Currently I am aiming for somewhere between 3 to 5 books a month that count towards my participation in the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge. This seems to be manageable, while allowing me to squeeze in a few freebies. So here is my tentative TBR and current progress!
February To Be Read
Children of Blood & Bone
By Tomi Adeyemi
Challenge Prompt: Ok, this is a freebie, just because I know I need to read this!
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
By Margaret Atwood
Challenge Prompt: A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift (this was a gift from the nonhubs).
In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid’s Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.
Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.
Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?
Into the Drowning Deep
By Mira Grant
Challenge Prompt: A book set at sea
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.
Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.
The Genius Plague
By David Walton
Challenge Prompt: A book with an ugly cover
What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.
Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?
Total Completed: 10/50
In progress: 2
Completed titles and prompts:
Reviews are still to come on a few of these.
- Logan’s Run by Wiliam F Nolan & George Clayton Johnson – A book by an author with the first same name or last name as you
- A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenges (2015 – A book more than 100 years old)
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – A childhood classic you’ve never read
- Red Clocks by Leni Zumas – A book about feminism (I counted this for reasons mentioned in my review)
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel – A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle – A book with an animal in the title
- Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka – A book with a weather element in the title
What are you planning to read in February? Have read any of the titles I have coming up in my TBR? If so, what were your thought? I would love to hear how you are doing with any current challenges or goals!