February is a great month for book releases and don’t I know it. The vast majority of the books I had preordered got released this month – so it’s an expensive but exciting month for books for me. One of the exceptions to my book ban was that I didn’t have to cancel the preorders that I had already made so this month has been very exciting so far, after 2 months of a book ban. I’ve put together a bit of a mixture of books this month – some fantasy, some ARCs and some contemporary but I’m excited to get stuck into this pile of books!
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
The Poppy War has been on my radar for far too long – and I’m so excited to have finally started reading this. At the point of writing this post, I have around 90 pages left and I am absolutely loving it. The writing is intricate and sophisticated with the perfect mix of history, politics and adventure. A friend of mine has been telling me to read this book for a good 2 years now and it was only upon the release of the gorgeous special edition set that I finally gave in and bought the books. I’ll probably try and start the second book in the series The Dragon Republic this month too but it all depends on how many of my other books I get through first.
[N.B: Having finished this book at the time of editing this, I wasn’t disappointed at all.]
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Once and Future Witches by Alix. E. Harrow is a book that I am seeing all over Booktwitter and Booktube at the moment – and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it too. I’ve read a good few ‘witchy’ books recently so it’ll be nice to have another one to have a go at this month. It’s not too long either, meaning it’ll be on to hopefully fly through over the next few weeks – this was a book my parents bought me for one of my Christmas presents so it’s still pretty new to my TBR pile.
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Bridget Kemmerer
I want to reread A Heart so Fierce and Broken this month, ahead of the release of the final book in the series A Vow So Bold and Deadly. My copy of AVSBAD arrived a few days ago and I’m yet to start my reread, so I’ll need to get to this one pretty sharpish. I absolutely LOVE this series – I love the different characters and how they portray themselves and I love how fast-paced all of the action is too. I am really looking forward to reminding myself of the story and the ending so I can dive into A Vow So Bold and Deadly as soon as possible.
Fable by Adrienne Young
I’ve got a massive love for Fairyloot and their special edition books – particularly since, of the ones I’ve read so far, I haven’t read a bad book of theirs. Fable by Adrienne Young is one that I’ve been drawn to so many times over the last few months but just haven’t taken that final plunge to read just yet. Apparently, Fable is loosely based off The Little Mermaid and frankly, we all know I love a fairytale retelling – and I keep seeing really positive reviews for the author and this book. Apparently there’ll be a sequel, so I’d like to read Fable before this happens.
Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is one of the best books I’ve ever read – Fact. I pre-ordered Four Winds, the newest of her books and it arrived this month upon its release – I’ll be honest when I say I had forgotten this one was on its way so it was a lovely surprise when it landed on my doorstep. Whilst The Nightingale focuses on the war years, Four Winds is set in the United States during the great depression – this isn’t a historical period that I know too much about so I’m more than excited to delve into a new time period and experience Kristin Hannah’s beautiful stories all over again. I also have Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah to read as an eBook – and in light of the Netflix series, I’ve been dying to pick this one up!
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Historical Fiction used to be one of my most-read genres – particularly books relating to the war periods and set in France – so the release of The Paris Library is one I am highly anticipated. My copy arrived well in time for me to get to it in February – and I’m excited to revisit one of my favourite genres after a very lengthy break – I can’t wait to see what Janet Skeslien Charles has to offer as she isn’t someone I’ve read before.
You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry
One of my favourite reads in 2020 was Beach Read by Emily Henry – so much so that I included it on my Top 10 of 2020 book list. I had high expectations for You and Me on Vacation as a result – so when I was offered an eArc of it, I snapped it up. I’ve actually finished reading this book and will be sharing my full thoughts in a review very soon – but let’s just say that this book really resonated with me and I found myself devouring it in a single, 2 and a half hour sitting WAY past my usual bedtime. At I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever.
Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge
An author I’ve adored for the last few years is definitely Gytha Lodge – so again, having an eArc approved for her newest contribution to her DCI Jonah Sheens series is a big thumbs up from me. I’ve added this to this list but, considering how the reading month has gone thus far, I’m unsure whether I’ll actually get to it in February or whether I’ll end up pushing it back to March instead. Here’s hoping my weeekends are much more productive going forwards!
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
The most highly anticipated book of the month without a shadow of a doubt. I preordered this book the minute it was announced and am beyond excited for it to arrive – it’s published on 16/02 so it’ll likely be one of the books I read later on in the month but the excitement is there and it is real.