February’s TBR: Some Non-Fiction, Some High Fantasy and a Whole Lot of YA!


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Ahh, February! The month of love. Not that my monthly tbr list reflects that of course! This month (and probably every month!) I’m paying homage to the bulky fantasy tome. There are a few romantic stories nestled in amongst the mystical and magical, however. But, for the most part, I am relying on some insane world-building and intricate magic systems to transport me from reality.

This month I am going to (hopefully) read 13 books, 2 novella bind-ups and 3 short stories. Let’s get on to the stats:

  •  7 by a male author
  •  11 by a female author
  • 3 thriller
  • 3 science fiction
  • 7 fantasy
  • 1 contemporary
  • 2 historical fiction
  • 2 non-fiction
  • 6 are a pre-2016 release
  • 8 are a 2016 release
  • 4 are a 2017 release
  • 12 are ebooks
  • 6 are paperbacks



Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Available in the UK and the US

This probably tops my list for most anticipated 2017 releases. This is the second instalment to the young adult Passenger series. It involves time travel, alternating time lines, long-distance romance and family dynamics  – what is not to love?


The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Available in the UK and the US

‘Cos you gotta sneak some contemporary in there somewhere, right? This promises to be an emotional coming-of-age story about Samantha McCoy; a teen who, due to her life-threatening illness, might not come-of-age at all. This promises to deliver tears, heartache and emotional distress: I can’t wait!


The Bombs that Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

Available in the UK and the US

Dystopia with a difference. When Little Town, home of fourteen-year-old Hamish Law, falls into decline and degradation Hamish knows he must do everything in his power to piece his former life back together. Even if it means taking the life of another…


Endgame: The Complete Training Diaries and Endgame: The Complete Zero Line Chronicles by James Frey

Available in the UK here and here and the US here and here

The two novella bind-ups from Frey’s Endgame series will satiate my appetite for this intense science fiction until I can get my hands on the thrilling final instalment.


The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

Available in the UK and (In another edition) the US

Bestselling author of Code Name Verity is back with a prequel to her much beloved coming-of-age story. Follow fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart as she pieces together the memories of her mysterious ‘accident’ in this historical fiction with a thrilling twist. Despite never having read the author’s previous release I am eager to get to this one and to, hopefully, continue with the series over the coming months.

Vengeance of a Storm by Anthony Lavisher

Available in the UK and the US

I read the first instalment to this high fantasy adventure in December and the second in January. Both received five stars and became my favourite reads of the month. I have high hopes for the exciting conclusion to my new favourite trilogy!


And as I’m still attempting to read some of the books I have amassed on my e-reader, a large portion of my books will be digital, this month.




The Tailor, Siege and Storm, Little Knife, The Too-Clever Fox and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

The Tailor can be found online here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/143207221/The-Tailor-by-Leigh-Bardugo

Little Knife can be found online here: https://www.tor.com/2014/06/26/little-knife-leigh-bardugo/

The Too-Clever Fox can be found online here: https://www.tor.com/2013/06/04/the-too-clever-fox/

Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising are available in the UK here and here and the US here and here

The much beloved Grisha series is one I am eager to conclude in February. Set in an alternative historical Russia this series incorporates an unique magic system and court politics with an angsty romance triangle (squares?) and a touching rage-to-riches tale.


House of Silence by Sarah Barthel

Available in the UK and the US

I haven’t heard too much about this 2016 release historical fiction, but when I read the words ‘horrific crime’, ‘feigns a mental breakdown’ and ‘husband’s assassination’ in the synopsis, I knew I had to get this! This sounds like it will be full of strong female characters destroying gender boundaries and building emotional friendships.




The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney 

Available in the UK and the US

I read an excerpt for this story (something I never do!) back in December and have been eager to conclude this thrilling story ever since! Despite including it in my January tbr, life got in the way and I didn’t manage to read it. My suspense has grown and after reading a series of rave reviews I am excited to finally complete it, this month.






Into the Light and Away From the Dark by Aleatha Romig

Available in the UK here and here and the US here and here

When bestselling author, Aleatha Romig, released this thrilling duology last year I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Compelling covers and a plot featuring a recently blind protagonist had me immediately intrigued.


Future Humans by Scott Solomon

Available in the UK and the US

I am trying to squeeze a little non-fiction into every month and this one had been on my list for a while. Focusing on human evolution, this promises to be an interesting insight into where the future of our species could be heading





The Traveler’s Guide to Space by Neil F. Comins 

Available in the UK and the US

Fun fact: I am an absolute space nut! The idea of humans one day colonizing another planet is a dually intriguing and daunting one, for me. Anything relating to this topic is sure to be on my reading list and I am exciting to get to this one, as soon as possible.





So there we have it. My somewhat intimidating but definitely exciting tbr. What are you eager to get to, this month? Do we share any of the same books on our reading lists? Let me know, in the comment section, down below.

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