Author's Note

TBR Check In: February 2019

Well, January seems to have gone by quickly! It’s been a great reading month for me, but that doesn’t mean I can take things easy!

Goodreads Reading Challenge


I read 47 books this month. That’s my best ever, I think! Since my goal works out to a book a day, I’ve been trying to build in a buffer on quiet days in case there are days when I can’t finish a whole book! Thus far, I’m very pleased. Comments of ‘HOW’ will be met with the answer ‘witchcraft’ – I’m sorry, I don’t know how, this is just how fast I read!

My Owned TBR

As of February 1st, my TBR page stands at 419 books. So much for reducing by 20 books from 395, that’s actually gone up by 24! This is mostly NetGalley books and trades coming in – I’ve bought very few books this month. I’d like to get this under 400 by 1st March.


I now have 69 NetGalley books to review, up from January’s 55. I have reviewed a whopping 16 this month, so this is purely down to my lack of impulse control.

Of that 69, 28 are overdue (though some of these have been picked up in January after publication date, rather than sliding overdue!). 6 have been read and are waiting for reviews.

Beat The Backlist


I read 27 backlist books for Slytherin – we’re currently ahead!

Blog Tours

Just the one, this month! I’m opening the blog tour for Josie Jaffrey’s The Blood Prince on the 14th Feb.


Dun dun dun. Hopefully now you see why my TBR is so big!


The stuff that carries over from January… I won’t write out individual summaries for these again, but I didn’t get round to them and I really need to!


Review copies with upcoming release dates! These were all given to me free of charge for fair review, except The Rambling, The Waking Forest, and Four Dead Queens, which I won in Twitter giveaways.

  • Viper stole my heart the second I saw that cover art and heard ‘adventure on the high seas’. This isn’t out til April, but I’m dying to read it so will probably end up doing so this month!
  • I read the first part of The Ruin of Kings on NetGalley, and literally shouted ‘NO’ when I realised I couldn’t turn the page any more. Can’t wait.
  • Once and Future is a queer King Arthur story in space. I couldn’t be more excited!
  • I’ve read the first couple of chapters of The Rambling already, and it seems like a wonderfully creepy and atmospheric middle grade read.
  • Stolen Time has time travel, romance, and cons. I started it last night and am really enjoying it!
  • I’m a sucker for anything with magical medicine, especially potion-based, so The Antidote is bound to be a hit with me!
  • I won The Waking Forest from the author’s Twitter and am really looking forward to being spooked senseless…
  • Court intrigue, powerful women, murders? I’m in for Four Dead Queens!
  • I’m about 100 pages into Master of Sorrows and so far it’s gorgeous fantasy academy fun. It’s going to be a favourite, I think.
  • The Night Tiger sounds super intriguing – I’m taking part in a read-along for this, so follow #NightTigerTogether on Twitter if you’re interested.


Yep, there’s one more set… These are books that are already published, but that I want to (and in some cases need to) read this month!

  • I loved the first Bridgerton book, so the second, The Viscount Who Loved Me, is definitely getting read soon. Thanks to whoever recommended me this series – such funny writing!
  • I was sent a review copy of A Time of Blood, so I really ought to get around to starting the series, oops! This is a library book, too, so should get read in the first couple of weeks.
  • Amber Elby was kind enough to send me a copy of her witchy Shakespearean MG, Cauldron’s Bubble for review, and it sounds very much like my cup of tea.
  • I’d like to get to the second book in Garth Nix’s new series. I enjoyed Have Sword, Will Travel very much so let’s hope Let Sleeping Dragons Lie is just as fun.
  • I should have read The Light Between Worlds ages ago but I feel like it will need full attention so have been putting off starting it. I know I’m going to fall in love with this one, and the weather seems perfect at the moment to read it.
  • A Darkness of Dragons has been recommended to me so many times. It looks fab.
  • There are three Josie Jaffrey books here! Two from the Solis Invicti series, and one from the Sovereign Trilogy (though The Blood Prince is also on the list, I decided not to list Kindle TBR as we’d be here for days!). Basically, I have a feeling that before I start The Silver Queen I’ll want the backstory complete for the Solis Invicti series, so I’m just going to read them all in publication order.
  • And finally, Dragon Daughter looks like exactly my sort of thing, and I should read it sooner rather than later to justify having bought the hardback!

Phew! So I have plenty to read this month – let’s see how I do! Let me know if you’ve made it to the end of the post, and what your reading goals are for February!


42 thoughts on “TBR Check In: February 2019

  1. Wow 47 books! That is amazing you’ve read that many in a month! You’ll meet that reading goal in no time! Good luck with your TBR pile hope you enjoy all the books!

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  2. Hello fellow Slytherin- though I’m not in the challenge. Congratulations on 47 books!!
    I also have an ARC of Master of Sorrows it arrived yesterday, slightly daunted as it’s a breeze block!
    You have to read Darkness of Dragons though it’s so gorgeous.

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  3. OMG, 47 BOOKS IN ONE MONTH? Bless me with your reading magic! You had a pretty great January! I’ve never heard of someone who was able to read that much books in a month. I’m so excited for you because I think you’re gonna have an even more awesome February. And…


    And hello for The Blood Prince tour! I’ll have a stop for the 22nd. So excited!

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  4. I don’t have any goals. No wait, that’s not true. My goal is to read all the books my library holds list throws at me without bringing any books back late. So however many that is! I’m guilty of getting greedy with the books I put on hold and then they all come in at once.

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  5. Wow you had a fantastic month! And I thought I had read a lot with 28 haha. I totally understand why Slytherin is in the lead now. 😉 Have a wonderful February and happy reading!

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  6. WOW! You read this month as much as I expect to read the whole year. That has to be something you can bottle and sell cuz I’m blown away!

    Beyond that congrats! And I’m gonna have to go through this list again and look for some gems I wasn’t aware of. You reading that many titles has to mean you’re coming across things most of us are missing.

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  7. Having just finished The Ruin of Kings, I can definitely say it just gets better as you continue (as I have no idea where your stopping point was). I hope you enjoy it and all the other books you plan to read!

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  8. Just want to reiterate how impressed I am with your book count. I think the only time I read that much in a month is when I went through a huge box of romance novels a friend gave me-was going through 1 and a half a day. But this is really and truly impressive. 😀

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