Hey, everyone! February already, the shortest month of the year, which means less time for reading… but I’m not going to let that stop me!
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Confession time: I have already started this book last month, despite it not being on my January TBR, I just picked it up and I could not stop. But this is a TBR, not a wrap-up, so I’ll save my thoughts (so far). I have wanted to read some Russian literature (in English) for about four years, and had my eye on Anna Karenina for almost just as long after I saw the Kiera Knightly film. This is the story of Anna, a married woman who falls for a much younger, and attractive, officer, and embarks on a passionate affair with him. It is around 900 pages long, so I’ll probably be reading it for a long, long, long time.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
This is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which is a collection of re-tellings of Shakespearean plays by a variety of different authors. Vinegar Girl is a retelling of the play made famous by the 90s movie, 10 Things I Hate About You, which is of course, The Taming of the Shrew, which I did actually read for my first year of uni. From what I understand out protagonist is Kate Battista whose father wants her to marry his research assistant, Pietro, so that assistant doesn’t get deported after his visa runs out, and can continue to work with him. I have very high expectations, which could be a good thing, or a bad thing.
Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell
Here’s my first scheduled non-fiction read of the year, because even though I made a resolution, I completely forgot when I was putting together my TBR. ‘Decline of the English Murder’ is an essay from the king of the essay, the one, the only, George Orwell, on the fascination with murder and how it has become domesticated. This book also had a number of other essays, which I believe dead with crime and criminality, though I am not a hundred percent sure, so don’t quote me on that. Unsurprisingly this collection of essays is quite a short books, which is why it’s ideal for a February read.
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Yes, it’s that time of year again, it’s time to prepare for the final book in the Red Queen quartet by starting my annual re-read. I know I said this last year, but as it turns out King’s Cage is not the last book, War Storm is, so (hopefully) this is the last time you’ll hear me say it. Red Queen is a YA fantasy and has one of my absolute favourite characters, who I cannot mention for fear of spoilers. It’s the story of Mare, who is a red, essentially a muggle, who discovers she has the ability to control lightening and is plunged into he cut-throat world of the silvers. If you have read it you might want to check out my series so far review, which I had a lot of fun with last year.
The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel by Sir Arthur Connan Doyle and Ian Edgindton
I am trying to get through my more recently required books, so you may have seen this on my January TBR. It’s probably quite self explanatory, being a graphic novel version of the famous story. I haven’t read the story itself, though I have a Sherlock Holmes collection, so know very little about the plot. Other than the fact that the Baskervilles believe a demon hound to be haunting, or maybe hunting them, and even that I’m not sure of. The only version I know is the BBC Sherlock one, so it’ll be interesting to see the source material, especially in this unique format.
Also: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Clockwork Princess, and something off the Man Booker Shortlist
What are you planning on reading this month? Have you read any of these books, and which one should I start with?
Thanks for reading!