February Novel TBR (To Be Read)

I’m attempting to read at least 20 novels this year (that’s my goal). Every 2 months, I’m randomly selecting novels to add to my TBR list. I’ve wrapped all of my TBR books in wrapping paper, so I don’t know what they are before the month begins!

My intention is to read at least half of what I select. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, but I also want to encourage myself to ACTUALLY pick up the books I’ve had on my shelf since forever.

February’s Picks Are:


I’ve already begun reading Genshiken: Return of the Otaku by Iida Kazutoshi. I want to make sure I finish reading that one in particular because it will count towards my manga reading challenge #readmanga18 for the category of reading a light novel. To give you a hint of how it’s going… I’m not sure that I will be inspired to pick up another light novel ever again. It’s pretty bad. I feel sorry for the translator who had to work on this.

I’ve also barely begun The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe which is a Gothic romance novel from 1791. I think I received it for my birthday last year – and I REALLY want to read it. It’s the novel famously mentioned in “Emma” by her friend Harriette Smith. Yup, I’m a Jane Austen fan. This is a really dense novel, so I’m not entirely sure I’ll be finishing it in the month, but I’ll give it a good try.

Paradise Lost by John Milton. I really want to find a good audio book of this. Since it is entirely written in verse, it just seems like it will work better if someone reads it aloud to me. I’ve found a few, but they were all incredibly “angry” or “stuffy” readings. I’ll keep looking, hopefully I’ll find something soon.

The last novel I picked was Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I picked this up at a 2nd hand sale because it’s mentioned in a terrible movie with John Cusack, called Serendipity. I don’t really know what it’s about… I’ve never read anything by the author… and, I’m not sure I’m in the mood for it either… so, we’ll see if I actually decide to read it.

What are you planning to read in February?

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