Second month of wrap-up and TBR, here we go! I can’t get over how much fun these are to do!
First up, I read 9 books in February.
First, I finished The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Kind of dry and very heavy on obscure science and math, but overall I did enjoy it. I would like to continue the series but I am not sure if/when.
Next, I also finished my re-read of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We were joined by our friend David Clark to discuss and review this book as it is a favorite of ours and we had a fantastic time chatting with him on our podcast.
And then I read the classic story of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. This book was incredibly thought-provoking and is absolutely one of my new favorite classics.
I also spent two weeks binge-reading the Red Rising Saga! We did a podcast review over the entire trilogy that has captured many people’s hearts. I wasn’t totally sold on the hype until the very last book, Morning Star, which kind of took my breath away by how emotional it was.
The Cruel Prince has been incredibly hyped up lately so I gave in to see what all the fuss was about…and ended up DNF’ing before the halfway mark.
We don’t get the chance to read very many self-pub books for the podcast but we did manage to get to the SPFBO finalist, Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe. While it wasn’t without its flaws, this was a very fun story that I really can’t wait for the next book to come out.
And the last book that I finished in February was Uprooted by Naomi Novic. I really don’t have much to say about this one. I started out enjoying it but by the end was having trouble not skimming.
Right now I am reading A Time of Dread by John Gwynne and The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin.
A Time of Dread is the first in the Of Blood and Bone series, the sequel series to The Faithful and the Fallen. I am a little over halfway right now and there are some dynamics between the angelic Ben-Elim and the humans that I am really getting into.
The Girls in the Picture is the story of Mary Pickman, one of America’s first movie stars, and screenwriter Frances Marion. A few years ago I fell in love with old black and white films and, while I have not watched any movies from quite this far back, I am enjoying the history of how the film industry was birthed.
Finally, these are the books that I want to get to in March!
I am terribly excited for Obsidio‘s release. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff will be coming within driving distance of me on their tour for their book’s release so I am hoping that I will be able to stop by and bask in their presence for a few minutes.
For those that haven’t heard about it, several self-published authors have gotten together to form Sigil Independent, a guild of writers that are looking to set some quality standards in self-publishing. As part of their promotion, they have put together an ebook sampler with a Choose Your Own Adventure setup to guide you to the story that fits you, the reader, best! I think this is a fantastic and inspired idea. I got Benedict Patrick’s They Mostly Come Out at Night and read the sample chapters and really got into so I would definitely like to finish that book this month as well.
The book club at a local library is actually reading The Zookeeper’s Wife this month and that has been a book that has been kind of vaguely on my TBR since I saw the trailer for the movie a while back. I know the movie is out now so I may be watching that after reading as well!
How to Stop Time is more of a romance as I am understanding it…but there is a movie being produced and Benedict Cumberbatch is cast to play the lead role. So I’m sold.
And then there is Ready Player One… I attempted to read this book a few years ago but only got 50 pages in before DNF’ing. With the movie coming out later this month, we plan on reading this for the Book Geeks Uncompromised podcast. We are also planning on seeing the movie so we can do a book-to-film adaptation discussion. I am committing to getting at least more than the 50 pages in that I did last time because I do want to know what the fuss is all about.
What all did you read in February? Anything you have to get to in March? Let me know!