As it turns out, the majority of my February reading list is made up of ARCs (because I have no self control when it comes to requesting them). BUT, all of them are books I am really excited about, so that’s always a plus. I think there are some great books on this list, and I am looking forward to getting to them.
I’ve seen a few others around the book community committing to reading only female authors in February and March, and while I can’t fully commit to that (there are a few ARCs by male authors I do need to read and I don’t want to put my Shakespeare reading challenge on hold), I will be reading primarily female authors and/or books about female characters, with feminist themes. I think all the books on this list fit those categories nicely – Shakespeare is actually the only male author on my list this month – and maybe I’ll continue this throughout the rest of the year.
Educated by Tara Westover. This is a memoir about a girl who sets foot in a school for the first time at age seventeen, and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge. I’m passionate about education, so this caught my eye. It’s been getting great reviews (and comparisons to The Glass Castle), so I think I’ll enjoy it.
The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont. I think the title says it all. This book looks so cute, and so fun, and it includes so many great female role models. Plus, it’s illustrated! It won’t be out until early March, but I’m hoping to review it by the end of the month.
The Red Word by Sarah Henstra. I actually really enjoyed Henstra’s debut novel, Mad Miss Mimic, so I’m looking forward to this one, even though it’s very different. The Red Word a campus novel that explores rape culture, and I’m here for both of those things.
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. I am planning on reading my last Austen novel this year, and I figured what better time to read romance than in February? Really, though, I am craving a good classic – January was pretty heavy on the science fiction. (Plus, there are a lot of classics I’d like to read this year, so I might as well get started.)
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor. I read the first book in this series last month, and loved it, so I would really like to get to the sequel in February. It’s not that much longer than the first one, so this should make a nice weekend read.
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. I let you guys vote on this month’s Shakespeare play on Twitter (something I will most likely be doing again in the future), and you picked Much Ado! Well, all two of you who voted did anyway (but a few more recommended it!). I know I’m going to enjoy this one – I’ve actually seen it performed before – so I’m excited to finally read it.
And I am only just realizing that I came up with a fairly long list for the shortest month of the year. But I’ve been on a reading roll lately – knock on wood – so I think I can finish this list. Ok, I probably won’t finish Sense & Sensibility this month, but I’m going to try.
What’s on your TBR this month?