February is usually my least favorite month – too gloomy, too cold, too blah – but this February ended up being pretty marvelous. As you can see below, I bought, borrowed, and received a ton of great books last month.
I purchased two copies of Morning Star, the conclusion to Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy. The first copy was an ebook, because I had to read the novel the SECOND it was released. (This is not an exaggeration – at midnight on February 9 I was desperately checking my Kindle to see if my pre-ordered book had loaded.) The second copy was a hardcover, which I bought for Pierce to sign at his NYC stop on the Morning Star book tour. My husband and I took the day off of work and drove three hours to make it to the signing, which included an hour-long Q&A between Pierce, his editor, and the fans. It was a great experience!
My newest colleague at work is a fellow book lover and was kind enough to bring in several books for me to check out. One of these was Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. I don’t usually read non-fiction but am willing to make an exception for this historical examination of Jesus’ life, which provides cultural and political context.
Other books my colleague is lending me include The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen.
I was fortunate enough to receive several great books from various publishers and authors. Penguin mailed me a copy of Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma, and Quercus Books sent me James Rice’s Alice and the Fly, which gave me The Perks of Being A Wallflower vibes when I read the synopsis. Danielle Shipley also provided me with an ARC of her novel The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale, which is a Robin Hood novel set at a Renaissance Faire; I’m pretty sure it was written specifically with me in mind. 😉
All in all, it looks like I’ll have plenty of awesome books to read in March!