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12 February Book Releases On My TBR
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It’s a brand new month in a brand new year, and let’s just all pretend I haven’t been absent for three months! Anyway, let’s talk books. February has some pretty awesome new releases like, say, THE CAD AND THE CO-ED. You know gushing over the latest Penny Reid book is nothing new around here, and though this series in collaboration with L.H. Cosway isn’t her best, it does revolve around a theme that I absolutely love: rugby. They’re fun and smart, and Reid is an awesome human being, so go ahead and pick up the first book, The Hooker and The Hermit

The 12 books I’m really looking forward to are featured below, but there are a few I’d still like to mention. Two of them are part of a series I haven’t started, yet, but that you might be interested in: V. E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light and Victoria Aveyard’s King’s Cage. Gilded Cage by Vic James is a new dystopian YA series that I’m still on the fence about… we’ll see. There’s also two non-fiction books that I probably won’t read but have fascinating topics: Derek Thompson’s Hit Makers and Lynne Kelly’s The Memory Code.

Another super popular release that I’m not very keen on reading is Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology but, if you’re a fan, you might want to check it out. And finally, Sarah Flannerly Murphy’s The Possessions. This could be a disaster, but the premise of a woman who can contact the dead being attracted to a client who comes to her because of his dead wife? And her death is suspicious? COME ON. Oh, it’s bad, I know. Still gonna read it.

[ all synopsis are adapted from goodreads ]


written by Emily Ruskovich
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary
Published on: February 16th
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One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, and sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.

written by Min Jin Lee
Genre: Historical Fiction, Japan
Published on: February 7th
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Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

A Separation
written by Katie Kitamura
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary
Published on: February 7th
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A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the south of Greece; she agrees to go and search for him, still keeping their split to herself. Adrift in the wild landscape, she traces the disintegration of their relationship, and discovers she understands less than she thought about the man she used to love.

Lincoln in the Bardo
written by George Saunders
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction, Supernatural
Published on: February 14th
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On February 22, 1862, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, and the powers of good and evil.

Swimming Lessons

written by Claire Fuller
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery
Published on: February 7th
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Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan.

The Cad and the Co-Ed
written by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Published on: February 14th
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THE CAD. Bryan Leech is a cad. Or, he *was* a cad. No one is quite certain. Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act. The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED. Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship. The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

See Also

written by Sarah Jio
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Published on: February 7th
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While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiance, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can’t believe her good fortune: she has a great job and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: the man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

If I Could Tell You
written by Elizabeth Wilhide
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Published on: February 28th
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England, 1939: Julia Compton has a beautifully well-ordered life. Once a promising pianist, she now has a handsome husband, a young son she adores, and a housekeeper who takes care of her comfortable home. Then, on the eve of war, a film crew arrives in her coastal town. She falls in love.
The consequences are devastating. Penniless, denied access to her son, and completely unequipped to fend for herself, she finds herself adrift in wartime London with her lover, documentary filmmaker Dougie Birdsall. While Dougie seeks truth wherever he can find it, Julia finds herself lost. As the German invasion looms and bombs rain down on the city, she faces a choice: succumb to her fate, or fight to forge a new identity in the heat of war.


written by S. Jae-Jones
Genre: Retellings, Fantasy, YA, Romance
Published on: February 7th
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All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. When her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. A life for a life, he says. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

The Refugees
written by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Genre: Short Stories, Contemporary, Asia
Published on: February 7th
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The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History
written by Bill Schutt 
Genre: Non-Fiction, Natural History, Anthropology
Published on: February 14th
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Eating one’s own kind is completely natural behavior in thousands of species, including humans. Throughout history we have engaged in cannibalism for reasons of famine, burial rites, and medicinal remedies; it’s been used as a way to terrorize and even a way to show filial piety.

With unexpected wit and a wealth of knowledge, American Museum of Natural History biologist Bill Schutt takes us on a tour of the field, dissecting exciting new research and investigating questions such as why so many fish eat their offspring and some amphibians consume their mother’s skin; why sexual cannibalism is an evolutionary advantage for certain spiders; why, until the end of the eighteenth century, British royalty ate human body parts; how cannibalism may be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals; why microbes on sacramental bread may have led Catholics to execute Jews in the Middle Ages.

What February releases are you looking forward to read? 
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  • Ooh, welcome baaaack!! I’ve missed you! 😀

    I’m not much of a release date follower. I know the few I look forward to this year but both come out in May, so there’s still time. But I’m marking few of the ones you mentioned as to-be-read because I’m still on a very very strong adult book reading marathon it seems, because I’ve only read 2,5 fantasy books this year.. rest have all been romance books… something’s wrong with me.

    But glad to see you back and it seems like you have some great books to read and I can’t wait to read what you think about them!

    • I’m actually on a bit of reading slump right now, probably why I’ve been watching so many movies. I started Passenger (I think you’ve read it?) and halfway through it I lost interest, so I picked up another book and the same happened, ugh. I’m not one to DNF easily so I’m basically stuck with two bad books!

      Glad to be back! I missed this, too 😀

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