February Monthly TBR

Happy Saturday ya’ll!

I had a surprisingly good reading month in January. I usually do, I think because I’m just so excited and refreshed by the start of the new year, but still. I managed to read 13 books! Okay, so it was 5 graphic novels, 1 short story/novella, and 7 regular sized books, but still. That’s a crap ton of reading, considering how busy I’ve been.

So let’s take a look at my TBR pile for last month…


Pretty dang good, I think! I did read SOME of Just Another Judgement Day, but I was having an issue focusing on it so it’s now my gym-bag book, for when I want to read while on the arc trainer or treadmill. And I just never got around to really delving into Unfamiliar Fishes.

And now the best part – let’s look at the pile for February!

TBR pile

From the top…

  • Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie – Because a little steamy romance around Valentine’s Day sounds like a good idea πŸ™‚
  • The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler –Β I’ve been meaning to read more Butler for ages now. She’s does a good job with sci-fi/fantasy.
  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Fantasy! And because both Jenn and Riv love it, so I’m positive I will too. And it’s been sitting on my shelf for way too long.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – I’ve never read these books! And I just KNOW I’m going to love the snark. And why not, it should be a nice easy read.
  • Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space by Lisa Randall – SCIENCE. And, it’s be a female physicist, which is awesome. I realized that I read a lot of science, but none were by women, and that sucked. Randall has a few books out I’m hoping to read this year.
  • An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina – An autobiography by the guy who sheltered a bunch of people during the Rwandan Genocide in his hotel.
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah – Beah was a child soldier in Sierra Leone and I read his memoir A Long Way Gone a few years ago. And now he has a novel! And I bet it’s going to be really good, but probably a bit tragic too.
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – A re-read! Because I LOVED it on audio, and when Katie picked it as her next Fellowship of the Worms book, I was really excited to have an excuse to read it again. Posts go up on Feb. 11th, so you should grab a copy and join in!
  • Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane – This astronaut memoir was mentioned in Packing for Mars, so of course I requested it from the library as soon as I could.
  • Revival: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Mark Englert – A new zombie graphic novel series to try out! I’ve heard good things about it so far.

So this may seem like a lot, but I’m optimistic. January went a LOT better than expected, and I’ll have a four-day weekend this month because of my birthday, so clearly one of those days is going to have to be a day of me reading on the couch. And you know, a lot of these are short or easy.

OH, and I’m also reading Bleak House this monthΒ for theΒ readalong, but I think we’re aiming to finish it in March because it’s effing HUGE, so it’ll go in March’s TBR pile.

I’m so excited for the awesome reading I have ahead of me! Anything in particular you’re aiming to read this month?




  1. Hahaha, I love your picture of the TBR pile all crossed off! If I did that with my library books it would not present nearly such an edifying picture — I always check out way more books than I intend to read, and then see which ones I’m truly in the mood for.

    I have no February reading plans! I’m going wherever the wind takes me! Apart from I am still doing two readalongs, my reading is totally up for grabs.


  2. My eyes got huge and my mouth dropped when I saw you were doing a Bleak House readalong. It’s on my TBR Pile Challenge. I’m really having a hard time sticking with a book right now, so this might be the trick. But I’ll probably read the first bit before officially committing.


  3. Years ago I read the first Series of Unfortunate Events book and never bothered reading the rest. I’d love to revisit the books! Can’t wait to see what you think of it!

    I’ve heard nothing but AMAZING things about The Rosie Project!! Definitely want to read that one!

    There’s a readalong for The Golden Compass and I’m really excited for it! Somehow I’ve never read any of those books! My boyfriend (so NOT a reader) absolutely loves them, so I know they must be good. February also is the anniversary of the deaths of two of my favorite childhood authors, Diana Wynne Jones and Brian Jacques, so I’d love to revisit at least one book apiece.


  4. My compliments for awesome results in January! You did really well considering all the busy-ness. Also what an exciting pile for February. I hope you won’t hate Assassin’s Apprentice, I wasn’t over the moon for the first book but the series got better and better as it went on. Then again the first book is the shortest by far, so πŸ™‚ I’m thinking of adding Rosie Project to my Eclectic Reader Challenge under romantic comedy – I suppose it suits, right? If I have to pick something from that category, it might as well be something that has potential to be really good πŸ™‚


    1. The Rosie Project is DEF a romantic comedy, I think it’s going to be a rom-com movie, actually. And it’s such a GREAT BOOK! I’m going to start re-reading it this week, I hope.

      I’ll keep in mind that Assassin’s Apprentice might not be the best of the series – that’s how I feel about The Eyre Affair too.


  5. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Radiance of Tomorrow and Bleak House! I read Bleak House a couple of years ago and really liked it! Hopefully you will too.


    1. I am only about 75 pgs into Bleak House so far and it’s not bad, but I have to read like 90 more pages by Tuesday and that’s stressing me out a bit. I love readalongs, but I really shouldn’t have saved reading the whole first section for today, lol.


  6. I really enjoyed the “Assassin’s Apprentice” book and its sequels when I read them several years ago. There are other books related, the Tawny Man series which features the same characters, and the Liveship trilogy which is related but which has an almost entirely different cast (I didn’t like that one so much, but I can’t remember how important it is to read those books if you go onto the Tawny Man.) Anyway, enjoy your books! πŸ™‚


  7. I’m excited to see what you think of Assassin’s Apprentice. Good luck with Bleak House, as well. I picked a lot of titles this month as well. Even as I was doing it, I was thinking that it was probably a poor choice on my part as February is the shortest month.


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