TBR List: February 2017

TBR List: February 2017

I’ve been struggling with reading (and blogging) lately for two reasons:

  1. I’m newly obsessed with Downton Abbey. I’ve been re-watching all of the episodes and that’s sucking up my reading time.
  2. I’m having a hard time reading fiction right now. The political climate in the country right now is distracting me. I’m trying to resist where I can, and reading isn’t feeling like a good escape. It’s sometimes feeling like a wasted effort.

Nevertheless, I do have a stack of books that I will be attempting to read (or just finish – because I have started some of these books already) this month.

10 books I plan to read in February

Belgravia by Julian FellowesBelgravia by Julian Fellowes

How I got it: I borrowed the CD audiobook from the library.

Why I got it: Julian Fellowes is the creator of Downton Abbey, and I had to check out his latest book.


Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovernRules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

How I got it: I borrowed it from the library.

Why I got it: I read some good reviews of this book when it first came out, and I’m finally getting to reading it. I love books about genetic illnesses.


Choosing the Hero by K. Riva LevinsonChoosing the Hero by K. Riva Levinson

How I got it: I was sent a review copy by the publisher after I agreed to read and review this book.

Why I got it: I was interested to read a political book from another country. I am hoping it will inspire me.

Johnny and Jamaal by K.M. BreakeyJohnny and Jamaal by K.M. Breakey

How I got it: I was sent an e-copy of this book by the author after I agreed to read and review it.

Why I got it: I was intrigued by the race relations aspect of this book.


The Girl Before by J.P. DelaneyThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

How I got it: I got an eARC from NetGalley.

Why I got it: I’m always up for a good suspense story.



Anne of Avonlea by L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

How I got it: I got the audiobook from Overdrive.

Why I got it: After reading Anne of Green Gables last month, I thought I should continue with the series.


Getting Off on Frank Sinatra by Megan EdwardsGetting Off on Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards

How I got it: I was sent an ARC from the publisher.

Why I got it: I haven’t ready many detective mysteries, but this one seemed like a good introduction – similar to Robert Galbraith’s Comoran Strike series.


When Were Were on Fire by Addie ZiermanWhen We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman

How I got it: I borrowed it from the library.

Why I got it: I’ve been wanting to read this memoir ever since I heard about it on What Should I Read Next? episode 13.


Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. VanceHillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

How I got it: I borrowed it from the library.

Why I got it: The day after I read that Jessica Howard (The Quirky Bookworm) loved listening to this book, I saw that our library humanities book group would be discussing it in March. I knew I had to read it. I love book discussions!

Dumplin' by Julie MurphyDumplin’ by Julie Murphy

How I got it: I borrowed it from the library.

Why I got it: Sarah picked it for our YA Book Club February selection, and even though I hated Julie Murphy’s last book, I am willing to give it a try. I have read a bunch of great reviews, so I am hopeful that I’ll enjoy it.


What are you reading this month?


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    1. Thanks! I finished Rules for 50/50 Chances on Saturday evening. I really liked it (4 stars) – although the ending wasn’t what I had thought it would be. There were some surprise race relationships comments in the book that I really appreciated. I need to see if Kate McGovern has written anything else. I loved her writing.

    1. It’s hard. I’m trying to get involved politically where I can. I set up a WordPress site on Saturday night for an acquaintance who’s running for school board. We went to hear our State Superintendent speak last night – he’s up for re-election against some pretty insane people. That’s helping. I thought Hillbilly Elegy might help me too to understand the mind of a Trump supporter. I need to get to it soon.

    1. It is hard to squeeze in reading with family obligations. I started Hillbilly Elegy a couple of days ago, and I’m finding it very interesting and easy to read. I’m excited to discuss it.

  1. I loved both Dumplin (as you know) and Rules for 50/50 Chances! I hope you do too and your reading improves. It’s funny how the political climate can impact us in different ways. I’m finding reading to be a great escape and am reading way more than expected. I’ll probably burn out soon but still 🙂
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    1. Rules for 50/50 Chances was super cute. I finished it last week. I need to write my review, but it was a 4-star read for me. I need to start reading Dumplin’ ASAP. Book club is next Saturday night. Yikes! Reading to escape sounds good. I need to get back to that point.

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