I didn’t really get to my entire planned TBR in January. But that’s okay. I didn’t realize at the beginning of the month that I was still kind of in my 2020 slump, and am finally just coming out of it now. But I am still going to be keeping this list fairly short for February. Not because it’s a shorter month, but because I am back on the secret TBR/reading experiment train. If all goes according to plan (fingers crossed), there will be not one, but two posts coming this month. And another two next month. So, for now, I am keeping all of those books a secret and slightly regretting convincing myself to read them all in such a short period of time. It’ll be fine. I definitely don’t have to finish a thousand page biography in the next two weeks in addition to all of the other things.

When you see my secret TBRs for this month, you will probably think I’m absolutely insane for adding another four books to my plate. But I have good reasons for reading all of these this month, so I am at least going to try. Because what better way to make reading fun than to attempt to read your height in books in a single month? (I’m mostly joking, but also kind of not.)

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

This year, I am participating in the Buzzword 2021 Reading Challenge created by BooksandLala. Each month has a different prompt or theme, and this month’s theme is color – basically you’re supposed to read a book with a color in the title. After reading two books last month that fit the challenge, both by wonderful black authors I had never read before, I decided to make this challenge as diverse as possible. My plan is to read at least one book each month to fit the challenge that is written by an author of color. I have some really exciting ones planned out for this year, and that includes this book.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

This technically also fits into the Buzzword Reading Challenge for this month, but also I just really want to read it because I love this series so much. Plus it’s nice and short and probably won’t be the cause of my brain exploding from all of the books I plan to read this month. I did go a little overboard planning my reading for the year, so I’m trying to make sure I fit in at least a few books that I’m reading just for the fun of it. I am pretty excited about most of my secret TBR books, but it’s honestly just nice to read a book and not feel like I have to blog about it sometimes. I’m trying to keep a good balance. And also giving myself a break with a shorter book this month.

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for so long (it’s been like three years), and I am so excited! The first book was honestly like reading The Real Housewives of Medieval England and it was so much fun! (I don’t watch any of the Real Housewives, but I’m familiar enough to know it’s all crazy drama.) But also, this is kind of long and an actual, nonfiction history book, so I’m really hoping it as just as entertaining as the first one. Because I have a lot of reading to do this month, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed this doesn’t slow me down. Actually, I might start this today in case it takes me all month. We’ll see what happens.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Because I have gone completely insane with my reading plans this year, I’m working on a massive secret TBR post that is probably going to take me the entire year. Also, because I’m dumb, I ended up having to read certain books before I can get to the books that are actually on my reading list for the secret TBR post. Which is what this book is. So it’s not exactly for a secret TBR post, but it kind of is. And I’m telling you now because the post probably won’t be up until November-ish (I told you, I’ve gone insane with this), so you’ll probably forget by then and also I don’t think anyone will be able to guess the theme of that secret TBR. Am I making this unnecessarily complicated? Probably, but whatever. I’m also kind of curious about this because it did with the Pulitzer for fiction. So hopefully I enjoy it (because I have to continue with this series either way).

That’s it for this month! Well, this plus like fourteen other books I’m reading for my various secret TBR projects (not an exaggeration, there are actually eighteen books total on my reading list this month). Which is absolutely, totally fine (maybe). Seriously, though, I am very excited for what this month – really the next couple of months – brings, because I’m working on some great blog projects and I’m going to read some great books.

What are you planning on reading in February?

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