If you have been paying attention, you might be able to recall that I’ve been in a massive reading slump for the past seven months. It’s getting better, but it’s slow going. Instead of reading ten or more books each month, I’ve been reading two or three. This is partly because I’ve been socialising more, but it’s also because I’ve been having trouble focussing on reading in general. So I’m bringing back my monthly TBR posts in the hope that they’ll inspire me. I want to have a pile of books to choose from so I can get excited about reading again. These are the ones I’ve picked out for February.
Me in January
The most exciting part of January was probably my return to book blogging. I’m still way, way behind on commenting and on finding out about all the new releases, but I’m slowly catching up. I realised a couple of weeks ago that I’ve actually missed the blogging community a lot. I’m enjoying having this as a hobby again, and it helps that I feel very chill about the whole thing.
In other news, I’ve had my car for over a month now, and I’ve been busy getting used to it. It was a bit of an ordeal to park it at first because I wasn’t used to the size or mobility, but I feel like I’m slowly getting the hang of it. Really, really slowly. I have been on the motorway a few times, but it’s pretty scary so I have kind of been avoiding it. But baby steps! I’ll get there in the end.
My boyfriend and I went to see Cirque du Soleil in London with a couple of his friends. I have to say, I really freaking enjoyed it, and I already want to go and see it again. The circus was one of my favourite things as a child, and seeing the acts be performed bigger and better was incredible. The Lizard Man was definitely my favourite part. I couldn’t take my eyes off him when he had his solo bit going on.
Obviously not the Lizard Man
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This topic is actually from a couple of weeks ago but I’ve got a lot to catch up on, and I would rather do this one than this week’s actual topic so here we are. Here are my ten most anticipated releases for 2017.
This YA book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The main character sees her best friend get shot by a policeman. It’s going to be heart wrenching, I’m sure.
A second civil war breaks out in America. I feel like this is topical.
Because Kasie West is one of my auto-buy authors.
I like to post a New Year’s Resolutions post every year, partly because I enjoy making lists, and partly because it gives me something to focus on. I never actually complete the list or stick to every single thing, but it’s still a fun thing to do. Last year I actually did quite well, as one of my main goals was to start taking driving lessons. Not only did I start, but I passed my test and bought a car! So 2016 was a good year for that. Hopefully 2017 turns out to be just as productive.
I did a tonne of travelling in 2016, and I visited some pretty wonderful places. It’s always been a dream of mine to travel the world, and I’m lucky enough to be in a situation where I can afford to. So this year I want to see some new places, go back to some old ones, and start planning future trips! I’ve already got a few places in mind. In April, my boyfriend and I are going to Carcasonne in the south of France for a long weekend. We’ll be visiting a few nearby places while we’re there. Then later on in the year I’m hopefully going back to Bavaria, Germany, and we’re also looking at Croatia. So that’s two new places, and one “old” one that we can explore.
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
I’ve been meaning to gush about this book since I read it last year, but due to the Blogging Crisis of 2016, I wasn’t able to. Well, I was, but I didn’t. Because I suck. But anyway, that’s over now and I’m ready to shout about my ship the book just in time for the sequel to come out. By the way, we’ve recapped Rebel of the Sands over on Recaptains so if you have read the book and are anticipating Traitor to the Throne, you can refresh your memory.