It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about anything here and I love that this time, ‘hot minute’ doesn’t mean months. 😛 Today, I’d like to talk to you about my reading plans for February. These plans include books for Black History Month, a readathon I’m taking part in, the subscriber pick for the month (details below), pending books from the earlier month/year, and a book for a blog tour that I am part of.
I’ve already done a video talking about the books I’d like to read in February. Here’s where you can find it: February 2021 TBR
Without any further ado, let me share with you the little “innocent” plans I have for February. (Innocent is in quotes because the number of books is suspiciously small. Hmmmmm.)
Black History Month
Every February, the countries of United States of America and Canada observe Black History Month where people remember important people and events in Black history. It is something that has percolated to the rest of the world and I thought why not celebrate it too. I’ve decided to read 5 books for Black History Month. Here’s what I have chosen:
#1 – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This is a classic set during the Harlem Renaissance and one that I’ve been wanting to read for a long, long time now. This is supposedly a novel that explores how the main character transforms from a little girl into a woman and all the changes, big and small, that happen within her. I should probably have read this a long time ago but never did even though I’ve had the Kindle edition for what feels like forever. Never mind. We’re going ahead now.
#2 – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
One author I am super, super, super confident that I will love! Maya Angelou’s poem And Still I Rise is arguably my favorite poem of all time and that is how I know that I will love Angelou to no end. IKWTCBS is Maya Angelou’s autobiographical account of her early years and I am so looking forward to picking it up! This is also a book that I will be combining for a readathon that I am participating in. Details in later parts of this blog post.
#3 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Another book that I should have read a long time ago but didn’t. But as they say, better late than never and all that perhaps?
The Underground Railroad is the story of a slave who learns of the Underground Railroad when a slave from Virginia arrives at her cotton plantation. How they flee along this railroad and what it actually is forms the entire story.
#4 – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
This is based on Yusef Salaam’s own story, where he, along with other black people, was wrongfully arrested on counts of sexual assault and rape in the Central Park Jogger case of 1989. They served long sentences before a white man confessed that he had committed the crime and that these guys had nothing to do with it. Makes my blood boil, that’s what it does, to see that a black person’s innocence is believed only when a white person gives evidence.
#5 – How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
This book is a memoir by Saeed Jones where he talks about a young, black, gay man who is trying to navigate sex, sexuality, family, and society and make a place for himself while grappling with fear and grief. This book apparently blends writing styles and is a book that is not to be missed. Looking forward to read this one!
I’ve made a video recommending some black authors, which went up on my channel recently. Do go watch it if you’re looking for recommendations. Here’s the link: The Melodramatic Bookworm – Black Author Recommendations.
Readathon: TBR Tackle
TBR Tackle is a readathon being run by the amazing people from the YouTube channels BooksandKi and Jyotsna’s Bookscapades. It is a simple, chill readathon where you can combine prompts or drop them. Basically it’s all about trying and tackling your TBR into a more manageable number. (Note the word ‘more’. There’s nothing manageable about my TBR. It’s all relative.)
Listed below are the prompts and the books that I have chosen to read for these prompts.
Prompt #1 – A non-fiction book || Prompt #2 – BIPOC Author
For these two prompts, I will be reading How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones. (Refer section: Black History Month.)
Prompt #3 – Translation || Prompt #4 – Short Story Collection
For this, I have chosen The Loneliness of Hira Barua by Arupa Patangia Kalita. This is a short story collection translated into English from the Assamese by Ranjita Biswas. I was sent this book by Pan Macmillan India last year and I haven’t been able to read it. I’ve finally gotten around to trying to make sure that I read it. Because I did add it to a couple of TBRs last year but ended up not reading it obviously.
Prompt #5 – A Genre You Love || Prompt # 7 – LGBTQ+ Author/Book
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar, a transgender author who, in this Young Adult book, has written about a transgender character who goes through bullying and transphobia while thinking about the various sections of society he fits into – black, queer, transgender. This book is Felix’s story about how he finds himself and if he is prepared to find his happily-ever-after.
Prompt #6 – A Tome (400+ pages)
For this, I’ve chosen Still Me by Jojo Moyes. This is the third in the Me Before You series. I read the first book, Me Before You and the second one, After You, with much bruising of the heart, and now I’m on to this book which is, I feel, going to bruise my heart even further. But boy, am I prepared for it! I really want to know what happens and I think the Internet being the Internet, spoiled me a little with details about the book, but it’s only in this case that I say, “It’s fine,” and go back to crying in a corner.
Prompt #8 – An E-book || Prompt #9 – A Classic
I’ve picked another from my Black History Month list: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Their Eyes Were Watching God also checks these two boxes, but I’m going to go with the Angelou. And this is not the last you’ll see of this book in this blog post. Buckle up. 😛
Subscriber Pick – February 2021
This section is a series of videos I have going on my channel where every month, I ask my subscribers to choose a book from 4 options, for me to read, vlog, and review. So this month, more than half the votes were for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. What can I say? Maya Angelou is Maya Angelou. ❤
I’m not going into detail with these but I cannot believe I’ve racked up so many pending books. Tchah! XD
- A Reaper at the Gates (Ember Quartet #3) by Sabaa Tahir: Going splendidly and I’m totally fine with losing my heart. Who needs it anyway?
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: What a TOME! I’m intimidated, though.
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie: Gah I cannot explain why I’m not reading this book. No idea.
- I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes: The TOME that became the DramaQueenAThon book club pick for January and then for February as well. XD
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama: Subscriber pick for the month of January. This audiobook is so long, it’s spilling over into February. XD
I, along with a friend on Instagram (Nandini at @read.dream.repeat), am hosting a year-long short story readathon where each month, there’s a theme and we pick short stories for the month according to this theme. For February, the theme is read short story / stories by an author you admire the most or an author you’d love to meet.
And for this prompt, I have chosen Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women.
Murakami’s books are whack to say the least, in the best way possible and I’d love to meet him and ask him, “Why? What makes you escape SO MUCH into a world so like and so unlike our own? Tell me your deepest, darkest secrets.” Hah.
I am part of a blog tour for Maria Padian’s How to Build a Heart and will be writing and uploading the review here as well as on Instagram on the 5th of February, so stay tuned for that. I really hope that I will be able to get through the book fully and complete writing my review.
Signs that I’m an Engineering student: Put things off until the water is tickling my nostrils. Wonderful. 😛
So those are all the books that I’d love to read in February 2021.
Which of these have you read? Which ones do you want to read? Which of these are on your TBR? Which are on your wishlist? What are you currently reading? What books are you planning to read in February?
Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to chat with you! 🙂
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Okay people! I’ll see you in the next blog post! (Coming soon, I promise!)
Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 😀
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