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It’s February 2016. Get Out Those TBR Lists.

A new month is here (my favorite actually) and there are many new books to get excited about.

I’ve been doing this monthly post for a few years now and still play around with what to feature. Debuts, returning authors, by genre? Yes, to all of them. I don’t typically read Young Adult, Romance or Nonfiction on a regular basis but if you have some to share please add in the comments below.

Last month I highlighted eight books and ended up reading four which isn’t too bad, but there were others I didn’t mention and some of my readers/non bloggers want a bit more. My Edelweiss tab for Feb 2016 had just over 50 saved so I know there are many out there I’m probably missing. So I’m trying something new. I will feature the top books I’m most excited for and will add some honorable mentions below. All link to Goodreads.

Feb 2016 tbr collage

Pax by Sara Pennypacker (Feb. 2/ 304 p./ Balzer and Bray) I haven’t read a Middle Grade book in some time and heard from several children’s book readers that this is such a wonderful story and most likely to be a classic. They wouldn’t divulge anything else.

You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine (Feb. 9/ 256 p./ Sarabande Books) I’m always looking for a new short story collection to try and this debut caught my attention on The Millions Most Anticipated 2016 Book Preview. Among many others.

Dog Run Moon: Stories by Callan Wink (Feb. 9/ 256 p./ The Dial Press) Another debut collection of short stories mostly set in the west and getting some decent praise. And I want to see that cover up close.

Georgia by Dawn Tripp (Feb.9/ 336 p./ Random House) I’m a pretty picky historical fiction reader lately and of the six that are mentioned in this post, this one made my top eight. I’ve always had a fondness for Georgia O’Keeffe and curious to see how Tripp tackles her story.

The Heart by Maylis De Kerangal translated by Sam Taylor (Feb. 9/256 p./Farrar, Straus and Giroux) This novel was a sensation in France and now has been translated for a US release. Told over a twenty-four hour period, from different points of view, the reader follows the journey of a heart from the victim to the recipient hearing from all those involved.

Cities I’ve Never Lived In: Stories by Sara Majka (Feb. 16/ 192 p./ Graywolf Press) Yep, another short story collection made the list (surprise) and it’s also a debut of linked stories “that reveal, with great sadness and great humor, the ways we are most of all citizens of the places where we cannot be.”

Why We Came To The City by Kristopher Jansma (Feb. 16/ 432 p./ Viking) Not sure if this chunkster will get read this month but I couldn’t help but be interested in a contemporary novel following the lives of five friends in New York. Maybe like The Interestings? We’ll see…

Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue translated by Natasha Wimmer  (Feb. 9/ 272 p./ Riverhead) I really don’t know what this translated book is about but this blurb on Edelweiss is just too good: “A daring, kaleidoscopic postmodern historical novel about the clash of empires and ideas, told through a tennis match in the 16th century between the Italian artist Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Quevado, played with a ball made from beheaded Anne Boleyn’s hair.” What the What?! How could it not have made my list?

More honorable mentions:

There seem to be a bunch of Thriller/Mystery/Suspense novels coming out this month. At least ones that I want to read. And I’m already hearing “Gone Girl/The Girl on the Train” comparisons on a few. When will it end?!!

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle                                                   the girl in the red coat

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

The Widow by Fiona Barton

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Try Not To Breathe by Holly Sedon


A few more Historical Fiction novels you might want to check out:

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee                                            black rabbit hall

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb

Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon


Looking for some Contemporary/Literary Fiction?

A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Cain

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnsona doubter's almanac

Tender by Belinda McKeon

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

And Many Days After by Jowhor Ile

The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

All The Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson


What new releases are you looking forward to in February?





5 thoughts on “It’s February 2016. Get Out Those TBR Lists.

  1. Great list. I had not heard of The Heart and that one just soared to the top of my list. I am SO with you about being over the GG/GOTT comparisons. I loved GG, really didn’t like GOTT, so what do I do with that? I think publishers only harm a book with those comparisons, but maybe I’m the exception rather than the rule. I can tell you that Try Not to Breathe does remind me of GOTT, and not in a good way. I can’t wait to hear about some of these short story collections. I’ve had a few on my list, but wait for you to take the bullet and tell me if it’s worthwhile. 🙂

  2. Ahhh I want to read Cities I’ve Never Lived In so badly!! I’m also curious about Why We Came to The City bc I read Christopher Jansma by accident two years ago and I actually really liked him! We’ll see if I actually get to this new one though. Great list!

  3. Such a comprehensive list. I’ve got Why We Came to The City next on my list. And I’m reading Private Citizens right now. So good. Unbelievable actually. I need some one to read the Georgia o’Keefe book to tell me if it’s good.

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