For the month of February, I’ve decided to do something a little different and let my family members choose what books I read. I’m in a family of six, which means I got five books to pick up for the next month!
I asked them to choose from specific categories from the 2019 reading goals, but even though I made it so easy for them and provided very specific lists, some of them insisted on recommending I pick up different books entirely. 🙄 Still, I stuck with my own lists and made them choose.
My older brother’s pick
My brother is 24 and lives across the country in New York, so he was the only one I couldn’t ask in person. For his pick, I asked him to choose a book set in a country that I’ve never visited, since I hope to read more of these books in 2019. I sent him a list of ones that I’m interested in, and he chose…
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Not sure exactly what my brother is saying about me through this… (Although he did say he chose it because he saw a review in the NYT, which he called the Times because he’s a fancy New Yorker.)
This book is set in Nigeria and follows a woman named Korede whose sister keeps murdering her boyfriends. Korede is fine with turning a blind eye to this until her sister shows interest in the doctor that Korede is in love with…
It sounds highly entertaining and far outside what I’d normally read, but I’ve heard very good things and can’t wait to pick it up!
My sister’s pick
My sister is 19 and not much of a reader, which means that when I asked her to pick a book for me to read, she looked at me like I was crazy. (Which is debatable.) She got to choose from the eighteen physical books that I already own. Some of them are ones that I’m not that excited about reading and will probably end up giving away, but luckily she chose one that I actually want to read…
The Naming by Alison Croggon
This is a fantasy book, the first in a four-book series, following a young woman named Maerad who discovers that she has magical powers. Pretty basic, as far as I can tell, but I am a sucker for that trope.
I bought this book about a year ago with every intention of reading it immediately, but, you know, the best laid plans… In any case, I’m eager to finally pick it up now! Who knows why my sister chose it out of all the rest, but it is a nice pretty purple color.
My younger brother’s pick
My younger brother is 17 and I had to interrupt him in the middle of doing homework to ask him to pick a book (sorry). When I told him what I was doing, he immediately tried to suggest I read the rest of the Ender’s Game series, which I’m not that interested in finishing (sorry again). I asked him to choose another series that I’ve already started for me to continue next month, and he chose…
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
Which is the fourth and (as far as I know) final book in the Darkest Minds series! He chose this one because he said all the other ones on my list looked, and I quote, “lame.” I don’t think he knows anything about this series.
I’m not actually sure what this particular book is about, but I believe it follows Zu from the Darkest Minds series, several years after the third book leaves off. Other than that, I’m going in pretty blind!
My dad’s pick
My dad also tried to suggest a bunch of books that he’s been pushing me to read for forever (some of which I’ve tried to read and didn’t like, Dad – I know you’re reading this). I told him that I didn’t just want a random book recommendation, but I wanted him to choose a book from my “bottoms of Goodreads categories” challenge, so he chose the only one from the list that he’s read…
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Coincidentally, Ursula K. Le Guin also taught at my college for a short period of time, though long before I went there, and this will be the first book of hers that I read. This is a book that has been suggested to me over and over again but it’s never felt like the right time to read it – I guess that time is now!
My mom’s pick
Like half my family, my mom also had a suggestion for what I should read, and immediately started waving Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine in the air, as she’s been doing for the past few weeks. I’ll get to it, Mom, I promise! In the meantime, I asked her to choose from the ebooks I have unread on my Kindle. There are 28 of them now (yikes) and she was a little overwhelmed (can’t blame her there). In the end, she chose…
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Since she knows that Shannon Hale is one of my favorite authors, it makes sense! (Also, it was a familiar name in a sea of others. How I accrued so many ebooks that I have yet to read is a mystery.)
All I know about this book is that it’s a sci-fi involving superpowers and that the Goodreads synopsis is very vague. But I’m excited to dive in!
So here are the books that I’m going to be reading in February, based on my family’s picks! Looks like I’ll be reading quite a bit of sci-fi/fantasy.
Have you read any of the books on this list?