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Fangirl Friday: Best of the Decade, February Edition

Last year, I saw a great bunch of posts about what book bloggers were reading the year before, and it got me curious. What was I reading this time last year—and the year before that, and the year before that? Never one to do things halfway, here’s everything I read during every February of 2010-2020—and which ones come out on top!

[If you missed January’s, find it here!]



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling [thoughts here!]
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling [thoughts here!]
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black [review here!]
The Wicked King by Holly Black [review here!]
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black [review here!]

Okay, there’s no choosing here. They’re all five stars. (If I HAD to… The Wicked King. But only because it’s my favourite of the Folk of the Air trilogy and I can’t include any Potter on a ranking; it’s not fair!)



The Wicked King by Holly Black [review here!]
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Possession by A.S. Byatt
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Simon Armitage
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

First of all, two of those reads were for university–and that definitely impaired my enjoyment of them. Second, was a February read of The Wicked King some sort of short-lived February tradition, or something? Seeing as I gave it the 2020 win, I’ll exclude it from winning 2019; I have to give 2019 to Clockwork Prince (though I do feel it has the unfair advantage of being one of my all-time faves).



Harry Potter: A History of Magic by J.K. Rowling and the British Library
Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

I must’ve had a massive reading slump through February 2018 to only have read two books–though in my defence, they were heavy ones! I’m giving this win to History of Magic–it was like a book full of DVD special features, and that is entirely my jam.



The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I know why there were only two books this year; non-fiction takes me twice as long to read. For that same reason, I’m giving Lydia the win!



Heat Wave by ‘Richard Castle’
DC Comics: New Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Pure Insanity
A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

This is a patchwork of a reading month–but I’m giving the win to Heat Wave. I did enjoy it, but more than that, I have nostalgia attached: Castle was a show my partner and I binge-watched together, and he bought me the set of tie-in books for our anniversary, so each time I see them they make me smile.



Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
All Fall Down by Ally Carter

I am appalled that it’s been six years and I STILL haven’t read the two sequels to All Fall Down. I would give it the win out of guilt alone!



Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story by Ally Carter
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Oh my God, Anna. You know those books that just seem to have had magic baked in with the ink? Anna.


Apparently I’m missing 2013 and 2012 (can you tell I hadn’t started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and gave up back-tracking it?), so moving to…



13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

It’s the winner by default, but the key thing I remember about this book is that I loved the main character’s name (Ginny) and thought she was deserving of much more than a love interest named Keith. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂



Beige by Cecil Castellucci
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

So that’s a decade I’ve been wanting to reread Beige, then, and a decade I’ve been anticipating Winterkeep without even knowing it. Win: Graceling!


So removing my all-time favourites of Potter and Shadowhunters–and, I think, out of fairness, The Wicked King–which February book takes the top prize as the Ultimate February Read?

Drum roll…

Anna and the French Kiss!

Do you agree? Which of these would be your favourite–or what’s your favourite ever February read?

(March’s best coming soon!)

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