February 2021 | Month in Review

The shortest month of the year has come and gone, and wow did it seem to go by quickly. But hey, hooray for another mostly successful month a blogging! This month, I wrote about:

Read on for the rest of the month’s updates!

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Title: Scott Pilgrim Color (Collection)
Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Genre: Graphic Novel
Format: Paperback
Date Finished: 2/8/2021
Rating: 4/5 each

I read the Scott Pilgrim series for the first time several years ago, so I decided to pick them up and give them another read. I think I noticed the issues with them more this time around – mainly that nearly all of the characters are horrible people, though I think that’s kind of the point. Still, they’re well written and hilarious, so 4 stars for each volume.

Title: The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Middle grade/mystery
Format: Paperback
Date Finished: 2/9/2021
Rating: 4/5

I’ve been reading Ally Carter since I was a teenager, so I decided to pick up her latest middle-grade novel and give it a try. It was a light and easy read for me, but absolutely delightful! An excellent twist on the “grumpy old man adopts a group of plucky orphans” trope in which a group of plucky orphans adopts a grumpy old man.

Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: Poetry
Format: Audiobook
Date Finished: 2/20/2021
Rating: 4/5

I listened to this as an audiobook, which is absolutely the best way to do so since there is so much emphasis on not just poetry, but slam poetry. I really enjoyed listening to Xiomara’s coming-of-age tale as she grapples with identity, religion, creativity, relationships, and much more.

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Title: The Mandalorian Season 2
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Year: 2020

I talked about Season 1 of The Mandalorian in January, but I watched Season 2 (and caught up on the show) in February. I won’t say much because spoilers, but the show definitely delivered on all of the promises the first season made – and then some.

Title: The Prince of Egypt
Genre: Animation/Adaptation(?)
Year: 1998
Rating: 4/5

This movie was trending on Twitter for like 5 seconds and during that time I was like “Huh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before,” so I picked up a DVD copy from the library and gave it a try one weekend. Enjoyed it!

Title: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Genre: Anime/Science Fiction
Year: 1984 (Japan) / 2003 (U.S.)
Rating: 5/5

YAY for my first 5-star movie of the year! I am slowly but surely working my way through the Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli catalog (at least the most well-known films), and I picked this up on a whim. This might be my favorite one I’ve seen so far (though I feel like I say that every time).

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I felt like playing something a little “quieter” one weekend, so I played through one of my backlog titles, Gris. Gris is a platforming/puzzle game, but it is more about the journey and the atmosphere than it is about showing off your quick refflexes. I found it to be a relaxing, if not melancholy, game that forced me to take my time, which I definitely needed.

I was hoping to spend more time writing my actual novel this month, and instead I decided to work on creating 4 new side characters. That’s all I have to say for myself, really. But hey, you know what? I had a GRAND time doing it.

Oh, and I also distracted myself making niche memes related to my story, because why not?

I’ve started working on a new cosplay project, though this one is significantly less elaborate than my Link cosplay from a while back. I’ve decided to tackle Byleth, the player character from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but instead of going with her original design (which I have… mixed feelings about), I’m doing a more “modern academic” take on her, sort of like this fan art. The photo on the right is from me trying on the wig I bought… the other pieces are slowly coming together too!

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Nothing particularly groundbreaking happened in my life this month, but I will absolutely use this space to share three things I’m very excited about!

There was some big Pokémon news towards the end of February, where not only did we get updates on the New Pokémon Snap game (which looks amazing and I might actually buy), but also heard announcements about remakes for the Generation 4 games (titled “Brilliant Diamond” and “Shining Pearl”), AND we saw some previews off a new Pokémon RPG titled “Pokémon Legends: Arceus.” You can watch the whole announcement here if you want, but needless to say I am very excited about what’s on the horizon.

That very same day, the first real trailer for Shadow & Bone was released, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Shadow & Bone is a Netflix series adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels, and it combines the storylines of her Shadow & Bone trilogy with the later Six of Crows duology (which we all know I LOVE). The trailer blew me away, and can’t wait for when the show starts streaming at the end of April.

Finally, I did just want to mention quick that Maggie’s Musings now has a Ko-fi page. I’ve always intended this blog to be a place where I can talk about things I care about, and so I never set out to make it “profitable” or “marketable.” That being said, there are some small expenses associated with blogging, like website hosting and other exciting things, so if you like what I write and ever feel so inclined to leave me a tip, you can “buy me a coffee” on Ko-fi.

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As always though, just knowing that there are people out there who read and enjoy my online rambling is more than enough to keep me going! Thank you for always being such faithful readers.

How was your February? Did you do anything out of the ordinary this month? Let’s chat in the comments!

Until next time!

3 thoughts on “February 2021 | Month in Review

  1. Ghibli films are the best! My favorite is Howl’s Moving Castle. I haven’t watched Nausicaa yet, but I want to soon.

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    • I loved Howl’s Moving Castle! I haven’t watched it in a couple years so I might pick it up again sometime soon. I definitely recommend checking out Nausicaa!


  2. I have Prince of Egypt on DVD and have watched it several times; one of Dreamworks’ earlier efforts and a good film. We actually watched it in April 2000 on a visit to Peoria, but you may not remember that…


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