gated (Gated #1) – Amy Christine Parker
The Good Luck of Right Now – Matthew Quick

2.5 star:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Chris Grabenstein
Faking Normal – Courtney C. Stevens

2 star:

Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) – Leah Cypess
Tsarina – J. Nelle Patrick


Continuing my DNF trend of three books a month. Thankfully, two of these weren’t terrible, but I just wasn’t in the right mood.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy: I had the audio version and just wasn’t really feeling it. Full DNF review.

Half Bad: *shudders* Not my writing style and just no. Full DNF review.

Mindscape: I’m giving sequels the chance to immediately catch my interest or not. Not bad, but I didn’t remember the previous book and wasn’t compelled. Full DNF review.

What I’ve Been Watching:

On top of doing a lot of reading, I’ve got a major TV obsession. I’ll share my thoughts on the movies and television shows I see. During February, I got obsessed with rewatching my favorite stuff, after months of wanting to do nothing but watch kdrama. Don’t ask me why, but that’s my thing right now.


Um yeah, I went a little crazy, so I watched all of these:

Bonus points if you noticed I just started going through my DVDs alphabetically at a certain point. Since all but Schoolboy Crush and Austenland were rewatches, I’m not breaking down opinions. They’re all fun.

Television Shows/Miniseries/Web Series:

While I’ve mostly been doing movies, I did manage to finish a handful of things.

The Musical: Loved Loved Loved this kdrama. So much. It’s pretty much unhyped, but I really loved everything about it, which is pretty rare. It’s sort of like Smash, only not awful.

North & South: There’s a reason this is one of my favorite things. RICHARD ARMITAGE.

Bleak House: Okay, so this is eight hours long, but it’s totally worth it. This was my fourth or fifth time through, I think.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST TIME. This time I cried more than once. My feels just sort of exploded everywhere.

Sink or Ship?

After I had so much fun discussing the ships I would love to send the way of the Titanic on Twitter, Gaby (Queen Ella Bee Reads) got me thinking about adding this to my monthly wrap up. Each month, I’ll share any ships that I would go down with and any that just plain need to go down. I’ll try not to repeat ships unless there are status changes, because otherwise some would happen EVERY month.


Anastasia Dimitri kiss
Howl’s Moving Castle:
 howl's moving castle howl sophie hug
The Cutting Edge:
 toepick cutting edge
The Musical:
Eun Bi-Jae Yi
 the musical kiss scene
North & South:
Mr. Thornton-Miss Hale
 north and south confession
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:
 Lizzie Bennet Diaries tie grab


Corpse Bride:
corpse bride victor victoria
The Great Race:
 great race sweetheart tree
Bleak House:
 bleak house richard and ada

Comment Giveaway Winners:

Each month, I choose a couple of winners from among that month’s commenters. Only meaningful comments count. The winners get their choice of the books I reviewed this month, as long as they’re less than $20.

This month’s winners are:

Lyn Kaye (Great Imaginations)


Mel (The Daily Prophecy)

13 responses to “February 2014: Month in Review & Comment Giveaway Winners”

  1. Angie F. says:

    I adore Corpse Bride, but Victor and Victoria did not work for me either.

    Now I want to watch John Tucker Must Die. I don’t think I’ve seen it since it was in theaters.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Corpse Bride is awesome, but the bride is so much more interesting than Victoria. Every time I’m convinced he’d have a lot more fun dying and hanging out with her than marrying boring Victoria.

      Ahhhh, John Tucker is a surprisingly awesome movie.

  2. Seems like we both had a ‘meh’ month when it comes to books! I had a lot of 2 stars this time and a DNF. I’m still happy to see that Poison got 5 stars from you, I loved it too 🙂

    Mulan, Anastasia, Corpse bride 😀 I approve! I need to see Howl’s moving castle, Austenland. Funny, I saw North & South after a long, long time too. Such a good show, his voice *swoon*
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  3. Alessandra says:

    North and South is phenomenal *swoons at the sight of Richard Armitrage*.
    As for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I’ve watched episode 98 more times than I can count.

  4. Rachel says:

    You watch more movies in one month than I watch in a year. Though I do love that you watched Mulan because that’s my favorite Disney movie. And John Tucker Must Die is so good!
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  5. Morgan says:

    Ask Again Later sounds so cute and all the good reviews make me think it could be a Morgan book!

    Excellent excellent taste in movies; I adore Ever After (even if all the French people have English accents hahah). And Howl’s Moving Castle! “What’s the point in living if I can’t be beautiful?”

    That Anastasia gif makes my LIFE. God I love that movie and that swoony animated kiss! And their banter. And their everything. One of my top ships.

    Have you seen Meet The Robinsons? I think you’d like it; it’s so much better than it’s given credit for! Really sweet, very funny, and very clever Disney movie from 2007 I think.

    On my To Watch List: Finishing LBD (so cute! I’m 25 eps in), North and South, Season 1 of The Vikings, trying Ella Enchanted again. The book was so wonderful and I didn’t like how silly the movie was in comparison :/

    • Christina Franke says:

      Ask Again Later is fluffy happiness. It basically all hinges on whether you like the narrative voice. A couple other people don’t like the ship, but you probably won’t dislike the book if you enjoy Heart’s narration.

      Thanks, I do indeed think I have great taste in movies.

      I have seen Meet the Robinsons, though it’s been a while, so I mostly remember the T-rex and the great soundtrack.

      Ella Enchanted is cheesy. I saw the movie first, so I hated the book. Though it was weird in a different way and slow. lol. It’s mostly an either/or book.

  6. Lyn Kaye says:

    I love Howl’s Moving Castle. I loved the book. I loved the movie, and I fangirl like a rabid badger over Howl. Sophie and Howl make my heart explode into a thousand tiny hearts.

    I wish Netflix streamed Anastasia, I’ve had the bad burn to watch it lately.

    OMG I WON I WON I WON SOMETHING!! Now I am a puddle of tears. I choose The Winner’s Curse.

    Thank you, thank you so much. <3
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    That is all.
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  8. I agree with Rachel, that’s way more movies than I watch in a year, but still awesome.

    I am jealous of your time management skills — that you are able to read and watch so much, see I end up coming home and like zoning out in front of the computer and I like sit there just staring at the screen thinking about food. I am weird like that.

    Boo to a reading slump, but on the upside, yay to reading Poison, I love that book.
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  9. Ahh Poison!! That one is the epitome of adorable, although Ask Again Later is a pretty close second because Heart and Shroeder made me so happy it was kind of ridiculous <33 Also, Wintergirls is probably the hardest book I've ever had to review because on one hand, the topic was so disturbing, but it was disturbing in a good way. Like in a "so disgusting and unorthodox that you can't help but love it."

    Those movies are on point, I love Mulan, Ella Enchanted, The Devil Wears Prada, and John Tucker Must Die. John Tucker's hilarious, especially the scene after he took the estrogen, no matter how ridiculous that was, it was hilarious. I always love classic retellings, whether in book or movie form, so I definitely want to watch Austenland and Bride & Prejudice soon! 😀
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  10. Bonnie says:

    I just won a copy of Something Real, I’m so excited!
    Aw, LBD. It’s been too long. Needs a rewatch.

  11. OMG I love that you ship the couple from The Cutting Edge! I loved that movie. Nostalgia for the win! I watched it like 5 times back in the day. LOL.

    I am so glad Lyn won the giveaway. EEEEEEEE! What did she pick? How did I not know about this?
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