I’ve been doing this themed TBR for the past couple of years, where I try to read only or mostly black authors in the month of February, and I guess it’s becoming an annual tradition! These books are all on my TBR anyway — some of them have been on there for a very long time — so this is a good chance to prioritize them. There’s ten books on this list, some of them sizeable fantasies, so I highly doubt I’ll be able to read all of them, especially since my reading so far is much slower than it was last year, but at least I’ll have a nice selection to pick from!
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (★★★★☆)
- Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (★★★★☆)
- If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (★★★★★)
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (★★★★☆)
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (★★★☆☆)
- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (★★★★★)
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (★★★☆☆)
- A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 8
YEARLY SO FAR: 8
January was an incredible reading month for me! Eight books is kind of a record! My average per month is normally something like 4-6, at most, so I’m really proud of myself. I can’t take all the credit, though – most of these books were pretty fantastic, which of course made it easy to zip through them quickly.
There were only two outliers, and even those weren’t terrible! Children of Blood and Bone was disappointing and dragged on for quite a bit, but it was still fun. The Good Daughter, though not something I would reach for again, was nevertheless a page turner. All the other books were pretty amazing; some of them may even go on my “best of” list at the end of this year. January has set the standard high for this year, haha.
Right now I’m reading three books. First is Stalking Jack the Ripper, which is unfortunately not turning out to be as gripping as I had hoped. It’s also a little bit ridiculous. I literally just started Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight, and it’s very weird so I have no idea how I feel about it just yet. And in my effort to read non-fiction and also do research for my book, I’m reading Policing Egyptian Women: Sex, Law, and Medicine in Khedival Egypt which is just so fascinating, you guys. I’m learning so much.
In terms of TBR I’ve already gotten Red Sister out of the library. I also have soooooo many incredible ARCs, including The Queens of Innis Lear, Toil and Trouble, All Out, The Diminished, Ace of Shades, Circe, Freshwater, Girls Burn Bright, and Furyborn! I don’t even know where to begin! Help me out, y’all, have you read any of these ARCs and think there’s somewhere in particular I should start?