February 2021 TBR

It’s already February!

This month I have a lot on my to-do list: begin and finish edits for TDD #2, submit a couple short stories to publications, and read a shit ton of books. And…prepare for our latest move.

Last month I cleared my February ARCs, but um, kept requesting March ARCs so we’ll see how this month turns out.

The ARCs

Dead Space by Kali Wallace (2 March, Berkley)

After being denied back-to-back requests, Berkley approved this ARC for me (okay they sent me a pre-approved widget for some reason but I’m taking it as a win)! I was debating whether or not to read it, as claustrophobic mining station murder mystery sounds scary and thrilling and I’m still scarred by The Luminous Dead (which was great by scary) and then I smashed the request button! I’m looking forward to it!

The Conductors by Nicole Glover (2 March, John Joseph Adams)

A Reconstruction-era alternate fantasy with magic and murder and mystery, with a former underground railroad conductor as the protagonist. I am very intrigued about this one, although I did waffle on whether or not I wanted to request it, but then hit go-ahead way back when my March ARC list was like, three books. Whatever. This looks incredible and I don’t need to sleep. That cover is gorgeous, the blurb is oooh, and I cannot wait! This was on last month’s TBR.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (9 March, Avon)

Well this was one where I absolutely smashed that request button! I adored Get A Life, Chloe Brown, and the sequel was even better! This one is about the third and eldest (I think?) Brown sister, and I am so excited for it. Chefs, I think (with Eve as a constant career switcher with no chef experience but a gung-ho attitude)? Definitely B&Bs. Plus, it has the trope of disaster LI meets control LI and chaos ensues and I love it!

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore (9 March, Bloomsbury YA)

Another waffle request (because that cover is…yeeeesh), but then I read the premise and um, yes please! A genderqueer diva auditions for Elphaba in their school musical and kicks off a chain reaction from their tormentor and the school! Plus chapters told with identifying pronouns? A love story and Wicked?? And it’s #ownvoices? Swoon!

Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley (16 March, Solaris)

This was 100% a cover request. It reminds me a lot of Untamed by Glennan Doyle, although these are two completely different books. This one is about two innkeepers in the ass end of nowhere, space (apparently ass end of nowhere, England, which dampens some of my enthusiasm because #spaceinns), with veterans who are thrust into an unnerving situation and forced to contemplate belonging (or not) and process uncomfortable truths. I had thought this one was LGBTQ+, but I’m not sure if it is? We’ll find out!

Bruised by Tanya Boteju (23 March, Simon Pulse)

This one is…probably going to make me cry. The Sri Lankan-Canadian (I’m assuming Canadian) MC is coping with the unexpected loss of her parents through something like self-harm before she discovers roller derby and the joys of teammates. And it’s queer as fuck! I was underwhelmed by Boteju’s first novel, Kings, Queens and In-Betweens, but I have high hopes for this one! Plus, this cover!

The Unbroken by CL Clark (23 March, Orbit)

A North African military fantasy with sapphic tension, politicking, court intrigue, assassinations and more! And that fucking cover is a power move. As soon as I saw this book, read the premise and went cross-eyed from glee, I have wanted to read it. Fingers, toes and ankles crossed that it is fantastic. I am slowly hyperventilating and I just might have to move this one up in the queue.

The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani (23 March, HarperTeen)

I will admit…I have not read Thorn, the version that was published last year. I did, however, read it when it was an indie, and I am hoping things have not changed too much. Although this seems to be a companion novel, and the premise sounds utterly fantastic. Disappearing children, a main character with a disability and country upbringing, court intrigue (I know, more of it! I love it!) and much, much more!

Audiobooks

Oh hey yeah I’m going to add a (very short) selection of what I think/hope will come off hold in February.

I have been waiting for quite a few of these from the library, and am super duper stoked that they’re all coming due…and also a little nervous, because that is four audiobooks plus a possible fifth that is on my actual TBR. And Frederick Douglass is 37 hours long which is…very long. Next up is Fires of Vengeance at 15.5 hours, which is more manageable, and honestly I’ll probably read that in ebook form (both ebook and audiobook look like they’re coming due around the same time).

Too Much Lip is a queer, ownvoices contemporary fiction about an Indigenous Australian woman who returns to her hometown. Apparently there is dark humor, and the power of culture, communities and family that bind and help heal against the lasting legacy (and current reality) of colonialism, the lost generations and police brutality. I had never read a book by an Indigenous Australian before, and this looks so damn good! And…I was super surprised my small-county, conservative library purchased it!

What are you planning on reading this month?

4 thoughts on “February 2021 TBR

  1. February- what I am reading now is The Yellow-Painted Book Shop. The rest depends- has to do with when I get To Kill a Mockingbird- got it through Libby.

    By the way- I recommend The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. I think all bookworms will love that book

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