Welcome to What’s On My Plate, my monthly post where I lay out my reading and blogging plans for the month ahead! It’s a great way for me to focus on the books I’d like to read for review that month, and hopefully you’ll see something you’ll want to come back for.
I have to say I had a great reading month in January. I posted eight reviews which is the number I’d love to do every month. But I did have a head-start, as I started reading my January books in December. This month I have lots of books I want to read, but I’m going to have to work harder to keep up. We’ll see how it goes! Here’s what’s on my plate this month:
Let’s start out with my two most anticipated books of February!
Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey. Yes, it’s true. I have never read Carey before! So here’s where I’m starting, with this retelling of The Tempest.
Gilded Cage by Vic James. I’ve already read some great reviews of this book, although not everyone has been blown away by it. I can’t wait to see for myself whether it lives up to the hype machine!
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales edited by Ellen Datlow. I’m quite looking forward to this anthology. Not only is Ellen Datlow superior in the field of editing SFF collections, but this is a nice mix of high profile authors and “new to me” authors.
A Perfect Machine by Brett Savory. It’s been a while since I’ve read an Angry Robot book, and this looked tempting. Some mixed reviews, but I love the cover and the story sounds promising.
The Speckled God by Marc Joan. Not crazy about the cover, but I’m always up for a book from small publisher Unsung Stories (in this case, their imprint Unsung Signals). This is a story told in epistolary format, which I love!
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan. Kiernan seems to be EVERYWHERE these days. I have another book of hers to review next month as well. Looking forward to this very short novella from Tor.com!
Zodiac by Sam Wilson. I got this unsolicited from Pegasus books, but it sounds so good that I’m going to try to get to it if I can.
Idle Ingredients (Sin du Jour #4) by Matt Wallace. I love this series, and I’m very proud of myself for staying up to date with it! LOL.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. This book already has some mixed reviews but I’m giving it a crack anyway. I love that it’s “literary science fiction.”
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. Another book that caught my eye a few months ago, but has since been receiving some rather “meh” reviews. This is one I’ll get to if I can, but at this point it’s not a priority.
Author events and Giveaways:
I have quite an unusual mix of giveaways coming up, mostly due to an increase in pitches from publishers. Even though I’m not necessarily interested in reading these books, I thought a giveaway would be fun. Take a look!
At the end of the month (February 27th), stop by to enter to win a copy of Humans Bow Down by James Patterson! I know what you’re thinking: James Patterson?? Hey, he’s not my go-to author at all, but his latest is science fiction, so I wanted to give my readers an opportunity to win a copy.
Starting February 14th (Valentine’s Day!) you can enter to win a copy of The Fallen by Tarn Richardson, courtesy of Overlook Press. This series has great reviews on Goodreads, and it looks like historical fantasy.
And finally, my Book Review Giveaway is back, beginning on February 16th. I read some really good books last month, and you’ll want to get your hands on one!