- https://getinformed.carrd.co/ This is an incredible carrd with information and resources about many of the issues the world is going through right now!
- I find Twitter an extremely useful tool in finding information about these injustices and ways to help.
TBR Games on YouTube are one of my favourite things to watch! I do not have the creativity at all to create my own, but I thought it would be fun to play along with a booktuber’s game, using the prompts they get and reading books from my shelves that fit them.
For February, I’ll be “playing along” with April from Aprilius Maximus, where she uses a deck of cards to choose her TBR. April has a chart with the card type at the top and the numbers down the side, and this leads her to the prompt – her game is inspired by bookswithmaddi~ April is one of the booktuber’s I’ve watched for the longest and I really enjoy her content and personality!
For April’s video click here ♥
In February, April chose to have 6 picks. This is kind of high for me, but I’m excited to get to all of the books I matched to the prompts, and I did manage to read 5 books in January. Let’s hope the reading steam doesn’t run out!
9 of Clubs ♣ || My Newest Published
Raybearer; Jordan Ifueko
I don’t tend to get many new books when they’re published. I’m always late to the party haha~
Raybearer was released in August of last year and I’ve only heard good things about it! The only daunting aspect is that my copy is nearly 500 pages long…
Tarisai has grown up in isolation under the care of a mysterious mother, known only as The Lady. The latter sends Tarisai to the capital to compete with other children to gain a place on the Crown Prince’s council. If she can forge a close bond, the spell woven by her mother will be easier to complete – kill the Crown Prince. However, will Tarisai’s want of a close connection to people and a sense of belonging be enough to thwart her mother’s plan?
This sounds so good! The book is an own voices story set in West African inspired world. Ifueko also includes several inspirations from her personal experiences about the Christian sub-sect she grew up in.
Ace || Ebook/Audiobook TBR
The Stone Sky; N.K. Jemisin
For Aces, April uses a dice to choose which tbr jar to get her book from. As I only have two jars and they’re for Korean Dramas, I just used the prompt and chose from the 3 unread books on my audible library (which I keep forgetting to unsubscribe from 😅).
The Stone Sky is the third and final book in the Broken Earth Trilogy. I finally got round to reading book 2 last month and before I can make myself anxious about finishing a series and leaving the last book unread for ages, I’m going to make myself read it!
The Fifth Season opens with a Season, one of several over the centuries which causes an unknown period of catastrophic climate changes that wrecks the Earth and kills many. This Season has a darker meaning and signals the ending of the world. Amid the catastrophe, a woman is searching for her daughter. Her path forward is long, but her past stretches out wider, deeper and with twists that could prove to be connected to this Season in a closer way than imagined.
The first book blew my mind, which was why it took so long for me to pick up book 2. I was scared of being disappointed and also scared that I wouldn’t be able to handle what was to come. I will admit a lot of the magic and sci-fi elements did go over my head – I’m kind of dumb 😅 Despite that I’m still very invested in the characters – they are incredibly compelling – and the world.
7 of Diamonds 💎 || 5 Star Prediction
The Girl in the Tower; Katherine Arden
The first book of the Winternight trilogy – The Bear and the Nightingale – was the last book I finished in January and the only 5 star of that month. I’m so excited to dive into the sequel and I have high expectations!
Vasya lives close to the wilderness, and spends her life frolicking in the woods and listening to the magical stories her nurse tells her family by the fire. As she grows older and wilder, her father is compelled to go into the capital to find a new wife. Vasya’s new stepmother is a devout Christian and forbids her family from leaving offerings to the household spirits. Years later, a new priest arrives and stirs up further fear and fervour against the spirits. Vasya is the only one who can sense the impending danger with the weakening of the creatures that protect her home.
The writing is beautiful and I enjoyed all the development of the characters. Vasya is a well rounded protagonist and it was wonderful to see her grow from birth to her mid teens. I’m excited to see where the plot goes and how her relationship with her magic and also an old god progresses.
9 of Spades ♠ || Light Cover
Love: Beyond Body, Space & Time; Ed. Hope Nicholson
Is this cheating? Maybe. While the cover has a lot of black, the purples are light. This book also has the lightest cover in this whole tbr… it works! It’s short and I really want to read it, and who would I be if I didn’t at least bend the rules a little? 😂
This book is a collection of stories about LGBTQ+ and two-spirit characters in sci-fi and urban fantasy settings written by indigenous authors. This collection explores magic, love and self love.
I’m very excited to read this anthology! Not only is it own-voices, but it also won the SFR Galaxy Award for Most Uplifting Sci-Fi Romances (2017). Too often we see stories of indigenous pain written by non-indigenous people. So, it’s wonderful to see stories written by indigenous people that are full of love.
10 of Diamonds || Manga
Bleach 3-in-1 Volume 4; Tite Kubo
I don’t have a lot of manga and I was definitely tempted to re-read Ouran High School Host Club (but that would mean I would re-read it all and I should probably not do that), so I decided to get the next bind-up of Bleach. I’m only on volume 4, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. They are chunky, but manga tends to be something you can get through quickly.
Kurosaki Ichigo can see ghosts, but it’s something he’s come to accept. However, this ability changes his life when he comes into contact with Rukia – a Soul Reaper – and a type of evil spirit called a Hollow that’s attacking his family. Rukia gives Ichigo some of her power to save his family, but he ends up absorbing all her power and becoming a Soul Reaper. While Rukia recuperates and slowly regains her power, Ichigo is forced to protect innocent people against the Hollows and give the evil spirits peace.
Bleach is super popular and long, so I was a little cautious about going into it, but I’ve really enjoyed the plot and characters so far!
Jack || Ebook/Audiobook TBR
The Winter of the Witch; Katherine Arden
Again, for the Jack, the dice is used and it chose the same jar as the Ace.
The Winter of the Witch is the final book in the Winternight trilogy and having both books on my tbr is kind of daunting, but I’m so excited to continue and finish the entire trilogy close together. I need to stop putting off things that I enjoy, especially book series!
If you’ve read these books, let me know what your thoughts were~
Have you enjoyed or not enjoyed any of the books on my TBR? What are you reading in February? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥