I’m still not convinced it’s actually 2022. Seems like a trap.
Anywho, since apparently we’re all in this shared delusion together (does time have any meaning?), here are my February hopefuls. I had thought I had started this TBR already, but I think I’m mistaking it for instagram. Hmm. Maybe I’m going crazy, maybe it’s Maybelline.
Lots of ARCs this month, mainly because I want to clear my March and April ARCs out to make way for two months where I can focus on May releases, because apparently May 2022 is the date the world ends and also all of the things I am highly anticipating (not that the books I plan on reading this month aren’t also ones I’m really excited about) and I just could not stop requesting.
I’m feeling very torn in priorities. I want to read all the things. The new releases. The ARCs. The backlist titles I’ve been craving for years now. And my squirrel brain will not allow me to prioritize anything or focus on shit right now.
So. While I have a shred of focus, here is my February TBR, broken in March and April ARCs with a dip for audiobook hopefuls because why not.
Blurbs are from Goodreads.
Kundo Wakes Up by Saad Hossain
Kundo takes us to Hossain’s native Bangladesh, to the fading city of Chittagong, which is slowly crumbling into the sea as even Karma goes silent. But Kundo’s contemplation of his dying city is interrupted when his wife leaves him and then goes inexplicably missing, and soon Kundo starts to connect the dots between a number of disappearances. But this is Hossain, and so there’s more afoot than techno shenanigans. Kundo will find that the veil between worlds is paper-thin, and the djinn have their own stake in the matter.
Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Sutanto
Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name. Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target.
The Bone Orchard by Sara Mueller
Charm is a whore, and a madam. The wealthy and powerful of Borenguard come to her house to buy time with the girls who aren’t real. Except on Tuesdays, which is when the Emperor himself lays claim to his mistress, Charm herself. But now–Charm is also the only person who can keep an empire together, as the Emperor summons her to his deathbed, and charges her with choosing which of his awful, faithless sons will carry on the empire—by discovering which one is responsible for his own murder.
Sweep of Stars by Maurice Broaddus
The Muungano empire strived and struggled to form a utopia when they split away from old earth. Freeing themselves from the endless wars and oppression of their home planet in order to shape their own futures and create a far-reaching coalition of city-states that stretched from Earth and Mars to Titan. With the wisdom of their ancestors, the leadership of their elders, the power and vision of their scientists and warriors they charted a course to a better future. But the old powers could not allow them to thrive and have now set in motion new plots to destroy all that they’ve built.
Reputation by Lex Croucher (my first NG audiobook!)
Abandoned by her parents, middle-class Georgiana Ellers has moved to a new town to live with her dreary aunt and uncle. At a particularly dull party, she meets the enigmatic Frances Campbell, a wealthy member of the in-crowd who lives a life Georgiana couldn’t have imagined in her wildest dreams. Lonely and vulnerable, Georgiana falls in with Frances and her unfathomably rich, deeply improper friends. Georgiana is introduced to a new world: drunken debauchery, mysterious young men with strangely arresting hands, and the upper echelons of Regency society.
The No-Show by Beth O’Leary
8.52. Siobhan’s been looking forward to her breakfast date with Joseph. Breakfast with Joseph on Valentine’s Day surely means something … so where is he? 14.43. Miranda’s hoping that a Valentine’s Day lunch with Carter will be the perfect way to celebrate her new job. She’s been dating Carter for five months now and things are getting serious. But why hasn’t he shown up?18.30. Joseph Carter agreed to be Jane’s fake boyfriend at a colleague’s engagement party. They’ve not known each other long but Joseph promised to save Jane tonight. But he’s not here…Meet Joseph Carter. That is, if you can find him.
The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe and an incredible array of talented collaborating creators have written a collection of tales comprising the bold vision and powerful themes that have made Monáe such a compelling and celebrated storyteller. Dirty Computer introduced a world in which thoughts—as a means of self-conception—could be controlled or erased by a select few. And whether human, A.I., or other, your life and sentience was dictated by those who’d convinced themselves they had the right to decide your fate. That was until Jane 57821 decided to remember and break free.
Nettle & Bone by T Kingfisher
After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter—has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself. Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince—if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.
Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse
The great city of Tova is shattered. The sun is held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse, but a comet that marks the death of a ruler and heralds the rise of a new order is imminent. The Meridian: a land where magic has been codified and the worship of gods suppressed. How do you live when legends come to life, and the faith you had is rewarded?
It’s time to finally read a book by Colson Whitehead, who has been on my TBR for…quite some time now.
I really, really enjoyed House of Salt and Sorrow (even if the romance aspect was ridiculous), and the premise of Small Favors sounds really cool…even if the romance aspect mentions boy quite often and that’s generally a red flag for me. Island Queen is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a minute, because that cover is gorgeous and it sounds incredible, and Vanderbilt I’m hoping will have some of the scandal and drama I need in February, although…probably not since it’s written by Anderson Cooper, who is Anderson Cooper and also apparently a Vanderbilt himself. So we shall see how that turns out.
I might also continue my Vorkosiverse reread with Komarr, although I know that I soon as I finish that I’ll drop everything to read my absolute favorite book in the series, A Civil Campaign, and fuck it doesn’t the sound of Miles self-sabotaging his own courtship sound like the perfect read for Valentine’s Day? Fuck. It really, really does.
Farewell audiobook TBR. It was nice knowing you.
I’ll be knee deeper in the drains alongside Miles.