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February 2018 TBR


Since I managed to read every book on my January TBR last month, I hope to keep the momentum going in February.  It never fails though, I start out strong sticking to my monthly TBRs in the beginning of the year, but I tend to stray as the year progresses.

Let’s see which books are on the TBR for February…

*Book titles link to Goodreads

» Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman



Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

» Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman



God is dead. Meet the kids.
Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.
Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.

I have the opportunity to see Neil Gaiman in March when he comes to Cincinnati.  I’d like to read a few of his books that I haven’t gotten to yet.  I’ve been wanting to read Norse Mythology since it came out last year, so this is finally the kick in the pants I need to pick it up.  I haven’t read American Gods yet, nor do I have the time to tackle it this month, but I’ve heard it is not necessary to read before Anansi Boys.

Books For Review

» Eligible (The Austen Project #4) by Curtis Sittenfeld



This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.
Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.
Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

We shall see how this Pride and Prejudice retelling goes.  “Chick Lit” is not my favorite genre, or even one I frequent often.  I just like my books to have a little more depth to them.  I can however appreciate the fluffier books if they are entertaining & witty… Let’s hope Eligible fits the bill.

» The Passenger by Lisa Lutz



In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it…
Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.
She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.
It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

I haven’t read a thriller in a while, so it’s time to pick this one up that’s been sitting in my NetGalley  backlog for a LONG time.

» Declaration: A Poetry Chapbook in Three Movements by Jeff Roush


This poetry chapbook constitutes the first collection published by Jeff Roush. Its inspiration and organizational structure come from Jefferson’s inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The chapbook focuses its linguistic eye and musical ear on quiet moments in everyday life that fall among and across these lofty concepts. 

This is a collection of poetry written by someone I know in real life.  I agree to give it a go, but warned him that I don’t naturally gravitate towards poetry.  He is pretty amusing in real life, so I hope this translates to his poetry.

Book Club Selection

» Beartown by Fredrik Backman



The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

I selected Beartown for the first selection for the new book club I am starting in my community.  I’ve had a few of my members already finish it (they loved it) and praise me for my selection.  I was anxious that I was going to pick a dud and no one would want to return to book club.

» As Good As True by Cheryl Reid



A powerful and haunting novel of a woman’s broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home.
August 1956. After a night of rage and terror, Anna Nassad wakes to find her abusive husband dead and instinctively hides her bruises and her relief. As the daughter of Syrian immigrants living in segregated Alabama, Anna has never belonged, and now her world is about to erupt.
Days before, Anna set in motion an explosive chain of events by allowing the first black postman to deliver the mail to her house. But it’s her impulsive act of inviting him inside for a glass of water that raises doubts about Anna’s role in her husband’s death.
As threats and suspicions arise in the angry community, Anna must confront her secrets in the face of devastating turmoil and reconcile her anguished relationship with her daughter. Will she discover the strength to fight for those she loves most, even if it means losing all she’s ever known?

As Good As True was my other book club selection for February.


Divider2Which books are on your TBR for February?

Have you read any of the books on my list?  If so, what did you think?

Comment below & let me know 🙂

15 thoughts on “February 2018 TBR”

  1. Ooh, awesome TBR! I’ll go for Gaiman any day, and I also enjoyed Eligible – although you never know, if you’re a big fan of PP, you might react a little bit differently. I don’t read a lot of chick lit either! Like, any, really. But that didn’t get into my way of enjoying this one for a change 🙂
    I hope you enjoy your TBR 🙂


  2. I really need to read those Neil Gaiman titles this year as well! I might even do a American Gods reread before, since it’s been ages. And I hope you will enjoy Beartown! It was a slowburner for me, but the second part totally made up for it. Have a great February!


  3. Happy February Amanda! Looks like you have some pretty amazing titles ahead of you, I see Uncle Gaiman made the cut haha! Hope you have a wonderful reading month & I’m glad your book club is already off to a good start 🙂


  4. Oh I haven’t read too many books by Gaiman, I think I only read Coraline, yet I have heard amazing things about Norse Mythology! I hope you will love it 🙂
    Happy reading!! 😀


  5. I personally don’t put together TBRs beyond my own book club reads for the month. That said, I also struggle to stick with them! There are so many amazing books in the world, how can we make time for them all? My mood reading dictates what I read more often than not.

    I’ve read American Gods but not Anansi Boys yet. How did you end up deciding to read Anasi Boys over American Gods or a different Gaiman book? I know you’ve read quite a bit of his literature, so I’m curious. I hope that you enjoy Norse Mythology! That’s high on my to read list… Isn’t your copy already signed by Gaiman? At least you don’t have to tote that heavy tome around with you at the event! 😀


  6. Great tbr!! I absolutely *loved* anansi boys!! I did actually read anansi boys before american gods and it didn’t make a difference- in fact anansi boys is still my favourite 😀 And I do want to read Norse Mythology. I hope you have loads of fun meeting Gaiman!


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