I’ve definitely went overboard with my tbr this month!! 12 books in total so I’d better get my butt in gear and start reading!!
If you’d rather watch this in video format you can check out my BookTube video here!
But if you’d rather read about my tbr then lets get into it!
First up are the books I’m reading for the Missy Elliott readathon (see the announcement vid here!)
Double Cross by Malorie Blackman is the 4th book in the Noughts and Crosses series where white people are the minority and we follow a relationship between a Black girl and a white boy. Of course by book 4 the plot has progressed quite a bit but I don’t want to spoil anything. This series is utterly fantastic. This fits for the prompts of reading a backlist book published at least five years ago, and also the prompt for a book set in a high school/published when you were in high school (2008, which for me was my first year of English secondary school), as well as the coming of age prompt and being from multiple POVs. This book almost does it all!!
To fulfil the book recommendation prompt I’m reading Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, this is a short Sci-Fi novella that I’ve heard people tell me I’ll love. Truthfully I don’t know anything else about it, and given that it’s under 100 pages long I think I’ll keep it at that!
For the LGBTQIA+ prompt I’m going to pick up Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. This is a poetic memoir of her life, and given that she herself is somewhere in the LGBTQIA+ bracket I think this will be a great pick.
And finally, a prompt I had been worried about was a Black romance. Because I don’t read romance! But Shay said that this could just be a book that features a relationship, as long as all parties were Black. So for this I’m going to read My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Our main characters sister always kills her partners and our main character helps cover it up. But now the sister is dating our main characters ex, and that’s going a bit too far. Super excited for this one!
Now onto my non-readathon tbr:
I want to listen to The Princess Bride book! I finally watched the film at the end of December and I think this will be such a fun read! I’m lucky to be able to listen to audiobooks while I’m at work so I think that’s when I’ll blast it out.
Then I want to read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, I was lent this by my Mother-in-Law in January and I really want to get to it so we can discuss it! She loved it so I’m hoping I will too.
I also want to read my January Illumicrate books, because if I don’t read them when they come I’ll never keep on top of them! This month is going to have two books, one we know about which is This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi and the other there have been predictions of, but I won’t put any possible spoilers here.
Lastly before I move onto my buddy reads, I want to read Fatlip by Hannah O’Donnell, otherwise known as Ladette M here on the bookternet! And this links in because 2 of my buddy reads are going to include Hannah!
First up we’re wanting to read a chapter a day of Black Water Sister by Zen Cho together. Hannah was lovely enough to gift me the book for Christmas and I’m super excited to dive in!
Then as part of the Dead Famous Readalong, this month we’ll all be reading Seasons of War by Derek Landy, the next book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. We won’t be picking this one up until after the live show on the 6th of Feb though (on Hannah’s channel) so I’ve got some time to squeeze the other books in first!
Second to last is that I’ll be continuing my chapter each day of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas with Olivia-Savannah from Olivia’s Catastrophe. I am loving this book so far and am so invested in Dantes and how his life is going to progress! We’re just over 200 pages in at the end of January which is a pretty decent dent!
And then finally, I’m Beta reading a book for the wonderful Pablo Suarez, and I’m currently around 40% of the way through the book. I’d like to finish that up so I can give him my feedback. It’s a fantasy novel with lots of inclusion of medical content (which is so cool cause Pablo is in his final year of Medical school!)
And that’s it! (she says after listing like 12 fucking books) that is my tbr for February. I’m not entirely sure whether I’ve taken on too much here in the shortest month of the year… probably? But we’ll see if I can manage it anyways!
What’s one book you’re hoping to read in February? And have you read any of the books I’m wanting to pick up? What did you think of them?