February ’18 TBR: Black History Month & Fantastic February!

February 2, 2018

I’m still sticking to my 2018 goals of keeping my TBRs shorter than normal, but this month’s is longer than I wanted it to be, just because I have a handful of events going on this month that are really important to me! That said, I still feel like my TBR for the month is really manageable, so I’m not fretting.

A few events I have going this month are…

1) Life & Lit is celebrating Black History Month, so we’re encouraging our members to celebrate black authors! (I’ll mark these titles on my TBR)
2) My friend Kathy’s Fantastic February event, where she’s encouraging bloggers to join her in reading as many fantasy titles as possible!
3) The continuation of my group reads for the PJO series and the Shadowhunters books!
4) Plus, a few small buddy reads thrown in for good measure <3



• = black history month
! = fantastic february
† = ARC
§ = buddy read

A Song Flung Up to Heaven – Maya Angelou (ebook)
I love Maya’s nonfiction, so this is a perfect pick for BHM! I’m buddy reading this with my fiancé.
Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds
I’ve been meaning to pick up this verse-style contemporary for a while, so I decided to go ahead and order it in celebration of BHM.
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah (audiobook)
I’m already in the middle of this audiobook, and let me tell you guys, it is phenomenal. I knew within half an hour that I’d be giving this book 5 stars and recommending it for the rest of my life.
• ! Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi (eARC)
I was already so ecstatic to receive an ARC of this one, but after reading Melanie’s rave review about it, I’m even more excited to read it!
! † § To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo (eARC)
This March release is one of my most anticipated ARCs of the year, so I’m really eager to be buddy reading it with sweet Melanie!
! § The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan
Books #3, #4, and #5 in my Percy Jackson and the Olympians group read!
! § City of Ashes and City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
Books #2 and #3 in my The Mortal Instruments group read! (Yep, same group ❤)
! Illuminae – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
I’m not 100% sure if this reread will count for Fantastic February, but I’m going to assume that sci-fi is being included? Hopefully? ? I’m rereading Illuminae and Gemina in preparation for the Obsidio release, though I’m probably saving Gemina for the first half of March.
Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia (not pictured)
This book was chosen for Life & Lit’s diverse BOTM for February!

Are you participating in any bookish events in February? Let me know in a comment below, and feel free to join us at Life & Lit for our events!


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  • Reply Scrill February 2, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    OOOOh I was thinking of picking up Long Way Down, I will watch for your review on that!So jealous of your ARC of To Kill a Kingdom! Enjoy! & I absolutely ADORED Eliza and Her Monsters, I hope you find as much joy as I did with that book. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      It was pretty good! I’m honestly torn right now between 4 and 5 stars, so I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I did enjoy it and it’s a very quick read! And thank you – I can’t wait to start TKAK and to read more of Eliza!

  • Reply fearstreetzombie February 2, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I need to finish reading Illuminae so bad.
    Can’t wait to see your thoughts on Eliza and Her Monsters! I’ve been wanting to read it since I first heard about it. Lol

  • Reply emmareadstoomuch February 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    omg you’re so involved look at you!! i’ve been tossing around the idea of rereading Illuminae and Gemina but it would have to happen in march anyway (when i’m reunited with my books)

  • Reply Lynn February 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I really enjoyed Eliza and Her Monsters! I hope you will too! Interested to hear your thoughts on Children of Blood and Bone! Have a great weekend and happy reading!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you, Lynn! I’m enjoying Eliza so far and very excited for CoBaB. 🙂 Happy reading to you too!

  • Reply meltotheany February 2, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    This is such a good TBR! And I have no words to express how excited I am that you’re reading CBB! Lord, help me. I cannot wait! And I hope the To Kill a Kingdom is worth the hype we have put on it… but regardless, buddyreading it with you will make it amazing anyways! I hope you have an amazing month, love! <3 xx

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you, lovely! You know I’ll be live updating you when I start CBB! <3 And yes, fingers crossed for us!

  • Reply Rachel @ Typed Truths February 2, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    To Kill a Kingdom is getting incredible rave reviews so I hope it lives up to the hype for you! And same with Children of Blood and Bone. If it isn’t everything promised, I’m going to be devastated. But best of luck smashing through this tbr. I’m sure you can do it!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Ooooh, I’m so stoked to hear that! I hadn’t seen any reviews for TKAK yet but I’m so pumped for it. 🙂 As far as CoBaB goes, I’m with you – gonna be so crushed if it isn’t amazing! Thank you, Rachel! <3 Happy reading!

  • Reply Louise ? February 3, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I want to read Illuminae so bad, I’ve heard so many great things about it ? And To Kill a Kingdom sounds awesome, although I will admit that I’ve been lured in by the cover ?

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      I honestly can’t recommend Illuminae highly enough. It is sooo good! The physical format is great, but the audiobook is, too, so you couldn’t go wrong with either. 🙂 And yes, the TKAK cover totally grabbed me, too!

  • Reply Kelly | Another Book in the Wall February 4, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Ooh I hope you love the PJ books and Eliza and her Monsters! ❤️

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 4, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you! <3 I'm loving the PJO series sooo much already. Rick has become a total icon in my eyes, between this series and his work with promoting marginalized authors. It makes me want to buy every single book he ever has or ever will write, haha!

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches February 5, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Ha, Illuminae counts. If only because I LOVE AIDAN.
    And I can’t wait for Obsidio. Whoooooop.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 5, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      AIDAN is probably the best “villain” ever… partially just because, I mean, if you think about it, his motives are totally logical and sensible and THAT’S WHAT’S SO SCARY!

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches February 6, 2018 at 6:04 am

        Scary and yet.. so.. intriguing and interesting and.. well.. it’s an awesome villain?

  • Reply coffeelovingbookoholic February 6, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    oooooh “illuminae” and “eliza and her monsters”? awesome!!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 6, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Yessss! I finished Eliza a couple of nights ago and enjoyed it so much. <3 And then, of course, Illuminae is always perfection.

  • Reply Ellyn February 10, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Percy Jackson is such a good series and really fun to binge read. I hope you have a good reading month! ❤️❤️Looks like you have a great tbr!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries February 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Yesss, I’m having so much fun reading them back to back right now! I’m hoping to finish the whole PJO series by the end of February. Thank you! <3

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