Sunday Salon 7: February’s TBR pile

Remember that really ambitious pile of books that I posted earlier this month? I only read three books out of that pile. Three: The Lotus Eaters, The Weird Sisters, and Changing my Mind. The first two were read for blog tours while the last one was for a read-along. The other twenty-nine books I read in January were based on mood and curiosity.  Once again I’m forced to admit that I’m a moody reader. That’s not a bad thing though I was hoping to add a little more structure to my reading.

Some of the best books I read this month were:

  • I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. It’s a middle grade book with a memorable character. Review to come.
  • The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
  • We are in a book by Mo Willems (children’s book)
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  • Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
  • Foster by Claire Keegan
  • Here by Wislawa Szymborska (poetry)
  • Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco (children’s book)
  • The Unsinkable Walter Bean by Aaron Renier. It’s one of the most perfect graphic novels that I have ever read. Review to come.

So I had a pretty good reading month. It was so good that I made a pile of books to read in February. One of my goals for next month is to mostly from my tbr pile. As much as I love checking out books from the library, I need to read some of the books I own. The February stack:






  • Waiting for Superman edited by Karl Weber
  • Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Stop-Time by Frank Conroy
  • Will Write for Food by Dianne Jacob
  • Reading is my Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons edited by Megan Sweeney
  • Someone Else’s Garden by Dipika Rai
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Lonely by Emily White
  • Tourquai by Tim Davys
  • The Flat World and Education by Linda Darling-Hammond
  • Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle
  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
  • Hair Story by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson (re-read)
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  • Soul Kiss by Shay Youngblood
  • A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot
  • Big Machine by Victor LaSalle
  • The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
  • Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Satchel by Larry Tye
  • A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Create Dangerously by Edwidge Danticat

Not pictured:

  • Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut
  • No Surrender by Ai (poetry)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (I’m almost halfway through it.)

Am I going to read all of these books? Of course not but it’s nice to have a pile of books to choose from. Sometimes owning so many unread books can feel a little overwhelming but making an effort to read more off my shelves makes me feel better at times. I’m hoping to read more than three books off the pile this time around. What I don’t read, I’ll probably just return to the library or giveaway.

So here’s my question for you: Have you read any of the books in my pile? Is there some you think I should place at the top of my pile? Do you have any reading plans for February?