Here’s what I’ve got lined up for February:
1. Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen – Another work of historical fiction, this time set in India in the 1950’s. I meant to read this one last month but it didn’t happen, so I’m going to try again in February.
2. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – The latest from a writer who mixes elements of light magical realism with contemporary Southern fiction. This would have been a good choice for Southern Literature month in January, but instead I’m reading it now.
3. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness – I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet, considering my love for Patrick Ness. I haven’t heard a lot about it, but the title reminds me of The Decembrists’ album.
4. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead – Part of the reason I hosted my Middlemarch readalong back in December was in anticipation of reading this book. I read this article by Meg Wolitzer on npr a few days ago, and I’m looking forward to reading Mead’s book even more now.
5. Paris Letters by Janice Macleod – I have a hard time resisting people’s stories of how they moved to France and fell in love (even though in my own story, things didn’t exactly happen in that order).
6. Something from my TBR Challenge Pile – TBD
February is time for the Month of Letters Challenge, one of my favorite events in the year. This will be my third year taking part in the challenge, in which the goal is to write and send as many “real” letters as you can. I’m doing this is conjunction with The Estella Society’s Start 2014 Write! letter exchange, so some of you out there in blogland may be receiving a letter from me this month (wink, wink).
I’m looking forward to spending the last full month of winter with some great books and plenty of time writing. And because I’ll be traveling to the U.S. in March, I’ll also be spending time planning my trip–particularly what I want to bring to read, what I want to read while I’m there, and what books I might splurge on to bring back with me!
What are you reading this month? Do you have any other exciting plans for February?