I am so excited for this month, because it means some of my favorite series are getting new additions! It also means my editing class will be over, which is almost more exciting than the books. Almost. I had an amazing reading month in January, and I’m planning to continue that streak through February – I actually just doubled my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal because I was so many books ahead of schedule. So fingers crossed that I’ll get some good reading done this month. Here are the books I’m most excited about:
1. Morning Star by Pierce Brown. This is definitely my most anticipated release of 2016, and I am so excited to get my hands on it! For Christmas, I got a preordered, signed copy (so now I have signed copies of the entire trilogy!), and I’m so excited!
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I finally got myself a copy of this, and I’d like to read it before the movie comes out March 4. And then I can see the movie and fulfill one of the challenges for the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge, which is to read a book and watch the movie and then decide which you like better.
3. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. I am so excited for this book! I actually got my hands on the first 150 pages a while back and they are amazing. I’m ready for the rest of the book now. Thanks.
4. The Bees by Lalaine Paul. I actually started reading this one at the end of January, and I already have mixed feelings about it. It’s interesting, but definitely weird, and it reminds me a lot of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for some reason. I almost DNF’d it already, but, since I have two copies, and I really want to know what it’s about, I’m going to stick with it.
5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. Red Queen reminded me a lot of some of my favorite series (Red Rising and The Hunger Games) so I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes the story in the sequel.
This month’s theme for the Reading New England Challenge is Fiction. That’s a pretty broad topic (and I kind of wish it was later in the year, so I could see what I felt like reading), but I decided to pick a book I already own. So I’m going with:
6. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi. This book takes place in Massachusetts in the 1950s, and addresses the complicated race issues prevalent at that time. It’s actually a retelling of Snow White, which just sounds incredible. So I’m excited to jump into this book!
And, finally, my TBR jar pick for this month is “a book with a one-word title.” I thought this would be an easy category. But, looking at the books I want to read in the near future, very few of them have one-word titles. But there is one I really want to get to, and that is:
7. You by Caroline Kepnes. This isn’t my typical genre – it’s a thriller told from a stalker’s perspective – but I’ve heard some amazing things about it. So I’m excited to read it!
Depending on how these books go, and if I have time with all the schoolwork that will inevitably be heaped upon me this month (it’s finals time), I might add a few Valentine’s Day reads just for the hell of it. A few I’ve got my eye on are A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.
I also might participate in #BardugoMonth on Instagram, where several Instagramers are reading all four of Leigh Bardugo’s existing books (the Grisha Trilogy, plus Six of Crows) throughout the month of February. Since I have all of them (oops), and have been really wanting to get to them soon, I’m going to start with Shadow and Bone, and then see how I feel about reading the rest of them right away. I love reading completed series – no waiting! – and this is a great excuse to marathon this one.
I’d love to hear what you’re planning on reading this month – let me know in the comments!