Hello bookworms and happy new year! I meant to post this earlier but a combination of being displaced, getting married, and having family obligations led to that…not happening. So here is my TBR (hopeful) for January!
The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook
This is a book of poetry that I started last month and have put on hold to read library loans. The book proceeds in the stages of octopus anatomy, and then includes a series of “clingy” romantic poems for each section of the anatomy. It’s quite lovely, but could potentially be a heavy read for those with strong romantic feelings at the moment!
Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews
This is the latest in the Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. The series concerns an “inn” on Earth which acts as a waystation for aliens from various planets. This book in particular no longer focuses on Dina, our primary protagonist for the past three novels, but on her sister Maud who has long been embroiled in vampire politics and the complex world of the Holy Anocracy.
The Old Weird South edited by Tim Westover
After The Winter Sisters I am definitely looking forward to this collection of stories from the old, weird, South. This was one of my picks for last month that I downloaded through Kindle Unlimited, but was unfortunately unable to get to what with the business of the month.
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
This is also a holdover from my December TBR. I have mixed feelings going into this book as I have not enjoyed Twain’s writing style before, but I do like the story of the Prince and the Pauper in other versions. I’m hoping that if nothing else, reading this will give me more of an appreciation for Prince and the Pauper tales.
Virgin Soil by Ivan Turgenev
So I won’t lie, I do not remember why I added this to my TBR but I do like Russian novelists, so I’m keeping it! This is part of my attempt to go through and eliminate the many many books on my TBR.
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
I 100% added this to my list because it’s about pirates. That’s it, no mystery, haha. I will always read something about pirates or at least give it my best shot!
Freddie Mercury: A Life in His Own Words by Freddie Mercury
This “biography” of Freddie Mercury is actually a compilation of personal notes, letters, and other writings which is why it’s meant to be a life in his own words. I admire Freddie Mercury strongly, he’s one of my favorite icons, and I was thrilled to find this on Kindle Unlimited.
One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
This is another book I didn’t read last month. It involves Dungeons and Dragons, which is one of my favorite hobbies/games/pasttimes. It’s also the first in a series but I have a bit of trepidation about potentially getting invested in a series when this really sounds like a stand alone to me.
You’ll Never Know by Katie Cross
I had previously read a novel by Cross I quite liked, fantasy I believe, and then discovered a book I was not a fan of. There was a lot of latent fatphobia in it. This is the third book in that series. The second I read to see if the fatphobia was addressed or corrected, but due to the nature of the character that acted as the second novel’s protagonist fatphobia was not addressed. This third novel has the potential to correct some of the problematic writing that featured in the first novel and I’m interested to see if that is addressed at all.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
I am always interested in history written from the perspective of those that were victims of the events in question. I expect this book to be touching, but also to pull no punches in terms of the colonialist and genocidal history of the United States stealing land from the Native American tribes.
And that’s it, my January TBR! I’m not sure how easily I’ll be able to address these books, as I am still very much not settled down, but I’m hoping to hit a few of these at least!